The Leagues of LGUs play a vital role in protecting the rights of LGUs
The Leagues of LGUs or local government units and federations of local elective and appointive officials play a vital role not only in protecting the rights of LGUs and local officials to ensure good local governance but also to promote and advocate their full decentralization and fiscal autonomy as guaranteed in the Constitution and the Local Government Code to ensure a smooth and efficient delivery of basic services to the community.
In 1998, the Leagues formed its umbrella organization, the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines or ULAP, with former Senator and Laguna Governor Joey Lina as its founding President. We organized it with the help of DILG. As the Executive Director of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) then, I was appointed as its first Executive Director. We affiliated with the International Union of Local Authorities then to gain insights on how our country can be competitive with our international counterparts.
There were 11 incorporators* then, and later joined forces to form this aggrupation of leagues throughout the country for a common vision and mission. The 4 LGU Leagues1 and 7 federations of local officials2 comprise ULAP.
ULAP became instrumental in advocating against the IRA cuts made by the national government and was successful in restoring these reductions in the internal revenue allotments back to the LGUs. When ULAP was institutionalized in 2004 by virtue of Executive Order No. 351, it assured the proper representation of LGUs in local, national and international forums. With the strong collaboration amongst our member leagues, we were successful in lobbying for the automatic IRA appropriation, ensure its prompt, full and direct release to all LGUs, among many other vital issues affecting local governance.
Thanks to Publicus, we can now regularly share our Leagues’ advocacies, views, comments and legislative agenda here at The Lobbyist.
1 Four (4) LGU Leagues - Provinces (LPP), Cities (LCP), Municipalities (LMP), and Barangays (LNB)
2 Seven (7) Federations of elected and appointive Local officials -- Vice-Governors (LVGP), Provincial Board Members (PBMLP), Vice-Mayors (VMLP), Councilors (PCL), National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL), Lady Local Legislators League (4L), and the Sangguniang Kabataan (SKNF).