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VP Leni’s office to launch livelihood arm of Angat Buhay

12 October 2017

To mark anti-poverty program’s 1st anniversary
VP Leni’s office to launch livelihood arm of Angat Buhay

The Office of the Vice President will mark the first anniversary of its anti-poverty program, Angat Buhay, by embarking on a focused push for sustainable jobs and livelihood for communities in need around the country.

Angat Kabuhayan, Angat Buhay’s livelihood arm, will be launched on October 17, Tuesday, at a multi-stakeholder summit at the SMX Convention Center. The summit will feature simultaneous sessions on various project proposals, as well as multiple opportunities to establish linkages between key sectors, including private companies, training and educational institutions, financial institutions, and local government units.

Vice President Leni Robredo said that Angat Kabuhayan was conceptualized in response to a key insight gained during Angat Buhay’s first year: that its main advocacies for poverty alleviation are linked to jobs and livelihood.

“Ang nakita po namin sa aming pag-iikot, kahit ang dami naming tulong na ibinababa, hindi pa din siya sapat, hangga’t hindi natin nape-prepare iyong mga pamilya na magkaroon ng steady na hanapbuhay,” she said. “Kaya naisip namin na sa papasok na second year ng operations ng Angat Buhay, bigyan ng mas malaking emphasis iyong jobs and livelihood.”

With this focused direction, the OVP aims to address the existing problem of mismatch between available jobs and the skills of residents in local communities, create more inclusive models that allow local enterprises to grow and be sustainable, and promote enabling business environments.

Angat Kabuhayan aims to focus its initiatives in several high-growth industries, including agribusiness, construction, information technology and business process, manufacturing, and tourism.

In preparing for the launch, the OVP conducted several roundtable discussions with business groups, and also took into account consultations with partner organizations and communities.

According to VP Leni, the OVP is also working with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other training organizations to “prepare communities for the kind of skills that (companies) need.”

“[O]ne of the things that we realized was that there are jobs available, but some of the skills are not there. So we want to fill that gap. We can provide training for the skills, and provide (companies) with the skills that (they) need,” she added.

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