Plans to collaborate with private sector for her priorities
MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday called on the people to rally behind the new administration and to work together for the betterment of the country.
"There are things that may seem impossible, but when we all work together, that is where the impossible becomes possible," Robredo said in a forum at the Tapatan sa Aristocrat.
"Ito na ang panahon to bring everyone together and rally behind the new administration. Hindi po tayo makaka-afford mag-away-away. Masaydong marami tayong kailangan gawin. Ang anim na taon, mahaba iyon pero sa dami ng gagawin natin ay maiksi lamang iyon," she added.
As vice president, she believes it is her responsibility to rally people to support the government.
"Ako po bilang pangalawang pangulo, I believe that the number one responsibility now is to help rally everyone behind the new administration. This administration deserves our support. Hindi naman po ito para kay President Duterte lamang pero para ito sa sambayanang Pilipinas," she said.
FOCUS ON FIGHTING POVERTY
Even without a Cabinet position, Robredo said she will be working on her priorities in her capacity as the country's second highest official.
Robredo said it is now the time to work on issues of poverty and inclusivity.
"We cannot just wait for growth to trickle down to the poor. This [inclusive growth] has been done elsewhere in the world, and we can do it also," she said.
She added that she will be working with the private sector to maximize the resources of both the public and private sector.
"The best path at least for my office now is to work with the private sector, create collaborations and partnerships and synergies that will maximize both the resources of government and of the private sector," she said.
Just as she promised during the election campaign, Robredo will focus on food security, health, rural development, education and people empowerment.
Robredo also said her office will be open to all groups and individuals willing to work with the government.
"We are inviting all groups of individuals who have the passion in these areas to come to office and partner with us. Our doors are open," she said.
"We need to discuss the best way to tackle our trenchant problems. Collaboration is our best resource right now," Robredo also said.
For Robredo, it is important to hear the voices of the people in order to make things work.
"In my experience in alternative lawyering, it is when people are given a seat at the table and voice when solutions really work. This approach will take much longer but it works. When the society itself is involved, there is real ownership of the solution and there is dignity," she said.