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Galing Pook Awards 2010 now open

Cagayan de Oro City (25 March) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in region 10 is enjoining local government units (LGU) of Northern Mindanao with innovative best practices to send their entries to Galing Pook Foundation for the 2010 Galing Pook Awards.

Galing Pook is a pioneering program that searches and recognizes innovative practices by LGUs. It was launched on 21 October 1993.

Regional Director Loreto T. Bhagwani hoped that this year, more LGUs will follow the triumphant wins of the cities of Valencia and Malaybalay in last year?s Award.

Last December 4, 2009, the cities of Valencia and Malaybalay, both of the province of Bukidnon, joined the other awardees in receiving their Galing Pook plaques from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in a prestigious awarding ceremony at Malacaņang?s Rizal Hall.

Punong Barangay Roy Parreno of Barobo in Valencia City, Bukidnon and Mayor Florencio Flores Jr. of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon were present to receive their awards.

Barobo was awarded because of its successful Organic Fertilizer Marketing?the vermiculture of African Night Crawlers; while Malaybalay City was recognized because of its innovative Integrated Survey System ? the accurate gathering and processing of data for better delivery of social services. Said Survey System was actually patterned from the Community-Based Monitoring System, a very useful project of the DILG.

Rafael L. Coscolluela, Chairperson of the Galing Pook Foundation, reiterated that last year there was an unexpected twist as the Foundation was bestowing for the first time the annual recognition to 14 instead of 10 LGUs.

In his message for last year?s Award, Coscolluela said "peace-building initiatives, effective environmental protection, health promotion, government-private sector partnerships for public welfare, financing public services, a comprehensive information system and an incentives program for local innovations are the areas pursued by our new Galing Pook awardees."

"The awardees capture our imagination and strengthen our faith that good governance can and does prosper in our beloved country," he said.

Awardees of the Galing Pook are chosen from a national search of local governance programs, evaluated through a multilevel rigorous screening process based on positive results and impact, promotion of people?s participation and empowerment, transferability and sustainability, and efficiency of program service delivery.

Beyond the awards, winning programs become models of good governance promoted for adoption in other communities.

Galing Pook Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2010 Galing Pook Awards. LGUs interested to participate may get application forms from their website at You can also call them at (02) 4334731 to 32 or (02) 9264136; or send an email to Deadline for submission of entries is on July 30, 2010. (DILG) [top]

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