Outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay welcomes Vice President-elect Leni Robredo to office by sending a letter dated May 31.
On Wednesday night, June 15, Robredo’s eldest daughter Aika posted the letter on Twitter and thanked Binay for being “so gracious.”
Binay, in his letter, has expressed his “sincerest congratulations” to Robredo in light of recent victory in the 2016 elections.
He said, “I look forward to personally meeting you. For the past six years, and despite its modest budget, the OVP has extended assistance to thousands of poor and marginalized Filipinos, including our brothers and sisters working abroad.”
The outgoing vice president also expressed his confidence in Robredo by saying, “I am confident that with you as the next Vice President, the OVP will continue to be an instrument for social justice.”
Binay also told Robredo that he had already instructed Undersecretary Benjamin Martinez to discuss Robredo’s transition with her team.
In a statement, the chief of staff in the Office of the Vice President (OVP) Undersecretary Benjamin Martinez said he was instructed by the outgoing vice president to make the transition “as smooth as possible.”
Martinez said the OVP does not want any service interruption even with the transfer of vice presidency to Robredo.
“Whatever information, whatever is needed for them to transfer easily, we will provide it,” Martinez added.
According to the transition report that the OVP provided, it has served 56,722 poor people seeking medical, burial, and transport assistance from July 2010 to March 2016. Relief assistance has also been provided to 642,143 families; medical and dental check to 143,251 beneficiaries; educational support to 124,416 children of indigenous groups; and wheelchairs to 734 differently-abled persons.