Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday presided over a recognition ceremony for outstanding Palawan citizens chosen under her program initiative Istorya ng Pagasa.
Robredo was the main guest in the opening of a photo gallery exhibit at the SM Premier Mall showcasing the individual success stories of the selected Palaweños.
The program, dubbed Istorya ng Pagasa (INP), aims to promote social change by highlighting the success stories of selected individuals throughout the country.
The photo gallery, now on exhibit at the SM Premier Mall, showcases the stories of individuals who have contributed positive changes to society.
Robredo said through the program, she hopes to promote a “social narrative of hope and positivism among Filipinos.:
“Hope is a powerful thing,” Vice President Robredo said in her speech as she narrated the stories of some of the awardees.
She cited Ferdinand Opinion, who have manages to put up a business despite his physical disability.
She also singled out Rogelip Kene, a member of Palaw’an tribe who went to high school on his own and is now an agri-entrepreneur, and Virginia Dureza, who has successfully ventured into agribusiness.
The other INP awardees were: Eva Acierto, Conchita Munslad, Jonathan Benitez, Paciano Madlat, Valentin Padrones, Taytay Palawan Municipal Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Joneric Lumbag, Fe Tria Fernandez, Rochelle Viray, Bobby Castro, Eric Yayen, Brooke’s Point Public Elementary and Secondary teachers multi-purpose cooperative, Rogelio Buenviaje, Eva Valledor, Maglia Jave Dignadice, Atty. Grizelda Mayo-Anda, Jeffrey Yana, Azarael and Linda Gonzaga, PPC Hammerhead Sharks Swimming Team, and former governor Salvador Socrates.
Robredo said the Istorya ng Pag-asa is not only a story of individual successes but also a demonstration of the Filipino’s will to positively contribute to society.
She said she will continue to promote the program in other parts of the country.
“Iikot pa tayo sa buong Pilipinas. Ito ang magiging contribusyon natin para mabago ang usapan sa bawat isa,” she said.