Speaker Martin Romualdez held on Thursday a series of province-wide activities in Leyte Thursday that included the inspection of ongoing infrastructure projects and overseeing the distribution of cash aid to qualified constituents.
Romualdez, who represents the first district of Leyte, arrived early morning Thursday at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, also known as the Tacloban City Airport.
Romualdez took the opportunity to inspect the construction of the new airport terminal building together with CAAP acting director Gen. Manuel Antonio Lara Tamayo and other officials.
Romualdez then proceeded to the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) auditorium to witness the payout and distribution of cash aid to 515 grantees under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD program and Negosyo Karts, both projects under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
“Nagta-trabaho po kami nina Cong. Jude (Acidre) at Cong. Yedda (Marie K. Romualdez) ng Tingog party-list sa Kongreso araw-araw para makahanap ng maayos na programa para sa inyo. Iyun po ang trabaho natin, pagkagising sa umaga nag-iisip at naghahanap tayo kung ano ang puwedeng maibigay at madala sa ating constituents sa First District, sa probinsiya at buong rehiyon,” Romualdez told his constituents during the distribution of P2.562-million for 515 TUPAD beneficiaries.
“Hangarin ng representatives sa Tingog party-list na magdala ng maayos na programa at proyekto. Tuloy-tuloy ang pagdating ng mga programa sa ilalim ng administrasyon ni Pangulong Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.,” Speaker Romualdez added.
A total of 110 people benefitted from TUPAD program in Tacloban City, 205 beneficiaries from Alang-alang town, and 100 people each from the municipalities of Babatngon and Sta. Fe.
Thirty people benefitted from the Nego-Kart livelihood project.
Joining the Speaker in this event were Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Sta. Fe Mayor Amparo Monteza, EVSU officer-in-charge Dr. Analyn C. Españo, DOLE regional director Henry John Jalbuena, and their respective local government officials, officers and staff.
After the distribution, Romualdez went to his residence called NIPA Hut to join local officials led by Mayor Romualdez, governors, mayors, Congress representatives, vice-mayors and councilors to discuss local issues.
After the luncheon meeting, Romualdez inspected the construction of the Bypass Road in Tacloban City with DPWH Regional Director Edgar Tabacon, DPWH Assistant RD David Adongay, DPWH district engineers Adelfa Bonifacio and John Acosta, and other officials.
The Speaker also went to the Gov. Benjamin T. Romualdez General Hospital in Palo, Leyte to witness the turnover of hospital equipment such as beddings and hygiene kits.
Hospital officials led by Medical Center Chief Lyn Verona and Dr. Shena Jo Capucion, Office of Civil Defense regional director Byron Torrecarion and other hospital personnel joined the event.
Romualdez also held an inspection of the Storm Surge Protection Project in Payapay, San Jose in Tacloban City.
“I am glad that everything that we fought for in Congress for our province and Region VIII are slowly coming to fruition. We look forward to more projects in the future for the benefit of all our constituents in Leyte and Region VIII,” Romualdez said.