FY 2022 BUDGET HEARING (SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE)
[via online hearing]
Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, led the Office of the Vice President’s presentation of its 2022 budget before the Senate Committee on Finance.
Attending the hearing via videoconferencing, VP Leni herself shared with the senators her office’s efforts under its anti-poverty program, Angat Buhay, and its comprehensive COVID-19 response operations—which include initiatives for frontliners, hospitals, communities, and various sectors; jobs and livelihood opportunities; assistance for distance learning; teleconsultation for COVID and non-COVID cases; and support for testing and vaccination efforts of local government units. She was joined by OVP chief of staff Usec. Philip Dy and assistant chief of staff Asec. Pia Abad.
Senate Committee on Finance chair Sonny Angara, Senate Majority Floor Leader Migz Zubiri, Minority Floor Leader Frank Drilon, and Senator Kiko Pangilinan all expressed their support to increase the OVP’s budget, noting its exemplary efforts to uplift communities and contribute to pandemic response despite its limited resources, as well as the highest mark it has consistently received from the Commission on Audit. This is similar to the call earlier made by lawmakers at the House of Representatives, who are pushing to increase the office’s allocation to at least P1 billion.
The OVP initially proposed a budget of P714.56 million for 2022, but the Department of Budget of Management recommended P713.41 million—21% lower than the P908.79 million allocation the office received in 2021.
COURTESY CALL OF ALASKA MILK CORPORATION (AMC)
[at Quezon City Reception House]
Vice President Leni Robredo welcomed the officials of Alaska Milk Corporation (AMC), led by its new Managing Director Tarang Gupta, to her office on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. The Alaska Milk Corporation has been one of the long-time partners of the OVP’s Angat Buhay program.
This month, the AMC donated various food products to the OVP for its ongoing relief operations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Apart from this donation, OVP also partnered with AMC for the Alaskabuhayan Cooking Demo that aims to teach affordable and nutritious meals to communities using the knowledge gained from the event. These were held in San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan, Municipality of Carles, Iloilo, and the Municipality of Concepcion, Iloilo.
BRIEFING WITH FORMER UK PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR
[via online meeting at Quezon City Reception House]
Vice President Leni Robredo attended an online meeting with former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss the situation of COVID-19 in the Philippines and the OVP’s initiatives to address the challenges brought about by the pandemic.
During the meeting, Mr. Blair emphasized the importance of testing and vaccination in the fight against the virus. Mr. Blair presented several points of the Mass Access to Testing Strategy (MATT Strategy), which may be applied to in the Philippines.
This was after the Tony Blair Institute (TBI) for Global Change invited the OVP for a meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the Philippines and around the world. The TBI is a not-for-profit organization that is currently assisting governments around the world in dealing with the pandemic through an exchange of ideas such as making testing available for all, and speeding up vaccinations.