At least 300 disaster risk and crisis managers, leaders, responders, aid and development leaders, and advocates have expressed support for Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s presidential and vice presidential bids.
The group’s members are instrumental in saving lives and livelihoods throughout the country through their trained assessment of disaster risks and response.
“In the past six years we have witnessed how VP Leni, her staff, and countless volunteers put their lives on the line as they reach out and respond to those in need,” the statement read. “As leaders that are called to protect and save lives, we know fully well that in every event and crisis the stakes are high. It takes ones to know one.”
The group said in this time of uncertainty, ambiguity, and vulnerability, the country needs leaders who can effectively lead the country.
“We are choosing VP Leni and Senator Kiko because we believe they embody the characteristics of an effective disaster resilience and crisis leader, and transformative servant-leader.”
The Office of the Vice President’s Angat Buhay program launched in 2016 includes distribution of relief goods and materials to disaster-stricken families, through food packs, rice bags, and materials for house and classroom reconstruction. Relief operations have helped thousands of families in far corners of the country hit by major typhoons, volcanic eruptions, flooding, and landslides.
Robredo has led these relief efforts personally, including visiting several areas in Visayas and Mindanao hardest hit by typhoon Odette in December, 2021. She was also among the first high ranking officials to respond to the massive flooding in Cagayan province in November 2020 due to typhoon Ulysses that killed more than 60 Cagayan residents.
Robredo’s capabilities were evident from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic when she worked with experts to educate the public about the new virus.
The OVP also took care of the medical frontliners’ welfare by providing free personal protective equipment, shuttles, and accommodations at the peak of the surge and lockdown. It eased the hospitals’ workloads by providing free teleconsultations and deploying free swab cabs to areas with high cases.
“We need leaders like VP Leni and Senator Kiko who are capable of inspiring an mobilizing collective action towards inclusive, sustainable, and transformative development, the statement said. [END]