On June 25, Thursday, Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas will be the resource speaker at the Quezon City Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) General Assembly in Mabalacat, Pampanga, where participants will discuss and deliberate on possible amendments to the Local Government Code of 1991.

During the assembly, Roxas will listen to the insights and inputs of barangay leaders to arrive at sound and feasible amendments to the 25-year-old law.

Roxas will then submit their proposals to the national assembly of the LnB for further deliberations.

Over the past few years, many national and local leaders across the archipelago have already been mulling over possible changes to the code to fit present concerns and to make local government units (LGUs) more responsive to their constituents.

As DILG chief, Roxas has ensured that both the national and local governments are present and active in addressing concerns raised on the grassroots level, stressing that people from the communities are this administration’s true “bosses.”

He has also implemented measures that uphold transparency and accountability at the local level, including barangays, through programs such as the Ugnayang Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS), and the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), which raised the standards of good governance based on a number of criteria.

According to Roxas, these are in line with President Aquino’s Daang Matuwid, which encourages active participation from people in the grassroots communities towards genuine reform.

The LnB National President, Atty. Edmund Abesamis, will be present in the event, including a number of previous and present officials of the Quezon City Government, who will also share their thoughts with the barangay chairpersons in attendance.