Office of the Vice President
14 June 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo visited the Angat Buhay site Taysan, Batangas on Tuesday (June 13). Her visit to Taysan began with a dialogue held with the residents of Barangay Pinagbayanan, one of the four barangays in Taysan with an abundance of bamboo plants. Residents from Pinagbayanan use the bamboo to make barbecue sticks, and earn around P500 a week. Most bamboo barbecue stick workers are women, as it is work that can be done from home.
Through Angat Buhay, Department of Science and Technology-Forest Products Research and Development Institute met with the workers to discuss possible technical training for the production of more marketable and high-quality products. Once the community has created good and export quality bamboo handicrafts, Air 21 and RAF International Forwarding, Angat Buhay partners, pledged to help in selling the local products online.
VP Leni also visited Taysan Central School, where Angat Buhay partners Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Vice Squad pledged to build new classrooms for two Grade 3 classes and one Grade 5 class. The latter has also donated one light bulb per student during the visit.
Another partner, Republic Cement also pledged to fund a central kitchen that will serve a total of 750 Kinder to Grade 3 school children not only from Taysan Central School, but also from Pagasa Elementary School, Bilogo Elementary School, and Mapulo Elementary School.
VP Leni also took part in building a school garden in Taysan Central School. Through Angat Buhay, The Circle Hostel brought in ecobricks, which were used instead of cement hollow blocks, to build planter boxes for the school garden.
The Circle Hostel’s initiative using ecobricks is called The Plastic Solution, where they advocate for less plastic use and sustainable living. An ecobrick is a plastic bottle stuffed solid with non-biological waste to create a reusable building block. Ecobricks allow reusing of plastic, rather than have it fill up landfills or end up in the ocean.