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Leyte town wins UNDP special citation for "Galing Pook"

Tacloban City (October 23) -- The Municipality of Capoocan, Leyte under the leadership of Mayor Marieta Porciuncula is one of the ten outstanding local government units which were recently awarded by the United Nations Development Program, for actively pushing to achieve the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals in their communities under the Galing Pook program.

The Municipality of Capoocan was cited for its PRO-GAD (Program on Gender and Development) which employed participatory and gender responsive governance as its basic framework resulting in a 98 percent decrease in cases of violence against women and children.

The UNDP-Galing Pook Special Citation on Local Capacity Innovations is an annual awards program that identifies and showcases the country’s best local governance programs and practices, particularly those that have been adopted and continuously demonstrated, expanded, replicated and institutionalized to help Local Government Units meet the Millennium Development Goals.

The criteria for judging used in the multi-level screening are the extent of MDG accomplishment, promotion of people empowerment, transferability and sustainability and the efficiency of program service delivery.

This year’s awardees aside from Capoocan, Leyte are the provinces of Bulacan for Project JOSIE (Joint Systems Improvement in Education) which was credited with the significant improvement in students’ performance in the National Education Achievement Test (NEAT); Concepcion, Iloilo’s PHE (Population, Health and Environment) program which helped cut in half the incidence of poverty in the area over a span of four years; and Pasay City’s Bayanihan Banking Program (BBP) which helped raise income and living standards among Pasay’s poor.

The other awardees are the province of Negros Oriental, the Municipality of Maitum in Sarangani, the Municipality of Malalag in Davao del Sur and the cities of Science: Munoz in Nueva Ecija, Naga City and Zamboanga City.

The Millennium Development Goals are a set of global targets espoused by the United Nations to address by the year 2015, poverty, education, gender, health and nutrition issues and diseases such as HIV/AIDS and environmental issues. (PIA 8) [top]

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