Tacloban City—In a show of alliance, 136 out of 138 barangay captains and Sangguniang Kabataan chairmen in this city attended a gathering on Sunday for Eastern Visayas regional political party Tingog Sinirangan.
Jude Acidre, the party-list regional chairman, and first nominee, thanked the group of barangay and youth leaders for their presence, saying this boosted their services to Tacloban and the region despite not getting a seat in Congress in the previous elections.
Other barangay and SK chairmen from the neighboring towns of Sta Fe, Babatngon, Tanauan, San Miguel, in Leyte were also present during the event.
“Tacloban did not also disappoint us for giving us the biggest margin of votes. If Tacloban wasn’t there, we’ll not make it there, too. Maybe it’s not yet our time, but we’re not tired,” said Acidre.
Tingog Sinirangan second nominee lawyer Butch Corpin said the party was originally called Tingog Leytehon, a provincial political party based in Leyte.
Its entry to the party-list elections started when former Leyte congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, the party’s chairman emeritus, pushed for its participation in the regional level to give a voice to Eastern Visayas’ people, to push for development of the regional countryside, and representation in Congress through the party-list system.
After it was accredited by the Commission on Elections in 2015, Tingog Sinirangan was able to qualify for the party-list elections in May 2016 national and local elections.
Tingog Sinirangan’s other officers include Glenn Capucion, president; Rachel Santiago, secretary-general; lawyer Cheryl Chu, party treasurer; and Lutgarda Barredo-Raagas, Jenifer Padual, Edmar Santiago, and Atty. Kaye Barreda, party plenum members; among other officers.
Leyte First District Rep. Yedda Romualdez, who accompanied Acidre during the gathering, said they are working for more projects and programs in Tacloban and Leyte.
She assured that her district and the region will have more support from Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and the new House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, saying the two are “very kind and close to us.”
Now on her second year in Congress, Romualdez was behind the passage of 13 laws and 23 other legislative measures on their third reading. In the House of Representatives, she is known as one of the hardworking legislators of the 17th Congress.
Meanwhile, newly elected Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Eden Chua-Pineda and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Thomas Diaz thanked Tingog Sinirangan and Romualdez for prioritizing the city on their programs and projects.
Tingog garnered over 40,000 votes from Tacloban, which helped push their party ahead of hundreds of party-list groups, he added.
According to Acidre, who has been in the regional party-list organization for over 10 years, they continue to hold medical mission programs and other initiatives around Eastern Visayas to “return the favor” they received from their supporters.
“Whether we have a position or not, we remember Tacloban. We’re here to give you service,” Acidre said, calling the barangay and SK chairmen as their “partners.”
Since its existence, Tingog Sinirangan already conducted more than 40 medical mission programs around the region.
Its latest medical mission program is the free check-up and cataract operation from July to August.