Lamitan, 15 other cities now recognized by League of Cities PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 July 2013 13:23

The League of Cities in the Philippines (LCP) has finally recognized the 16 newly converted cities including Lamitan as official members of the organization which is composed mayors representing their own respective cities.

After recognizing the additional cities which were created through special laws passed in congress, LCP has now143 members mixed with chief executives coming from highly urbanized cities, first class and component cities.

Former Lamitan City mayor now Vice Mayor Roderick “Oric” Furigay was elated after the Lamitan City government received an invitation for Lamitan lady Mayor Rosita Furigay, to attend LCP’s annual convention and election of new set of officers on July 19, 2013.

LCP creation and its purpose is mandated by Section 499 of the Local Government Code of the Philippines with the purpose of ventilating, articulating and crystallizing issues affecting city government administration, and securing, through propse and legal means, solutions thereto.

It was in 2007 when the law was passed converting Lamitan town into a city. However, the League of Cities has questioned the constitutionality of the said law in the Supreme Court.

In 2008, SC decided in favor of LCP but its decision has been reversed after the 16 towns led by former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza filed a motion for reconsideration in 2009.

But it was not yet the end of the battle. Not contended with the decision, the LCP then also filed a motion for reconsideration that made the High Court declare again the conversion as unconstitutional in August 2010.

But after ventilating all issues, the SC en banc has seen the constitutional basis of the laws converting the 16 towns into cities.

When Lamitan was converted into a city, its IRA went up to almost P300 million but when it was reverted back, the IRA share went down to only P90 million, not sufficient to finance the infrastructure projects that the local government has programmed. — Jimmy Villaflores