The Philippine Councilors League through the Legislative Academy in close coordination with PCL Albay Provincial Federation Chapter headed by Honorable Alan Rañola of Legazpi City scheduled the Political Leadership Enhancement Program on May 31 to June 2, 2018 at the Grand Ballroom, The Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City, Province of Albay.

Dr. Cedric D. Daep, Department Head of Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) gave a lecture on the climate in Albay, calamities which hit the province and the creation of APSEMO. He emphasized how they effectively respond to natural disasters like typhoons, floods, earthquake, eruption of Mt. Mayon, landslides, storm surge among others to evacuation and providing healthcare to their constituents.

Mayor Noel E. Rosal of Legazpi City shared their best practices including the Galing Pook Award they received in year 2014. He presented various innovative projects they accomplished and many Public-Private Partnership Programs they implemented such as the sanitary landfill and central terminal.

Two facilitators from Manila namely Genesis Villaflores and Jeferlito Menguin lead the teambuilding. The afternoon session of the delegates was filled with activities, fun and laughter. Afterwards, the councilors went to see the Cagsawa Ruins. At 6 in the evening, they proceeded to the Mayor’s Night (Welcome Dinner) sponsored by Hon. Rosal and were entertained by the City Legazpi Choir, GRD Dance Troupe, TRIO and the Voice of Memories. Mayor Rosal once again extended his generosity by offering ocular visit at the Sanitary Landfill. City Councilor Gregorio Fernand Imperial III lead the PCL Creed while PFP Alan Rañola gave his welcome remarks. On behalf of the PCL leadership and NP Chavit Singson, National Chair Danny Dayanghirang and NEVP Benny Brizuela gave their words of appreciation.

Representing DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, former Masbate Vice Governor Atty. Vince Revil gave a lecture on Federalism and laid down the immediate plans of the National Government on the possible shift to this system of government. He was assisted by DILG Region V through Atty. Zalmar Uddin, focal person and legal officer. During the Open Forum, PCLLA Executive Director Dr. Larry Caminero, Regional Chairperson Owen Garcia, Provincial Federation President Shiela Baclaan of South Cotabato, City Chapter President Atty. Mila Arroyo and other Councilors from General Santos and Nueva Vizcaya participated during the Open Forum.

Representative Joey Salceda as the luncheon speaker on the second day, talked about the advantages and economic impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN). He encouraged everyone to fully understand the different sections of the law and explained why it is essential for the ordinary Filipinos.

In line with the thrust for continuing education of its members, selected PCL Officers learned about campaign management specifically on utilizing the 4+1 M namely Man, Machinery, Message, Money plus Methodology. Infanta, Quezon Councilor Hon. LA Ruanto as a strategist, shared his knowledge on ensuring ability to win during local elections. He also stressed the importance of utilizing the social media.

Apart from the said activities, the attendees had the opportunity to visit the Legazpi City Sanitary Landfill, ride ATV at the foot of the Mt. Mayon and enjoy the pili nut delicacies as well as spicy bicolano dishes. During the Closing Dinner, Governor Al Francis Bichara, thanked PCL for choosing his province. He called on all members to utilize the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines or ULAP as the voice of the local officials to lobby on certain matters in Congress. He discussed salient points in Constitutional Reform and Federalism.

Provincial Federation and City Chapter Presidents extended their appreciation to PFP Alan Rañola for the warm hospitality and congratulated him for a fruitful event.

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