A New Classroom Building for Ipil National High

A new 2-storey building that houses 6 classrooms was inaugurated on January 11, 2016 at the Ipil National High School in Brgy. Ipil, Ormoc City, Leyte.

The classroom was one of the numerous projects of the DPWH in the 4th District of Leyte. Typhoon Yolanda had destroyed 90% of the buildings in Ormoc, with school buildings and classrooms included in that number.

Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez was on hand for the event, along with Hon. Vince Rama – City Councilor, Hon. Tommy Serafica – City Councilor, Atty. Nolito Quilang, Engr. Lino Francisco Gonzales – District Engineer, DPWH, Mrs. Jeriza Matiga – School Principal of INHS, as well as several teachers and Barangay Coucilors in the area.

Turn-Over of Off Carriageway, Barangay Valencia, Ormoc

Jan. 11, 2016 marked the Turn-Over of an Off Carriageway in Brgy. Valencia, Ormoc City.

This was a project of the DPWH in the 4th District of Leyte under Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez.

An Off-carriageway consists of areas in plan outside the carriageway (the inner edges of the outermost traffic lane markings) including edge lane markings, clearances, emergency lanes, sidewalks and safety barriers, all in the aid of road safety.

Present during the turnover ceremonies were Hon. Lucy Torres-Gomez herself, Hon. Bennet Pongos, Hon. Mayong Rodriquez, Atty. Ping Lucero, Dr. Goito Yraztorsa, Engr. Lito Cotiangco, and Engr. Lino Francisco Gonzales, District Engr. of  the DPWH.

We will never forget

When Yolanda struck Leyte we were badly hit. Thank you to those with generous hearts who came to help our people. We will never forget.

When Yolanda struck Leyte we were badly hit. Thank you to those with generous hearts who came to help our people. We will never forget.

Posted by Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez on Saturday, 31 October 2015

Solon seeks to expand Anti-Bullying Act coverage

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker has sought to expand the coverage of the anti-bullying law to include non-school related acts of bullying.

Leyte Rep. Lucy Gomez, filed House Bill 6052 or entitled “An Act expanding the coverage of Republic Act 10627, otherwise known as the ‘Anti-Bullying Act of 2013.'”

Gomez said that because of the measure’s school-based approach, the statute “fails to remedy non-school related acts of bullying in the wider scope of a community.”

“It is for this reason that an amendatory law is needed to give the existing remedial legislation a greater reach of its coverage,” she said.

Gomez said that it is not too early to make refinements to the two-year old anti-bullying law, neither is it too late for Congress, which still has 2016 in its legislative life to make the needed change.

Under HB 6052, Section 2 of R.A. 10627 is proposed to be amended to include bullying acts on all children in the community and not only students.

Gomez also proposed that the measure to cover children below 18 years old or over “but are incapable or unable to fully take care of themselves.”

The bill directs the Department of Social Welfare and Development to “adopt policies to address the existence of bullying in the barangays, to govern non-school related instances of bullying.”

From The Philippine Star

Rep. Torres-Gomez and the NBS Foundation’s Project Aral



If you’ve ever bought anything from a National Book Store branch, you’ve probably been asked by a cashier upon checking out if you’d like to donate a school pack or two for kids in public schools in remote areas, particularly in places hit by recent calamities. If you were a typical jaded buyer you’d be wary, you’d think “this might be a scam.”

Bea Torres, Programs Manager for the National Book Store Foundation Inc., said they had their doubts at the start of enlisting their buyers’ help in bringing school supplies to the children who need it most. She knew people might think it was indeed a scam and turnout might not be as expected. But kinder hearts prevailed, and they were surprised at the increasing turnout of donations as the years progressed.

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