Bacolod mayor quits as LCP nat’l president

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Outgoing Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has stepped down as national president of the 145-member League of Cities of the Philippines.

“Working with you has made me a better public servant and a better man. I am because we are,” Leonardia said during the organization’s recent special assembly at the Marriott Hotel in Manila.

Leonardia was elected LCP national president during the League’s 68th general assembly on July 19, 2019. (

He was also named a member of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The LEDAC is the highest advisory council to the President on development and economic matters, among others.

“It has been a term like no other. The pandemic dominated our lives, changed the complexity of things and introduced new challenges no one before us faced,” the mayor said, citing the challenges brought by the Covod-19 pandemic.

“It was a situation that called for the best of us. It made us more innovative and creative and squeezed the best out of us,” he added.

Last week’s gathering was the League’s first face-to-face general assembly since the pandemic struck the Philippines in 2020.