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Galing Pook Awards showcase best practices worth replicating

Tacloban City (February 29) -- President Gloria Macapagal–Arroyo led on February 28 the awarding ceremony in Malacañang for the 10 winners of the 2007 Gawad Galing Pook Awards, a program that recognizes outstanding local government initiatives that promote people's empowerment and participation in local development despite limited resources.

The Gawad Galing Pook showcases how alive and well, the local governments in the country are.

The Gawad Galing Pook Award goes beyond the awarding because these best practices will be replicated by the other local government units that are in similar situation as the awardees.

The awardees did not only win recognition for outstanding performance in such diverse programs as social services, justice and economic development, infrastructure and environmental protection. They have also won admiration and very soon, they will be swarmed by visits of other local government units and other groups who have become interested to see for themselves how the projects were implemented.

The local government unit of Bindoy, Oriental Negros won the award for its "Health Insurance for the Poor" program, while Cebu City won the plum for "The League of Peace Councils." Infanta in Quezon province was adjudged winner of the community-based disaster preparedness and management; Isabela province for its "Price Support for Rice and Corn Farmers" program, while Las Pinas City won the "Land and Shelter for the Homeless" award.

The other winners were Marikina City's Eco-Savers' program; Naga City's "Preparing Future Leaders" program; "Kabalikat PALMA Infrastructure project of the municipalities of Pigcawayan, Alamada, Libungan, Midsayap, and Aleosan in Cotabato; San Mateo's (Isabela) "Munggo: Black Gold of San Mateo;" and San Carlos City's (Occidental Negros) "Water Levy for Watershed Development" program.

The fact that the ten winners were chose from among 90 finalists in the annual search for Gawad Galing Pook, shows the abundance of local government units with innovative programs and projects that illustrate better ways to make local government work; how to create responsive public institutions, deliver new services in new ways or simply strengthen the participation of the citizenry in governance.

For sure, there are many other local government units all over the country which have good practices in governance and are not waiting for recognition their good work done. After all, the best reward for a job well done, is the fulfillment in one's heart and the smile from the people whose lives were touched. (PIA 8) [top]

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