LSE's international development society, DESTIN
LSE Department of International Development
Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre
The Vice President of the Philippines, Leni Robredo, on overcoming poverty and the role of politics in economic growth
Friday, 6th April 2018 5:30-7:30pm
London School of Economics campus, London, UK
Please use the hashtag #LSEVPLeni
This is a free, ticketed event for LSE students and staff only.
Tickets available via LSESU soon.
Venue will be announced closer to the date.
Maria Leonor “Leni” Gerona Robredo was elected as Vice President of the Philippines on May 2016 and has since worked towards fulfilling her commitment to a pro-poor administration founded on good governance, as well as strong social welfare, public infrastructure and national security.
Under her office, she has launched a number of anti-poverty initiatives, including the widely successful Angat Buhay programme, which partners local governments with NGOs, the private sector and other actors towards funding projects such as housing, education, livelihoods and disaster management. The Vice President has overcome the Philippines' challenging political landscape in waging the "larger war" against poverty.
A staunch advocate of human rights, Leni Robredo has devoted her entire professional life in the service of the most vulnerable sectors of Philippine society. She served as a Public Attorney and is a member of the alternative lawyers group SALIGAN. After winning a seat in the Sixteenth Congress, she remained constant in her priority attention to farmers and fisherfolk; women, particularly in oppressive circumstances; and indigenous people.