ALBUERA, Leyte, Philippines – Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez’s fishing boat project received another boost with donations from Japanese shipping company Kawazaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line), through the Rayomar Foundation and the San Miguel Brewery (SMB).
Dubbed 6,200: Mission Possible, the project aims to provide fishing boats to each of the 6,200 fishermen in her congressional district whose livelihood was affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Gomez led the distribution of 102 boats in this coastal town in simple ceremonies held at its baywalk on Feb. 6.
Rayomar Foundation representatives led by its president Maria Ana Zubiri and vice president for project development Jacqueline Fedalizo attended the turnover ceremony. K-Line donated 60 boats.
National business affairs and communications manager Emily Dumalag, who headed the SMB delegation, said they distributed the remaining 28 of the 100 boats that they donated. Continue reading
By Maurice Arcache |Philippine Daily Inquirer
Because she represents in Congress disaster-prone Ormoc City in Leyte, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez has witnessed the worst and last year’s horrific Supertyphoon “Yolanda” was no exception. It left thousands of Ormoc’s fishermen and farmers displaced.
Since most of the attention went to ravaged Tacloban City, our gorgeous palangga with a golden heart took it upon herself to start a program for her own congressional district, “6200: Mission Possible,” a campaign to provide each and every one of the 6,200 registered fisherman in her district with his own fiberglass banca through soliciting donations from the private sector and public organizations.
Ben Chan of Bench has had Lucy and hubby Richard Gomez as endorsers for years of the top fashion house, so he pledged an amount enough for 200 boats while helping to provide publicity for the project. The donation was likewise jump-started when Bench employees gallantly offered to forego their 2013 Christmas party and give the savings to the project.
ORMOC CITY – Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez has made it clear that she is sympathetic to the cause of increasing the take-home pay of teachers, and will vote for measures regarding the matter anytime it is put on the floor.
Even party-list Rep. Antonio L. Tinio of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) vouches for that.
The congresswoman has been “attacked” on her Instagram post by some followers, who have accused her of being anti-teacher.
The attack stems from an advisory found at ACT’s website itself, where Gomez’s name is not on a list of House members who co-authored Tinio’s proposed bill to increase teachers’ salaries to a minimum of P 25,000 and non-teaching personnel to P 15,000.
In an Instagram post, Tinio, whose Instagram name is @tonchitinio said, “Cong. Lucy has always been supportive of measures that will promote the rights and welfare of teachers, including the demand for higher salaries. The ACT chapter in Ormoc can attest to that.”
If you follow Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez on social media, you know that she likes to share events in both her private life and her job as a public servant.
On Instagram you will find intimate snapshots of her husband and daughter and gatherings with friends, alongside her activities as representative of the fourth district of Leyte. It was one of the hardest hit areas by Super Typhoon “Yolanda.”
From Instagram alone, her 238,000 followers can glean what’s keeping this celebrity-turned-politician occupied of late. She has been helping her constituents rebuild in the aftermath of Yolanda. Continue reading
ORMOC CITY – A sitio at Brgy. Airport here that has never had electric connection even if the city is rolling rich in electric subsidies has finally “seen the light” after Richard Gomez, husband and chief of staff of Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez, led a “switch on” ceremony last August 13 together with officials of the Leyeco V.
It was learned that Sitio 3 has been requesting for energization for 15 years now, said Lito David.
It was also in this sitio that Gomez discovered that a simple project of his wife can cause consternation among local leaders of the Codillas, who’ve been going around telling residents that it was the mayor’s project and not Lucy’s.
Residents told Gomez and company that no less than their barangay chairwoman Mila Galos went around to tell them the electrification project was Mayor Codilla’s. To their surprise, it was Gomez who came.