FORMER House Independent Bloc Leader Martin Romualdez of Leyte yesterday honored outgoing US Ambassador Philip Goldberg for extending help to his city, considered ground zero of super typhoon Yolanda.
Romualdez, president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), expressed his profound gratitude to Goldberg, who wrapped up his three-year tour in the country, recalling that the US Ambassador immediately rushed to Tacloban City and Palo in Leyte that were heavily hit by Yolanda.
“You (Goldberg) have showed ‘malasakit’ (compassion) to the victims during and after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda. You have inspired us and lifted our spirits. As you can see we have come a long way. But, we still have to work together. From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much,” said Romualdez who conveyed the people of Region VIII’s heartfelt gratitude to the United States government and other donors for its financial assistance to Yolanda-hit communities.
“He (Goldberg) is one of the many world leaders and individuals who rescued and provided new hope to us. Remembering the rise of Yolanda-stricken areas will be incomplete without expressing our profound gratitude to him and all other donors,” Romualdez pointed out.
He explained that Goldberg was very instrumental through US government in providing humanitarian assistance after Yolanda, particularly food, potable water, temporary shelter, and basic health care system.
“Big thanks for responding to our needs by providing immediate humanitarian needs,” said Romualdez, adding that Goldberg’s team also helped in clearing the roads to transport aid workers, distribute thousands of tons of relief goods, and evacuate thousands of people affected by Yolanda.
Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives adopted House Resolution (HR) No. 15 to confer on Goldberg the Golden Mace Award for his “efforts in further enriching the ties between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America” and helping Yolanda victims.
HR No. 15 was principally sponsored by President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s allies led by Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez and House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” Farinas. The resolution was also authored by House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez.Ryan Ponce Pacpaco