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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.

#BagoTayo Network organizes webisode on COVID-19 vaccines

The #BagoTayo Network is organizing a webisode on COVID-19 vaccines this Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 5:00 in the afternoon. The webisode is  entitled, “AnoNaVax?: Issues and Misconceptions on COVID-19 Vaccines” and will be streamed live on the Galing Pook Facebook page.

Gracing the event are Dr. Beverly Ho of the Health Promotions and Communications Service of the Department of Health, and Dr. Eddie Dorotan, Executive Director of the Galing Pook Foundation and member of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group.

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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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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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Upcoming Events  

  •  Launching of the “2021 Galing Pook Awards”, February 18, 2021, live here or via Galing Pook Facebook Page
  • The 1986 EDSA People Power: Shaping Democracy and Youth Participation in Governance 

    February 24, 2021, 5PM live via Galing Pook Facebook Page

  • Adapt+Innovate for Children and Youth: Online Session #7, February 26, 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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