IN the pursuit of bringing more “malasakit” (compassionate) reforms to Eastern Visayas, Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez on Wednesday filed her Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) as nominee of the Tingog Sinirangan Party List group.
Addressing their supporters outside the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Manila for the 2019 elections, Romualdez vowed to push for the advancement of Region 8 or Eastern Visayas by fighting poverty and economic woes caused by the rising prices of basic commodities, push for pro-poor programs and genuine developments to be felt by ordinary people and make the country less vulnerable to disasters.
Romualdez underscored 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, the chairperson of the House Committee on Accounts.
“After getting back on our feet following Yolanda’s devastation, we are inspired by the challenge to make a much better Eastern Visayas,” said Romualdez, a vice chairperson of the House Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization, who represents Tacloban City or the ground zero during the Yolanda onslaught.
“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.
Romualdez is the first nominee of Tingog Sinirangan followed by Jude A. Acidre, Jamie J. Go, Alexis V. Yu, and Jennifer C. Padual.
Acidre, the second nominee, said “if Eastern Visayas comprises four percent of the country’s population, then why is it that our share in the national budget is a little more than 1%?”
“That is why we need a stronger voice in Congress that would strengthen our representation in pushing for our region’s interests as well as that of other similarly situated regions. We need to work hard to make Region VIII great!” Acidre pointed out.
Romualdez, a registered nurse and vice chairperson of the House Committee on Government Reorganization, is 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.
She and re-electionist Sen. Sonny Angara are the principal authors of the proposed law declaring November 8 of every year as the “Typhoon Yolanda Resiliency Day” in Eastern Visayas that the House of Representatives and the Senate approved on third and final reading.
The Leyte lawmaker is a staunch advocate of the proposed law seeking to grant the 105-day paid maternity leave for expectant working mothers in public and private sectors with an option to extend an additional 30 days without pay that the bicameral conference committee approved.
The congresswoman is also one of the authors of the proposed law principally filed by Nueva Ecija Rep. Micaela S. Violago seeking to grant mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to all persons with disabilities (PWDs) that the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading.
Romualdez is also one of the authors of a substitute bill seeking to institutionalize a National Integrated Cancer Control Program (NICCP) that the House Committee on Ways and Means approved.
Romualdez is the wife of Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez who is the president of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD).
Martin Romualdez will run for Congress in the First District of Leyte in next year’s midterm poll and served as the House Independent Bloc leader during the 16th Congress.