‘Engines of growth and development’ supports P-NOY’s good governance agenda
The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), the next top allies of the national government in improving the lives of the Filipinos, vowed their full support to the visions, plans and programs of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III for the country’s sustained growth and development.
President Aquino was the guest of honor and speaker during the penultimate day of the 58th LCP General Assembly held at the Century Park Hotel in Manila last January 8.
Highlighting the event was the presentation of the LCP Roadmap to the President by LCP president Oscar Rodriguez, national chairman Enrico Echiverri, together with members of the National Executive Board and Alaminos City Mayor and LCP secretary general Hernani A. Braganza.
The Roadmap, which contains new sets of LCP programs and projects, will focus on reducing poverty, enabling good governance and building harmonious relationships among its member cities.
“We wanted to make LCP a very strong unified voice for all the 122 cities concerned,” said Mayor Rodriguez of San Fernando City, Pampanga.
He added that the roadmap will complement the call of the President to bring and use governance as platform for social development.
Mayor Rodriguez even noted they will look into the strength of the LCP members as the main engines of growth and development in the country.
Aside from the LCP Strategy Map, the two Memorandum of Agreement earlier signed by the LCP top officials with the Department of Education and the Institute of Solidarity in Asia, were also presented to the President.
LCP is also creating initiatives to support national based programs like the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
“We in the LCP wanted to do more and do better for our country," said Mayor Echiverri. "I think we can only do this if all cities will get their acts together as one, working as engines of sustainable growth.”
“I believe things would come fast now with the cooperation, with the united stand of all cities of the Philippines,” added the chief executive of Caloocan City.
For his part, Mayor Braganza stressed the need for the member cities to strengthen its bond as one big family and align their respective programs to the laudable thrust of the Aquino administration under its good governance agenda known as “Daang Matuwid” to speed up the delivery of services in the 122 member-cities.
“(If we could do this), we could easily address the problem on poverty and provide more job and business opportunities for our constituents particularly those outside Metro Manila,” added the three termer mayor.
Braganza, who transformed Alaminos into one of the fastest growing cities in the country, was responsible in making the 2-day general assembly a resounding success.
He was also among the brains behind the initiative of conducting an LCP National Convention which is tentatively scheduled this November.
“With this gathering, we will soon showcase the best programs and practices of the Philippine cities specifically on initiatives that will alleviate poverty, promote transparency in governance, efficiency in the delivery of basic services and unity." (CIO)