By Marc Cosep
PIO Digital Media Specialist
CEBU CITY (August 10,2022) — Members of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) will meet next week for a three-day convergence and strategic planning workshop.
The event will be the first time all 146 member cities of the LCP gather to discuss important matters concerning the league after Mayor Mike Rama’s election as its president last month.
The activity will be held at the Radisson Blue Hotel-Cebu this August 16 to18 and will be centered on Mayor Rama’s plan of unifying its members, as he expands his vision of a “Singapore-like” city to all the cities in the Philippines.
Aside from the mayors, their trusted department heads, chiefs of staff, and others would also be joining each of them, so that the City is actually expecting around 1,000 people to converge in the city.
During their convergence, the mayors will discuss the implementation of Executive Order (EO) No. 138 and its effect on the delivery of basic government services in the local government units (LGUs)
EO 138 provides a full devolution of certain functions of the national government’s executive branch to the LGUs.
Business tycoon Manny Pangilinan and labor law expert Atty. Josephus Jimenez will also be present to share their knowledge on the importance of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).
PPPs are contractual arrangements entered into by the government with the private sector. Under it, the private sector builds, operates, and maintains public infrastructure facilities and provides services traditionally delivered by the government.
To recall, Mayor Rama has pushed for cities to learn the importance of PPPs in LGU operations as it helps meet the City’s needs and fill funding gaps on projects and undertakings.
A dialogue with Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abalos, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah Pangandaman, and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWS) Secretary Erwin Tulfo is also in the agenda.
There would also be a tour for the LCP members during the third day, before he conclusion of the gathering.
The tour would showcase the City’s rich heritage sites and learn about the City’s good practices in delivering basic services to the community. #