TINGOG Sinirangan partylist officially fields on October 17 its nominees for the 2019 midterm elections as it vowed to push for the “advancement of Eastern Visayas by fighting poverty and ensuring the marginalized sector will have a strong voice in Congress.”
The five nominees who filed their Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance (Cona) were Leyte First District Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez, Jude Acidre, Jamie Go, Alexis Yu, and Jenifer Padual.
“Leyte and Samar comprise four percent of the country’s population. But in the last 10 years, we have been receiving a little more than one percent share of the national budget -- funding that could have made more schools and hospitals, or build the needed infrastructure, or start-up sustainable livelihoods,” said Acidre of what they hoped to accomplish if elected.
“Our people deserve our fair share -- so that they will have an equal opportunity to get out of poverty into a better and brighter future,” he added.
According to Acidre, three seats for Tingog in the next year’s elections could make their legislative agenda happen.
He added that if they win congressional seats through the partylist system, this sends a “louder and clearer voice for the people of Samar, Leyte, and Biliran in Congress.”
“Poverty is the biggest reason why we are running. Tingog Sinirangan is strongly committed and has a clear plan on how to get there,” Acidre said.
“First, we want to make sure we get our fair share of the national budget. Once we get the funding, we will create the right environment for creating wealth, to encourage investments in the region, and to provide more services like scholarship and healthcare for the social development,” he said earlier.
Acidre maintained that they will make sure that the solutions they propose are “inclusive, sustainable and feasible.”
Noting that the problem is multi-faceted and complex, Acidre pointed out that they will take the lead, while saying this should not only be government-led but should be in partnership with the private sector and the local community. (SunStar Philippines)