House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Wednesday night lauded the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc.’s (CSFI) v initiatives that showed compassion, encouraged cooperation and contributed to uplifting the people’s lives.
“As we gather here tonight in the spirit of the holiday season, I am filled with immense pride and gratitude for the remarkable journey we have embarked upon together this past year,” Romualdez said in his message during the CSFI Christmas party at the House of Representatives.
“The accomplishments of the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc., under your diligent stewardship, have not only been impressive but have also significantly contributed to the betterment of our society,” said Romualdez, leader of the 310-strong House of Representatives.
CSFI is spearheaded by its chairperson, Tingog Partylist Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez.
“Your contributions go beyond mere donations. They represent hope, empowerment and a better future for those in need. From the earthquake victims in Turkiye and Syria to the various local organizations like Marillac Hills and the Haven for Women, your impact has been profound and far-reaching,” Romualdez said.
Romualdez also cited CSFI’s Art Exhibit themed “Counting 365 Days of Art” which was held in collaboration with the Portrait Artists Society of the Philippines Inc.. The exhibit showcased the rich tapestry of Filipino creativity and talent.
“Our traditional giant Christmas tree lighting became more than just a festive celebration; it was a meaningful fundraising event for our non-organic employees at the House of Representatives,” Romualdez said.
He noted CSFI’s commitment to outreach, exemplified in the gift-giving activity for the non-organic personnel which touched the lives of about 800 individuals.
“This act of kindness truly embodies the spirit of giving that defines this season,” Romualdez said.
He also noted CSFI’s laudable projects in 2023 such as the “CofFEellowship” in the Bangsamoro Administrative Region and the engagements with retirees, reflecting the group’s dedication to inclusive community building.
Romualdez said other CSFI 2023 projects, including the National Livelihood and Trade Fair Committee Meeting and the regional visit to Cebu, underscored the group’s commitment to promoting sustainable livelihoods across the nation.
“One of the most poignant moments of the year was the turnover of the P1-million check donation to the Turkiye/Syria earthquake victims. This gesture of solidarity and compassion crossed borders and touched lives far beyond our shores,” Romualdez said.
He said CSFI’s initiatives, such as the “Sound of Freedom” screening and the sponsorship grants for KABUHAYAN 2023, did not only support economic empowerment but also raised awareness of critical social issues like child trafficking.
“As we look ahead, the upcoming KABUHAYAN 2023 National Livelihood Trade Fair and the continuous support for our non-organic employees through the Christmas Tree Lighting symbolize our ongoing commitment to service and community upliftment,” Romualdez said.