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Marcos pushes stronger alliance with LGUs

Alexis Romero - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — President Marcos is pushing for stronger collaboration between the national and local governments to address the challenges affecting the public.

During a meeting with officials of the local government of Manila yesterday, Marcos said he is working closely with LGUs to address several problems, including the soaring prices of basic commodities.

He said LGUs face common issues such as water management and traffic congestion.

“That’s why it is important that the local and national governments work closely so that we can maximize our efforts to alleviate the problems that our people face: the rising cost of food and fuel,” Marcos said.

Among the officials present during the courtesy call were Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna, Vice Mayor Yul Servo, Representatives Ernesto Dionisio Jr. (1st District), Rolando Valeriano (2nd District), Joel Chua (3rd District), Edward Maceda (4th District), Erwin Tieng (5th District) and Bienvenido Abante Jr. (6th District).

Members of the city council, Liga ng mga Barangay Manila chapter president Leilani Marie Lacuna and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation head Daniel Dave Tan also attended the meeting.

Marcos said the national government could hardly reach the grassroots without the help of local officials.

“Without these barangay-level measures, people would not feel anything even if the plans and programs are good. That’s why we need the help of local governments to guide us,” he said.

FERDINAND MARCOS JR

LGU

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