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ANCOP USA, Fil-Am Orgs welcome VP Robredo in New Jersey

WEST ORANGE, N.J. (May 19) — An enthusiastic crowd of Filipino-Americans from the northeastern part of the U.S. welcomed Vice President Leni Robredo in a luncheon event organized by CFC ANCOP USA Northeast Region. The event was held at Highlawn Pavilion in the New Jersey suburban township about 18 miles from New York City.

 

The attendees gave Vice President Robredo a rousing and respectful welcome worthy of the second highest official of their native country.

 

In her address, the Vice President thanked ANCOP USA Northeast for organizing and inviting her to the event aimed at raising funds for the health center of Calabanga, Camarines Sur, an impoverished municipality in the VP’s home province. “I am glad I met all of you and I’m grateful to all,” she said.

 

She introduced her audience to “Angat-Buhay” (Partnership against poverty), a poverty-alleviation program started and administered by the Office of the Vice President (OVP). “Angat-Buhay has no budget from the government. We depend on private donations from companies and NGO’s like ANCOP. Earlier this year, ANCOP gave us medicines and multi-vitamins which we distributed to the needy citizens of Parañaque City,” she cited.

 

VP Leni reported that Angat-Buhay, from its inception in October 2016 to date, has served some 132,000 poor families in 176 places around the Philippines.

 

She also said the program was able to deliver P214 million worth of services to poor Filipinos from private donations in the following areas during the same period: feeding and nutrition, food packs and multivitamins, livelihood opportunities, education, solar generators, water filters and water pumps, sinks and toilet bowls.

 

At the end of her talk, she reiterated her appreciation to CFC ANCOP for its commitment in helping the poor.

“We cannot thank you enough for what you have been doing for the poor,” she said. She mentioned that from 19922012, she and her husband, the late Jesse Robredo, were active CFC leaders in their home province of Camarines Sur.

 

The ANCOP Northeast Region is grateful to VP Leni Robredo for having accepted the invitation to be guest speaker to help support the fund-raiser for the Infirmary of Calabanga in Camarines Sur.

 

The Fil-Am groups which helped raise funds for the cause included Couples for Christ, Bukas Loob Sa Diyos, Friends of Alloute Foundation Inc., Philippine Nursing Association of Middlesex County, Tropical Hut, Filipino Apostolate of Union, NJ, Bicol Association of New York, and Mountainview Entertainment.

 

Partial shipment of the donations was sent to the Philippines last April, with complete delivery expected by mid-June 2018 to the Office of the Vice President and representatives from the DOH of Legazpi. (Manny Caballero, Roger Santos)


Added on Thursday, June 14, 2018


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