Last February 17, 2013, Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez led the turn-over of a six-classroom building for the students of the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU)-Luna Campus. She gave the ceremonial key of the building to the Campus Director, Dr. Lilian D. Estorninos.
Most of the students were surprised to know that this was not a traditional political project from a Member of Congress. Aside from its funding coming from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Cong Lucy, she was also the one who personally conceptualized the design of the classrooms and of the building. “Ang galing talaga ni Ma’am Lucy” and “Sobrang hands-on pala siya sa projects nya” were some of the phrases heard from the students and university staff members who were watching the turn-over ceremony. Her conceptualized designs of having eco-friendly and power-saving features in the classrooms were drawn for her by the members of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP).
Joining Cong. Lucy in the turn-over ceremony is her Chief of Staff and husband, Mr. Richard Gomez, who had prepared all the necessary documents in Congress for the funding to be released and for the construction to become a reality. The initiatives of Cong. Lucy for her constituents, because of its service-oriented and non-partisan nature, have the support of the government and also of the Ormoc City community leaders. Other attendees included Mr. Bing Serafica, who supported Cong. Lucy’s initiatives by donating the land needed for the six-classroom building and former Ormoc City Mayor and Congresswoman Maria Victoria Locsin, who is very proud of the political legacies being continued by Cong. Lucy for Ormoc City and for the entire Fourth District of Leyte.
ORMOC CITY – Garbed in a simple but classy high-collared dress with big red rose prints, Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez of the 4th district of Leyte, together with husband Richard Gomez, were loudly applauded during the Mass on Christmas Eve at the St. Peter and Paul Church here.
Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and husband Richard Gomez receive gifts from hearing-impaired children after the lighting ceremony of a giant Christmas tree in Ormoc City in Leyte Sunday.
Last May 29, 2012, Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez joined her political party-mates at the Oriental Hotel in Palo, Leyte to witness the swearing-in of new members of the Liberal Party.
“The shift of many Leyte Provincial and Municipal Officials to the Liberal Party is a strong proof that the party is doing well in leading the nation to the the Daang Matuwid Program of Philippine President and Liberal Party Chairman Benigno S. Aquino III,” Cong Lucy said during an interview.
After the swearing-in of new Liberal Party members, Cong. Lucy inspired her new party-mates by participating and speaking in the Basic Orientation Seminar on Liberal Democracy (BOSLD). “The Liberal Party is not an ordinary political party where you can just join and take advantage of your political membership. Being a Liberal Party member entails having the responsibility to always put the country above ourselves. The Liberal Party wants us to create a just and prosperous civil society anchored in an effective government and in an atmosphere of political openness,” Cong. Lucy said
Other attendees were DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, Leyte Gov. Jericho Petilla, Former Leyte Gov. and now Palo Leyte Mayor Remedios Petilla, Vice-Gov. Mimiette Bagulaya, Leyte Civil Society Leader Dominic Petilla and officials from the towns of Kananga, Palompon, Isabel, Palompon, Matag-ob, and Merida.
The Liberal Party was founded in January 1946 by Philippine President Manuel A. Roxas. After the election victory of President Benigno S. Aquino III in 2010, the Liberal Party has become the ruling party in the Republic of the Philippines. The party members currently control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and key provinces & cities.
Almost a thousand people gathered during the groundbreaking ceremony held last April 26, 2012 for the construction of the Ormoc City Track and Field Oval.
Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez of the Fourth District of Leyte together with her Chief-of-Staff and husband, Actor Richard Gomez, led the auspicious ceremony dedicated to the Filipino Youth and to Sports Development.
“We must inculcate in the minds of the Filipino Youth the importance of sports, for it strengthens them physically, makes them sharper thinkers, and promotes values-formation and brotherhood among them. The construction of the Ormoc City Track and Field Oval will attract the Filipino Youth in Leyte to start participating in activities like Sports Competitions or even just learning a new fitness hobby.” Cong. Lucy said.
“I would like to thank my husband, Richard, because his genuine love for sports and his untiring efforts infollowing-up requests in Congress,
gave way to produce the funding for this project” she added.
Mr. Richard Gomez, a well-known Fencing Athlete and Gold-Medalist in the Southeast Asian Games was very happy with the number of attendees in the groundbreaking ceremony which included Philippine Sports Commission Comm. Jolly Gomez, Ormoc City Councilor Vince Rama, Dr. Sol Lomarda of DEPED, District Engineer Lino F. Gonzales, Asst. District Engineer Irwin Antonio, B/Capt. Angelito Bernales (Brgy 25), B/Capt. Edgardo Paredes (Brgy 18), B/Capt. Nimfa Rafuli (Brgy 29), B/Capt. Circiaco Tolibao III (Brgy 26), and Members of the 802nd Infantry Brigade and of the Serbisyong Gomez Womens Organization.
“When the Youth sees a modern rubberized Track & Field Oval in Ormoc City, they’ll be inspired to participate, train, achieve more, & stand as Filipino Leaders,” Mr. Gomez said.