PGMA to discuss governance issues with Mindanao local gov’t leaders

September 2, 2009 11:50 am 

MANILA, Sept. 2 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will attend the closing ceremonies of the 2009 Mindanao-Island Cluster Conference to be held at Hotel Stotsenberg in Clark, Pampanga tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 3).

The President is expected to oversee and discuss various local governance issues with local government leaders in Mindanao.

Hosted by the League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), the Mindanao-Island Cluster Conference supports the FOURMULA 1 initiative of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Solid Waste Management Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The FOURMULA 1 of DOH seeks to strengthen the country’s health system and to give maximum health benefits to Filipinos.

The four strategic thrusts under the initiative are: health regulation, which ensures the highest quality and affordability of health goods and services; health service delivery, which seeks to secure the accessibility and availability of basic and essential health care for all, especially the poor; health financing, which seeks to foster greater, increased, and sustained investments in health; and good governance, which envisions to boost performance of the entire health system.

As part of the advocacy of the President, LMP’s role in implementing solid waste management program in their respective municipalities will be discussed during the conference.

DENR and LMP had previously held a Zero Basura Caravan in line with the directive of President Arroyo to address global warming and climate change.

Mindanao local leaders will also present and consolidate their accomplishments and compliance with waste management and the FOURMULA 1 program during the conference.

In attending the conference, the President will be able to define the concrete mechanisms and measures that local leaders need to undertake to address the challenges in their respective municipalities.

The LMP’s thrusts supports the government’s attainment of the United Nations-initiated Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specifically in ensuring the environmental sustainability of the country and the promotion of maternal and child health.

The LMP has established island clusters in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao which are mandated to hold their respective annual conferences to discuss local governance issues and concerns affecting their clusters.

The island clusters are likewise institutionalized to promote greater inter-municipality cooperation and to address island-specific governance challenges and opportunities requiring appropriate actions from the LMP, the national government, the private sector, the civil society and other stakeholders of local governance. (PNA)

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