Vice President-elect Leni Robredo’s work will not be hampered by the shoestring budget given to the Office of the Vice President (OVP).
Boyet Dy, the head of Robredo’s transition team, noted that Robredo is used to reaching out to various sectors to boost cooperation and resources in pushing for her advocacies — eradicating poverty, rural development and women’s rights.
“The OVP has a budget, and we feel that it is something we can work with. We want to find out the leeway and resources needed to push these advocacies regardless of a Cabinet portfolio. We will also be looking at engaging stakeholders that could compliment and augment what she is able to do,” Dy told reporters.
“She will hit the ground running,” he added.
Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte had said that he did not consider any cabinet post for Robredo because he does not want to hurt the feelings of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Robredo beat Marcos by 263,473 votes.
“Incoming Vice President Leni has always been pushing for good governance and linking the government and the people, and that is the principle that she will carry on [for the next six years],” Dy said.
The OVP has been allotted a P500 million budget for 2016, one of the lowest allocations in the national budget.
But Robredo’s camp is unfazed.
“Expect consultation with stakeholders and various sectors…provincial trips, because incoming Vice President Leni is a natural convenor, bringing people together, so that the marginalized voices will be heard,” Dy said.