Mayor Imelda Aguilar of Las Pinas: Public Services Delivery as Top Priority

MAYOR Imelda Aguilar of Las Pinas of the Philippines focuses her work on public service delivery to people. It has been reflected in the series of efforts that she made as well as acknowledgements and awards that she received from various institutions.

Mayor Aguilar has received acknowledgement from the Regional Peace and Order Council-National Capital Region RPOC-NCR “Mark of Recognition” for ensuring order and safety in the health crisis caused by COVID-19.  She was conferred the “Most Outstanding City Mayor with the Cleanest City” by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Press Club for keeping Las Pinas as the cleanest city in Metro Manila. “… “her excellent leadership surpassed the efforts of the other cities in the National Capital Region on aspects of beautification and orderliness,” they said. She also received recognition from the National Senior Commission of Senior Citizens Office of the Philippines for her lifelong commitment to serving the senior citizens of Las Piñas. In Las Piñas, the elderly hold a special place in the heart of the mayor and the local government and the commitment to delivering reliable and progressive services to the city’s seniors remains steadfast.

Mayor Aguilar has her focus on the livelihood programme. It has been shown on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on sustainable livelihood programmes. She mentioned that the MoU is a social protection to enhance the socio-economic status of target beneficiaries through the provision of livelihood projects in the city. Under the MoU, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and city government can work efficiently in properly implementing various sustainable livelihood modalities in the community. In line with that, Mayor Aguilar has shown support to the city’s small-scale retailers, traders, and vendors, particularly on rice prices in the country. Under her guidance, the City Agriculture Office, in cooperation with the City Social Welfare and Development Office, distributed P15,000 in cash assistance to 139 deserving beneficiaries. The cash assistance aims to provide immediate relief to small businesses to unburden them with the rising cost of rice and empower them to continue their operations and contribute to stabilise the rice supply in the community.