Vice President Leni Robredo gave a tour of her office in Quezon City as it is now converted into a COVID-19 response headquarters, full of rice sacks and boxes containing relief items.
In a 13-minute video uploaded on her Facebook page on Friday (May 15), Robredo showed the viewers around different areas in her office at the Quezon City Reception House, which now serves as the OVP’s relief hub for frontliners and COVID-affected communities.
“Dito kami nagre-receive ng mga visitors pero kung titingnan po natin, iyong buong main section ng office punong-puno ng mga food packs na pinapamigay everyday sa mga communities. Iyong ibang makikita natin dito karamihan ay donations from private organizations, private offices, private citizens,” she said.
“Kung sakaling nakapunta na kayo dito, iyong mga malaking meetings at saka gatherings, dito po ginagawa. So ngayon, kinonvert na talaga siya na relief operations center,” Robredo said.
As she walked around the office, the Vice President showed how disinfection procedures are being strictly implemented at the OVP, especially in the repacking area for personal protective equipment (PPE) sets being delivered to hospitals and health centers.
Robredo also led the viewers to various areas in her office where her staff and volunteers could be seen repacking relief items for frontliners and poor communities and arranging items for OVP’s other projects, such as the free haircut for frontliners and the online market.
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Since March, Robredo’s office launched several initiatives as part of its efforts to relieve the plight of frontliners and communities affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine imposed in Metro Manila and other provinces.
These include the launching of an online donation drive to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) sets, medical supplies, and food and care packages for health workers and non-medical frontliners; free dormitories; free shuttle service; relief packs for poor communities; and procurement of COVID-19 test kits for accredited testing centers.
Among their latest projects were free haircut for frontliners and the launching of Community Mart, where the OVP and the Quezon City government partnered to create an online platform for small vendors in Kamuning Market and provide income for tricycle drivers.