TACLOBAN CITY- Leyte Representative Ferdinand Martin “FM” Romualdez (1st district) expressed his optimism that the bill he sponsored providing discounts to persons with disabilities (PWDs) will be approved within the year. According to Romualdez, House Bil 1039 was already approved on its third and final reading by Congress last December. “We believe that those who have less in life should have more on law. This is very timely to provide economic relief for PWDs and their families,” said Romualdez.

Under his bill, all PWDs will enjoy similar benefits enjoyed by senior citizens like discounts on their medical needs; fare on transportation and fees on public transportations. Romualdez said that he is hopeful that establishments, drugstores, groceries and service providers will support and apply what is provided under his bill.Last January 31, Romualdez joined the “Divine Run” wherein 400 PWDs from Tacloban and other parts of Leyte joined a fun run.The Leyte solon said that he was just happy to provide assistance to the PWDs during the run as this gives them a sense of being normal just like the able-bodied people.

The fun run was organized by the Divine Word University Hospital as it celebrates its 50th founding anniversary. Among the hospital’s personnel that led in the said fun run was Doctor Raymund Balverde. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)