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Abra Little Stars perform in Manila

BANGUED, Abra (30 October) -- The Abra Little Stars, a theatre group creation of Bangued Mayor and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) - Abra Chapter President Ma. Zita C. Valera performed twice at the 2006 General Assembly of the LMP back to back with the National Summit on Hunger and Population.

The events were held at the Manila Hotel in Manila on October 24-26, 2006 with her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the guest speaker.

The LMP general assembly focused on celebrating the innovation and excellence, and a Market Market Best Buy in local governance of the municipalities. The General Assembly was a multi-pronged activity. The LMP pushed their advocacies by presenting their best practices to promote local government performance, management system, community-based monitoring system, solid waste management, coastal and fisheries management and sustainable upland development, and population management. They also tackled the establishment of the Mayors Development Center for Policy Development geared towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals thru e-Governance.

The issue on charter change towards the building of a New Philippines was not set aside. They likewise celebrated the anniversary of the Local Government Code of 1991 which operationalized the concept of devolution and decentralization.

The National Summit on Hunger and Population, on the other hand, presented the innovative practices of the LGUs in mitigating hunger through sustainable upland development and population management. In response to the Philippine scenario and the challenge of the United Nations to mitigate the problem of hunger and population, the LMP pushed their campaign dubbed: "Kung Maliit and Pamily, Kayang-Kaya" thru the following initiatives: Zero Malnutrition, Zero Poverty 2020, adoption and enforcement of the Provincial Health Code, and following the National Hunger Mitigation Framework.

The official declaration of commitment and ceremonial signing in affirmation to the challenge was led by the national officers of the League of Municipalities, the League of Provinces, League of Cities, and the League of Barangays in the Philippines followed by representatives of the different national offices, the sectoral representatives and the international institutions who serve as our partners in the said program particularly the UNDP, the UN-Habitat, and the World Food Program. (MTBB/PIA-Abra) [top]

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