CEBU CITY – A party-list that aims to promote countryside development in the Visayas and Mindanao looks to earn a seat at the House of Representatives.
Headed by its president, Victorino Garay, ‘Bisaya Gyud’ party-list filed for its certificate of candidacy (COC) and certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) for the May 2022 elections on Thursday at the Harbor Garden of Sofitel Manila in Pasay City.
The neophyte group seeks to uphold the rights and welfare of the Bisaya and continue the development programs instituted by President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bong Go in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao. It plans to do so by focusing on three major areas of concern, namely, food, shelter, and education.
“Nagsimula ang Bisaya Gyud sa boluntaryong pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa mga nangangailangan. Nagsilbi po kaming tulay sa mga kapatid nating limitado lamang ang alam sa mga programa ng administrasyong Duterte na pwede nilang mapakinabangan para sa kanilang kaunlaran ((Bisaya Gyud started by voluntarily providing services to the needy. We served as the bridge for our brothers and sisters who has limited knowledge about the programs of the Duterte administration that would benefit them),” Garay said in a statement.
“Ngayon, buong puso po naming tinatanggap ang hamon sa paglilingkod-bayan sa pamamagitan ng pagsisigurong mabubuhusan ng tamang atensyon ang mga hinaing ng kababayan nating Bisaya sa aspeto ng pagkain, pabahay, at edukasyon (Now, we are wholeheartedly accepting the challenge to serve our country by ensuring that the concerns of our fellow Bisaya in relation to food, housing and education will be given ample attention),” he added.
Garay stressed that the lack of local opportunity in the islands of Visayas and Mindanao has pushed Bisayas to take the risk of migrating to highly-urbanized areas like Metro Manila or abroad.