President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. waves to the crowd as he attended the 75th Charter Day celebration of Ormoc City last Oct. 20. With him were Leyte Rep. Richard Gomez and his wife, Ormoc City Mayor Lucy Torres Gomez. (Photo Courtesy)

TACLOBAN CITY-President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. visited Ormoc City on Thursday (Oct.20) as the city celebrated its 75th Charter founding anniversary.

In his speech during the program held at the city’s superdome, the President said that he was happy to return to Ormoc City which gave him and his running-mate and now Vice President Sara Duterte, a resounding victory during the last presidential May 9 elections.
“I will forever remember and cherish that kindness that you showed us and the support that you gave us,” the President said.

“Now the work has begun and I am pleased to return to speak before you today, bringing this administration’s message of encouragement and of commitment,” he added.
Pres. Marcos was welcomed by Leyte Rep. Richard Gomez and his wife, Ormoc City Mayor Lucy Torres- Gomez whom he commended for their efforts on climate change mitigation and even pro-life programs on top of their initiatives to address basic problems of their constituents.

“With the implementation of your Local Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2025, you help the executive branch of government to deliver our mandate, to boost civic engagement, and to raise public awareness,” he said.

“It is noteworthy that, alongside conserving and taking care of our natural resources, you also give importance to interventions for the development of families. I applaud this and your partnership with the Commission on Population and Development to implement your Social Protection Program for Adolescent Mothers and their Children,” he added.

During his visit, the President also conducted an ocular inspection of the Ormoc airport which is undergoing some rehabilitation work for the facility to start to operate again.
The government has earlier earmarked P329 million involving the upgrading of the facility’s landing area and taxiway and expansion of its apron. The project is seen to be finished by March, 2023.