LCP sets election of officers after May polls

April 10, 2013 1:49 am 

MANILA, April 9 — The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) on Tuesday said they need to wait for the final result of the 2013 midterm elections to determine who will be the next officers and members of the organization of city mayors.

There are 18,041 local posts nationwide at stake but 28 new or comebacking mayors may fill the vacant position as 28 mayors graduated after completing nine years or three consecutive terms in office.

The last time LCP met was last March 8, their 59th General assembly gathering where 66 city mayors and representatives showed up at the Manila Hotel.

The event was graced by no less than Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes who generously answered different queries from the city mayors mostly on election rules.

Brillantes urged the local chief executives to abide by the election rules. The national and local elections are set on May 13.

Several partnerships were also signed. LCP entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Plan International to help in the Plan’s Count Every Child Campaign which aims towards increasing the number of registered children.

LCP was able to close a deal with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) to implement the Project IMPACT which aims to bring down the number of tuberculosis cases in cities. LCP also signed an MOU with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), completing the roster of three academic institutions — the two are University of the Philippines — Planning and Development Research Foundation (UP PLANADES) and De La Salle College-Benilde — LCP has partnered in developing new training programs for the newly-elected city mayors by July 2013.

The event capped off with the recognition rites of “graduating” city mayors. It refers to the mayors who have completed their three consecutive terms (or nine years) of public service.

Bacolod City Mayor Bing Leonardia, on behalf of the graduating mayors, thanked the LCP for the fruitful years of camaraderie and partnership.

“In a few months, a new group of city mayors will be steering LCP towards greater heights. I am confident of the progress we have made and I trust that the new leaders of LCP will further cultivate the seeds of reform that we both inherited and initiated,” Leonardia said in his preferred speech before his comrades in public service. (PNA)

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