Abalos calls on LGUs to help their constituents on rising prices of commodities

Abalos calls on LGUs to help their constituents on rising prices of commodities

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — Local government units (LGUs) must come up with transformative programs that would ease the economic burden of their constituents due to the surging oil and commodity prices.

This is the call of Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos, Jr. as he urged the local chief executives to develop programs and initiatives that will help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) recover from economic challenges while raising awareness about the tourism sites and destinations of their respective localities to attract more visitors.

“With the recent spike in prices of commodities and the aftermath of surging inflation, LGUs must gear towards transformative programs that will cushion the economic challenges felt mainly by the poorest of the poor of our constituents,” Abalos said during the R’Cebu 2022 event recently at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu in Cebu City.

“Let us confront these economic hurdles by coming up with innovations such as R’Cebu 2022 that will ultimately benefit the people we serve,” he added.

R’Cebu program is a collaboration project of the Gokongwei group’s Robinsons Galleria Cebu and the Cebu Provincial Government to support the local cottage industries particularly the farmers, fishermen, artisans, as well as MSMEs owners showcasing unique and diverse products, offerings, and services, various delicacies, and top tourist spots of respective municipalities and barangays in the Province of Cebu.

Abalos believes transformative programs are what the country needs to sustain the recovery from the devastating socio-economic impacts brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Isa po iyan (transformative programs) sa mga tututukan ng ating pamahalaan sa mga darating na araw, kaya inaasahan ko po ang inyong suporta at pakikiisa upang ating maibsan ang paghihirap ng ating mga mamamayan [This will be one of the priorities of the government so I am counting on your support and cooperation to lessen the burden of our constituents],” he said.

The DILG Chief likewise lauded the brains behind the said innovative partnership between the LGUs and the private sector saying that “this is yet another resounding proof of the great things that we can accomplish when all of us—the government, private sector, and other stakeholders—work in unison.”

“I commend the Provincial Government of Cebu led by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, our LCEs, and the Robinsons Galleria Cebu for coming up with this program that supports the local cottage industries,” Abalos said. (ai/mtvn)

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