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?Show your support to your LGUs by sharing and tagging your friends. 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.
“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 (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
- 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
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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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.