Protecting the interests of cities, the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) is committed to bringing local urban governance agenda at the forefront of the country’s development strategies. As the mandated organization of all Philippine cities, the LCP believes effective change in the national consciousness starts with the primary visions of the local government units.
On July 25, 1987, former President Corazon C. Aquino issued Executive Order No. 262 that created the League of City Mayors of the Philippines. Then Quezon City Mayor Brigido R. Simon Jr. was elected as its founding President and Lipa City Mayor Ruben L. Umali as the Secretary-General.
During that time, local government units – provinces, cities, municipalities, and the barangays (villages) – clamored for genuine reforms. The local chief executives lobbied for a new Local Government Code which granted the national government to only supervise and not control the LGUs.
After years of hard advocacy work, the 8th Congress approved the Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code on October 10, 1991. Under the Code’s Section 499, the LCP is finally institutionalized for the “primary purpose of ventilating, articulating, and crystallizing issues affecting city government administration.”
The change in nomenclature from the League of City Mayors also transformed the character of LCP from an organization of political personalities to a membership-based institution where the Cities – and not their political leaders – are accountable entities.
Through the years, the LCP has remained a reckoning force in pursuing genuine local autonomy through its services to its member-cities ranging from administrative to policy development, technical, and programs support.
In the organization, the LCP has the National Executive Board, its highest policy-making body that is chaired by the National Chairman. The NEB is composed of 30 voting members. It also has a Secretariat jointly supervised by the President and Secretary-General.