Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) together with Galing Pook Foundation recognized on November 22 the 10 outstanding programs by various local government units (LGUs) that made remarkable impact to their communities.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos, who was also the chairman of the Board of Judges, handed the awards to the winners during a ceremony at the Malacanang Palace.
The Top 10 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).
“Warmest congratulations to the winners whose programs have made a huge difference in their respective localities. I hope this award will fuel them to further step up with more innovative initiatives for their constituents,” Abalos said.
The 10 winners were chosen from 18 finalists and a record field of 196 applications from different LGUs in the country.
“It is a great honor and privilege for CEB to be the official airline partner of Galing Pook Foundation for this program that upholds LGUs’ best practices. On behalf of Cebu Pacific, we would like to congratulate the top 10 winners and may these projects further promote inclusion, environmental sustainability and community participation, said Michael Ivan Shau, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer.
Georgina Hernandez Yang, Executive Director of the Galing Pook Foundation, is hoping that other LGUs will conceive innovative plans and programs that could emerge as the next Galing Pook awardee.
Launched on October 21, 1993, the Galing Pook Awards has recognized 329 LGU programs that have been promoted for replication to benefit more communities.
The Galing Pook Awards has served as model for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).