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    Message of Vice President Leni Robredo at the Kapihan Laban sa Kahirapan, IP Leaders Assembly

    27 October 2016

    Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City

    Bumisita po ako sa Mindoro to meet with the Mangyan community. I was in Bukidnon just recently to visit the seven tribes of Bukidnon.

    Two weeks ago I was also in Ifugao and Mountain Province. Tapos ngayon kahit na hindi ako makakadalo mamaya sa inyo, pinagbigyan ninyo ako ngayong umaga na makilala ko kayo pero ito po iyong bahagi ng ating kampanya.

    The Office of the Vice President decided to reinvent itself. Alam ninyo po noong dumating ako, iyong Opisina ng Pangalawang Pangulo walang defined mandate other than being the support of the President.

    So noong pumasok po ako, we decided to reinvent the Office to be more advocacy heavy. And by advocacy heavy, we mean pagsulong ng mga adbokasiyang makakatulong against poverty gaya ng sinabi Doctor Zambrano.

    Pero ang pagsugpo sa poverty, we have to direct our energies to the very core of what is causing poverty. Gaya po ng sinabi ni Jayson, the IP community is one of the most marginalized of all sectors of society parang pag marginalized, ang ibig nating sabihin, ang inyong pag-aari, ang inyong paniniwala, ang inyong kultura ay hindi binibigyan ng halaga na dapat ibigay sa kanya.

    One of the first agencies that I met with when I started functioning as your Vice President is the NCIP. Pero sa pag-ikot namin sabi ko parang kailangan ko ulit ma-meet ang NCIP kasi pag-ikot namin parang maraming hugot ang IP groups on the role of the NCIP in the IP communities.

    Ito pong aking paglalakad, hindi dapat ako ang nagsasalita. Dapat ako iyong nakikinig kung ano iyong kahirapan na pinagdaraanan ninyo para magamit ninyo iyong aking posisyon to be the voice of the IP community.

    Marami na akong naipon na request pero tingin ko kasi iyong mga request niyo is icing on the cake. Pero ang buod talaga ng kahirapan is how does the entire government view the IP community.

    Kasi dapat we view the IP community as an equal partner on everything that we do and looking back it seems that it is not what is happening. Pati iyong NCIP, pati iyong regard ng government ng Pilipinas parang third class citizen pa rin talaga.

    So we have to really go into the very core of the problem. This has been part of the listening tour that we have been doing and we have to come up with not only advocating anti poverty programs but being sure that our office becomes the voice of sectors like you, people like you whose voices have to be heard not as beneficiaries in the government’s program but stakeholders and partners in development.

    So ito po bahagi ng pakikinig. Hindi ko alam kung mayroon pa tayong pagkakataon kahit hindi sa okasyon na ito but I hope after the Summit, I hope to receive iyong dokumento ng inyong mga hinaing so that if we present before the NCIP to be able to articulate everything that, hindi iyong paunti-unting hinihingi.

    Pero iyong anong klaseng boses ang gusto nating ilahad sa pamahalaan. We do not want to treat you just wanting to receive programs from the government. What we want to hear from you is what kind of role you want to play in the government.

    Palagay ko po, everything else follows if you are given the right voice and the right platform in airing your concerns. Iyong siguro ang pinakabuod.

    I am very happy that Dr. Zambrano is with us this morning and I think the United Nations is a very good platform not only with regards in our anti-poverty programs but also in articulating our concerns.

    Nakita ko po sa programa na pag-uusapan ang SDGs. We have 17 now and these are really important in the sense that this gives us a platform to see our targets and give us a timeline of what we want to do and to give us a measure of all the efforts that we are doing.

    Iyon po ang pinakamahalaga. Alam po ito ni Vice Mayor, na hindi natin malalaman how efficient, how effective our programs if we do not put metrics in our programs.

    Kaya po itong SDGs ng United Nations makakatulong sa ating lahat para magkaroon tayo ng basehan, para malaman kung ang ginagawa natin ay papunta talaga sa goals na gusto natin.

    Thank you very much again and thank you making me part of your journey.

    Rest assured that I will always be here to be your voice.

    Maraming salamat po at magandang umaga muli.

    Posted in Speeches on Oct 27, 2020