COVID-19 RECOVERY PLANS. Reelected 1st District Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez vows to pursue Covid-19 recovery measures after his proclamation at the Province of Leyte Old Legislative Building on Wednesday (May 11, 2022). Romualdez ran unopposed for his fifth term in total as the district’s congressman. (Photo courtesy of Romualdez's office)

MANILA – House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez has been officially reelected as the representative of Leyte's first district in the May 9 elections.

Romualdez, who ran unopposed, garnered a total of 181,480 votes, securing his fifth term in total as the district's congressman since 2007.

Provincial Board of Canvassers chairperson and provincial election supervisor, lawyer Antonio Gulay Jr. officially proclaimed Romualdez as the winner at 9:40 a.m. at the Province of Leyte Old Legislative Building on Wednesday.

"We thereby proclaim the above-named winning candidate (Romualdez) as the duly-elected member of the House of Representatives of the 1st legislative district of Leyte," Gulay said.

In an ambush interview, Romualdez said he would focus on pursuing measures that would promote the country's recovery from the coronavirus disease-19 (Covid-19) pandemic, as well as pursue matters of education, health and livelihood for his constituents.

He vowed to work hard so that his constituents would have "money in their pocket so that they have food on their table, they can have their children go to school, and the family will be attended medically".

"Nandito pa tayo sa pandemya, sana endemic na po. Kailangan talaga. (We are still in a pandemic. Hopefully, it would be downgraded into an endemic. It's necessary). We have to bring back our economy," he said.

For this 18th Congress, Romualdez is the principal author of the following laws: RA 11463 or Malasakit Centers, RA 11589 or Modernization of the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), RA 11569 or An Act Extending the Period of Availment of the Estate Tax Amnesty, RA 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan Act 1), RA 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2), and the RA 11534 or the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act, among others. (PNA)