The Galing Pook Foundation, in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government - Local Government Academy and SM Prime Holdings, Inc. recognized ten outstanding local governance programs of 2023 on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at One Esplanade in Pasay City.
Galing Pook Chairperson Mel Sarmiento looked back on the three decades of the Galing Pook Awards, “This is a special year for the Galing Pook Foundation as we celebrate 30 years since it was launched in October 1993. Today, we celebrate the three rich and impressive decades of adaptive innovations and good local governance. This year’s theme is “Leveling Up Local Governance Innovations Towards Building Resilient Communities.” This captures the profound journey of progress we have undertaken, showcasing the enduring dedication of the many individuals and institutions who are committed to improving the way we serve our communities.”
The ten winners of the 2023 Galing Pook Awards are:
Galing Pook also recognized citizens organizations that have been outstanding models for effective, sustainable and strategic implementation of development-oriented programs through the 2023 Galing Pook Citizenship Awards:
The 2023 Galing Pook Citizenship Awardees are:
The 2023 Citizenship Awards is supported by the Department of Health, the Australian Government, Oxfam Pilipinas, Agrea Philippines and ISEA.
Chairperson Sarmiento concluded, “Today, we have champions of the Galing Pook Awards from the past years among us. Your work continues to inspire us and allows us to reach greater heights. We invite our partners to join us in promoting local innovations so that we could create a larger impact and transform our Philippine society to become more inclusive, equitable, resilient and sustainable.”