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PGMA to keynote municipal mayors at Manila

Manila (18 November) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is the keynote speaker Wednesday of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) 2008 General Assembly that will be held at the Tent City of the Manila Hotel. The LMP is an association of 1, 495 municipalities all over the Philippines.

This year's three-day general assembly carries the theme "LMP Working on Local Solutions to National and Global Issues on Food Security, Climate Change, Local Economic Development and Peace and Security."

The theme supports LMP's aspiration to crystallize, ventilate, and articulate issues affecting member-municipalities. In pursuit of this mission, the said assembly will continue to play its role to address the national and local issues.

"We, the local leaders of our country play a significant role in the society because of the capacity to interact and work directly with the communities to enable us to serve them better and know what exactly they need," stressed Mayor Ramon N. Guico Jr., the LMP national president and municipality mayor of Binalonan, Pangasinan.

Guico added that the general assembly will discuss current global issues on food security, climate change, local economic development, and peace and security based on the progress report of the 2008 Island Cluster Conferences outputs.

"We will convey the passed resolutions from the previous conferences for ratification, consultation and interaction with the concerned agencies. We will also generate action plans to sustain the programs for the succeeding years," he stressed.

One of the highlights of this General Assembly is the "Sign-up Campaign" for Coastal Resource Management and Climate Change Environmental Champion Advocate to popularize and institutionalize the policies for the development of local government units.

LGU awardees will also promote the innovations and best practices of the municipalities.

Also to be highlighted are the LMP's priority bills on Land Administration and Reform Act (LARA), Value Reform Act (VRA), Free Patent bill, Amendment of the Local Government Code of 1991 and LMP's position on the reduction of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of LGUs.

The LMP intends to scale up, broaden and strengthen linkages with different government agencies, non-government organizations, private sectors, and funding institutions, among others.

Extensive networking with institutional partners fortifies the LMP's capacity to expand its programs and advocacies with all the municipalities, thus, efficiently and effectively spreading the beneficial programs.

National leaders, various institutions and stakeholders are expected to participate in this milestone event. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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