The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) recently held its 78th National Executive Board Meeting last December 2, 2015 at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center in Quezon City. Officers of the ULAP National Executive Board and representatives from different local government leagues attended the event including the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB), League of Vice-Governors of the Philippines (LVGP), Vice-Mayor’s League of the Philippines (VMLP), Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines (PBMLP), Philippine Councilor’s League (PCL), Lady Local Legislators League (4L), and National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL).
It was during this event that the “#PARASABAYAN: PAGTATAGUYOD NG MAKABULUHANG ADHIKAIN NG PAMAMAHALANG LOKAL” advocacy was officially launched by ULAP in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Local Government Code on October 2016. Member leagues enthusiastically expressed their full support to this endeavor and vowed to pursue the achievement of a strong and consolidated local government agenda. A commitment signing participated by representatives from the member leagues, national government agencies, private sectors, and civil service societies for the #ParaSaBayan advocacy was, thereafter, held to affirm their pledge to support the goals, objectives and activities of the advocacy.
The “#PARASABAYAN: PAGTATAGUYOD NG MAKABULUHANG ADHIKAIN NG PAMAMAHALANG LOKAL” advocacy is a slogan emphasizing that development of towns and communities is commensurate to the development of the country. It is the pursuit of a consolidated local government (LG) agenda. One strong agenda that echoes over and beyond party lines, one that local government units as a whole would fight for especially in the advent of the 2016 elections. It anchors itself on the following core/objectives:
1. Advocate platforms for sustainability and further improvement of policies and programs that pursue autonomy, devolution, and empowerment of local governments and their communities;
2. Identify concrete directions for policy reform to support performance measurements and corresponding incentives for local governments in all levels (provinces, cities, municipalities, barangays)
3. Bridge partnerships between local governments and private and civil society organizations in support of LGUs’ meeting of performance targets.