R.A. No. 7160, Local Government Code of the Philippines - League of LGUs and Elective Officials

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7160
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE OF 1991

Table of Contents

BOOK III LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS

TITLE SIX LEAGUES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS AND ELECTIVE OFFICIALS

CHAPTER I LEAGUES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS

Article One Liga ng Mga Barangay

SEC. 491. Purpose of Organization. - There shall be an organization of all barangays to be known as the liga ng mga barangay for the primary purpose of determining the representation of the Liga in the sanggunians, and for ventilating, articulating and crystallizing issues affecting barangay government administration and securing, through proper and legal means, solutions thereto.

SEC. 492. Representation, Chapters, National Liga. - Every barangay shall be represented in said liga by the punong barangay, or in his absence or incapacity, by a sanggunian member duly elected for the purpose among its members, who shall attend all meetings or deliberations called by the different chapters of the liga. The liga shall have chapters at the municipal, city, provincial and metropolitan political subdivision levels. The municipal and city chapters of the liga shall be composed of the barangay representatives of municipal and city barangays, respectively. The duly elected presidents of component municipal and city chapters shall constitute the provincial chapter or the metropolitan political subdivision chapter. The duly elected presidents of highly-urbanized cities, provincial chapters, the Metropolitan Manila chapter and metropolitan political subdivision chapters shall constitute the National Liga ng mga Barangay.

SEC. 493. Organization. - The liga at the municipal, city, provincial, metropolitan political subdivision, and national levels directly elect a president, a vice-president, and five (5) members of the board of directors. The board shall appoint its secretary and treasurer and create such other positions as it may deem necessary for the management of the chapter. A secretary-general shall be elected from among the members of the national liga and shall be charged with the overall operation of the liga on the national level. The board shall coordinate the activities of the chapters of the liga.

SEC. 494. Ex-Officio Membership in Sanggunians. - The duly elected presidents of the liga at the municipal, city and provincial levels, including the component cities and municipalities of Metropolitan Manila, shall serve as ex-officio members of the sangguniang bayan, sangguniang panlungsod, and sangguniang panlalawigan, respectively. They shall serve as such only during their term of office as presidents of the liga chapters, which in no case shall be beyond the term of office of the sanggunian concerned.

SEC. 495. Powers, Functions and Duties of the Liga. - The Liga shall:

(a) Give priority to programs designed for the total development of the barangays and in consonance with the policies, programs and projects of the national government;

(b) Assist in the education of barangay residents for people's participation in local government administration in order to promote united and concerted action to achieve country-wide development goals;

(c) Supplement the efforts of government in creating gainful employment within the barangay;

(d) Adopt measures to promote the welfare of barangay officials;

(e) Serve as a forum of the barangays in order to forge linkages with government and non-governmental organizations and thereby promote the social, economic and political well-being of the barangays; and

(f) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions which will bring about stronger ties between barangays and promote the welfare of the barangay inhabitants.

Article Two League of Municipalities

SEC. 496. Purpose of Organization. - There shall be an organization of all municipalities to be known as league of municipalities for the primary purpose of ventilating, articulating and crystallizing issues affecting municipal government administration, and securing, through proper and legal means, solutions thereto. The league shall form provincial chapters composed of the league presidents for all component municipalities of the province.

SEC. 497. Representation. - Every municipality shall be represented in the league by the municipal mayor or in his absence, by the vice-mayor or a sanggunian member duly elected for the purpose by the members, who shall attend all meetings and participate in the deliberations of the league.

SEC. 498. Powers, Functions and Duties of the League of Municipalities. - The league of municipalities shall:

(a) Assist the national government in the formulation and implementation of the policies, programs and projects affecting municipalities as a whole;

(b) Promote local autonomy at the municipal level;

(c) Adopt measures for the promotion of the welfare of all municipalities and its officials and employees;

(d) Encourage people's participation in local government administration in order to promote united and concerted action for the attainment of country-wide development goals;

(e) Supplement the efforts of the national government in creating opportunities for gainful employment within the municipalities;

(f) Give priority to programs designed for the total development of the municipalities in consonance with the policies, programs and projects of the national government;

(g) Serve as a forum for crystallizing and expressing ideas, seeking the necessary assistance of the national government, and providing the private sector avenues for cooperation in the promotion of the welfare of the municipalities; and

(h) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as the league may prescribe for the welfare of the municipalities.

Article Three League of Cities

SEC. 499. Purpose of Organization. - There shall be an organization of all cities to be known as the League of Cities for the primary purpose of ventilating, articulating and crystallizing issues affecting city government administration, and securing, through proper and legal means, solutions thereto. The League may form chapters at the provincial level for the component cities of a province. Highly-urbanized cities may also form a chapter of the League. The National League shall be composed of the presidents of the league of highly-urbanized cities and the presidents of the provincial chapters of the league of component cities.

SEC. 500. Representation. - Every city shall be represented in the league by the city mayor or in his absence, by the city vice-mayor or a sanggunian member duly elected for the purpose by the members, who shall attend all meetings and participate in the deliberations of the league.

SEC. 501. Powers, Functions and Duties of the League of City. - The league of cities shall:

(a) Assist the national government in the formulation and implementation of the policies, programs and projects affecting cities as a whole;

(b) Promote local autonomy at the city level;

(c) Adopt measures for the promotion of the welfare of all cities and its officials and employees;

(d) Encourage people's participation in local government administration in order to promote united and concerted action for the attainment of country-wide development goals;

(e) Supplement the efforts of the national government in creating opportunities for gainful employment the cities;

(f) Give priority to programs designed for the total development of cities in consonance with the policies, programs and projects of the national government;

(g) Serve as a forum for crystallizing and expressing ideas, seeking the necessary assistance of the national government and providing the private sector avenues for cooperation in the promotion of the welfare of the cities; and

(h) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as the league may prescribe for the welfare of the cities.

Article Four League of Provinces

SEC. 502. Purpose of Organization. - There shall be an organization of all provinces to be known as the League of Provinces for the primary purpose of ventilating, articulating and crystallizing issues affecting provincial and metropolitan political subdivision government administration, and securing, through proper and legal means, solutions thereto. For this purpose, the Metropolitan Manila Area and any metropolitan political subdivision shall be considered as separate provincial units of the league.

SEC. 503. Representation. - Every province shall be represented in the league by the provincial governor or in his absence, by the provincial vice-governor or a sanggunian member duly elected for the purpose by the members, who shall attend all meetings and participate in the deliberations of the league.

SEC. 504. Powers, Functions and Duties of the League of Provinces. - The league of provinces shall:

(a) Assist the national government in the formulation and implementation of the policies, programs and projects affecting provinces as a whole;

(b) Promote local autonomy at the provincial level;

(c) Adopt measures for the promotion of the welfare of all provinces and its officials and employees;

(d) Encourage peoples participation in local government administration in order to promote united and concerted action for the attainment of countrywide development goals;

(e) Supplement the efforts of the national government in creating opportunities for gainful employment within the province;

(f) Give priority to programs designed for the total development of the provinces in consonance with the policies, programs and projects of the national government;

(g) Serve as a forum for crystallizing and expressing ideas, seeking the necessary assistance of the national government and providing the private sector avenues for cooperation in the promotion of the welfare of the provinces; and

(h) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as the league may prescribe for the welfare of the provinces and metropolitan political subdivisions.

Article Five Provisions Common to all Leagues

SEC. 505. Funding. (a) All leagues shall derive its funds from contributions of member local government units and from fund-raising projects and activities without the necessity of securing permits therefor: Provided, That the proceeds from said fund-raising projects and activities shall be used primarily to fund the projects for which the said proceeds have been raised, subject to the pertinent provision of this Code and the pertinent provisions of the Omnibus Election Code.

(b) All funds of leagues shall be deposited as trust funds with its treasurer and shall be disbursed in accordance with the board of director's resolutions, subject to pertinent accounting and auditing rules and regulations: Provided, That the treasurer shall be bonded in an amount to be determined by the board of directors. The funds of a chapter shall be deposited as chapter funds and funds of the national league shall be deposited as national funds.

SEC. 506. Organizational Structure. - To ensure the effective and efficient administration, the leagues for municipalities, cities and provinces shall elect chapter-level and national-level boards of directors and a set of officers headed by the president. A secretary-general shall be chosen from among the national league members to manage the day to day operation and activities of the national league. The board of directors on the chapter or national level may create such other positions as may be deemed necessary for the management of the chapters and of the national league. The national board of directors of the leagues for municipalities, cities or provinces shall coordinate programs, projects and activities of chapter and the national-level league.

SEC. 507. Constitution and By-laws of the Liga and the Leagues. - All other matters not herein otherwise provided for affecting the internal organization of the leagues of local government units shall be governed by their respective constitution and by-laws which are hereby made suppletory to the provision of this Chapter: Provided, That said Constitution and By-laws shall always conform to the provisions of the Constitution and existing laws.

CHAPTER 2 LEAGUES AND FEDERATIONS OF LOCAL ELECTIVE OFFICIALS

SEC. 508. Organization - (a) Vice-governor, vice-mayors, sanggunian members of barangays, municipalities, component cities, highly-urbanized cities and provinces, and other elective local officials of local government units, including those of the Metropolitan Manila area and any metropolitan political subdivisions, may form their respective leagues or federation, subject to applicable provisions of this Title and pertinent provisions of this Code;

(b) Sanggunian members of component cities and municipalities shall form a provincial federation and elect a board of directors and a set of officers headed by the president. The duly elected president of the provincial federation of sanggunian members of component cities and municipalities shall be an ex-officio member of the sangguniang panlalawigan concerned and shall serve as such only during his term of office as president of the provincial federation of sanggunian members of component cities and municipalities, which in no case shall be beyond the term of office of the sanggunian panlalawigan concerned.

SEC. 509. Constitution and By-laws. - The leagues or federations shall adopt a Constitution and by-laws which shall govern their internal organization and operation: Provided, That said Constitution and by-laws shall always conform to the provision of the Constitution and existing laws.

SEC. 510. Funding. - The leagues and federations may derive their funds from contributions of individual league or federation members or from fund-raising projects or activities. The local government unit concerned may appropriate funds to support the leagues or federation organized pursuant to this Section, subject to the availability of funds.