Governance with ‘Malasakit’ vowed

Yedda Marie K. Romualdez

TINGOG first nominee Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez reiterated yesterday her commitment to sustain her “malasakit” (compassionate) brand of governance and performance in serving the electorate under the Duterte administration.

“Rest assured that the malasakit governance we have been implementing will continue to ensure that people who are less in life would enjoy more government’s malasakit under President Rodrigo Duterte through sufficient funding on education, health and other social services,” said Romualdez, the outgoing Leytefirst district representative and the chairperson of the House Committee on Accounts, whose group was one of the 51 party-list organizations proclaimed winners by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last Wednesday night.

Romualdez recalled it was her husband, Leyte Representative-elect Martin Romualdez who served as the former House Independent Bloc Leader of the previous 16th Congress, who initiated the “malasakit” brand of service and performance during the latter’s three-term as lawmaker of the First District of Leyte

She thanked all of Tingog’s supporters following its victory in the last election and believing in the organization that will advance in Congress the interests of Eastern Visayas.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all the support and votes given to us in the last election,” said Romualdez.

“We will work harder to show that we are worthy of all your support. Our team is committed to fulfill our duties and responsibilities to provide Filipinos better lives,” said Romualdez.

“Now is the time for change and we need one strong voice that will fulfill the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of the people who have been battling poverty for a long time. Let’s give the Eastern Visayas the chance to be one of the country’s most competitive regions in the country,” said Romualdez who underscored the importance to further industrialize Eastern Visayas to generate more jobs and lift the region from poverty.

Founded in October 2012 as Tingog Leytehon, a provincial political party based in Leyte, Tingog was officially accredited by the Comelec as a party-list organization through a resolution promulgated in August 2015.

In the pursuit of bringing more “malasakit” reforms in Region VIII and other parts of the country, Romualdez vowed to eliminate poverty and economic concerns, push for pro-poor programs and genuine development to be felt by ordinary people and make the country less vulnerable to disasters.

Romualdez underscored again the need for Region 8 to be represented under the party-list system to ensure that marginalized sector will have one strong voice in Congress.

“We hope to give one strong voice to the people of region and champion the cause of authentic regional development and make not only Region 8, but the entire country less vulnerable to disasters,” said Romualdez, one of the principal authors of the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) that the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading, which seeks to drastically reduce the country’s vulnerability to natural hazards.