Galing Pook Activities: January 2024 Recap
Feb. 2, 2024
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Partners' meeting with DILG and SM Prime
Gearing Up for the 2024 Awards

Galing Pook is gearing up for the 2024 Galing Pook Awards!

We had a very fruitful meeting with our partners from the DILG and SM Prime in preparation for this year's awards. SM Prime will also be hosting a series of exhibits in SM Malls in Quezon City, Iloilo, Cebu, General Santos and Davao to showcase the 2023 Galing Pook Awardees to the broader public.

This year, the Galing Pook Awards is aiming to increase number of LGU program entries and boost the promotion of Galing Pook Awarded programs. To do this, we are doing a review of the search and selection process for the Galing Pook Awards led by our Board Members, Dr. Ador Torneo and Ofelia Templo.
Galing Pook Board Member Mon Isberto also visited Galing Pook office to help the team with its communication plan for this year, communications preparations for 30th anniversary celebration of Galing Pook, branding consultation for the 2024 Galing Pook Awards, and strategies to amplify promotion of GP awarded programs. He provided very insightful recommendations on the communications and knowledge products development and dissemination for the GP Awards.

Championing citizen involvement and empowerment!
Learning visit to 2023 Galing Pook Awardee Brgy. Taloot Argao, Cebu

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Barangay Taloot Argao Cebu, one of our 2023 GP Awardees, hosted a learning visit among NGOs during their Purok Anniversary Week to showcase their program on the Purok System - Community Based Integrated Approach on Education and Development.

Chairperson Mel Sarmiento served as their guest of honor for their Purok Anniversary. Our members, Austere Panadero and Gisela Tiongson organized an NGO learning visit to Barangay Taloot and our very active and hands on GP Member Vicky Armilla coordinated the activity.

Barangay Taloot is actively championing citizen involvement and empowerment. Their ingenious 'Purok System' involves parents to address pressing malnutrition and literacy challenges. From fostering 'Backyard Gardening' initiatives to implementing a transformative 'Remedial Reading Program,' each endeavor exemplifies the influential role of community engagement in realizing collective goals

The search for best anti-hunger initiatives and practices on food security continues,
 Walang Gutom Awards Deadline Extended

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Galing Pook is in full blast in encouraging local government units to join the Walang Gutom Awards, an incentive program for LGUs initiated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

All provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays are invited to submit their successful anti-hunger initiatives and  best practices on food security and nutrition. Our Galing Pook member and former Positive Youth Development Network Executive Director, Alfred Dicto, is leading the coordination for this initiative.

Deadline is extended until February 29, 2024.

This month, the team met with DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian to talk about the importance of the search for the best anti-hunger initiatives for LGUs and the strategies for expanding the reach of the program. This included the conduct of a successful online information session with all the interested LGUs, and promotion to the Union of Local Authorities National Executive Board (ULAP NEB) Meeting to talk about the DSWD and Galing Pook's Walang Gutom Awards.

Strengthening collaboration between LGUs & CSOs on food security and nutrition:
GP Mentors Visit SPACES Project Sites

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Galing Pook Mentor and Former NAPC Usec. Florencia “Oyen” Dorotan visited the LGUs of Hilongos and Baybay City, Leyte, to enhance their projects aimed at increasing food security and nutrition in their areas while simultaneously supporting the livelihoods of local cooperatives and associations.

Meanwhile, Tabaco City LGU and CSOs led by Mayor Krisel Luistro and Vice Mayor Nestor SanPablo welcomed Galing Pook Mentor and Former TESDA Director General Edicio Dela Torre for their mentoring and coaching session. Initiatives on food security and nutrition, including their plan for local production of instant complementary food which the Nutrition Office will use in their feeding programs were discussed.

Galing Pook Member and Mentor Edicio dela Torre visited the Municipality of Virac for their mentoring and coaching session under the SPACES Project. Mayor Samuel Laynes and Vice Mayor Arlynn Arcilla, together with LGU staff and CSO representatives, led Virac’s presentation of the adaptive and innovative initiatives on food security and nutrition. 

Galing Pook Executive Director joined the field visit to Tabaco, Albay together with partners from the Australian Government in the Philippines, Oxfam Pilipinas and AGREA Foundation. This involved the conduct of Social Accountability training for CSOs in Tabaco. She also attended the Quezon City Food Security Task Force meeting together with GP mentor Ella Antonio where the updates on the SPACES project was shared with all the members of the Task Force. Our GP mentors also visited different LGU sites for our Strengthening Participation and Accountability Through Civil Society Organizations and Engagement with Subnational and National Government (SPACES) Project. 

GPF Member and SPACES Mentor Ella Antonio joined the Social Accountability (SAc) training for CSO partners of Quezon City LGU and Pasig City LGU led by Oxfam Pilipinas and AGREA Foundation last January 16-17, 2024.
The SAc training capacitates CSOs within the LGUs under the SPACES Project on social accountability, effective communication, and principled negotiation. The training also serves as a platform to discuss various challenges and opportunities for their organizations as well as how they can improve their engagement with their local governments especially for food security and nutrition-related initiatives.

The Quezon City Food Security Task Force held meetings with Mayor Joy Belmonte and discussed their adaptive and innovative FSN plan, Urban - Peri-Urban Market Linkage Exchange. The Task Force also attended a Systems Thinking Workshop facilitated by Atty. Joan Dela Cruz, arranged by Galing Pook Foundation.

Towards transformative peace and development in BARMM:
Mentoring Sessions for the LGU Fellowship Program for Social Cohesion and Resilience

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Former DILG Secretary and Galing Pook Chairperson Mel Sarmiento together with Former NAPC Lead Convenor Ve Villavicencio mentoring the LGU officials from Sibutu and Simunul, Tawi-tawi; Hadji Muhtamad, Basilan; and Lugus, Sulu. This is mentoring activity is part of the LGU Fellowship Program on Social Cohesion supported by the United Kingdom Government and The Asia Foundation under the Building Resilience and Inclusion through Democratic Governance and Engagements (BRIDGE) program.

Meanwhile, Galing Pook Mentor Dr. Elmer Soriano visited LGUs in Maguindanao del Sur and Maguindanao del Norte.

Galing Pook Mentor Dr. Eddie Dorotan facilitated the sessions in LGUs in Lanao del Sur. During the sessions, the Municipality of Taraka’s stakeholders proposed projects that aim to address community needs in agriculture, health, and education. On the other hand, ensuring peace and order through strengthening values formation is the goal that the local government of Piagapo is working towards.

Aside from the coaching and mentoring sessions, the team also engaged with the LGUs of Marawi City, Butig, and Pagayawan to gather feedback from their social cohesion and resilience initiatives, and to discuss how to deepen their impact in their communities.

Internship updates:
Galing Pook welcomes 7th Batch of Interns under its Public Innovation Field Lab

Exciting times for Galing Pook as it welcomed the 7th batch of interns from the FEU public innovation field lab. These dedicated students will help Galing Pook in boosting its Digital communications including social media content, short videos, and even producing a mobile app (game) focusing on expanding the reach of our advocacies among young people.

To more community champions! 
Galing Pook strengthens promotion of 2023 Citizenship Awardees

Galing Pook entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ateneo Center for Organization Research and Development (CORD) for a research project that seeks to understand the role of development NGOs in Community Transformation.

Winners of the 2023 Galing Pook Citizenship Awards will participate in the project. This partnership aims to develop case studies featuring the stories and lessons learned from our 2023 Citizenship Awardees.

Expanding promotion of Galing Pook Awarded Programs:
Galing Pook partners with more organisations

As we always say, our goal for the awards is to promote LGU models for replication and scaling up. We are constantly expanding our roster of partners that can bring our LGU best practice models focusing on different thematic areas to a wider audience. We met with Rare Philippines, Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI), SCII, Women's Business Council of the Philippines (WomenBiz), and Airspeed as partners for the promotion of GP awarded programs.
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