National Government Lauds 2022 Galing Pook Foundation's Outstanding Local Government Programs

Thursday, December 01, 2022

The Galing Pook Foundation, with co-presenters SM Prime Holdings Inc., and the DILG-Local Government Academy, and sponsors Cebu Pacific and Airspeed, cited local government units from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao that promote innovation and excellence.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. commended the Galing Pook Foundation for recognizing and incentivizing top-performing LGUs. He stressed how strong collaboration between the public and private sectors can lead to more meaningful and successful programs that truly benefit the Filipino people.

“The recognition that you give to cities and municipalities inspires them to accelerate their drive toward improvement, and it encourages LGUs to adopt practices that make us paragons of excellence in public service. It is necessary for us to underscore the importance of strengthening partnerships between the government and private organizations, such as the Galing Pook Foundation, especially as we bring about meaningful progress in the country.”

Galing Pook Chairperson Mel Sarmiento expressed his gratitude to all the local executives and LGU teams that participated this year: “It’s truly inspiring to see the impact of the work that you do, and I’m sure you’ve brought value to many Filipinos all over the country. Our collaborations bring us closer to realizing our shared vision, na ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino, may simple pero kumportableng buhay.”


The Top 10 were: The Green Wall of Alcala (Alcala, Cagayan);  Advancing and Sustaining Good Governance and Community Actions towards Resiliency and Empowerment (Basilan Province); Bataan Public-Private Partnership Programs (Bataan Province); Balik-Biñan Project: Tourism Development through Heritage Conservation (Biñan City, Laguna); From Black to Green: Fishponds, Eco-Tourism and Full Employment (Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal); Trekking to Unlock Community Ailments and Difficulties (TUCAD) (Goa, Camarines Sur);  “I-BIKE” A Program Promoting the Development of the Iloilo City Bike Culture (Iloilo City); Yaru: A Whole-of-Community Approach Towards Disaster Management (Itbayat, Batanes); Libertad Fish Forever Savings Club (Libertad, Antique); and Basta Piddigueño, AgriHenyo: Consolidated Farm Production System (Piddig, Ilocos Norte).


Georgina Hernandez Yang, Executive Director of the Galing Pook Foundation, is hoping that other local government units (LGUs) will follow suit and conceive innovative plans and programs that could emerge as the next Galing Pook awardee.


“Warmest congratulations to the winners whose programs have made a huge difference in their respective localities. I hope this award will fuel them to further step up with more innovative initiatives for their constituents,” Hernandez Yang said.


The 10 winners were chosen from 18 finalists and a record field of 196 applications from different LGUs in the country.


The other finalists were: Kabataang Bacooreño, At Home Ka Dito (Bacoor City, Cavite); 1Bataan Seal of Healthy Barangay (Bataan Province);  Making Dreams Come True: Providing Better Access to Quality Education in Cagayan de Oro City (Cagayan de Oro City); Mental Wellness Center for the Homeless (Davao City);  Brgy. Hayanggabon Health Services (Barangay Hayanggabon, Claver, Surigao del Norte); Creation of Community Leaders and Military Police Advisory Council (Paglat, Maguindanao); Palayan City People’s Cold Storage Program (Palayan, Nueva Ecija); and Pulilan Community Connect (Pulilan, Bulacan).


Launched on October 21, 1993, the Galing Pook Awards has recognized 329 LGU programs from 200 LGUs in the country that have been promoted for replication to benefit more communities.


The Galing Pook Awards has served as a model for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).

You Might Also Like