TACLOBAN CITY – LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) President Martin Romualdez yesterday once again thanked Filipinos, local and international donors for showing “malasakit” and compassion to them which helped the city to recover following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda five years ago.
“You have inspired us and lifted our spirits. As you can see we have come a long way and we will continue to work together,” Romualdez, a returning Leyte congressman, told the Manila-based reporters as the nation commemorates this Thursday the fifth year of the monster storm.
“Salamat po sa inyong malasakit sa amin para muli kaming makatayo. Magpapatuloy po ang buhay at tinitingnan namin lagi sa positibong bagay ang lahat,” said Romualdez, a former House Independent Bloc Leader of the previous 16th Congress and a three-term Leyte congressman.
Citing Taclobanons’ malasakit to each other, Romualdez lauded them as restaurants and shops have bustled again in the city.
“Before, the city was nearly completely destroyed because of the typhoon that killed thousands of residents here and destroyed billions of properties, thanks for the malasakit of Taclobanons to one another and the city has been recovering,” Romualdez explained.
Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez joined her husband Martin who vowed to continue building permanent homes, create better job opportunities and sustainable livelihood for Yolanda survivors.
“Now we have seen that so much progress has been achieved in building back our communities even better, and we have to thank the help of our Filipino and foreign friends as well as our national and local government for their continued leadership and support in the rehabilitation efforts,” said Yedda Romualdez, adding that Tacloban City has been recovering as new malls, restaurants and hotels have risen since Yolanda hit the country on November 8, 2013.
Martin Romualdez, a lawyer and President of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), said local leaders are doing its best for the people of Tacloban City.
“Walang imposible basta nagmamalasakit tayo sa isat isa. Puwede at posible ang lahat,” Martin Romualdez stressed.