LIKE other impoverished regions in the country, Eastern Visayas (EV) lacks industrial activities to generate more employment opportunities and speed up the area’s socio-economic development.
With a land area of 23,234.78 square kilometers, Region 8 or EV is composed of the provinces of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Southern Leyte and Leyte, which includes Tacloban City.
Thus, the Tingog Party-list group of Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez deserves the support of the people as it exerts efforts to push for the industrialization of Eastern Visayas.
Ms. Romualdez, wife of Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Ferdinand Martin ‘FM’ G. Romualdez, is the first Tingog nominee, while Philip Jude Acidre is the second nominee.
A lawyer and a former member of the House of Representatives, where he headed the highly-influential independent bloc, ‘FM’ is now running for congressman in the 1st District of Leyte.
Acidre said the Tingog Party-list is, certainly, committed to the creation of more productive jobs in the region. “This means,” he said, “getting our industrialization policy back on track.”
But the second Tingog nominee was quick to emphasize that the industrialization policy must be responsive to current needs of the people of Eastern Visayas and “attentive to our ecological realities.”
At the same time, Acidre underscored the need to attract new locators or even upgrade the facilities located at the Leyte Industrial Development Estate (LIDE), which was established in the 1980s.
The home to the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation, a copper smelting and refinery plant, LIDE was among the first special economic zones in the Philippines and the centerpiece of the country’s industrialization plan.
We believe that Tingog Party-list has programs of action on how to address the problems of hunger, poverty, homelessness, underemployment and joblessness not only in Eastern Visayas but elsewhere.