WITH EASTERN VISAYAS now being the poorest region in the Philippines, there is a need for a stronger voice to represent it in creation of relevant policy and legislation, as well as in ensuring the delivery of government services.

What is Tingog Sinirangan?

Tingog Sinirangan (or Tingog!) is a regional political party based in Eastern Visayas. It seeks to give voice to said region’s people, as well as usher in the development of the regional countryside, through the party-list system of representation in the House of Representatives.

What does Tingog mean?

The Visayan word “tingog”literally means “voice.” Tingog, as such, primarily exists to be the voice of the people, one who will serve to amplify their previously unheeded hopes and aspirations.

Who are the people behind Tingog?

Tingog Sinirangan was founded and is being currently led by young, dynamic, and competent community leaders from Eastern Visayas, figures who have already made significant individual and professional accomplishments and have now bonded together with a new vision of political leadership, seeking to contribute their collective skills for the development of the region.

What prospective pieces of legislation will Tingog propose once elected to the House of Representatives?

a) Strengthen disaster governance and the capacity of the government to prepare, manage, andrespond to natural disasters through the creation of a National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA); push for the institutionalization of disaster management policies and methods anchored on community participation; propose relevant amendments to the government procurement system and the creation of national disaster evacuation plan.

b) Boost rural-based education through the creation of an alternative farm and trade school system in the countryside, with the goal of improving the quality, as well as expanding access to, basic education.

c) Increase agricultural productivity through the creation of agricultural growth centers in identified regions in the country.

d) Ensure greater economic parity among regions by providing performance- and needs-based economic stimulus aid to the five poorest regions in the country.

e) Institutionalize the creation and implementation of post-disaster economic recovery plans for regions affected by natural calamities, including tax moratorium, financial assistance, and soft loans for affected business enterprises, as well as tax incentives for emerging labor-intensive enterprises.

f) Define stronger incentives for regions that host power-generation facilities.

g) Institute reforms leading to a more progressive and equitable income-tax system that will reduce the burden on lower- and middle-income and wage-earners.

h) Institutionalize increased social protection for vulnerable sectors—especially the youth, women, and the elderly—through the creation of government bodies such as the Department of Culture, Sports, and Youth Development and the National Senior Citizens Commission.

i) Empower barangay workers by ensuring a more adequate and stable compensation and benefit structure for long-serving barangay secretaries, treasurers, tanods, and health workers.

j) Strengthen and institutionalize the roles of Regional Development Councils and other similar bodies as active stakeholders in regional development.

Tingog Sinirangan nominees are:

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A strong advocate for political transformation, Jude Avorque Acidre has a strong background in youth development, organizational management and political party operations having served in key leadership capacities for more than ten years.

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Daciano David Palami is a strong champion for sports and business.

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As a believer for education and the youth, Sharilee Gaspay-Mauro has a strong background in youth development, social work and community organizing.

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A community leader and cultural advocate,  Alexis De Veyra Yu is the president of Best Care Pharmacy and Eastern Visayas Pharmacists Association.

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Lydia Sabulao Vinas-Fustanes is a community leader,  women’s rights advocate and the past President of Inner Wheel Club of the Philippines. She hails from Bontoc, Southern Leyte.

Why do we need additional regional representation for Eastern Visayas in the House of Representatives?

With Eastern Visayas now being the poorest region in the country, there is a need for a stronger voice to represent it in creation of relevant policy and legislation, as well as in ensuring the delivery of government services. A more region-based approach to governance and development has become a real necessity, given that more and more region-specific issues and problems require a cohesive and integrated response across sectors and geographic areas.

Supertyphoon Yolanda did not only result in a massive loss in terms of life and property; it also exposed the ills and vulnerabilities of depressed communities in the regional countryside. Regional representation through the party-list system offers an opportunity for these often-unheard communities to seek and implement long-term and stable solutions by way of legislation and public policy, empowering them to play a stronger role in national development.

As a regional party-list organization, Tingog will not compete with the regular district congressmen since the party has its own agenda and concerns. In fact, having a party-list representative will increase the number, certainly enhance the delivery of, more programs and projects to marginalized sectors.

To know more about Tingog Sinirangan, visit www.tingongsinirangan.ph

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