In her last two days in post, Vice President Leni Robredo said she would be leaving the office a better institution and more responsive to the needs of the people.
“’Yung dream ko pag-alis, kung ano 'yung OVP better off than when we first started, number one. 'Yung number two na ang OVP ilayo ko sa politika. Number three, gusto ko na pag maghahanap ng trabaho...ng ibang trabaho ang taga-OVP pag nakita na galing syang OVP, pag-aagawan siya at mai-impress agad sa kanya. Tingin ko ang lahat ng dreams na 'yun na fulfill,” Robredo said in Saleema Refran’s report on “24 Oras”.
(My dream before stepping out of office is to make the OVP better off than when we started, that’s number one. Number two is to veer away from politics. Number three, I want other employers to be impressed by those working here, so that when the former OVP staff search for other job opportunities, they will not find it hard.)
The country’s second highest official spent her last Tuesday as the sitting vice president in the company of her staff and their families at the OVP office in Quezon City.
Robredo thanked the OVP personnel for their hard work, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She also apologized to them for sometimes pushing them to work too hard in the last six years.
“‘Yung hardwork talaga nasa sainyo. Kaya ako gusto ko magpasalamat to each and everyone of you. Sobrang proud ako sa inyong lahat lalo na noong pandemic, marami 'yung gumagawa ng mga trabaho na wala na sa job description. Pero hindi tayo nakakita ng pagaalinlangan,” she said.
(The hard work is all yours. That’s why I want to thank each and every one of you. I am so proud of all of you, especially during the pandemic. A lot of you are working beyond your job description but none of of you showed hesitation.)
“Hindi ako madaling boss kasi sobrang demanding ako. Hihingi na ako sa inyo ngayon ng paumanhin dahil sinasabi nga ni (chief of staff) Boyet (Dy) kanina na na-stretch natin ang bawat isa. Parang I feel so guilty na ako siguro nag-stretch ng grabe sa inyo,” she added.
(I am not easy boss to work for because I am demanding. I want to apologize to all of you because just like what Boyet said, we stretched ourselves too much. I felt guilty because I think it is I who stretched you out the most.)
June 29, 2022 will be Robredo’s last day in office for the turnover of responsibilities to the staff of Vice President-elect Sara Duterte.—Sundy Mae Locus/LDF, GMA News