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VP Robredo visits far-flung sitio in Caramoan, CamSur

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Vice President Leni Robredo has visited a far-flung sitio in Caramoan, Camarines Sur for the inauguration of a typhoon-resilient classroom building in the area.

Robredo and her team went to Sitio Lipata in Caramoan, CamSur, which required about three and a half hours of land travel from Naga, and another hour and a half by boat from the Caramoan mainland.

“But this is nothing compared to the struggles that the residents of this small community have to go through: children walking two hours each way, every day, to attend classes at the nearest elementary school—even when they are as young as preschoolers; most households without electricity; lack of potable water; and having to cross the seas to get to the town proper,” the Vice President narrated.

Robredo said that they were “warmly welcomed” by the residents during their visit.

“Despite these, we were warmly welcomed by the residents and by the people and organizations who are standing with them to ensure that their needs will be addressed,” she said.

“Many thanks to our #AngatBuhay partner, the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, for having my team and I in the inauguration of a typhoon-resilient classroom building that will be used not only by students until Grade 3, but also by adults studying under the Alternative Learning System (ALS), and for the turnover of several other donations, including School-in-a-Bag kits from Smart, solar lamps, and lunchboxes from Lock & Lock,” she added.

Robredo said that just like the Sitio Lipata, there are a lot of areas in the country that the government has not reached so far.

“There are many concerns that will still need to be addressed, here in Sitio Lipata, and in many other far-flung communities that government has not reached around the country,” she said.

“But days like this leave us hopeful that as long as we work together, we can make lives better, one community at a time,” she added.