TACLOBAN CITY- Rep. Jude Acidre of Tingog party-list group said that while they have not won overwhelmingly in the region during last year’s elections, 80% of their resources are still being used to fund projects and assistance here.
Acidre added that they have widened their programs and assistance-related activities outside the region where Tingog got the majority votes which resulted in the party getting two congressional seats.
The other seat is occupied by Rep.Yedda Marie Romualdez, wife of Leyte congressman and Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.
As a proof, Acidre practically all the towns and cities across the region have been recipients of the cash-for-work program in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment.
“In the last elections, 51 percent of votes came from outside the region and as acknowledgment, we put up offices outside the region to serve that constituency,” the party-list solon said.
According to him, Tingog party-list has 40 offices across the country.
Acidre added that people outside the region are happy because despite the fact that the core region of Tingog is Eastern Visayas, the programs and projects of the party reach them.
Meantime, Tingog party-list group recently launched its medical assistance program at the Eastern Visayas Medical Center (EVMC) dubbed as ‘Tambal’ or ‘take-home medicine assistance program.’
Under the program, all patients confined at the EVMC and been discharged could still avail free medicines for their complete recuperation, Acidre said.
“This is free for all as long as the patient has been confined and discharged from the EVMC,” he said.
Acidre said that this same program will be replicated to other hospitals like the Governor Benjamin T. Romualdez General Hospital and Schistosomisias Center in Palo, Leyte.
(LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA/JOEY A. GABIETA)