At least 10 local government units have bagged the 25th Galing Pook Award “for doing extraordinary things for our people, quietly, without much fanfare.”
The Galing Pook Foundation acknowledged the outstanding contributions of first-time winners—Del Carmen in Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte and Navotas City for being the home of the second largest mangrove forest in Mindanao, and various early childhood education and health initiatives, respectively.
Repeat winners this year included Bindoy, Negros Oriental; Loboc, Bohol, and San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte.
Cagayan de Oro City, Iloilo City, Naga City, Tagum City, and Valenzuela City rounded up the top 10 local government units for their innovative programs covering land tenure, environmental conservation, cultural heritage preservation, literacy and education, healthcare, and community safety and security.
As keynote speaker, Vice President Leni Robredo also conferred the 4th Jesse Robredo Leadership Award for effective, empowering and ethical leadership of a local government executive to Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal. Rio Araja
“There is no place on earth where leadership is tested more intensely—and shines more powerfully —than in local government units. That’s because governors, mayors, barangay captains, and other local government workers face more real-world problems than national government officials. The nation should be more grateful for all that you do, every single day,” she told the 19 local government finalists during Thursday’s awarding ceremony.
“It is my prayer that you will keep on doing what you do. That you will keep on breaking barriers and challenging the status quo. That you will continue to reject mediocrity—not for the sake of awards—but to make a real difference in the lives of the last, the least, and the lost,” she cited.