LCP National Chairman and Bacolod City Mayor Albee Benitez convened the 76th National Executive Board to discuss important matters affecting city administration and governance. LCP National President and Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama sent his warmest greetings and wished the Board a productive meeting through a video message. Assisting Mayor Benitez was Vice-President for the Visayas and Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo. The discussions revolved around increasing the resources of cities for improved governance.
The LCP Board supports the Mayors for Good Governance advocacies and amendments to two Executive Orders (EO). These are EO 325, which seeks to reorganize the regional development councils, and EO 41, which seeks to suspend the imposition of pass-thru fees. Further, the Board clarifies the conversion requirements of component cities to highly urbanized cities and the issuance of two (2) separate Local Budget Memoranda (LBM) regarding the National Tax Allotment (NTA) shares of LGUs. The Secretariat was instructed to organize high-level meetings with Congress on the conversion requirements and with the Department of Budget and Management on the NTA shares. Also, the Secretariat was instructed to study the policy implications of increasing the LGU NTA share from 40 to 50 percent.
In attendance are LCP National Vice-Chairperson and Pagadian City Mayor Sammy Co, LCP Focal for Gender and Development and Science City of Muñoz Mayor Armi Alvarez, Cabadbaran City Mayor Judy Amante, LCP Focal for Housing and Development and Danao City Mayor Thomas Mark Durano, Surigao City Mayor Paul Dumlao, Sto. Tomas City Mayor Arth Jhun Marasigan, LCP Regional Representative for Region IV-A and Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas, LCP Regional Representative for Region XII and Koronadal City Mayor Bebot Ogena, representatives from the cities of Tagaytay, Iloilo, Navotas, Cebu, Bacoor, Valencia, Cauayan, Panabo, and Cagayan de Oro.
The Board also recognized the contributions of General Trias City, Mabalacat City, and Bacolod City to the League in hosting board meetings. It approved the 43 million LCP operational budget in 2024 and agreed to meet in Cebu City in March 2024.