Yedda cites gains in Congress, leads Tingog partylist

February 13, 2019
Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez

LEYTE First District Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez brims with confidence from her three-year stint in the 17th Congress as she now leads Tingog for the partylist representation in this year’s mid-term elections.

“We had a fruitful term in Congress, 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 who is also the first nominee of Tingog partylist based in Eastern Visayas.

“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,” she added.

With the support of her colleagues, Romualdez was instrumental in the passage of the 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.

These happened in less than two years of her term in Congress, she said.

“We passed on third reading the Alternative Learning System Bill, which aims to strengthen the alternative learning system, the Expanded Maternity Leave Bill, which enables new mothers to care for their newborn for the first hundred days and recently, the Disaster Resilience Bill, which provides for the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience as the country’s principal agency responsible for preparing and responding to natural disasters and climate change,” said Romualdez, who is a registered nurse.

A committee chairperson on Accounts and vice chairperson of “Interparliamentary Relations and Diplomacy,” Romualdez is also a member of the Committees on Climate Change, Labor and Employment, Tourism, Trade and Industry, Women and Gender Equality.

She authored 57 House bills, to include “The Budget Impoundment Control Act” under the Committee of Accounts that also includes the budget preparation and internal budget of the House.

Her husband, LAKAS-CMD President and former Leyte First District Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, will run for the position in the district in the upcoming elections.

Meanwhile, the lady solon assured voters that Tingog is composed of “very competent team of nominees” who are all from the region.

“We know the people and their concerns. We are more than willing to be their voice in Congress,” said Romualdez, citing the “integrity, dedication, and competence” of the party nominees.

“I have always been part of Tingog. In the three years that I had the opportunity of representing the First District of Leyte in the House of Representatives, Tingog has always been one of our strongest, if not our foremost, partners and allies, in serving not only the First District which I represented, and also the rest of the region,” added Romualdez.