The 2022 Galing Pook Awards ceremony, held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Malacanang Palace’s Ceremonial Hall, honored ten outstanding local governance projects.
Local government units from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao that support innovation and quality were recognized by the Galing Pook Foundation, SM Prime Holdings Inc., the DILG-Local Government Academy, sponsors Cebu Pacific, and Airspeed.
The Galing Pook Foundation was praised by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for identifying and rewarding top-performing LGUs. He emphasized the importance of good public-private sector collaboration in creating successful programs that are actually beneficial to the Filipino people.
“The recognition that you give to cities and municipalities inspires them to accelerate their drive towards improvement and it encourages LGUs to adopt practices that make us paragons of excellence in public service. It is necessary for us to underscore the importance of strengthening partnerships between the government and private organizations, such as the Galing Pook Foundation, especially as we bring about meaningful progress in the country.”
Galing Pook Chairperson Mel Sarmiento expressed his gratitude to all the local executives and LGU teams that participated this year: “It’s truly inspiring to see the impact of the work that you do, and I’m sure you’ve brought value to many Filipinos all over the country. Our collaborations bring us closer to realizing our shared vision, na ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino, may simple pero kumportableng buhay.”
The winners of the 2022 Galing Pook Awards were: The Green Wall of Alcala (Alcala, Cagayan);
Advancing and Sustaining Good Governance and Community Actions towards Resiliency and Empowerment (Basilan Province); Bataan Public-Private Partnership Programs (Bataan Province);
Balik-Biñan Project: Tourism Development through Heritage Conservation (Biñan City, Laguna); From Black to Green: Fishponds, Eco-Tourism and Full Employment (Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal);
Trekking to Unlock Community Ailments and Difficulties (TUCAD) (Goa, Camarines Sur); “I-BIKE” A Program Promoting the Development of the Iloilo City Bike Culture (Iloilo City); Yaru: A Whole-of-Community Approach Towards Disaster Management (Itbayat, Batanes); Libertad Fish Forever Savings Club (Libertad, Antique); and
Basta Piddigueño, AgriHenyo: Consolidated Farm Production System (Piddig, Ilocos Norte).
A record field of 196 applications from various LGUs across the nation and 18 finalists were used to select the 10 winners.
The Galing Pook Awards, which were established on October 21, 1993, have honored 329 LGU projects from 200 LGUs around the nation that have been encouraged for replication to benefit more communities.