City mayors vow full support for Aquino

January 9, 2011 2:51 am 

MANILA, Jan. 8 — President Benigno S. Aquino III was assured by the 122-member League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) of their full support for his visions, plans and programs for the country’s growth and development.

The President was the guest of honor and speaker on the second day of the 58th general assembly of the LCP held at the Century Park Hotel on Saturday (Jan. 8), where he was presented with the LCP Strategy Map and two Memorandums of Agreement the group signed with the Department of Education and the Institute of Solidarity in Asia.

LCP president Oscar Rodriguez said the mayors’ league is committed to work side by side with the national government in reducing poverty incidence and ensure the delivery of basic social services in line with the Millennium Development Goals.

Mayor Rodriguez of San Fernando City, Pampanga noted that the Philippine cities will be the “engines of sustainable development, champions of good urban governance and catalysts for nation-building committed to the improvement of the lives of our constituents.”

He said the LCP will expand the capabilities of its members to enable them to implement measures to reduce poverty, increase their local income, expand small to medium enterprises and lower their unemployment rates.

“We will constantly track these indicators to monitor our performance,” Rodriguez added.

The sharing of best practices will be improved and institutionalized in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government, the local and international development partners, the private sector, NGOs and people’s organizations, he said.

The LCP vows to enjoin cities to implement standards and reform policies and programs of the national government by strictly implementing the Anti-Red Tape Act in their areas.

“The League is your partner in creating a culture of good governance, of transparency and accountability,” Rodriguez said. (PNA) scs/PCOO/rsm

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