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Messages of hope from 2 House leaders

Martin Romualdez and Lord Alan Velasco
Martin Romualdez and Lord Alan Velasco

THE House of Representatives, led by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, assured Filipinos they will do everything they can to assure them of better lives amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Velasco and Romualdez, in separate Christmas messages, vowed to work harder to help Filipinos recover from the health crisis.

“As your House Speaker, I assure our countrymen that we will do all we can to get us back to out feet and experience the joy we all once had before this pandemic,” Velasco said.

Velasco appealed to the Filipinos not to lose hope as there is a “light at the end of the tunnel.”

“2020 is truly an unprecedented year. There was a time when all seemed hopeless, and we were left wondering if we will all be able to return to our daily routines. There are those who lost their jobs, while others lost their loved ones. I sincerely sympathize with you in these trying times.

“But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it is getting brighter,” Velasco said.

“ We in Congress are doing everything we can to help us all meet that light. We are working tirelessly to pass laws that would help the nation get through this period of difficulty, starting with the 2021 national budget and all other priority legislation of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that are designed to boost the economy and the country’s response to the pandemic,” he added.’

For his part, Romualdez said while this Yuletide may not be the most joyous of our holiday celebrations, but this may yet turn out as the most memorable.

“Even with the restrictions and limitations imposed on us to contain the spread of the epidemic, we have managed to survive and perform our missions in life with vigor,” Romualdez said.

He said the situation today has given the Filipinos time to pause and reflect on the achievements and other important things needed to help improve people’s lives.

“What I found special is our ability to stand tall despite the adversities and our innate nature to reach out to those in need in times of crisis.

“I have seen this indomitable Filipino spirit in the aftermath of Yolanda and I am seeing this again now.

With this resilient spirit of ours, I have no doubt that we can still make this Yuletide season a festive one,” Romualdez said.

“ Now is also the most opportune time to give thanks for all the blessings that we have received throughout the year.

“‘Tis a season for giving, they say, so please find time to continue sharing your blessings with our less fortunate brothers and sisters,” the House leader added.