House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco has been reelected unopposed as representative of the lone legislative district of Marinduque province for a third consecutive term.
Velasco was proclaimed winner by the Marinduque Provincial Board of Canvassers on Tuesday after garnering 100,794 votes in the final tally.
“I am deeply honored and humbled by my reelection to the House of Representatives. I am extremely grateful to the people of my beloved province of Marinduque for putting their trust and faith in me to represent them in Congress for another three years,” Velasco said in a statement.
Velasco said he is looking forward to seeing his colleagues in the 18th Congress in two weeks’ time as they go on a joint session to convene the National Board of Canvassers which will canvass the votes cast, and proclaim the newly-elected President and Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines.
In October 2020, Velasco assumed the speakership in the middle of a raging global pandemic.
The House under Velasco’s leadership urgently passed needed legislation, foremost of which is Republic Act 11525 or the Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act.
Despite initial supply challenges worldwide, Congress nevertheless supported the complete rollout of the country’s inoculation program through this law, expediting the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines and the establishment of a PHP500-million indemnity fund.
Velasco also oversaw the passage of the national budget that contained programs and projects designed to address the pandemic, making the spending plan the government’s “single most powerful tool” to fight Covid-19.
Source: Philippines News Agency