15 April 2015
President Benigno S. Aquino III recognized the role of each local government unit (LGU) across the country in nation building, inclusive growth, and economic stability as he graced the general assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) at the Manila Hotel.
As he spoke before hundreds of mayors from the different regions in the Philippines, President Aquino gave his warmest gratitude to the LMP members in organizing such an assembly as this is a great venue for leaders to discuss diverse agendas to further uplift the standard of living of every Filipino. In return, he assured to empower the local government and the national institution.
“Itinataguyod natin ang isang sistemang tunay na tumutugon sa pangangailangan ng taumbayan, kung saan ang ayuda ay hindi grasya o pabor, kundi nakukuha sa pag-umang ng palad sa padrino o sa koneksyon, hindi nakasalalay sa kapritso ng mga nakaupo sa pwesto, kundi karapatang makukuha sa pagsunod sa tamang patakaran,” the President said.
With good governance and the continuous growth of the economy, President Aquino reported on how the government is able to fund several public services such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, where 4.4 million Filipinos are currently benefiting; the PhilHealth program, and addressing the backlogs of classrooms, chairs, and textbooks to uplift the quality of education.
Likewise, he mentioned several infrastructure projects he inherited from the previous administrations that were unfinished, but due to his initiatives, these were finally completed like the Aluling Bridge in Ilocus Sur and Lullutan Bridge in Isabela.
“Talaga naman pong pinapabuti natin ang buhay ng napakarami nating kababayan, pinapalawak ang pagkakataong tumulak sa pag-asenso at iniaangat ang kanilang kakayahang makiambag sa pagpapa-unlad ng lipunan,” President Aquino explained.
However, he challenged every LGU to make sure that this growth is sustainable and to always maintain the straight path of change.
“Tumotoo tayo sa ating salita, piliin natin ang tama at unahin ang kapwa. Ipamana natin sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang bukas na di hamak na mas maganda kaysa sa ating dinatnan,” the President ended.
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