August 19, 2015
Committed to expand its membership and develop new champions to forward population and development agenda, the Local Legislators’ League on Population, Health, Environment and Development (3LPHED) gathered local officials in Leyte on August 14, 2015 to formalize its newest provincial chapter.
Led by 3LPHED national president Leyte Vice Governor Carlo P. Loreto, 83 local officials packed the Legislative Building at the Capitol Grounds in Tacloban City. The 3LPHED Leyte Chapter members include vice mayors, councilors and Association of Barangay Chairmen (ABC) presidents from 16 municipalities in Leyte.
This new addition to the 3LPHED family will strengthen the organization’s ability to champion, articulate, and concretize appropriate and sustainable responses to issues affecting Philippine society, national coordinator Rio Magpayo said.
For his part, Vice Governor Loreto assured that with the formation of its Leyte chapter, 3LPHED will continue to contribute for the attainment of a just and humane society where basic needs are addressed and citizens embrace positive change by actively advocating socially responsible legislations on population, health, environment and development for an improved quality of life for all.
Hon. Nicomedes Alde, ABC president of Babatngon, was elected president of the Leyte chapter. Also elected were: Myra V. Nalda, vice president for District 1; Louis C. Sudario, vice president for District 2; Cecilio C. Ecalla, vice president for District 3; Catalina L. Tolero, vice president for District 4; Schubert A. Riños, vice president for District 5.
They will be assisted by: Jose M. Advincula, secretary general; Erwin M. Cernal, assistant secretary general; Board Member Mesias Arevalo, treasurer; Board Member Emmanuel Gacis, assistant treasurer; Edward Jay A. Durante, auditor; Roque F. Rojas Jr., assistant auditor; and, Judy J. Sosing, business manager.
“The 3PLHED Leyte Chapter will come together to develop ideas and materialize movements to address concerns on population, health, and environment in the province,” Vice Governor Loreto said in parting.
At the moment, 3LPHED has members in 17 provinces with a roster of 200 members and 10 provincial chapters formed. Registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission since 2007, the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development serves as its Secretariat.