Galing Pook Awards given to ten LGU programs
by Rachelle M. Nessia
Dumaguete City (12 February) -- Ten outstanding local governance programs have been conferred the Galing Pook Awards by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Feb. 12 at the Rizal Hall of Malacaņang.
The said governance programs were picked put from a national search to become guiding examples of good governances in local government units nationwide.
Awardees of the top 10 local governance programs are, namely: Albay province for Institutionalizing Disaster Preparedness and Management; Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato for the Multi-Sectoral Alliance for Allah Valley Landscape Planning and Management; Barangay Sanito (Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay): Restoring Peace and Order Through a Barangay Local Government Code; Cotabato Province: Children Advocates for Peace; Marikina City: Service Without Delay through Centralized Warehousing; Pampanga Province: Turning Sand to Cash; Quezon City: Turning Payatas into a Model Waste-Disposal Facility; San Carlos City: Moving towards a Sustainable City; San Fernando City (Pampanga): Governance as a Shared Responsibility; and Taguig City: Condo Living for the Urban Poor.
The President during the awarding rites was assisted by Interior and Local Governments Secretary Ronaldo Puno, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) president Reynaldo David, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Philippine Country Director Renaud Meyer and Landbank president Hilda Pico.
he Galing Pook Awards, conferred yearly by the President of the Republic of the Philippines, was launched in October 1993. It searches and recognizes innovative practices of local government units (LGUs) that can become models of good governance for adoption in other communities. (PIA/rmn) [top]