The 2021 Galing Pook Awards: Search for the Top 10 Outstanding Local Governance Programs

Does your local government unit (LGU) have a program or programs that provide adaptive innovations that addresses/address specific challenges in your areas or constituents? If so, what are you waiting for? Join the 2021 Galing Pook Awards.

The Galing Pook Awards was launched on October 21, 1993 as a pioneering program that searches for and recognizes innovative practices by local government units. Since then, at least 300 programs from more than 200 LGUs or local government alliances have been given recognition for the initiatives that produce positive results and impact, promotes people’s participation and empowerment, and showcases innovation, transferability and sustainability, and efficiency.

Beyond the awards, winning programs became models of good governance promoted for adoption in other communities. They provided useful insights and strategies to find innovative solutions to common problems. More importantly, they affirmed the community and the local government’s commitment to good governance.

For your program to be considered for the Galing Pook Awards, it must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • It must have involved or engaged processes within a local government unit (barangay, municipality, city, or province) even if the program might have been initiated (either independently or jointly) by an NGO, CSO and/or an LGU;
  • It must have been in operation for at least one year before the deadline of submission; and,
  • It must have verifiable and significant results.

Eligible LGUs may be barangays, municipalities, cities or provinces either in their individual capacity or as part of local government alliances. Multiple entries are allowed for each LGU.

The deadline for submission is on June 30, 2021.

The 2021 Galing Pook Awards is conducted in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Local Government Academy (LGA). The DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2021-029 that provides additional information on the Awards can be accessed here.


If your LGU has what it takes to stand tall among the other Galing Pook Awardees, download the application form and guidelines below.