Mayor of Taguig
Mayor Laarni “Lani” Lopez-Cayetano, born on 11 December 1981, is one of the youngest local chief executives in the Philippines and the first female Mayor of Taguig City in 2010. City of Taguig, is a highly urbanised city located in the south-eastern portion of Metro Manila in the Philippines. Taguig is the seventh-most populous city in the Philippines with a population of 613,343. The local government of Taguig currently administers Bonifacio Global City, which is considered as one of Metro Manila’s central business districts alongside Makati CBD and Ortigas Center.
Mayor Lani graduated from Centro Escolar University in Mass Communication and finished a special course in Innovative and Developmental Local Governance and Policy Making for Local Chief Executives and Legislators at the University of the Philippines. At the age of 22, she established the Progressive Ladies’ League of the Philippines (PLLP), an organisation that promotes women’s rights and welfare. She became the first female representative of the first district of Taguig-Pateros in Congress at the age of 25. She also became the youngest elected President of Zonta Club of Pateros and Taguig from 2008 to 2010 and was cited as One of the Most Distinguished Alumna of Centro Escolar University.
She was very concern with human capital investment especially in education and health in Taguig. Therefore, she put it as her priority. Her first program was Under Lifeline Assistance for Neighbors In-need (L.A.N.I.) Scholarship Program, a scholarship program that already approved more than 36,000 scholarship applications, representing around 24,000 individuals from 2011. This scholarship has collaborated with 58 registered colleges and universities comprising 7 state universities and 7 colleges and 44 private schools.
The second program is a disaster preparedness program in Taguig. The city government of Taguig has implemented the Child-Friendly, Habitation, Evacuation and Educational Rooms during Storm (CHEERS) program. There are 18 public schools located in the Taguig city’s low-lying areas which will be used as “learning rooms” by the evacuated students. This program will help lessen the trauma experienced by evacuated victims while maximising the time of the evacuated students at the evacuation centers.
To build a harmonious relationship between Taguig with other Asia Pacific city, she was excited to host the 3rd ASEAN Mayors Forum together with UCLG ASPAC last year. She believes that this initiative will bring sustainable development and beneficial changes to the country’s local and urban communities including women empowerment.
1. ASEAN Mayor Forum 2017