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BBM highlights importance of cooperation between nat’l government, LGUs

March 2, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 382 views

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is confident that he and running mate Inday Sara Duterte’s experience as local chief executives, would serve them in good stead in ensuring that basic services would properly be delivered to the people especially those living in far-flung areas when they are elected in the scheduled May 9 elections.

This developed as he also emphasized that proper coordination and cooperation between the national government and local government units are keys to promoting progress in the countryside as well as in ensuring that appropriate laws are implemented accordingly.

Marcos issued the statement during the 2022 General Assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at Marriott Hotel in Pasay City on Wednesday, during which he highlighted his and Inday Sara’s rich experience as local chief executives that would help them serve the country and the people better.

“Palagay ko naman kami ni Mayor Inday ay basta’t local government ang kausap namin we’re always very happy to come and join with you, dahil talaga naman kaming dalawa ay dumaan sa local government,” Marcos said.

“Kaya’t nauunawaan namin kung ano ang pinagdadaanan ng ating mga local chief executives kaya we are always conscious of what’s to be done between the national and the local government,” he added.

For Marcos, the role of the LGU plays a significant role, especially in the countryside or the ‘grassroots level’, that’s why the national government must determine firsthand the real and immediate problems that LGUs need to address.

“Ngunit ‘yung katotohanan kung ano ba talaga ang nangyayari sa grassroots level ay nakita ko at natutunan ko nung nasa local government ako dahil alam naman natin maraming mga nangyayari na batas merong mga directive, meron mga kung ano-ano ang inuutos sa atin ang (national) government na hindi talaga praktikal pagdating sa local government,” Marcos explained.

“In other words the realities on the ground sa grassroots level kung papaano magdala ng serbisyo ang ating local government official, ang mga governor, ang mga mayor hanggang sa barangay ay talagang kailangan na maging mas tama ang komunikasyon (sa national government ) para maging effective,” he said.

Marcos then advised the local government executives to come up with clear cut messages and initiate close coordination with the national government for the latter to properly and appropriately act on their most pressing concerns.

“No one can tell you that they’re better, more expert about your municipalities than yourself, and that is something the national government will have to learn to respect. And with Inday Sara and I being experienced in local government, we fully intend to address that balance,” he said.

“To make that balance more effective, hindi lang one direction na inuutusan lang ng national government at sasabihin ang gagawin ng LGU. Sa halip dapat may maayos na konsultasyon ang local government at saka national government,” Marcos explained.

Marcos also discussed that it is vital for the national government to focus on providing necessary funds to the LGUs’ plans and programs.

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