The Vice President was in Maryland, USA for an event.
She attended Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP)’s USA Charity Ball in MGM Grand Ballroom, Maryland. The event had the theme “Working Together in Partnership with the Poor”. It aimed to raise funds for the construction of a student dormitory in Sumilao National High School, Bukidnon, in partnership with the Office of the Vice President (OVP) for Angat Buhay.
In her speech, the Vice President talked about the partnership between ANCOP and the OVP and how it changed the lives of many families. These are the stories of hope that need to be heard so people may strive harder to reach out more. “But let me tell you this: In the past three years that we have been in office, we have come across hundreds of stories that shape what we know of the plight of our fellowmen, their struggles and their triumphs, their failures and their strengths, and the kind of help that will truly empower them and transform their lives. These are the stories that bring us hope. That compel us to action. That encourage us to strive harder and never give up. We constantly listen to our people—not primarily with our ears but with our hearts—especially those who are marginalized and disenfranchised. When we strive to witness the struggles of their everyday toil, our convictions are strengthened: we do not just have a responsibility to do something. It is our privilege to be in a position to help.”