Beng joins orientation for new mayors; Celso shares good practices PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 September 2013 14:01

Mayor Beng Climaco attended the 3-day orientation for newly-elected local chief executives organized by the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) Sept. 5-7 in Manila with the aim of assisting the new mayors in establishing appropriate mindset that will enable them to effectively perform their duties as development managers.

Former mayor and now District I Cong. Celso Lobregat has been invited as one of the resource speakers to talk about his experiences as mayor of Zamboanga for 9 years. He likewise did some coaching and mentoring on how his administration coped with the challenges and opportunities that came his way.

The LCP, now under the leadership of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has been conducting an orientation program for newly elected city mayors since 2007. The activity serves as a platform to introduce to the city mayor issues and opportunities relative to key urban development themes such as urban planning, infrastructure development, disaster risk reduction management and climate change adaptation.

Mayor Climaco joined 77 other newly-elected city mayors in attending the orientation program “which utilizes peer-to-peer learning, where champion city mayors, with exemplary good practices, serve as mentors to first-term city mayors, key national government agencies, partners from the private sector and international development organizations”.

Climaco is the LCP National treasurer.

Bautista has invited Lobregat to speak about “Assessing myself and my City- Combating TB and other Urban Diseases”.

Lobregat’s talk centered on his fiscal administration where he was able to sufficiently increase the annual budgets starting 2004 to 2013 with the objective of reversing the trend of increased personal services and maintenance and other operating expenses and reversing the decreasing Capital outlay and equipment. The objective was also to lessen the budget’s very heavy and over dependence of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

After laying the foundations in the first 3 years of his term, Lobregat was able to initiate projects and programs covering various sectors—education, social services, barangays, public safety and health where anti-Tuberculosis and anti-HIV-AIDS and other diseases were launched and implemented successfully.

The 3-day orientation ends today where the first term mayors are expected to have developed their respective priority agenda.

To track their progress relative to their priority agenda, the LCP will partner with an institution to conduct a thorough monitoring, Bautista said in his letter to Lobregat.

Other champion mayors invited to share their good practices ion governance were Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie Medina, former Valenzuela City mayor and now Cong. Sherwin Gatchalian, Former Calbayog City Mayor and now Cong. Mel Senen Sarmiento, former San Carlos City and now Negros Occidental Vice Governor Jose Eugenio Lacson, former Olongapo City mayor and now Philippine Red Cross Chairman Sen. Richard Gordon, Bayawan City Mayor German Saraña, Science City of Muñoz Mayor Nestor Alvarez, former Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, Ilo-ilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin Abalos Jr., and former Batangas City Mayor Vilma Dimacuha. — Sheila Covarrubias

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 September 2013 14:05