LCP fortifies partnership with NGAs and private groups on city innovation and future-ready solutions

By LCP Secretariat
August 14, 2023 - Mabalacat City

The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) beefed up its partnership with various agencies and private groups to integrate forward-looking and action-oriented solutions during the 3rd Convergence and 75th National Executive Board Meeting on 25-26 July 2023 at the Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort in Mabalacat City Pampanga. 
With the theme “LCP in Action: Connected, Creative, Challenge Ready,” LCP has brought together distinguished speakers from the national government agencies and private organizations and discussed pressing issues in the cities’ healthcare system, competitive index, transportation, digitalization, education, infrastructure, and disaster response management. LCP National President and Cebu City Mayor Michael L. Rama reaffirmed the League’s commitment to improving the delivery of quality basic services. “Membership in the League of Cities comes with great responsibility to address evolving urban challenges. Cities shall continue to be staunch partners of the national and local agencies for innovation and sustainability,” he said.
A dialogue with the national government agencies started with the Department of Transportation’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization (PUVM) program and public transport route planning by PUVM Project Manager Joyce Rivera. Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Atty. Ferdinand Negre shed light on the national competition policy and processes in strengthening cooperation with local government units. Philhealth Vice President Walter Bacareza discussed the agency’s healthcare agenda on membership and collection coverage, accreditation, and Luzon Konsulta coverage. Lastly, Undersecretary for Project Development Management Atty. Odilon Pasaraba of the Department of the Interior and Local Government stressed the importance of national government efforts to strengthen public service delivery and uphold excellence in local governance through the seal of good local governance.
Among the League’s partner organizations including Signify Ph, AllCard, Rex Book Store, NGA 911, Traxion Tech, GoodApps, Scheirman, KPMG Philippines, Autokid Truck Solutions, Green Light LED Energy Solutions, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Megasamsotite Inc., MyGrowTech, and PacketWorx presented their company products, tools, and services. An in-depth discussion on League matters and various policy issues affecting cities were also discussed at the League’s 75th NEB meeting.
LCP National President and Cebu City Mayor Michael Lopez Rama giving an inspiring message during the 3rd Convergence and 75th NEB meeting
LCP Vice President for Visayas and Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo moderating the Dialogue with NGAs.
L-R: Department of Transportation-PUVM Project Manager Joyce Rivera, DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure James Andres Melad, Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary for Project Development Management Atty. Odilon Pasaraba, and Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Atty. Ferdinand Negre answers questions during the Open Forum.
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