Gomez assures teachers of legislative support

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.”

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Lucy on Richard: ‘Be the best of friends but don’t forget to be lovers’

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

After 15 years, sitio “sees the light” through Lucy’s effort

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.

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Ormoc police chief recommends ‘protective security’ for Gomez

ORMOC CITY, Philippines – Police have recommended “protective security” for Richard Gomez, who is leading in all surveys in Ormoc’s mayoral race, considering that he is a high-profile person and the city is on the election watch list.

Ormoc is under Category 2 on the election watch list, which takes note of the presence of “private armed groups and the New People’s Army (NPA) in the past polls.”

In a threat assessment submitted to the regional police, Senior Superintendent Elizar Egloso, city police chief, said they have reason to believe that Gomez “may be in danger and under threat” and that “granting him protective security is necessary.”

Egloso recommended that Gomez be given security detail.

Gomez, also the chief of staff of his wife, Leyte fourth district Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, has been going around the city’s barangays, including remote areas, to meet with village leaders and consult barrio folk.


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Completion of Albuera-Burauen Road resumes on 2013

ORMOC CITY – Work on the long-awaited Albuera-Burauen Road, started during Arroyo’s time but barely touched on the Albuera side for two years, will resume this 2013 and is hoped to be finished before the new year ends.  

This information was confirmed by 4th Leyte Engineering District engineer Lino Gonzales here and 2nd Leyte Engineering District engineer Ma. Margarita Junia.

Segments of the project worth over P 50-million, however, would be implemented by the region, said Engr. Gonzales.

The Albuera-Burauen road is not only envisioned to cut road travel from the region’s capital of Tacloban to Ormoc City, a major gateway to Central Visayas by 18 kilometers, but also seen to improve the peace and order situation in the area which is said to be “NPA influenced”.

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