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Governor Dax Cua, President of ULAP highlighted the vital role of local governments in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and called for their empowerment through greater autonomy and resource allocation during UN DESA's Virtual Workshop on Subsidiarity and Decentralization for Sustainable Development today, 13 December 2023.

Gov. Cua believes that subsidiarity and decentralization are essential for unlocking the full potential of local communities and achieving a sustainable future, emphasizing that LGUs should not be viewed as subordinate entities, but rather as partners of the national government in achieving shared national development goals.

Empowering LGUs with real authority allows them to craft solutions tailored to their communities' needs and aspirations. Gov. Cua also shared ULAP's work in improving service delivery at the local level through the identification of essential services for each level of local government and the development of data-driven service delivery models.