Angat Buhay is a project of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) Leni Robredo in the fight against poverty. Launched in 2016, it aims to bring together the public and private sectors to address the needs of families in the farthest and poorest communities in the country. It aims to empower the poor and the marginalized sectors of society through poverty alleviation programs that support their livelihoods.
It has six advocacy areas: food security and nutrition, universal healthcare, public education, rural development, housing and resettlement, and women empowerment. To help solve poverty in a community, the OVP capacitates key sectors including disaster-affected families, grassroot stakeholders, urban poor, women and the youth by empowering them through various modes of engagement.
Among its projects are the provision of solar power in remote villages, medical assistance, and the construction of health centers and classrooms, among others.
As of December 2020, Angat Buhay has partnered with 330 organizations and mobilized a total of Php 441.14 million worth of resources for 341,779 families and 221,122 individuals in 381 communities nationwide. During Robredo’s keynote address at the 5th Asian Philanthropic Development Conference (APOC) on 28 July 2021, she said that Angat Buhay is her best legacy and she hopes her successor and other government agencies can expand the concept.
Angat Buhay Villages
Under the initiative “Bayanihan”, the OVP and its private partners target to build 50 housing units for families especially those affected by typhoons. The Angat Buhay Village is a project of the OVP, the University of Nueva Caceres, Kaya Natin! Movement, and the Sagñay local government. The construction of 37 housing units also started in Calabanga, Camarines Sur. Households from Calabanga, a coastal town, were damaged during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly in November 2020. There are also Angat Buhay Villages in Marawi, Albay, and Lupi, Camarines Sur.
Angat Buhay Women
Angat Buhay Women (ABW) aims to capacitate the Filipina to be self-reliant and empowered economically. This can be done by providing them access to livelihood opportunities, jobs, and increased knowledge on how to do business. ABW also aims to influence communities to become gender-responsive by providing avenues for women to actively participate in the decision-making process within their areas.
Under the umbrella of Women’s Economic Empowerment Program, several initiatives were launched in the country. 138 participants joined the Workshop for Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs (WAWE) programs. They were able to learn hands-on and meet with larger markets where they can sell their products. Among OVP’s partners for the initiative were SPARK Philippines, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Seaoil Foundation, and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, among others.
Angat Buhay Youth
Angat Buhay Youth aims to mobilize young Filipinos to join the fight against poverty by providing them with skills and support needed to implement projects in their communities. 48 youth organizations have benefited from various programs and summits organized by the OVP.
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