TINGOG party-list, represented by second nominee Jude Acidre has participated in an election forum in Tacloban City to give voters an opportunity to know more about the party-list’s legislative agenda in the coming May 13 elections.
“This is Tingog’s vision for Eastern Visayas - Our region’s population of four million comprises four percent of our country’s population. But in the last 30 years, our measly share in the country’s national budget has been a little more than 1%. Clearly, this is a situation that we need to reverse. Our people deserve more. Tingog has the duty to make that happen,” said Acidre.
Acidre outlined the legislative agenda of Tingog during the recently concluded “Harampang 2019” organized by UP Tacloban Debate Society and UP Vista Student Publication at the University of the Philippines Tacloban.
Acidre said Tingog’s four-point agenda for the region are: “First, higher family income through rural industrialization and jobs creation, sustained support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and increased farm and agribusiness output. Second, increased social services particularly free Alternative Learning System (ALS) and technical and vocational education, quality and accessible healthcare and stronger conditional cash transfer program. Third, innovative and proactive governance through enhanced local government autonomy, effective regional governance and results-based disaster resilience. Fourth, sustained economic growth through a bigger regional share in the national budget, better roads and infrastructure and reduced poverty incidence.”
Asked by progressive group People Surge on how Tingog will address issues related to the post-Yolanda rehabilitation, Acidre explained that if given the opportunity to be in Congress, Tingog “will ensure that a comprehensive review must be conduct to evaluate the implementation of the post-Yolanda projects, take steps to address any lapses or irregularity and those who would be found responsible for irregularities especially in the resettlement housing projects must be held accountable.”
“Likewise, Tingog is committed to refile a bill creating a Department of Disaster Resilience, which was initially authored by Tingog first nominee Yedda Marie K. Romualdez,” said Acidre.
On healthcare sector, Acidre emphasized that Tingog “will work hard to ensure quality and accessible healthcare facilities, particularly the increase of the bed capacity of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), the establishment of another government tertiary hospital to be known as the Samar Island Regional Medical Center and to push for the modernization of primary hospital especially in rural communities.”
While Acidre identified the challenges facing the business sector, he also offered doable solutions to it.
According to the Tingog nominee, the two “important” challenges confronting the business sector in Tacloban are “the lack of competitiveness, that would allow the city to build on its unique strengths and comparative advantage over other similar regional centers in the country and second, need for increased productivity, that is, the need to expand further the city’s economic output.”
“In order to increase competitiveness, Tingog will focus on improving investments in social service delivery and infrastructure development, particularly the modernization of the Tacloban airport and the construction of a new seaport. In order to enhance productivity, we will spearhead programs to aggressively pursue sustained investment promotion and ensure the ease of doing business in the city,” he said.
Acidre added that building competitiveness and productivity “will enable our city’s economic and social gains to have a trickle-down effect on the improvement of the regional economy and the economy of the rest of the cities and provinces in Eastern Visayas.”