Vice President Leni Robredo said there is a need for government and the private sector to forge a partnership in efforts to help communities.
Speaking before the participants of the 28th South Luzon Area Business Conference (SOLABC) on Friday in the city, Robredo said the partnership will resolve gaps in the provision of the necessities of life and business.
She said this as she cited the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) “as a model in bringing a series of consultation and training to bridge the gap between livelihood and employment in the Philippines.”
She said the PCCI has been an active partner of the Office of the Vice President in helping bring projects to the communities, especially in the countryside.
She also made special mention of the Astoria Hotel and Resorts for providing scholarships to students they are hiring.
Robredo said they have also adopted the municipality of Agutaya in northeastern Palawan and brought solar panels there to provide electricity to around 400 households through the ASA Philippines Microfinance Foundation.
.”We adopt the poorest community, like the town of Agutaya in the northeastern part of Palawan. Napakahirap pumunta doon. Naabutan namin ang isang bayan na walang kuryente,” Robredo said.
The project is expected to energize and develop the fishing community of 1,212 residents of the remote island town, according to Kamrul H. Tarafder, president of ASA Philippines Foundation, which has been operating in the country since 2004.
The electricity generated by solar panels enables the community to improve their sources of livelihood like the weaving of mats and bags which they supply to nearby Amanpulo resort.
“When we speak of inclusivity, it is not on government alone. Tulong-tulong talaga para makaabot sa mga mahihirap sa mga barangay,” Robredo said.
About 200 businessmen from Regions 1V-A, IV-B and V attended the 28th SOLABC.
The conference tackled issues on infrastructure and digital connectivity, tourism development, and marketing among others.