Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo has promised to open her office to everyone, “regardless of class, belief and political party”, starting by taking it to the farthest and smallest villages in the country to know the needs of the residents during the first 100 days of her term.
“Bukas ang tanggapan ng pangalawang pangulo para sa lahat, ano man ang katayuan sa buhay, paniniwala at partido,” said Robredo in her inaugural speech in Filipino, after taking her oath before Barangay Captain Rolando Coner, of Punta Tarawal and Barangay Captain Regina Celeste San Miguel of Mariana in Quezon City on Thursday, June 30.
(The Office of the Vice President is open to everyone, regardless of class in society, belief, and political party.)
Punta Tarawal is the smallest, farthest and poorest town of Camarines Sur’s third district, which Robredo represented as a member of the House of Representatives.
“Sa unang isang daang araw plano nating magtungo sa pinakamalalayo at pinakamaliliit na barangay sa ating bansa upang alamin ang mg bagay na nais ninyong matugunan,” Robredo said.
(In the first 100 days, I plan to visit the farthest and smallest villages in the country to know about the services that they would need to be delivered to them.)
Robredo said she hoped that by doing so, the people would feel the government’s presence.
Robredo said she would focus on issues such as hunger, healthcare, education, and people empowerment.
In apparent reference to the prevailing atmosphere of divisiveness brought about by allegations of fraud in the May 9 elections, Robredo said:
“Sa panahon ng matinding hidwaan, ang pagkakaisa ng bansa ang tanging pag-asa.”
(In times of conflict, unity is our only hope.)
At the same time, Robredo encouraged everyone to consult her office whenever they needed help.
“Tayo ay magiging tanggapan na palaging nakikinig sa boses ng taumbayan,” Robredo said.
(Our office will always be here to listen to the people’s voice.)
Quoting her late husband and former Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, the vice president said: “What brings us together as a nation is far more powerful that what pulls as apart.” Jesse Robredo died from a helicopter crash in 2012.
She stressed that unity among Filipinos was the key to solve the country’s social problems.
Robredo took her oath at 9:00 a.m. at the Quezon City Reception House where she would hold office.