Ahon Laylayan Koalisyon
Ahon Laylayan Koalisyon is a platform for determining the needs of the communities, especially the poorest sector of the society. It is the brainchild of vice president Leni Robredo who met with representatives of various civil society groups for a planning session. Launched in 2019, it aims to improve local governance and make local government units (LGUs) accessible to constituents.
Robredo met with people coming from various sectors including women, transport, labor, farmers, fisher folks, faith-based groups, persons with disabilities (PWDs), cooperatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), youth, senior citizens, urban poor, vendors, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), academe, and professionals.
The platform is aimed to help various civil society organizations to formulate a “People's Agenda” and activities for their respective sectors. Issues and concerns, as well as ongoing activities to address such matters, were discussed at Robredo’s meeting with the representatives. Aside from financial assistance, the OVP also offers sustainable training and financial management programs. Robredo said that by doing so, the program’s “partners” will be given hope and more confidence about their power to participate in governance.
In April 2019, the Ahon Laylayan Koalisyon was launched at the Romblon State University in Odiongan, Romblon. Robredo met with some 2,000 representatives of multi-sectoral groups in the province. It was also launched in Negros Occidental. Robredo said that she admired the determination of basic sectors for a better tomorrow which inspires government officials like her to work and empower them and other Filipinos in need.
In May 2019, it was launched in Naga City, Bicol to boast “inclusive” local governance. In another event, Robredo also turned over a seawall project to the residents of Brgy. Palawig in San Andres, Catanduanes.
On 12 December 2019, Robredo met with the representatives of the women sector under the Ahon Laylayan Koalisyon- Lanao del Sur at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City. The meeting was in time for the culmination of the 18-day international campaign on violence against women and children. They met to discuss pressing matters including the need for economic empowerment through livelihood and the fight for violence-free communities.
In March 2021, Robredo paid a courtesy call to Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Councilor Lilani Ramos to update the ongoing programs and services being implemented in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental. The OVP also had a dialogue with people's organization in the city and other towns to find out how they can assist to address their needs.
On 1 July 2021, Robredo led the way to augment the capacities of the Cabungbungan Linggahub United Farmers & Farmworkers Association (CALUFFA), majority of whom are beneficiaries of the Agrarian Reform Law. During the virtual turnover, Robredo said the OVP aims to fill in the gaps of capacity-building through financial assistance.
On the same day, the OVP also turned over one big motorized fishing boat with complete equipment to Panas-an Small Fisherfolks Association (PASFA) for the group to be able to reach far into the sea and compete with the bigger boats.
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