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Tingog Party List Profile: What is Tingog?

Tingog is a regional political party based in Eastern Visayas that 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, 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. With more than 200, 000 active party members from 143 city and municipal chapters in Eastern Visayas, we are committed to play a dynamic role in building a truly caring, prosperous and democratic Filipino society.

Tingog Party List Profile: What is Tingog?
MORE TINGOG SUPPORT. Tingog Party List First Nominee and Leyte First District Representative Yedda Marie K. Romualdez (center) and Ilocos Norte Second District Representative Imelda Marcos join with Tingog Party List leaders from National Capital Region after a short briefing at the Perez Hall in the House of Representatives on January 22. The NCR leaders vow to support the leadership of Rep. Romualdez.

What does TINGOG means?

The Visayan word “tingog” literally means “voice

When was TINGOG founded?

Tingog was first founded in 2 October 2012 as Tingog Leytehon, a provincial political party based in the province of Leyte. Through a Resolution promulgated on 19 August 2015, it was officially accredited by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) as a party-list organization qualified to run under the party-list elections beginning with the 9 May 2016 National and Local Elections.

The first party chairman of TINGOG was former Leyte Governor Edgardo Enerlan and the first party president was former Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez. The 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.

Who are the nominees of TINGOG?

Last October 12, 2018, the Party Leadership Plenum selected the following nominees:

  1. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez, incumbent Representative of the First District of Leyte, registered nurse from Tacloban City, as First Nominee

  2. Jude A. Acidre, former youth leader, community volunteer and political consultant from Barugo, Leyte, as Second Nominee

  3. Jaime “Boy” Go, entrepreneur and community volunteer from Javier, Leyte, as Third Nominee

  4. Alexis V. Yu, pharmacist and community leader from Basey, Samar, as Fourth Nominee

  5. Jennifer C. Padual, community leader and human resource management professional from Guiuan, Eastern Samar, as Fifth Nominee.

What are the laws that TINGOG intends to pursue, once elected?

Tingog intends to file and advocate for the following proposed legislation that will help further the development of Eastern Visayas:

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

  • Strengthen disaster governance and the capacity of the government to prepare, manage, and respond to natural disasters through the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience, push for the institutionalization of disaster management policies and methods anchored on community participation; propose relevant amendments to the government procurement system and the creation of national disaster evacuation plan. 


  • 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. 


  • Institutionalize the creation and implementation of post-disaster economic recovery plans for regions affected by natural calamities, including tax moratorium, financial assistance, and soft loans for affected business enterprises, as well as tax incentives for emerging labor-intensive enterprises. 


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


  • Institute reforms leading to a more progressive and equitable income-tax system that will reduce 
the burden on lower- and middle-income and wage earners. 


  • 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 a quality assured national system for the development, recognition and award of qualifications based on the standards of knowledge, skills and attitude acquired by learners and workers in the country through the institutionalization of the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF).

  • Strengthen convergence to help the poor and vulnerable especially poor families enrolled in the Conditional Cash Transfer, become self-sufficient and self-reliant 
through sustainable livelihood program and linkages with other social development programs.

  • Expand PhilHealth packages through the different health financial programs of the government in order to increase benefit utilization and adjust case rates to ensure full coverage of medical care, particularly for the poor and those admitted in basic accommodation.

  • 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.

  • Intensify implementation of alternative and innovative solutions in addressing the housing needs of the lower income classes and vulnerable sector through innovative solutions.

  • 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.

  • Launch a holistic program to combat illegal drugs through a sustained national anti-illegal drug strategy includes suppressing the flow of illegal drugs supply through sustained law enforcement operations and reducing consumer demand for drugs and other substances through drug rehabilitation and massive preventive education and awareness programs.

  • Improve transparency, participation and accountability in government institutions and processes through good housekeeping fundamentals of good governance are transparency, participation and accountability.

  • 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.

Topics: Tingog Partylist , Commission on Elections , House of Representatives
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