10 October 2016
SMX Convention Center
Q: Papano po ang monitoring niyo? Papano po after?
VP Leni: Iyong after nito, iyong detalye kay Rapa at Geo na siguro. Pero iyong pinakaideya nito, we hit the ground running starting today. Pero what we will be doing is we will be creating secretariats for each of the five advocacy areas.
Tapos magkakaroon din ng matrix for each of the five advocacy areas. Pag sinabing matrix mayroong common na sukat para sa lahat kung gaano kaepektibo iyong programang ginawa.
Ayan natin na basta lang may programa. Pero gusto natin kung nagsi-spend ng resources ang ating partners may malinaw na transformation sa baba. Kaya iyon ang gagawin natin sunod.
Parang umaapaw ang aming kasiyahan because of the amount of pledges that we received today and also the energy, not only from the LGUs pero ang energy from the supply side, iyong development partners na nandoon iyong inspirasyon, iyong desire na makipag-collaborate talaga.
Georgina: We’re in the 4th quarter of the year. What we expect to complete would be a baseline study. We’ve allocated and earmarked a certain amount of the MOOE budget of the OVP for baseline study that a government research institution can do for us so that we make sure that we can account for the improvements in the quality of life in the well-being of the families through the projects that we were able to bridge based on the pledges that we were able to get.
So that’s on the monitoring and evaluation side. And aside from the baseline, continuous po ang evaluation. A system will be in place.
In fact, many of the partners earlier have offered for free iyong kanilang mga information system for data management that would allow us to effectively monitor that status of the projects.
So we will monitor the implementation of the pledges on an output level. Kumbaga nagawa ba iyong classroom, wash projects, but we will also monitor it in a human development level.
Iyong outcomes and results. So that will be the function of the evaluation team. As you may know, we do not have field officers so we will be working with partner institutions, universities and colleges, and research institutions to help us monitor iyong secretariat.
But our very lean team from the national office will also, we have already assigned LGUs, we have focal persons or coordinators from the national office of the OVP that will help follow through on the concretization of these commitments.
Rapa Lopa: Idadag ko lang siguro iyong sa monitoring. Iyong sinabi ni Ma’am na matrix, sa pakikipagtulungan namin sa mga grupo nga na involved sa mga LGUs, like PHINMA Foundation, Sea Oil Foundation, is to try to put together iyong LGU core.
Kasi kagaya ng approach kanina, actually natutuwa kami na napakaganda ng interaction ng mga LGU chief executives at mga partners. Kasi napakahalaga na ang LGU magkaroon sila ng sari-sarili nilang batayan kung ano iyong programa, kung paano umuusad ang kanilang programa. At nagkakaroon sila ng pagkakataon mag share ng best practices.
Ang goal naman dito, kayaga ng sinabi ni Ma’am kanina, initially 50 ang pinasukan natin na LGUs, pero sana nga mas madagdagan pero hindi lamang sa pamamagitan ng adbokasiya ng OVP, pero among LGU advocacies, hopefully they can share their experiences with one another so that we don’t need to wait for the OVP.
Hopefully they come up with common score cards, mag gayahan na lang ba, hindi ba magaling naman tayo diyan. Ang mahalaga ay nagagaya nila ang magaganda.
Q: What is the difference between this OVP program with NAPC.
Georgina: Ang sa amin po ang ambag namin ay iyong working with the private sector and NGOs to complement the initiatives of national government agencies involved in anti-poverty programs including NAPC.
So NAPC working mostly with basic sector representatives, to make sure that they have proper representations, that they’re able to participate in governance and decision-making. So we are here to augment resources of government, not only NAPC but also other government resources.
VP Leni: Dagdag lang siguro. Ito parallel effort, hindi ito kumpetisyon. If you will observe ang pangalan natin partnerships for anti-poverty programs. So iyong anti-poverty program na ginagawa natin, naka-anchor iyon hindi sa programa ng gobyerno pero sa partnerships we can create with LGUs and private organisations.
VP Leni: Hindi siguro NAPC particularly. Nakikipag-coordinate kami sa Office ni Sec. Evasco. Because the Office of the Cab Sec is really the sort of convergence of the anti-poverty programs.
That is why we invited Sec. Evasco, but he left for China so kanyang Asec (Ed- Undersecretary Glo) ang nandito kanina. So that’s really the intention.
Kung si Presidente sana ang nakapag-attend the output of today’s summit will be submitted to him.
But because he’s not available, parang response na lang from the office of the cab sec. Pero ang NAPC kasi is just one of the agencies for the anti-poverty program.
Q: What made you decide to do an initiative on anti-poverty program?
VP Leni: Kasi naalala ninyo po, after I won, after I was proclaimed, after the inauguration, the president made a statement that he will not give me a cabinet position.
So ito talaga we hit the ground running already in preparation for the time that we won’t have a cabinet position. Parang sinasabi din namin na you can’t spend 6 years doing nothing.
So ito nakakasa na ito even before the position of HUDCC Chair was given to me. Kaya ito noong binigay sa akin ang HUDCC post, I told my staff na we will make HUDCC an entirely separate unit para maka-concentrate tayo sa housing.
Kasi sabi ko parang blessing in disguise na HUDCC post was offered to me after namin maikasa itong anti-poverty program kasi siguro from the very start sinabi na sa akin ng Pangulo na ikaw sa housing, baka all the OVP will be going to do is all about housing so parang blessing din na na-late siya.
So ngayon ang staff ko sa HUDCC is an entirely different team. Iyong staff natin ngayong hapon is just the Office of the Vice President kaya kung makikita ninyo, iyong housing incidental lang siya sa 5 point agenda.
Iyong Housing summit hopefully would be done first quarter of 2017. Iyon naman separate din iyon sa OVP.
Hinihintay lang talaga namin ngayon sa housing kasi ang HUDCC is just a coordinating agency, we have 6 shelter agencies under us pero NHA pa lang ang may appointee.
Iyong iba, wala pa so we are waiting for that. Kung makumpleto na iyong anim, magkakaroon din kami ng separate summit.
Q: How will you intend to use the budget from the national government since the budget will come from the private sector in this initiative?
VP Leni: Ito kasi, the budget that will come from the private sector that will be used to fund the programs of the LGUs that were represented today, hindi iyon dadaan sa amin.
We do not have the mandate, we do not have the capacity to receive donation and spend them. So what we are doing now, wala kaming pera.
Ang pera namin is just for operations pero iyong support… parang tulay lang kami. If they want to help, they go to the LGU directly.
We facilitate, we act as a sort of secretariat, we act as a sort of a collaborative team, convergence team, pero all the projects hindi sa amin dadaan.
All the projects diretso sa LGU. We just create an environment where the supply and the demand will meet. Kaya ito, kung makita ninyo iyong mga kits, it is supposed to be parang Bibliya ng mga LGUs na kasama namin kasi they indicated already all the demographics of each of the LGUs.
Hopefully with that data that we have, kami iyong magbebenta sa mga development partnerships. We have over 400 today and we hope to have more in the coming days.
Q: Follow up lang, sa dating OVP may fund po sila allotted for sa mga lumalapit for support. Mawawala na ba itong mga ganitong programs?
VP Leni: Mayroon pa rin siya. Actually, mayroon bang relief packages? Parang ito, magkano ulit?
May medical assistance, si Mara ang in charge, it is being done sa PNB building. We have an entire component from it. Inayos namin ngayon na hindi siya political. Inayos namin na mayroong, maybe we can share with you the process, requirements and the template.
Actually hindi na iyan dumadaan sa akin, we just tell the constituents that there is a particular fund for this thing. Nandoon pa din. Mayroong mga naalis sa atin.
Ano nga iyong mga naalis? May mga naalis na budget pero iyong scholarships ata tinanggal sa amin pero sa tingin ko we can make do with what we have especially now, dati nakuwento namin sa inyo na we are saving 200,000 a month for rent.
We just discovered that we are actually saving 400,000 a month. 200,000 iyong rent and 200,000 ang utilities compared sa before. It is something that we can work on kasi iyong savings mapupunta sa MOOE tapos iyon ang gagamitin namin pang-Secretariat work sa partnerships for anti-poverty programs, conducting of baseline surveys etc.
Q: Ano po ang response ng mga international organizations sa Summit?
VP Leni: Kung makikita natin lahat ng international organizations represented today. Nakakatuwa kasi they stayed the whole day and they made many commitments.
In fact, during the days leading to the Summit, they have been visiting us in the office and we have been receiving letters from them, all volunteering their support for our programs.
Iyon ang sabi ko sa speech kanina na despite the noise outside, mukhang hindi naman naaapektuhan ang relationship natin with donor agencies.
If one proof of that is their presence during today’s activity, talagang we can be assured na nadiyan naman. Hindi lang nandiyan pero the energy is there.
Everyone is inspired na tumulong and they assured us that they will be with us in the coming days. Kasi sinasabi namin initial lang ito, it will be an ongoing thing, parati naman silang nag-popromise.
In fact, tomorrow, nasabi na namin sa inyo tomorrow na we’re conducting a small forum in the office conducting our community rehab program and many of the international agencies expressed their pledged na, whatever we can do to help this, we assure you, we will be there.
Not only for the activities today pero yung dine-develop nating tulong para sa administrasyon for the community rehab program.
Q: Follow up lang, Ma’am, hindi ba po iyong pag-welcome natin at thankful tayo sa support ng international community pero hindi ba tayo salungat sa Pangulo? Kasi ayon nga, si Pangulo is very critical doon sa aid.
VP Leni: Ako sa tingin ko lang ah, ako, I’m second guessing base sa mga pahayag na binigay, parang hindi niya naman sinasalungat.
Parang he’s only reacting yata to several statements allegedly made by several partners regarding several issues on hand. Parang he was reacting to it.
Ang sinasabi yata na if it comes down to us on deciding which is more important, iyo iyong sinasabi niya. But I don’t think it’s a direct attack on, on any of the agencies.
Kaya hindi ko siya tinitingnan na kasalungat, in fact when Undersecretary Glo was here, kahit siya, she was here to represent the CabSec kahit siya she was very thankful para sa presence at sa pledge of commitment from the international donor agencies.
Q: From my part of the planet, I hear things like where is Leni Robredo? Why is she not defending Sen. Leila, etc. So how does it feel to be a lily in a mud pond?
VP Leni: Ako naman I don’t consider myself a lily in a mud pond, ano naman. Ako, if there’s one thing also, it’s been difficult.
It has been ah, alam mo iyon, these are extraordinary times. Every change in administration, mayroon talagang rough times and I think this is one of those.
It’s not a very easy place to be in pero sa akin naman, I’ve always been very vocal on certain issues I do not agree with.
Halimbawa, extrajudicial killings, Libingan ng mga Bayani ni Pres. Marcos, iyong presentation ng alleged sex video, bringing back death penalty, on lowering the age of criminal liability, I’ve always been very vocal about it.
I’ve been very public with my statements. Pero if there’s one thing that I’m grateful for, it’s that the President does not take it against me.
Parang, during one of the Cabinet meetings, I told him that. Kasi isa sa pinag-usapan sa Cabinet meeting was the burial of the former President sa Libingan ng mga Bayani and I was very expressive of my opposition to it but I thanked the President.
I told him that I was grateful despite the fact that I did not agree with him in some policy issues and he did not take it against me. And he assured me, sabi niya naman ang mahalaga naman ay nagkakaintindihan tayo sa mga gusto natin gawin.
Sa akin kasi, reassuring iyon in the sense na, imposible naman yata na we’ll agree on so many things. Lalo na siguro ako na mayroon talagang issues I feel so strongly against. So far, I think my opinions and my feelings on these issues have been respected.
Q: Will there ever be a point where you’ll feel you had enough, where you want to do a Senator Leila?
VP Leni: Ako sana hindi. Iyong lahat naman, iyong every day nag-eevolve eh. Ako, parati ko naman inuulit na sana the country wouldn’t have to go through another serious upheaval kasi marami na tayong narating, mahirap naman na babalik tayo.
Marami tayong kahirapan nayon, pero ako I’m always hopeful that tomorrow will be better than today. Iyon naman ang sa akin. Sana hindi dumating iyong time na mag-aaway kami kasi I don’t think the country would benefit from that.
Pero hindi rin siguro magiging perpekto because like I said there are issues na hindi talaga kami magkatugma. Pero hanggang nirerespeto naman ang aking pananaw, I think walang problema.
Q: This is about your speech this morning, you made two points. One is that you went around the country consulting about poverty, you said you listened to them and from there you declared that poverty is the root cause of all this suffering, that is a very important point. Now that you’ve come up with the program, my question is what is the program, what is the decisive program of the OVP to put an end to this poverty? Kasi in the previous government we had 4Ps in order to end poverty but it failed. [inaudible] DSWD previously declared that 4Ps is not the solution to poverty so what is concretely the program of this Angat Buhay in order to decisively solve this poverty, as you declare it, the root cause of so many problems?
VP Leni: I think that has been discussed by Rapa this morning, parang hindi ko na siguro dapat ulitin ang sinabi ni Rapa. I think it is also in our materials, nandiyan po ang buong programa, in the booklet.
It’s actually a comprehensive framework that will require at least another hour. But that was discussed.
Q: It was not a motherhood statement?
VP Leni: Kung nakinig ka po nalaman ninyo na. Hindi ka yata po nakinig, hahaha.