WHAT is paramount at this point is for the people and local government officials to ensure that Eastern
Visayas (EV) remains the fastest growing economy among the country’s regions.
Official records show that last year’s gross domestic product (GDP) of EV or Region VIII surged
by an unprecedented 12.4 percent, way higher than the 4.6% national economic growth.
No less than Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez, wife of Philippine
Constitution Association (Philconsa) president Martin Romualdez, said it was the first-ever double-
digit growth of EV.
Romualdez, a registered nurse and a vice chairman of the House committee on government
enterprises and privatization, lauded the people and local government officials of Region VIII for
She also paid a glowing tribute to the people and local executives for working in unison to
ensure the continued rise of Region VIII, which is still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Yolanda.
“Almost four years after Yolanda, our concerted efforts in terms of rehabilitation and
reconstruction activities…growing business confidence and sustained public and private investments have
all paid off,” said Romualdez.
She called on businessmen to remain steadfast in ensuring that Region VIII sustains its social,
economic and political growth as the Filipino people march with the fast-changing times.
Various quarters, including the ordinary citizens and members of the working class, welcomed
the call of the beauty queen-turned-lawmaker, describing it as “timely.”
Likewise, we share the view of Romualdez that it is imperative for elected representatives to
play an even more active role in realizing the sustained social, economic and political growth of