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ULAP recently concluded its 103rd National Executive Board (NEB) Meeting, marking a pivotal moment for the organization as it solidified its strategic plan for 2024. The gathering, held at Makati Diamond Residences, was attended by ULAP President Gov. Dax Cua, Chairman Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr., Vice Chairman Vice Governor Atty. Katherine Agapay, 2nd Vice President - Visayas Vice Governor Atty. Reynaldo Quimpo, 3rd Vice President - Mindanao Vice Mayor Bernard Dela Cruz, Secretary General Councilor Handy Lao, Assistant Secretary General Vice Governor Christine Garin, Assistant Auditor Councilor Jorge Daniel Bocobo, Public Relations Officer Councilor Kate Galang-Coseteng, Assistant PRO Board Member Atty. Saul Paulo Lazo, Liaison Officer Vice Mayor Dean Anthony Domalanta, Legal Counsel Board Member Atty. Ananias Canlas, Jr., Chairman for Policy and Advocacy Councilor Atty. Raul Corro, Chairman for Gender and Development Councilor Eden Pineda, NMYL Representative Vice Mayor John Paul Lampig, and NMYL Representative Councilor Marjorie Martin.

Special guests to the meeting were Gov. Angelina Tan of Quezon Province, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo Province, Gov. Presbitero Velasco Jr. of Marinduque Province, Mayor Maila Ting-Que of Tuguegarao City, Councilor Charisse Marie Abalos-Vargas of Mandaluyong City, Assistant Administrator Alberto Kimpo of Quezon City.

The meeting also featured a presentation from Undersecretary Carlos Primo David of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, who discussed the water resource management programs of LGUs in light of El Niño. Department of Local and Interior Government Undersecretary Marlo Iringan gave an overview of the department’s current initiatives, and its strategic roadmap for the devolution transition. DILG Undersecretary Odilon Pasaraba, with Director Debbie Torres, also shared his insights on important LGU concerns raised during the meeting. Additionally, Mr. Jeffrey Manalo, Deputy Executive Director of the Public-Private Partnership Center, shared insights on the recently passed PPP Code, providing valuable information to further enhance collaborations between the public and private sectors.

Advancing their shared commitment in promoting the growth of local businesses, ULAP, represented by President Gov. Cua, and the Department of Trade and Industry, represented by Usec. Kim Bernardo-Lokin, formalized their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. This strategic alliance aims to strengthen consumer protection, boost local economic development, and empower local authorities nationwide.
As ULAP embarks on its journey into 2024, the outcomes of the 103rd NEB Meeting set the stage for a year of progressive initiatives and collaborative efforts, reaffirming ULAP's dedication to advancing transformative local governance.