Programs & Projects

The LCP offers and implements wide range of urban development programs to its member-cities. The LCP has been engaging funding agencies, national government offices, the civil society partners, business/private sector, and the academe in the implementation of noteworthy programs and projects.

An added-value in the LCP-initiated programs and projects is its point of entry – through the local chief executives. The city mayors’ full support enables the program implementation to work efficiently at the city level. This includes among others the sustainability mechanisms both in local policy and practice through integration into the local development agenda and provision of budget.

Buy-in from the other local chief executives and city-to-city mentoring remain important processes in the project implementation. Critical and collaborative support from the other local officials, city department heads, and stakeholders also complement the program strength. The LCP Secretariat, often as the program and project management office, exercises ownership and further capacitates its technical and administrative staff.


Below are the LCP programs and projects:



During the 2016-2019 LCP National Executive Board (NEB) Strategic Planning, members of the NEB have envisioned to develop its own database – a consolidation of comprehensive pertinent local government data ranging from demographics, economic activities, local revenue, education, environment and natural resources, peace and security, and local best practices, among others. The database will be available online and made accessible to cities in a user-friendly format through the use of data visualization and information technology. Through this initiative, local data will be made available to key stakeholders such as the city government, researchers, and development partners in a form that is easier to understand. It is a response to the current issues confronting local governments – inaccessibility of local data that are usually shelved in offices, lack of consolidated data at the city-level, and the challenge in understanding and interpreting data. LCP will play an important role in bringing the consolidated data back to its source – the cities themselves and underscore the importance of utilizing and visualizing data.


Building Climate Resiliency Through Urban Plans and Designs (BCRUPD) is a three-year German-government-funded project being implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) in partnership with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and other Philippine governmental agencies in five cities.

It aims to support the Philippine government in improving policies, regulations, and capacities to adapt to climate change through the promotion of climate-responsive sustainable urban development plans and designs. In support of existing national climate change frameworks and strategies, it aims to enhance national and subnational government representatives’ institutional capacities to guide and manage urban growth towards suitable areas and design the same incorporating resilience principles and practices.

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The "Local Government Integrity Circles (LoGIC)" project is implemented with an overall objective of establishing a culture of integrity in local government units all over the Philippines.  This three-year project, starting November 2017 to 2020, is being implemented by a consortium led by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) through funding support by European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-implemented by European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), the Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CDPI), League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).  

The LoGIC project builds from the implementation experience and results of the I4J Partnership for Integrity and Job Creation which was completed in March 2017.  The I4J project was carried out to develop integrity mechanisms and models of transparent and effective small business and investment registration and promotion procedures. In the course of implementation, the I4J project formed integrity circles comprised of 60 LGUs.   These informal networks called `Philippine Local Government Integrity Circles Network (LoGIC) served as a platform for systematic best practice exchange on integrity and job promotion.

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The rapid growth of urbanization signals a significant demographic shift that will change the way people live and the way our human settlements function. New infrastructure and systems are needed to support the growing population, and now is the time to plan and implement more resource-efficient andcompact urban form, which will make cities more livable and more sustainable. We face a strategic and historic opportunity to change global material and energy flows by changing the way we manage cities.

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The International River Summit (IRS) is a biennial, multi-partner, international initiative organized to improve the conditions of rivers in the Philippines through intensified river advocacy and governance and by raising awareness on the importance of rivers to everyday life. Since 2012, three international river summits have been organized by the DENR, the LCP, and selected host cities across the country.  

The first and well-attended IRS was organized in Iloilo City on 30 May to 1 June 2012. The main output of the event was the Iloilo Declaration which calls for greater investment to address the challenges brought about by the impacts of climate change and rapid urbanization on rivers. In November 2014, the 2nd IRS was organized in Marikina City where the Marikina River Institute was established. The institute aimed at strengthening the science behind river management. The Marikina Declaration, on the other hand, itemized the global, national, and local actions toward river rehabilitation and management. The 3rd IRS, which was held in Cagayan de Oro City on November 2016 paved the way for the adoption of the Cagayan de Oro Consensus. The consensus is an outcome document that focuses on the conservation of watersheds, improvement of water quality, establishment of resilient communities, and recognizes the importance of watersheds in the health of rivers.

This year, the City Government of Mandaue takes pride in hosting the 4th International River Summit on 22-24 November 2018 at Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, Philippines. With the theme of “Raising awareness, commitment, and resources for the rivers,” the Summit will strengthen efforts in the rehabilitation of the Butuanon River. It realizes that through the staging of the 4th IRS in the city, the Butuanon River will be at the front and center of various rehabilitation efforts to be led local, national, and global actors.

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The League of Cities of the Philippines will co-organize with the Biodiversity Management Bureau’s SMARTSeas PH Project a Partner’s Forum to bring together marine protected area managers from project sites. This is part of the UNDP-funded project on strengthening marine protected areas to conserve marine key biodiversity areas in the Philippines. The forum will convene partners from local and national government agencies, civil society organizations, academic research institutions and other stakeholders.


The three-day forum will run from October 9-11, 2018 in Davao City. It is will be a venue for partners to exchange experiences, innovative ideas and community-based initiatives to enhance effectiveness of marine protected areas and scaling up to MPA networks, strengthen the science-policy interphase and integration at all scales. This is also designed to increase networking, and foster local and national collaborations among local government units.

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The LCP-WPF partnership aims provide automated weather station (AWS) to Philippine Cities. These AWS will gather data to monitor and track typhoons entering Philippines.  In addition, to assist cities, the AWS can also provide free localize weather information.  And to further assist cities, WPF will also conduct trainings that will help cities become resilient to disaster especially typhoons.



Granting Authority to make Advance Payments for the Procurement of COVID-19 Vaccines
February 19, 2021
LOOK: Memorandum Order No. 51 signed by President Duterte granting the national government and local government units (LGUs) authority to make advance payments exceeding the 15\% limit for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.
The Advocate
January 15, 2021
The Q1-Q2 2020 issue of our official newsletter features the League's mid-year accomplishments including our response to COVID-19.
Appeal for coordinated assistance to affected cities of Typhoon Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses
November 16, 2020
The unprecedented landfall of three (3) tropical storms in three weeks or from October 25 to November 11 in the country has greatly affected our cities from Luzon. Based on the available Situational Reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), a total of 64 cities have been affected by Typhoon Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses.
Roundtable Consultation on Metropolitan Transport with Clean Air Asia
October 22, 2020
We invite you to an online consultation with Clean Air Asia on 27 October 2020 (Tuesday), from 2:30 to 6:15 p.m., to deepen the conversation on the importance of establishing and reorganizing transport authorities and executives.