Guv supports LMP Visayas island confab in Pampanga

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda expressed full support the other day to the Visayas Island Cluster Conference of the League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).

The Visayas Island Cluster Conference with themed "Empowering Municipalities: Harnessing LGU Potentials and Opportunities to Attain All-Inclusive Growth, Poverty Reduction and Good Governance" will be held on August 9 to 11 this year at Clark Freeport Zone.

This came as LMP Luzon Cluster Vice-President Mayor Ferdinand R. Abesamis and LMP Visayas Cluster Vice-President Tuburan Mayor Democrito Diamante made a courtesy call to Governor Pineda as they informed her that mayors from the Visayas will be coming to attend the said LMP Visayas cluster conference.

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Governor Pineda said the provincial government will provide necessary assistance in the conduct of the LMP conference such as hosting an event for the LMP members, transportation and accommodation.

“We feel honored and excited that the LMP Visayas Island Cluster Conference will be held here in our province. Hosting a number of mayors is a big challenge to us,” the governor said.

The LMP officers said the conference will fine-tune major local programs aimed primarily at attaining all-inclusive growth, which is the goal of the national government.

They said that they are doing this also to strengthen government efforts in promoting poverty reduction programs and good governance.
Penaranda (Nueva Ecija) Mayor Abesamis said the event is expected to concretize support to President Benigno Aquino III for initiating budgetary reforms.

Abesamis said the league is a strategic instrument in the continuing fight to reduce poverty, to provide adequate health care, education, housing and food security, to maintain peace and order and to make mayors active partners in national development.

Abesamis said the Visayas mayors are expected to formulate a Visayas Governance Declaration, which would spell out their commitment and action plan targeted at fighting social, economic and political ills in their municipalities.

Arwin Paul Lingat, provincial tourism officer, said Pampanga and Clark are ready for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) tourism segments.

“Our province including Clark is MICE ready as we are equipped with tourism facilities such as airport, hotels, convention centers, restaurants, malls and other related tourism facilities,” Lingat said.

The governor also suggested to the LMP mayors the conduct of cultural exchange among the provinces of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to boost the tourism industry in the countryside.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 01, 2014.

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