Mayor Michael Rama elected as League of Cities in the Philippines president

By: Wenilyn B. Sabalo - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | July 21,2022 - 04:10 PM
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama is the new LCP president. | file photo

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama/ file photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has been chosen as the new president of the League of Cities in the Philippines (LCP) in an uncontested election in Manila on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia was among the first councilors to congratulate Rama in a social media post on Thursday afternoon, July 21, 2022.

Rama and Garcia, along with some members of the Cebu City Council, are currently in Manila for the LCP elections held at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria.

According to the official website of the LCP, the passage of the Local Government Code in 1991 institutionalized the creation of the League of Cities, providing deeper and more meaningful purpose to the now 146-member league.

The LCP, as per the Code, was “to articulate, ventilate and crystallize issues affecting city administration and governance.” The LCP was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 8, 1993.

Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera also commended Mayor Rama in his and the city’s latest achievement.

“At first there were interested personalities for the presidency, and as it gets nearer, it turned out uncontested. It was a sweet victory,” Garganera told members of Cebu media.

Rama, in his speech during the 69th General Assembly and Election of New Officers of the LCP on Thursday, promised “unity” and support to the national agenda of the current administration.

Other Cebu mayors, who welcomed the development, are Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, and Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas.

“It is good for Cebu. It would put Cebu on the map especially that we have a secretary that is also a Cebuano. Hopefully, at the end of the day it would bring more projects for Cebu,” Gullas said.

Rama’s predecessor as LCP president, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia stepped down as LCP president last June this year after leading the league since 2019.


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