Eastern Visayas cry for dev’t will now be heard

Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez

TINGOG party-list first nominee and Leyte First District Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez yesterday assured that the clamor for regional development in Eastern Visayas will be heard finally in the incoming 18th Congress.

Romualdez, the chairperson of the House committee on accounts, is expected to get the single seat to be given to Tingog based on the partial and unofficial results of the party-list poll.

“Tingog, as such, primarily exists to be the voice of the people, one who will serve to amplify their previously unheeded hopes and aspirations,” said Romualdez, a registered nurse and husband of Leyte First District Rep.-elect Martin Romualdez, President of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) and Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD).

“The trust given by the public to Tingog is the reason why we are here. We cannot afford to disappoint them. Thus, with the support of the President Rodrigo Duterte administration and the public, Tingog will do its share to realize its vision for a progressive Eastern Visayas,” said Romualdez after Tingog ranked 18th out of 134 party-list groups with 387,019 votes as of Thursday.

Tingog, as a regional political party based in Eastern Visayas, “seeks to give voice to said people in the region, as well as usher in the development of the regional countryside, through meaningful political participation especially through the party-list system of representation in the House of Representatives.”

With the expected one seat for Tingog, Jude Acidre, Tingog second nominee, said it is expected that another regional An Waray party-list group may not get two seats.

Acidere said Tingog was prompted to continue campaigning for regional development since the 2016 polls showed that Eastern Visayas clamors for more representation in Congress.

“In the last three years, with the support of partners such as RTR Medical Foundation and other private individuals and in partnership with the Office of Leyte First District Rep. Yedda Romualdez, Tingog has spearheaded medical outreach missions, relief operations and livelihood projects in several communities in the regions. We can do more in the 18th Congress,” said Acidre.

‘’Despite not holding public office since 2016, Tingog was able to create an impact in providing social services around in the region and across the country, proof of how honest and serious we are in terms of pushing our legislative agenda for regional development,” added Acidre.

“Thus in the recently concluded elections, Tingog soared to the 18th rank in the party-list race with 1.41% of the votes cast for party-list and still counting, an unprecedented stride from .65%,” said Acidre, a known community worker and political consultant in Leyte.

Acidre said Tingog has captured a significant portion of the region’s support.

Currently, Tingog is being led by young, dynamic, and competent community leaders from Eastern Visayas, gures who have already made signicant individual and professional accomplishments and have now bonded together with a new vision of political leadership, seeking to contribute their collective skills for the development of the region.

The other nominees of Tingog are Jaime J. Go, entrepreneur and humanitarian worker from Javier, Leyte, Third Nominee; Alexis V. Yu, pharmacist and community worker from Basey, Samar, Fourth Nominee; and Jenifer C. Padual, community worker from Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Fifth Nominee.

Tingog was founded in October 2, 2012 as Tingog Leytehon, a provincial political party based in Leyte.

Through a Resolution promulgated on August 19, 2015, Tingog was ofcially accredited by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as a party-list organization qualied to run under the party-list elections beginning with the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections.