House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and his wife, Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez distributed gift packs to 206 COVID-19 patients and 191 health workers at isolation facilities in Tacloban City on Sunday.
The project, in partnership with Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, was made in celebration of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos’ 63rd birthday.
“In celebration of Sen. Bongbong’s birthday, we are reminded to give back to the people, especially the medical frontliners and COVID-19 patients who were victimized by this pandemic. They continue to face the brunt of impact of the coronavirus and this gift giving is a simple message that as their representatives, we support them, and we are here for them,” the Romualdez couple said in a statement.
“We commit to aid our kababayans in ways that we can. The times may be uncertain and difficult but our spirit of service to the people shall persist,” they added of “BBM,” the House leader’s cousin.
The Romualdezes gave food and basic anti-pandemic essentials to COVID-19 patients staying in Tacloban at Budget Hotel, Ace Francis Hotel, GoHOTEL, Salvacion, and UNDP Cabalawan, and medical frontliners at Madison Park Hotel, and Leyte Park Hotel in Tacloban, and the Schistomiasis Hospital in Palo, Leyte.
Tingog party-list President Glenn Capucion, City Administrator Atty. Aldrin Quebec, and other staff members of Tingog party-list and the Majority Leader’s office were present during the gift giving.
In an earlier joint project with the Office of Civil Defense, the Romualdez couple gave hospital equipment to Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) and offered free accommodation to the hospital’s medical frontliners.
The Romualdezes, in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways, have also turned over 56 air-conditioned rooms from converted shipping containers as temporary mobile facilities for medical frontliners in EVRMC and the Schistosomiasis Hospital.