Pampanga Mayors’ League endorses candidacy of Legarda for Senator

February 21, 2022

Three-term Senator and now Senatorial candidate Loren Legarda welcomed the endorsement of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines – Pampanga Chapter during a virtual meeting held this morning.

Legarda, who has been advocating for better employment facilitation and more accessible livelihood opportunities for all Filipinos, said that she is overwhelmed with the trust and support given to her by the LMP – Pampanga Chapter.

Mayor Edgar Flores of Minalin, President of LMP – Pampanga Chapter and concurrent Vice President of LMP Region 3, spoke on behalf of the 14 mayors who attended and said that they are committed to support Legarda whose accomplishments as a legislator have benefited even the Kapampangans. “Kayo po ay masipag, magaling at madaling lapitan at hindi pa man kami lumalapit ay alam na ninyo kung paano kami matutulungan. Hindi po kami magdadalawang isip na kayo ay suportahan dahil nararapat po kayong bumalik sa Senado para mas marami pa po kayong matulungan,” said Flores.

“The support that you are giving me now boosts my morale and inspires me even more to continue the brand of leadership that is compassionate, pro-people, and efficient with zero tolerance for corruption,” Legarda said.

Legarda, who currently represents the Lone District of Antique in the House of Representatives, also extended assistance to the province of Pampanga under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) TUPAD program that gives emergency employment for displaced workers and the unemployed. She also allocated funds for the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to help Kapampangans who are in need of burial services, medical support, and financial support. Likewise, the three-term Senator also previously allocated Medical Assistance to Indigent Patients (MAIP) through the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital, a Department of Health (DOH)-retained hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga.

The senatorial aspirant also encouraged the LGUs to help disseminate information on available government programs to ensure that the people know the programs and projects intended them. Among these is the loan facility of the SB Corporation that provides capital for small businesses with zero interest and no collateral required.

She further urged government agencies to improve the capacity of local government units to access climate finance from the People’s Survival Fund (PSF), especially since the Philippines is prone to natural disasters. Pampanga is one of the vulnerable communities that need long-term financing for local climate programs to prevent further destruction and losses during calamities.

“I am very thankful for your trust, and I am looking forward to working with all of you as we continue to push for more social service assistance through programs like DOLE TUPAD and DSWD AICS. Together, let us ensure that national government programs, especially for livelihood, employment, health, and education, are brought closer to the people as we strive for a sustainable and equitable growth and recovery,”Legarda concluded.***