CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) president and this city’s Mayor Oscar Rodriguez disclosed that the specific needs of member-cities of the league will be determined today, Wednesday, as the group starts its three-day strategic planning.

Rodriguez, the league’s ninth president, told Sun.Star Pampanga Tuesday that some 40 city mayors, their focal planning heads and representatives will converge at Holiday Inn at the Clark Freeport for the planning meet.

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“The participants will be from the national executive board,” Rodriguez said.

“Today’s start of the strategic planning will not be so arduous. We had a pre-planning session before with their [city mayors] trusted staff like administrators, chiefs of staff, planning officers and focal persons on their major programs,” he said.

Rodriguez added that based on that pre-planning session, member-cities would now be able to identify their specific needs and programs.

“So today, those specific needs, based on the pre-planning, along with some incidentals, will be discussed. Along with these will be tackled the official position of the LCP on some matters,” said Rodriguez.

The City Government, later today, will host a welcome and fellowship dinner for the LCP participants at Heroes Hall. (Jovi T. De Leon)