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Gov. Sacdalan children's first program declared Galing Pook winner

by Benny E. Queman

North Cotabato (12 February) -- Governor Jesus N. Sacdalan's Children First Programme was awarded today by President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo at Heroes Hall Building, Malacaņang, Manila as Galing Pook Award winner.

This is for the second consecutive year that Cotabato Province under the leadership of Governor Sacdalan, won this award. The province was cited for its first award out of the 139 provinces in 2007 for its outstanding implementation of the KPIP Infrastructure Project initiated by the PALMA Alliance.

In 2007, the PALMA Alliance composed of the Municipalities of Pigcawayan, Alamada, Libungan, Midsayap, and Aleosan, in the Province of Cotabato garnered the Galing Pook Award, making the lives of people better by joining forces in inter-Local Government Unit (LGU) cooperation, specifically in barangay road construction called the Kabalikat PALMA Infrastructure Project. Pooling their resources and manpower is seen as an effective way of developing the communities.

For its 2008 award, Cotabato Province was cited for strengthening its Children First Program to increase understanding and appreciation among the youth of Indigenous, Christian and Muslim people. By encouraging children to share, learn, understand and appreciate each other's cultures and beliefs, the program hopes to correct misconceptions and develop better relationships. The First Lady of the Province, Mrs. Rebecca Santaiago Sacdalan, serves as Ambassadress of the program.

The Galing Pook is a ground breaking award that recognizes innovation and excellence in local governance. The winning programs are selected based on measurable positive results, promotion of people's participation and empowerment, transferability and sustainability, and efficiency of program service delivery.

Into his second year as local chief executive of Cotabato Province, Gov. Sacdalan has demonstrated that with able leadership and foresight, innovative programs will not only win the admiration and support of local citizens, but will be recognized in the national level even up to international community as well. (PIA 12) [top]

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