PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. now considers himself as a constituent of Manila.
The President stated this as he met with Mayor Honey Lacuna and all other elected officials in Manila who paid him a courtesy call in Malacanang at around 11 a.m. yesterday and where both camps expressed support for each other.
Lacuna was joined by Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto and the six Congressmen representing the six district of Manila, along with the 37 members of the Manila City Council, Liga ng mga Barangay President of Manila and Ex-officio Councilor Leilani Marie Lacuna and SK Federation President Daniel Dave Tan.
In the said meeting, Lacuna, speaking in behalf of her group, expressed full support to the administration of Marcos, Jr. in response to his call for unity.
“Mr. President, we are here in full force to express our full support to your administration specially to all your laudable plans and programs that will benefit every Filipino. And since Manila has been and is still your second home, we humbly wish that you will consider our beloved city in your priority list,” she said.
Lacuna added: “For our more than 2 million population, the city government is doing its best to offer our constituents much -needed assistance through our Social Amelioration Program that has been providing financial aid in form of monthly allowances to all our senior citizens, solo parents as well as all PWDs (persons with disability) in Manila. We continue to give monthly allowances to the Grade 12 Senior High School students in all public schools and to all our college students enrolled at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and at the Universidad de Manila. We are also operating six LGU hospitals, one in every district, and we have 44 health centers serving as frontliners in the implementation of our universal health care. And there are still a lot of concerns that our government must pay attention to.”
“With your guidance and assistance, Mr. President, we believe that we can deliver better services to our fellow Manilenos. We hope to have you in our future events and activities here in the capital city of our country. Again, thank you very much for giving us your time to meet us here in Malacanang,” Lacuna said.
The lady mayor said the President was gracious enough to state that the national government and LGUs must work hand-in-hand, adding that he in fact, now considers himself as a constituent of Manila.
President Marcos, Jr., she said, cited the significance of LGUs without which, the country will have a hard time moving forward, since it is the LGU which knows with certainty what the people’s needs are, being in constant touch with the grassroots.