2021 Galing Pook Awards Finalists!

Out of more than 200 applications, we are finally down to the best and most innovative local governance programs that exemplified citizens’ participation, and delivered positive results and impact.

This has been a very competitive year for the Galing Pook Awards as LGUs heeded the challenge to adapt their programs and services in the Covid-19 context.

Which among the 22 finalists will be recognized as part of the 10 Outstanding Galing Pook awardees for 2021?
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Save the date for the 2021 Galing Pook Awarding Ceremony on October 20, 2021 at 4:00-5:30PM.
This awards program is co-presented by SM Prime and the DILG Philippines-Local Government Academy.

LGUs' pandemic programs ‘primary standards’ in 2021 Galing Pook Awards

The best practices of local government units in their pandemic response emerged as among the primary standards in choosing this year’s 2021 Galing Pook Awards.

In a statement, Former Interior Secretary and Galing Pook Foundation chairperson Mel Senen Sarmiento said the awards will honor services of LGUs to their constituents who are grappling with the pandemic

Galing Pook Awards went to a hiatus in pandemic-hit year 2020 but was relaunched in February 2021 to recognize LGUs that showed “adaptiveness, innovation, resiliency, and excellence.”

Despite the hiatus, the awards received 200 nominations, the highest since it started in 1993. The application was closed last June 30 while the awarding ceremony was set in October.

Meanwhile, Sarmiento recognized the role of LGUs in the pandemic, which  helped in implementing the national government’s policies.

“Our nation’s success and failure in dealing with the pandemic depends largely on the ability and inability of our LGUs to properly respond to various challenges that come with the present health crisis. I’ve seen so many outstanding innovations that made a difference to our people,” Sarmiento said.

The awarding ceremony will be held in October which also marks the 30th year of  enactment of the Local Government Code.

Galing Pook Foundation signs a MOA with SM Prime for the Galing Pook Awards

Galing Pook Foundation and SM Prime Holdings Inc., officially signed a five-year memorandum-of-agreement for the annual awards presentation.
For this year’s awarding ceremony and in the years to come, SM Prime is now the private sector institutional partner of the Galing Pook Awards, co-presented by the DILG-LGA.
This seals our continuing commitment to build resilient, sustainable, adaptive, and innovative communities in the country!

Galing Pook Foundation (GPF) Welcomes its New Executive Director

Galing Pook Foundation (GPF) welcomes its new Executive Director, Georgina Ann Hernandez-Yang.She succeeds Dr. Eddie Dorotan, who led the organization for almost 14 years, and retired in March 2021. 


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Launching of the 2021 Galing Pook Awards


Join us as we open this year’s search for the ten outstanding programs in local governance.  With the theme “GobyerNEW: Magagaling na Programa mula sa Magagaling na Pook”, let us encourage local government units to participate and showcase their programs that exemplified adaptiveness, innovation, resiliency, and excellence during these difficult times.
To learn more of the 2021 Galing Pook Awards or download the application form, click here.


Upcoming Events  

  • Learning Initiatives for Policy and Data (LIPAD): Baseline Report and Launch of COLLABDev’s Online Learning Series, August 24,  2021, 1:30 PM live via Galing Pook Facebook Page
  • GPF-UNICEF A+I  Session 15: Catarman, Northern Samar’s SIRAK Awards Presentation, August 25,  2021, 4:00 PM live via Galing Pook Facebook Page
  • GPF-UNICEF A+I  Session 16: Zamboanga City’s Joventusiasmo Awards Presentation, August 27,  2021, 2:00 PM live via Galing Pook Facebook Page
  • Dialogue-Forum on Renewable Energy Program for the Agri-Fishery Sector (REPAFS), August 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Register at https://bit.ly/3DjikvI
  • GPF-LGA Cohort 2 Adapt+Innovate for Peace and Development Sessions, Thursdays @ 3:00 PM 


The A+I Leadership Corner

As we talk about creating public value, participating local government units (LGUs) under the Adapt+Innovate for Children and Youth Participation in Governance Program will showcase from June to August 2021 the programs and projects initiated and implemented by the youth in their respective areas.
Watch them live at Galing Pook Facebook Page every Friday, at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
The participating LGUs are: the Provincial Governments of Northern Samar, (Western) Samar and Zamboanga del Norte; the cities of Dipolog (ZDN), Catbalogan (Samar) and Zamboanga City; and the Municipality of Catarman (Northern Samar).
The Program is implemented in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and supported by the National Youth Commission, Positive Youth Development Network (PYDN), Siklab-Pilipinas, SUGPAT, and Y-PEER Philippines.

Video outputs of local government units in the Adapt+Innovate GPF-LGA Cohort is available in YouTube at the A+I for Peace and Development playlist. 

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Governance Innovation Lab

The city we deserve now and in the future

By Dok. Eddie Dorotan

There is so much to learn from 2020 as we go ahead in 2021 and beyond.

In normal times, when we look at our cities, we are resigned to see poverty and inequality, inadequate healthcare, chaotic traffic, crumbling infrastructure, pollution and garbage everywhere. This is just the way it has been and will be. It is what it is.

But calamities like coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can stir us from the trance of complacency and force us to ask first principle-questions about our cities: What is the community for? How is it put together? What are its basic needs? How should we provide them?


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Iriga’s “Veggies on Wheels”: Addressing challenges on income and nutrition under the pandemic

With the livelihood of Iriga City’s farmers being affected by the lockdowns because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Government headed by Mayor Madel Alfelor established the program, “Veggies on Wheels”. 

The program addresses not only the income aspect of those in the agriculture sector but also the nutrition requirements of the people. Veggies on Wheels allowed the city government to procure vegetables and farm produce from its own farmers and distributed these to households. The project created a market for farmers’ products and families at home. Irigeños continued to have safe access to food during the pandemic through this innovation.