Galing Pook 2022 Year-End Newsletter
Dec. 26, 2022
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Padayon para sa Ligtas, Matalino at Magaling na mga Pook!
GPF Recognize Ten Outstanding LGU Programs for 2022

Ten outstanding local governance programs were recognized in the 2022 Galing Pook Awards held at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacanang Palace last Tuesday, November 22, 2022.  

Galing Pook Foundation with its co-presenters SM Prime Holdings Inc., and the DILG-Local Government Academy, and sponsors Cebu Pacific and Airspeed named local government units from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao that promote innovation and excellence. 

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. commended the Galing Pook Foundation for recognizing and incentivizing top performing LGUs. He stressed how strong collaboration between the public and private sector can lead to more meaningful and successful programs that truly benefit the Filipino people. 

“The recognition that you give to cities and municipalities inspires them to accelerate their drive towards improvement and it encourages LGUs to adopt practices that make us paragons of excellence in public service. It is necessary for us to underscore the importance of strengthening partnerships between the government and private organizations, such as the Galing Pook Foundation, especially as we bring about meaningful progress in the country.”


Galing Pook Chairperson Mel Sarmiento expressed his  gratitude to all the local executives and LGU teams that participated this year:

“It’s truly inspiring to see the impact of the work that you do, and I’m sure you’ve brought value to many Filipinos all over the country. Our collaborations bring us closer to realizing our shared vision, na ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino, may simple pero kumportableng buhay.”

Watch the 2022 Galing Pook Awards

The 10 winners were chosen from 18 finalists and a record field of 196 applications from different LGUs in the country.

Launched on October 21, 1993, the Galing Pook Awards has recognized 329 LGU programs from 200 LGUs in the country that have been promoted for replication to benefit more communities.

Always a partner for good local governance!
Galing Pook Foundation Receives 2022 CapDev Accelerator Award from DILG-LGA 

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The Galing Pook Foundation received the 2022 CapDev Accelerator Award from DILG-Local Government Academy

The CapDev Accelerator Awards is an annual event that recognizes valuable contributions of DILG partner institutions in implementing its various capacity development initiatives. This award recognizes institutions for their contributions to achieve excellence in local governance and continuous effort to assist the DILG in realizing its vision and mission for the local government units.

For local economic recovery!
GPF, DILG-LGA Welcome Another LGU Batch for the Adaptive and Innovative Leadership Course  

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Participants from 12 LGUs attended the orientation session for the Adaptive and Innovative Leadership Course for Local Economic Recovery of the Galing Pook Foundation and the DILG-Local Government Academy last December 12, 2022.

The 12 LGUs are: Olongapo City; Palayan City, Nueva Ecija; Ibaan, Batangas; and Cavinti, Laguna from Luzon; Leganes, Iloilo; Ubay, Bohol; Allen, Northern Samar, and Arteche, Eastern Samar from Visayas; and Cotabato City; Iligan City; Koronadal City, South Cotabato; and Loreto, Agusan del Sur from Mindanao.

Full devolution to LGUs
The Effect of the Mandanas-Garcia Ruling:
 A Northern Samar Case Study  

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The Mandanas-Garcia Ruling mandates the expansion of the income base for the computation of the national tax allocation (NTA) for local government units (LGUs) to include not only internal revenue collections but also customs collections. This assures LGUs with an additional 24% revenue share, aside from the 13.9% increase due to the increase in internal revenue collections. The figures look attractive especially for NTA-dependent LGUs like the barangays.

But how does this really look like in its first year’s implementation? Will the amount be enough to cover the devolved functions and services that the barangays need to deliver by virtue of the Executive Order No. 138?

To answer these questions, I look into Northern Samar as a focus province. Northern Samar is one of the provinces in the Philippines known for reducing poverty incidence from 51.8% in 2015 to 25.1% in the first semester of 2021. As a result, the province was stricken off the list of the top 20 poorest provinces in the country.

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Maximising Youth's Potential to Transform LGUs
Galing Pook welcomes another batch of interns from FEU Institute of Technology and FEU Alabang

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Galing Pook Foundation welcomes the third batch of interns from the FEU Institute of Technology and FEU Alabang who will be the movers of our Public Innovation Field Lab!

They will spearhead tech-based interventions in local governance challenges. These young people are the key to opening our local governments to people-centered technological solutions that enable citizen empowerment and good governance.

The Public Innovation Field Lab is the collaborative program of the FEU Public Policy Center (FPPC), the FEU Institute of Technology (FEU Tech), and the Galing Pook Foundation.

Present during the learning session today were former DILG Secretary Mel Sarmiento (Galing Pook Foundation Chairperson), Ms. Erika Mayoni (FPPC Program Manager), Ms. Carmi Suarez (FEU Tech Industry-Academe Linkage, Alumni, and Placement Office Director), and Ms. Monet Montemayor (Galing Pook program staff).

We made #LigtasNaBalik Eskwela happen!
Galing Pook and UNICEF hold a culmination activity for the SRIPL Project

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In November, Galing Pook Foundation and UNICEF held a Culmination Event for the Safe Return to In-Person Learning (SRIPL) project .

Experts and resource persons for education, health and governance gathered to discuss the best practices done for learners in this project.

We thank the Provincial Governments of Samar, Northern Samar, and Zamboanga del Norte, Local Government Unit of Zamboanga City, Municipal Governments of Calbiga, and Tarangnan, Samar, Municipal Governments of Bobon, and Capul, Northern Samar, Municipal Governments of Siayan, and Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, and Schools Division Offices of Samar, Northern Samar, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga City for tirelessly working with us.

We are filled with resolve and hope that through this effort, we are able to chart an effective learning recovery path for students, and create steps towards a more resilient education system.

Here's to doing more in 2023!
Galing Pook wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

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