BAGUIO CITY— The Department of the Interior and Local Government Cordillera is encouraging local government units (LGUs) in the region to apply for the 2022 Galing Pook Awards: Search for the Top 10 Outstanding Local Governance Programs, which will recognize their adaptive and innovative responses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have very capable and innovative LGUs in the region, and during the height of the pandemic, our local governments stepped up to the best of their abilities to thrive while promoting good governance. It is high time for their most adaptive and innovative programs to be recognized and replicated in other regions,” said DILG CAR Regional Araceli San Jose.
The Galing Pook Awards, launched in 1993, gives recognition to outstanding LGU programs that show innovation and excellence in local governance.
RD San Jose emphasized that the programs must be integrated in the processes within an LGU (barangay, municipality, city, or province) even if the program might have been initiated independently or jointly by Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs)and or an LGU.
Further, the program must have been in operation for at least a year before the deadline of submission; and must have verifiable and significant results.
The Galing Pook awardees will be chosen from a national search of local governance programs and evaluated through a multilevel rigorous screening process based on Positive Results and Impact (25%); Promotion of People’s Participation and Empowerment (25); Innovation, and Adaptation (20%); Resilience (10%); Sustainability (10%); and Efficiency of Program Service Delivery and Transferability ( 10%).
Beyond the awards, the winning programs will serve as models of good governance that are promoted for replication in other communities. They will offer useful insights and strategies for developing novel solutions to common problems and will demonstrate the community’s and the local government’s dedication to good governance.
Based on the guidelines, submitting more than one entry is permitted as long as the entries are unrelated. Local governments are encouraged to package programs that are directly related to a single comprehensive entry. If more than one entry from the same LGU makes it to the finals, only one can enter the Top 10.
The Galing Pook will also allocate two spots in the Top 10 for provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays, with the remaining spots for wildcard entries. However, even if spots are allocated, the entries must still meet the criteria, so if no LGU meets the criteria, the spots allocated for them will be added to the wildcard spots and open to all other LGUs that are more qualified.
RD San Jose reminded the participating LGUs to provide all required information, including responses in both Filipino and English.
“I encourage each and every one of you to be concise and straightforward in providing all of the necessary information to your entries because each part of the form will have a character limit,” she said.
Participating LGUs may submit their application by accomplishing the form through the link: bit.ly/