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Manila Hotel hosts assembly of over 1,200 mayors today

Manila, Philippines — More than 1,200 municipal mayors from all across the country will gather today at the historic landmark Manila Hotel for the 2014 General Assembly of the League of Municipal Mayors of the Philippines (LMP).

The goal of the municipal mayors will be to work on an all-inclusive growth to build a developed country with reduced poverty, LMP National President Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr. said yesterday.

The mayors are expected to discuss the recently-launched budget strategy, known as Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process. The system will be used by the municipal mayors as a tool in the identification and implementation of priority projects to stimulate business and boost infrastructure development.

Grassroots Participatory Budgeting is dedicated to boost transparency and accountability in governance as civil society organizations and the communities actively take part in crafting local budgets and determining priority projects that will be given to the national government for funding support.

Javier hailed the new initiative taken by the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, who will be their guest of honor and speaker. He called it “a major step in bringing the national government closer to the local governments in the implementation of projects meant to address underdevelopment and in fostering productive partnerships.”

“It is at the core of the new leadership of the LMP that the organization be a venue for the national government to have a close rapport with local chief executives to hasten the realization of our shared vision,” said Javier.

Other top government officials, among them from the Departments of Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Tourism, Department of Energy, Department of Health, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of Budget and Management are expected to present their programs in the assembly.