Policy Forums



Learning from successful program conceptualization and implementation and designing solutions to address current and emerging situations require a distinctive form of learning.

Years of dealing with problems affecting children and youth in the Philippines have yielded significant results on many fronts. Among these are community-based day care centers and feeding programs, alternative learning systems, child protection councils at the barangays and the partnerships of government and private agencies in the delivery of health services. The changing social environment, however, has also posed new challenges including teen pregnancies, children in conflict with the law, vaccination scare, urban homelessness that call for even more effective solutions.

The four-module course, Adapt+Innovate: Good Governance for Childrenis a capacity building initiative that draws from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) experience in the Philippines and the Galing Pook Foundation’s work with local government units through its national awards program. Collaborating in this program were the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) that initiated the development and audit of Child Friendly Local Governance indicators.

The four modules that make up the course are: Grounding and VisioningDeveloping Adaptive CapacitiesCreating Innovations; and Delivering Results, Creating Public Value.

The desired results for the participating LGUs are for them to have: (i) formed a local governance team that appreciates adaptive and innovative leadership learned from real-life models, (ii) set in motion a banner program for children and youth that is imbued with good governance principles and inspired by real-life practices, (iii) broadened its network of resource contacts for continuing improvement of their local programs.

The following are the documentations of Modules 1 to 4 of the Adapt+Innovate: Good Governance for Children:

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4


Policy Forum on Local Economic Development
Asian Institute of Management Conference Center
Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
August 7, 2009

The Paano Tayo Aasenso? Policy Forum on Local Economic Development is the second in a series of Galing Pook Foundation’s Forums on Strategic Policy Formulations from Best Local Governance Practice. The Forum seeks to bring together credible examples of local government best practices in local economic development, using integrative, participatory, and action oriented approaches to improve conditions for genuine local economic growth.

Eleven out‐of‐the‐box local economic development solutions, all previous winners of Galing Pook awards, were presented by their respective local managers.


Policy Forum on the Environment
Asian Institute of Management Conference Center
Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
October 2, 2009

The Kalikasan, Ngayon at Kinabukasan! Policy Forum on the Environment is the last in a series of forums sponsored by Galing Pook together with its partners, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Land Bank of the Philippines, and the Foundation for the Philippine Environment.

Seven outstanding local environment programs were presented to inspire and engage other local governments and organizations to pursue and support similar projects. These previous winners of Galing Pook are:

• Albay Disaster Risk Reduction Program
• Community‐Based Eco‐Tourism Program in Guimaras
• Solid Waste Management in Los Baños, Laguna
• Puerto Princesa Sustainable Environmental Development Program
• Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Development and Protection Program
• Dauin’s Coastal Resource Management Program
• Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance


Forum on Gender in Good Governance
Tower B, EDSA Function Hall, Regalia Tower Suites
P. Tuazon Boulevard, Quezon City
December 12, 2009

The Kababaihan, sa Tunay na Kaunlaran! forum is Galing Pook’s fourth and final activity in a series, this time, focusing on women and gender. This is in recognition that the government, especially at the local level, has to pay attention and place the interests of women and children in the mainstream of governance. This forum is expected to provide an important input for sectoral concerns to be incorporated in local governance, in particular, the women’s agenda that will be the output of this workshop. This workshop aims to first, look at models of gender‐responsive governance, and second, identify policy recommendations that will advocate gender in good governance. The next challenge will be pushing this agenda for policy adoption in the legislative and executive branch, especially at the local level.


Policy Forum on Health
Asian Institute of Management Conference Center
Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
May 28 – 29, 2009

The Kalusugan Muna! Policy Forum on Health is the first forum in 2009 sponsored by Galing Pook together with its partners, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Land Bank of the Philippines and Zuellig Family Foundation. Kalusugan Muna! seeks to mine the lessons from previous Galing Pook awardees for achievements in implementing innovative local health programs, to discuss how these best practices can be replicated on a wider scale, and to explore policy recommendations from experts and stakeholders on improving the health service delivery at the local level.

Five innovative local health programs were selected for the main LGU presenters: the Social Health Insurance program of Bindoy, Negros Oriental; Concepcion, Iloilo’s experience in Integrating Health to Population and Environment Programming; Corporatizing of La Union Medical Center, a provincial hospital; the Inter‐local Health Zone established in Negros Oriental; and Guimaras’ Provincial Investments on Health.


Astoria Plaza, Ortigas Center
18 May 2012

A one‐day forum was held to discuss current and important issues, specifically the proposed Sin Tax Reform Bill and the (Emerging Philippine) National Mining Policy. The forum, made possible by the support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), served as a value adding activity to the organizational meeting of the 2012 Galing Pook Awards National Screening Committee where members of the Galing Pook General Assembly were among the participants.