A+I series

A+I Peace and Development Cohort to share stories in times of uncertainties

The 12 cities under the Adapt+Innovate Peace and Development cohort will be sharing their stories of adaptive innovation in times of uncertainties every Wednesday from 1:30PM to 3:30 PM from November 18 to December 9, 2020. The activity, entitled “Adapt + Innovate Stories of 12 Cities in this Time of Uncertainties: Mga Kuwentong Mayor sa Panahon ng Pandemya at Kalamidad”, is brought to you by Galing Pook Foundation, the Local Government Academy, the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the League of Cities of the Philippines.

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2020 Renewable Energy Congress set

This year’s Renewable Energy (RE) Congress and Exhibit will be held online on December 18, 2020 at 1:00 o’ clock in the afternoon with the theme “RE-Building Better: Strengthening the Role of Renewable Energy in Recovery and Development”. The RE Congress is organized by The CentRE and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)-Philippines, and co-organized by Galing Pook Foundation, the Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technologies-Ateneo de Davao University- Mindanao Renewable Energy Center, Mindanao Development Authority, and New Energy Nexus.

The Renewable Energy Congress 2020 (RE Congress 2020) is the first virtual event that envisions to, once again, bring together renewable energy advocates, developers, producers, researchers, experts, students, and end-users or “prosumers” with the goal of exchanging knowledge and practices, and strengthening collaboration – to attain viable viable energy solutions, particularly renewable energy, in addressing the impacts of pandemic, climate change, and economic crises. Speakers from the government, energy industry, academe, and people’s organizations will tackle policies, practices and challenges to make energy sufficient, affordable, sustainable, resilient/adaptive, inclusive, and generally responsive to the call of the times. 

Linked events to the RE Congress and Exhibit – the RE deep dive sessions – will run on 11 & 14 December 2020, 1-4PM. These sessions will tackle ongoing and emerging renewable energy initiatives in marginalized and off-grid areas.

The RE Congress is open to everyone. Interested participants may register at



Galing Pook, LGA launch A+I Leadership Course on peace and development


Galing Pook Foundation and the Local Government Academy (LGA), in cooperation with the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), launched at Friday, August 14, the Adapt and Innovate (A+I) Leadership Course for Peace and Development. The launch was immediately followed by the Mayors’ Preparatory Meeting and was attended by personnel from Galing Pook, LGA and LCP, A+I Mentors, and the mayors and staff of select 12 cities nationwide. 

The 12 participating cities in the A+I Leadership Course for Peace and Development

The A+I Leadership Course aims to develop among the participants: (i) a keen understanding on the current adaptive challenges city governments are facing, and, (ii) adaptive and innovative capacities under the “new normal” and towards peace and development.

The participants to the course are the members of the City COVID-19 Teams from the 12 selected cities nationwide. These cities are: Candon in Ilocos Sur, Ilagan in Isabela, San Jose del Monte in Bulacan, Lipa in Batangas, Iriga in Camarines Sur, Tabaco in Albay, Calbayog in Samar, Sipalay and Himamaylan in Negros Occidental, Mati in Davao Oriental, and Gingoog in Misamis Oriental.

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Pasig City’s COVID-19 Response 

Oftentimes, complex problems only require simple solutions.

When Coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 first hit the country, Pasig was among the cities that recorded the highest number of infected individuals. To address this, Mayor Vico Sotto and the city government transformed the Pasig City Children’s Hospital into a COVID-19 facility and beef up the local health system to increase efficiency, reduce risk of contamination between COVID and non-COVID cases, and control, if not reduce the number of positive cases.

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Living with COVID-19

By Dok. Eddie Dorotan

Covid-19 will be with us for some time. We have no option but to live with the virus while vaccine is not yet available. But what should you do if you are not sick and if you feel sick? Below are some suggestions.

If you feel good and not sick:

  • Do PEACESM everyday. PEACESM means Pray, Exercise, Appreciate, Create, Eat right, Serve, Meditate. 
  • As much as possible, stay at home. 
  • If it is necessary to go out, wear mask, and wash/sanitize your hands.
  • Keep distance physically but stay connected.

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  • Adapt+Innovate for Children and Youth: Online Session #5, January 2021


The A+I Leadership Corner

A celebration for the six-month journey of the participants from 12 cities of the  Peace and Development Cohort was held  Wednesday, December 16 at 3:00 PM with the Closing Ceremony entitled, “Connecting to Your Purpose”.

To view the event, please visit the  Galing Pook Facebook Page




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