Angat Buhay Foundation
FORMER vice president Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo marked the first year anniversary of Angat Buhay Foundation, which she founded and currently heads, by expanding the group to include more volunteer individuals and organizations and helping them give back to their respective communities.
Angat Bayanihan, the volunteer network that was first launched in August 2022, has mobilized 188 grassroot organizations, which were former volunteer groups during the presidential campaign in the 2022 national elections. These were composed of 13,705 individual volunteers in 47 provinces.
Out of more than 100 official partners, 57 were present in the celebration to collaborate with potential donors to help sustain their programs.
“Angat Bayanihan is open to all Filipinos who continue to dream of uplifting the lives of everyone,” Angat Buhay Executive Director Raffy Magno said.
The Angat Buhay Foundation started with 50 volunteer organizations.
“We are one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the country,” Magno said.
Since its establishment on July 1, 2022, the non-government organization has helped thousands of Filipinos with its programs in health, education, disaster risk response and people empowerment.
“We are not only celebrating a year of working together. But we’re also recognizing a milestone in community engagement and empowerment advocacy,” Magno said.
As of June this year, the foundation’s flagship telemedicine platform Bayanihan e-Konsulta, has served 7,706 unique patients with the help of 285 medical volunteers.
The program, which was originally intended for Covid-19 response has expanded to mental health services.
In its efforts to provide access to free education, the foundation has established 137 community learning hubs nationwide.
These hubs were equipped with trained teaching volunteers and learning tools.
“Improving literacy and numeracy of Filipino students needs community-based involvement. We enjoined the assistance of education experts and stakeholders in designing the modules, training and evaluation system. In our monitoring, all hubs improved learners’ literacy while 95 percent of students improved in their numeracy from pre-test to post-test,” Magno said.
The foundation has served a total 20,131 families affected by natural and man-made disasters from 93 displaced communities.
“If I were to ask how I feel while reporting these achievements, I can say that my heart is full of gratitude. I’m very proud of the things we have done in a year,” Robredo said in her speech.