City mayors harness behavior change interventions for urban development

By LCP Secretariat
May 3, 2024 - Cebu City

City mayors rose to the challenge as transformation catalysts while addressing urban resilience during the recent LCP 4th Convergence and 77th National Executive Board (NEB) Meeting in Cebu City. While recognizing the crucial role of social behavior change, forty-seven (47) cities represented and engaged in collective interventions to advance environmental actions, uplift the welfare of individuals and children, promote sustainable mobility, and prioritize healthcare programs.


“There is no one size fits all in behavior change. Changing attitude comes before changing behaviors and when you feel the most difficult, it’s where SBC shines,” said Social Behavior Change Advisor Micheline Rama. Rama further emphasized that SBC comes in the beginning of the local development programs, and changing behavior must be a co-created approach by the constituents and leaders. Embarking on an even greater challenge is important. Atty. Josephus Jimenez elaborated points in effectively protecting the natural environment for future generations.


City mayors have vital roles in responding to health, welfare, and mobility issues. The emphasis on quality primary healthcare programs and uplifting the welfare of individuals and families underlined by PhilHealth Vice President Renato Limsiaco Jr., Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, DSWD Undersecretary for Operations Group Monina Josefina Romualdez, and NACC Undersecretary Janella Ejercito Estrada had a resounding appreciation by city mayors and guests. Supporting cities mobility initiative, Alternative Mobility GmbH CEO Dr. Al Damrawy, in an online discussion, shed light on sustainable transportation solutions in the Philippines. 


The NEB meeting discussed pressing issues on programs and policies supporting basic service provision. LCP National Vice Chairperson and Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co presided the board meeting while LCP National President and Cebu City Mayor Michael Lopez Rama highlighted the value of creating smarter, sustainable, and connected cities for innovation and progress. Cebu City opened a night of shared connections and fellowship with mayors and guests, showcasing local talents and pride during the Mayor’s Night.  


It’s undeniable that cities play an indispensable role as the first point of contact and first responders of many Filipinos. Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian acknowledged and thanked LCP for uniting all cities towards a progressive nation. #



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