Martin Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez answers questions from media during press conference at the Manila Golf Club in Makati City Thursday night. With him are (from right) AFP Chief of Staff General Romeo Brawner, House Minority Leader Marcelino Libanan, Committee on Appropriations Senior Vice Chairperson Stella Luz Quimbo, House Majority Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe, and Committee on Appropriations Chairman and Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Zaldy Co. Photo by VER NOVENO

Speaker Romualdez: “Now time for teamwork”

October 6, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 350 views

Martin1Martin2SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez on Friday emphasized a strong call to action for everyone in government to cushion impact of rising prices and inflation, saying civil servants need to act in unison to implement government programs from the national to local levels.

“Now, more than ever, is the time for unity and teamwork. Let’s roll up our sleeves, work double-time, and deliver real results for our kababayans,” Speaker Romualdez, the leader of 300-plus strong House of Representatives, said.

With the onset of harvest season, Romualdez said he believes that prices of daily necessities, especially food, will start to decrease.

“But this isn’t just about waiting for harvests. This is about all of us in government coming together to ensure our people feel relief faster,” he said.

Speaker Romualdez said the government has been proactive in launching initiatives to aid those most affected by the rising prices, caused by global inflation.

A new digital food stamp program has been introduced, granting struggling families an allowance of P3,000 monthly.

This timely assistance is a lifeline for families facing food scarcity and provides extra support to pregnant and nursing mothers.

Understanding the pressures of rising fuel costs, Speaker Romualdez noted that aid is also being channeled to drivers of public transportation like jeepneys and buses to offset their fuel expenses.

“Farmers, the heroes behind our country’s food supply, haven’t been overlooked. Financial assistance is flowing to rice farmers, with an additional incentive; the government is committing to purchase their rice yields at improved rates, safeguarding their livelihoods and ensuring they receive just compensation for their hard work,” the House leader pointed out.

Further emphasizing the interconnectedness of the nation’s economic ecosystem, Speaker Romualdez highlighted the President’s initiative eliminate extra charges on national roads.

“By cutting down these additional costs, we can anticipate a potential reduction in market prices, benefitting the everyday Filipino consumer,” he explained.

“Our collective action, from local government units to national agencies, must reflect a single, unified goal,” Speaker Romualdez passionately noted. “Only through synchronized efforts can we truly serve our people and fulfill our mandate.”

Speaker Romualdez called on his fellow civil servants, from the national to local level, to focus on service in these trying times.

“Our collective action, from local government units to national agencies, must reflect a single, unified goal,” Speaker Romualdez passionately noted. “Only through synchronized efforts can we truly serve our people and fulfill our mandate.”

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