Robredo celebrates 51st birthday with urban poor groups in Caloocan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 April 2016 14:52

Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential bet Leni Robredo celebrated her 51st birthday with several urban poor organizations in Camarin, Caloocan Saturday.

Robredo was welcomed by the Camarin Balikatan Community Association, Inc. (CABACAI); Mabini Lapu-Lapu Neigborhood Association, Inc., (MALANAI); Samahan ng Responsableng Anak ng Nayon, Inc. (SARANAY); and San Vicente Urban Ferrer Urban Development Community Association, Inc., (SVFUCDAI).

Paolo Roxas and Judy Araneta-Roxas, son and mother of LP standard bearer Mar Roxas, and TV host/actress Kris Aquino also joined the celebration, which started with a Holy Mass.

“We are very happy that she chose our area to celebrate the most important day of her life.  We know how busy she is from her hectic schedule of campaign, but she is here with us to listen to our concerns,” said SARANAY president Andres Aquino.

“We know that if both Mar and Leni win, they can help us proclaim our land for socialized housing,” he added.

For 28 years, Aquino is living with almost 3,000 informal-settlers families a 10-hectare land in Camarin, Caloocan, which they are asking to be proclaimed as socialized housing in favor of the bona fide actual occupants.

Last April 9, Roxas and Robredo signed a social contract with the Urban Poor Associates (UPA) and Community Organizers Multiversity (COM) that will promote the rights and welfare of the urban poor.

“The signing of the covenant with Secretary Mar and Rep. Leni is the continuation of the social contract of President Aquino to the urban poor that was done in 2010,” UPA Field Director Alice Murphy said.

A lawyer for the poor, Robredo provided free legal aid to the marginalized sectors of society, including farmers, fishermen and abused women for a long time before becoming the representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur.

From sixth place in October, she is now in first place in the recent survey results with less than three weeks to go before the elections.