LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 16 (PNA) -- "Eradicating hunger and poverty is my dream and aspiration for the country, especially in the countryside," former Camarines Sur congresswoman Leni Robredo said in laying down her political agenda as a vice presidential aspirant.
Robredo, Liberal Party bet, said the incidence of hunger and poverty had been hounding the country ever since but, according to her, this should serve as an inspiration for every public official to continue to work hard to weed out this social problem.
She spoke before thousands of fellow Bicolano supporters who launched the Bicoleni Express on Thursday afternoon at the jampacked Bicol College gymnasium.
In an ambush interview, Robredo said “the problems on hunger and poverty should inspire us to work harder, especially among the poorest sector of ou society.”
The wife of the late Interior secretary Jesse Robredo said she had filed a “food security” bill that would address this problem where it would provide the underprivileged sector, especially the unemployed, an opportunity to lend a job in private and public institutions.
While the marginalized farmers and fisher folk should likewise be given an ”equal footing” with others in the access to credit facilities, insurance and acquisition of lands for them to till, she added.
“My proposed bill, though still pending at the House, is now being implemented and operational in my congressional district,” Robredo said.
She said if she would be fortunate to win the vice presidential race she would strongly ask that she be given assignment that handled anti-poverty programs.
Robredo said that soon after passing the bar, she was employed at the government’s Public Attorney’s Office in Camarines Sur.
Later she joined the Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Pang Legal (Saligan), a non-government organization (NGO) giving free legal services to members of the marginalized sector.
“Confronting the legal issues of poor families about their rights, I too felt the hardship they had encountered,” the vice presidential bet said.
She said all her legal services was “gratis et amore,” saying “never in mind that have planned to use my legal services to enrich myself.”
According to Robredo, by being a member of the Saligan, she almost devoted her entire career in helping the less privileged.
She believes the government must give more assistance to the less privileged, especially those who do not have the capacity to defend themselves and for them to move forward.
Robredo visited on Thursday Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate and the Camarines provinces and held a dialogue with civil society organizations, youth, senior citizens and women's groups.
In Daraga, she was warmly welcomed by a crowd of over 3,000 led by Albay Gov. Joey Salceda and Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal.
In Ligao City, thousands of supporters clad in yellow shirts, the symbol of the party, led by LP stalwart Albay Rep. Fernando Gonzalez and City Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua, greeted Robredo.(PNA) RMA/FGS/MSA/CBD/pjn