BY MANUEL L. CABALLERO
Former PH Vice President Leni Gerona Robredo, herself, considers her selection as one of five Hauser Leaders at Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership during the 2022 Fall Semester which began last August 31 as a "huge honor."
Indeed, it is an honor, not only to the former VP, but also to millions of Filipinos who witnessed the effectiveness of her leaderahip during the past 6 years, especially during the period of pandemic and each time there was catastrophe. The former vice president transformed the OVP (Office of Vice President) from a traditionally idle government office waiting for the sitting president to die or get incapacitated into an active and publicly responsive office.
According to Harvard University, "the Hauser Leaders Program hosts a unique portfolio of high-profile leaders and practitioners from across public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Hauser Leaders spend their time on campus advising students and engaging with faculty during richly-programmed visits throughout the academic year. By teaching skill-building and leadership development workshops, engaging key external stakeholders, and advising students and alumni, Hauser Leaders enact the Center for Public Leadership’s mission to develop principled, effective public leaders who make positive change in the world." (Mac Hauser is a former psychology professor at Harvard).
This space wishes ex-VP Robredo all the best in her new role.
It is our opinion that this is a good time for the domestically popular former vice president to explore other territories, like the United Nations, so she could contribute her expertise in leadership, organization and management to the rest of the world.
The next few months will also be a good opportunity for ex-VP Leni to fulfill her promise made during her trip to New York in May that she would meet with her Filipino supporters in the New York/New Jersey area who are anxious to meet her in person in her next visit.