ILOILO – Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. has been elected as Chairman of the National Executive Board of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, an umbrella organization of all the leagues of local government units and federation of local elective and appointive officials in the country.
Defensor, also the National Chairman of League of Provinces of the Philippines, explained that the union aims to unite all leagues from province down to the barangay to ensure smooth and efficient delivery of basic services.
“The main purpose of this union is to instil cohesion and coordination in the formulation and implementation of the different programs and policies of the national government vis-ά-vis the local government,” he said.
“It is also important for us all to have a clear understanding of our responsibilities, rights, and priorities. Just like an orchestra, there should be harmony in the system,” he added.
ULAP was formed in September 1998. It provides venue for local government officials to discuss and offer solutions to pressing national and local issues affecting the country.
The union has 11 member-leagues composed of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB), League of Vice Governors of the Philippines (LVGP), Vice Mayors League of the Philippines (VMLP), Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines (PBMLP), Philippine Councilors League (PCL), Lady Local Legislators League (4L), National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL) and Pambansang Pederasyin ng Sangguniang Kabataan (PPSK).