Tingog supports Duterte agenda

Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez

TINGOG First Nominee and Leyte First District Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez yesterday vowed to sustain her fruitful term in the incoming 18th Congress to further boost President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s legislative agenda should her party-list group win seats in the scheduled midterm poll this Monday.

“We had a fruitful term in Congress and we will continue our malasakit (compassionate) legacy to carry the legislative agenda of President Duterte. With the bills we passed, with the projects implemented and the leadership role that was given to us. Despite being a first-termer, we were able to deliver strong results, positively impacting the quality of life in our district, of course with the help of our partners, including Tingog,” said Romauldez, the chairperson of the House committee on accounts.

“A lot has been accomplished, yet so much remains to be done. When the opportunity to serve comes your way, I believe we need to embrace with a deep sense of duty. That is why when Tingog nominated me to its first seat I readily accepted the challenge, knowing that if we work together as hard as we did in the last three years we can do so much more, not only for the First District of Leyte but for the rest of the region,” Romualdez, a registered nurse and a vice chairperson of the House committee on government enterprises and privatization, said.

With the support of her colleagues, Romualdez was instrumental in the passage into law of the Expanded Maternity Bill, Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which provides for free college education in all state colleges and universities and the Ease of Doing Business Act, which intends to help budding small and medium entrepreneurs.

In the pursuit of bringing more “malasakit” reforms under the Duterte administration, 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.

The lady House leader reiterated to sustain her “malasakit” brand of service and performance in serving the electorate under the Duterte administration as her team ended the 90-day grueling campaign period Saturday.

Romualdez, a vice chairperson of Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy, underscored the need for Region 8 to be represented under the party-list system to ensure that the marginalized sector will have one strong voice in Congress.

She is also a member of House committees on climate change, labor and employment, tourism, trade and industry, women and gender equality.

Her husband, Lakas-Christina Muslim Democrats (CMD) President and former Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), will run again for Congress in the upcoming elections.

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

Tingog party-list’s other nominees include Jude Acidre, former seminarian from Sacred Heart Seminary’s Syzygos-Amadeus Batch 1999, as Second Nominee; Jamie J. Go, Jaime “Boy” Go, entrepreneur and community volunteer from Javier, Leyte, as Third Nominee; Alexis V. Yu, pharmacist and community leader from Basey, Samar, as Fourth Nominee; and Jennifer C. Padual, community leader and human resource management professional from Guiuan, Eastern Samar, as Fifth Nominee.