Tingog, Hugpong alliance to uplift Eastern Visayas from poverty

TACLOBAN CITY. Leyte 1st District Congressional Candidate and Lakas-CMD Party President Martin Romualdez (left seated) together with Hugpong ng Pagbabago Chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (center seated) and Tingog Party List Chairman Mark Gimenez (right seated) shows the copy of their signed Party Alliance and flashes a President Rodrigo Duterte's trademark close fist as well as other candidates from right standing Jude Acidre of Tingog, Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez of Tingog, Alexis Yu of Tingog, senatorial candidates Jinggoy Estrada, Governor Imee Marcos, Harry Roque, Butuan City Vice Mayor Joboy Aquino, and Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado representing her husband Bong Revilla, during the Signing of Alliance Ceremony at Tacloban City Astrodome on November 7. (Photo by Ver Noveno)

THE alliance between Tingog Siniragan and Hugpong ng Pagbabago will bring more development in Eastern Visayas and uplift it as the country’s second poorest region, said Leyte First District Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez.

Romualdez, the first nominee of Tingog, on the brand of leadership of Hugpong founder and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, said “Mayor Duterte-Carpio has the political ascendancy and credibility to lead other regional political parties towards the direction of regional development based on federalism, internal self-determination and inclusive economic growth, the political ideals to which both our two political parties strongly adhere.”

“With this goal in mind, Tingog is committed to foster a strong partnership with Hugpong ng Pagbabago in pursuing the agenda of positive social change, economic growth, peace and order and security, and overall national development,” added Romualdez, who is a registered nurse by profession.

Duterte-Carpio said that she formed Hugpong ng Pagbabago “to pursue the ideals of what we all want, a strong region, a secure life for our constituents, good governance and effective leadership of the members of the party.”

As a regional political party like Tingog, Hugpong has a constituency that is spread over the present geographical territory of Region XI (Davao Region).

According to Rep. Romualdez, Tingog is willing to support “in whatever possible role that our party may undertake that would further the aims and mission of Hugpong ng Pagbabago, so that together we can be an effective voice that will serve the best interests of the people.”

Hugpong and Tingog along with Lakas-CMD national party headed by former Leyte First District Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, the husband of Rep. Romualdez, formally signed their alliance agreement on November 7 in Tacloban City.

A regional political party based in Eastern Visayas, Tingog “aims to be a champion for regional development.”

“As the name of our party suggests, our mission is to be the voice of the people of the islands of Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Biliran, one that will amplify their often unheard hopes for inclusive progress and sustainable change, through meaningful political participation especially through the party-list system of representation in the House of Representatives,” said Philip Jude Acidre, a former youth leader, community volunteer and political consultant from Barugo, Leyte who served as Tingog’s second nominee.

With over 200,000 active party members from 143 city and municipal chapters in Eastern Visayas, Acidre said they are “committed to play a dynamic role in building a truly caring, prosperous and democratic Filipino society.”

Tingog as regional political party

Tingog, formerly a provincial party Tingog Leytehon in 2012, was officially accredited by the Commission on Elections as a party-list organization qualified to run under the party-list elections beginning with the May 9, 2016 national and local elections through a resolution promulgated on August 19, 2015.

The first party chairman of Tingog was former Leyte Governor Edgardo Enerlan and the first party president was former Leyte Rep. Romualdez now the incumbent Lakas-CMD president.

Tingog’s current leadership is composed of former Mayor Mark Gimenez as party chairperson, former Kabataan Barangay stalwart Glenn Capucion as party president and Rachel Rodeles-Santiago, as party secretary-general.

Aside from Rep. Romualdez and Acidre, the other nominees of Tingog are Jaime “Boy” Go, an entrepreneur and community volunteer from Javier, Leyte, as third nominee; Alexis V. Yu, a pharmacist and community leader from Basey, Samar, as fourth nominee; and Jennifer C. Padual, a community leader and human resource management professional from Guiuan, Eastern Samar, as fifth nominee.

Tingog’s legislative agenda

Tingog’s legislative agenda that “will help further the development of Eastern Visayas” include:

· Intensify investments in infrastructure support especially in rural communities, strictly within standards and adhering to disaster-resilient designs.

· Boost rural-based education through the creation of an alternative farm and trade school system in the countryside, with the goal of improving the quality, as well as expanding access to, basic education.

· Institutionalize universal access to free healthcare through the service delivery network of healthcare facilities and rationalization of PhilHealth benefits.

· Increase agricultural productivity and sustainability through the creation of agricultural growth centers in identified regions in the country, farm-to-market facilitation, adoption of good agricultural practices, and provision of incentives to clusters of small and marginal producers.

· Ensure greater economic parity among regions by providing performance - and needs-based economic stimulus aid to the five poorest regions in the country.

· Define stronger incentives for regions that host power-generation facilities.

· Institutionalize increased social protection for vulnerable sectors - especially the youth, women, and the elderly - through the creation of government bodies such as the Department of Culture, Sports, and Youth Development and the National Senior Citizens Commission.

· Expand agricultural insurance, especially in expanding coverage of other crops, increasing capital stock, developing index-based insurance, among other developments.

· Institutionalize of the integrated farming system including farm infrastructure, pre- and post-harvest machinery, equipment and facilities, production support and provision of credit support, soft loans and risk insurance.

· Expand scholarship and research programs for agriculture and fishery students and training programs for farmers and farm workers.

· Establish mechanisms to cushion individuals and families from sudden loss of income through an establishment of unemployment insurance, enhancement of social protection for the informal sector, facilitation of workers’ transition from the informal to formal economy, and strengthening of mechanisms to ensure enrolment in the social security systems.

· Support the formulation of a Comprehensive Science and Technology Policy that will strengthen technology transfer and adoption, ensure integration of technology and innovation in enterprise development and establish technology business incubators to promote innovation, encourage start-ups, and provide other business development services.

· Support the establishment of Local Culture and Arts Councils with mandatory funding allocation similar to Gender and Development (GAD) Fund.

· Empower barangay workers by ensuring a more adequate and stable compensation and benefit structure for long-serving barangay secretaries, treasurers, tanods, and health workers.

· Strengthen and institutionalize the roles of Regional Development Councils and other similar bodies as active stakeholders in regional development. (SunStar Philippines)


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