The position of Deputy Secretary General for Mindanao of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has been entrusted to Tacurong City Mayor Lina Montilla.
Mayor Montilla was endorsed and voted upon by her fellow city mayors during the 60thGeneral Assembly of LCP held on July 19, 2013 in Manila.
Almost all of the mayors from 143 member cities of LCP attended the event which also served as the farewell gathering for San Fernando City Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, the outgoing LCP National President. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista replaced him.
Prior to the assembly, Mayor Montilla already has hint that she will be given a position in the influential league but she did not expect such higher office.
When asked as to the reason why she was selected to such high office, Mayor Montilla replied that perhaps her 100 percent attendance and active participation in all undertakings of the LCP paved way for it.
She also reasoned that the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award received by Tacurong City in 2012 elicited admiration from her fellow mayors and that could be one of the factors that made her a familiar face around the league.
Mayor Montilla said that she was humbled by the trust and confidence given to her and pledged that she will remain a dynamic presence in the league.
As Deputy Secretary General, Mayor Montilla joins other mayors in the National Executive Board. She will be in charge of facilitating seminars and conventions in Mindanao region. She will also be directly coordinating with the Secretary General relative to matters concerning all cities in the south. (Allan Freno, LGU Tacurong City)