THE Tingog Sinirangan (Tingog) party-list has launched a training program for its local leaders in preparation for the May 13, 2019 midterm polls.
Tingog President Glenn Capucion presented the principles and platform of the party to help guide the participants on what the party-list hopes to achieve for Eastern Visayas and the rest of the country.
Capucion said the party’s core advocacies are included in its motto: pagbag-o (change), paglaum (hope), and pag-uswag (progress).
He added that in this context, Tingog will “establish, promote, foster and preserve the political, legal, social and economic foundations of a truly just, free and democratic Filipino society through a three-point approach: transformational politics, shared governance, and development of the peripheries.”
Bebot Diaz, the chief of staff of former first Lady now Ilocos Norte (2ND District) Rep. Imelda Marcos, said the leaders of Eastern Visayas “have to work together because cooperation is important” in attaining the party’s objectives.
“Human resource is our greatest asset,” said Diaz as he assured the party of their support.
Mark Gimenez, the party chairman, also introduced the structures, segments, and strategies of Tingog.
In his speech, Gimenez reminded the party leaders to remain focused on their respective functions and goals.
Jude Acidre, the party’s second nominee, said Tingog is joiningthe party list elections to continue the vision started by the late Governor Benjamin Romualdez for Eastern Visayas in Congress by ensuring that Region VIII will get at least four percent of the annual national budget.
He also laid out some of the legislative agenda of the party which includes the expansion of the Leyte Ecological-Industrial Zone and the institutionalization of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) among others.
“With Eastern Visayas now being the poorest region in the country, there is a need for a stronger voice to represent it in the creation of relevant policy and legislation, as well as in ensuring the delivery of government services,” Acidre said.
“Tingog is here dahil may laban tayo,” added Rachelle Santiago, secretary-general of Tingog.
An open forum with party list nominees was also spearheaded by Leo Christian Lauzon, Tingog youth secretary-general.
Rommel Capungcol led the participants to a “Challenge Talk” followed by the synthesizing of the discussions by Mark Stephen Reyes, the Tingog media relations officer.
Through the party list system of representation, Tingog nominees said the party “aspires to be a stronger and more proactive party-list representative for Eastern Visayas in Congress.”
“Tingog hopes to serve the Filipino family, especially in Eastern Visayas, and enable them to achieve a dignified quality of life through access to education, healthcare, and livelihood opportunities.
“Tingog also hopes that every family in Eastern Visayas will see their home transform it into one of the country’s top ten highly-developed regions in ten years,” it added.
Founded in October 2, 2012 as then the provincial political party in Leyte, Tingog is currently being led by “young, dynamic, and competent community leaders from Eastern Visayas, figures who have already made significant individual and professional accomplishments and have now bonded together with a new vision of political leadership, seeking tocontribute their collective skills for the development of the region.”
Tingog was officially accredited by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as a party-list organization qualified to run under the party-list elections since 2015.
The other nominees of Tingog are Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, first nominee; Jaime Go, community volunteer and entrepreneur from Javier, Leyte, third nominee; Alexis Yu, a pharmacist and community leader from Basey, Samar, fourth nominee; and Jennifer Padual, a community leader and human resource management professional from Guiuan, Eastern Samar, fifth nominee.