TINGOG party-list Reps. Yedda Marie Romualdez and Jude Acidre on Friday expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Filipino people for voting Tingog as the top performing party-list in the House of Representatives.
In a nationwide survey conducted by the RP-Mission and Development Foundation, Inc. (RPMD), Tingog led the roster of top-performing party-lists with 93.5 rating on a total of 10,000 respondents, followed by ACT-CIS with 89.4 percent, Agimat PL with 88.6 percent and Ako Bicol with 85.1 percent.
“We are humbly thankful for this honor. With all humility, we thank all those who believed in us. Rest assured that this recognition from our endeared constituency will only motivate us further to work harder for the welfare of our people and our nation,” said Rep. Romualdez, wife of Speaker Martin Romualdez and current chair of the House Committee on Accounts.
Mrs. Romualdez said although they are honored by the affirmation of the people of Tingog’s work inside and outside Congress, she considered the survey results as a challenge to do better and accomplish more as a party-list.
Tingog was established during the aftermath of Yolanda, deemed the strongest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines, in 2013 as a party-list with a “regional perspective on national issues.”
It focuses on issues affecting the countryside or rural areas in general.
Its membership continues to expand as it operates 70 offices through its Alagang Tingog Centers across the country.
“As a party-list group that was borne out of the worst calamity ever to hit our country, our passion for helping others runs very deep in the people that make up our organization. Kaya naman natutuwa kami na nagbubunga ang aming pagsisikap na makatulong sa ating mga kababayan,” Romualdez said.
She also lauded the other party-list groups in the House of Representatives for doing a good job of looking out for the welfare of the people.
“This is not a competition. Magkatuwang tayong lahat para sa ikabubuti ng ating bayan at ng mamamayan,” she said.
According to Dr. Paul Martinez of RPMD, the evaluations were essential in providing a glimpse into the performance of the country’s district and party-list representatives, who have been tasked to represent every district and the marginalized sectors of society.
Through these ratings, the public can gauge the effectiveness of these representatives in fulfilling their mandate and addressing the needs of their constituents, Martinez said.