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Galing Pook

Awards 2017
Ten Outstanding Local Governance Programs

3 About Galing Pook and Awards 2017 By the Numbers

4 Message from GPF Chair Maria Lourdes C. Fernando
5 Message from LANDBANK President and CEO Alex V. Buenaventura
6 Message from DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy
7 Message from LGA Executive Director Marivel C. Sacendoncillo
8 Angono, Rizal: Participatory and Systemic Governance for
Socio-Economic Development
10 Cagayan de Oro City: Rising Up from the Mud
12 Davao del Norte: Community Based Road Maintenance Contracting
14 General Santos City: Lingap sa Kabataang Ayaw sa Droga (LIKAY Droga)
16 Palompon, Leyte: Integrated Community-Based Eco-Tourism
and Coastal Resource Management
18 Pasig City: “Bayanihan sa Daan” Sustainable Transport Program
20 San Felipe, Zambales: Monthly Search for Galing Barangay and Galing Purok
22 San Luis, Aurora: Luntiang Pamayanan ng San Luis
24 San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte: Catching Rain
26 Valenzuela City: Disiplina Village
28 Finalists
33 The Galing Pook Foundation Board of Trustees and Secretariat
34 2017 Galing Pook Awards National Selection Committee
37 The National Selection Committee on the Field
38 The Galing Pook 2017 Awards Ceremony
39 Galing Pook Theme Song / Mamamayan Mamamayani Theme Song

Articles written by Pamela Grafilo and Bashia Mariel Grafilo • Cover design and layout by
Lyka Cabatay • Editorial support by Adrian Adove • Reference and photos courtesy of
LGUs and from Galing Pook Files

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The Galing Pook Awards is a pioneering program that recognizes
innovation and excellence in local governance. It started in October
21, 1993 under the joint initiative of the Local Government Acad-
emy-Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Ford
Foundation, and other individual advocates of good governance
from the academe, civil society and the government.

The Asian Institute of Management carried on the awards program

until 2001. Earlier in 1998, the Galing Pook Foundation was formed
as a juridical institution to sustain the program.

We are a leading resource insti- We promote excellence in local governance through recognition,
tution that promotes innovation, sharing of information and support of efforts to replicate best
sustainability, citizen empow- practices at the local level. We encourage partnerships among
erment, and excellence in local civil society organizations, private sector, and government agen-
governance. cies at local, national and global levels to improve quality of life.

Galing Pook Awards 2017 By the Numbers

Total number of
The applications were screened by a 19-member
National Selection Committee from different applications received: 158
fields of expertise and experience.

Of the 158 applications, 44 made it to the site

63% of entries from LUZON
validation stage, 20 made it to the finals, and ten
were selected as this year’s batch of winners. 16% of entries
from the VISAYAS

Promotion 21% of entries

of people’s from MINDANAO
participation and
empowerment Transferability
30% and sustainability
15% 50%
entries from

entries from
30% 15% barangays 3%
Positive results
and impact 10% 16%
Efficiency of program
entries from 31% entries from
service delivery cities

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Message from the GPF Chair

Warm congratulations to all the winners of the Galing Pook Awards 2017! This year of the
Galing Pook Awards, we celebrated the Festival of Best Practices—a festival of creativity,
resourcefulness, and hard work. It highlighted the resilience and resolve of local governments
to find solutions to our everyday problems. It is our choice to celebrate good governors,
good mayors, good barangay officials, and good local public servants. Despite the challeng-
es of our everyday problems and the frustrations along the way, our ten winners, together
with the remaining finalists, show that there is hope in good local governance.

Our batch of winners this year is a mix of LGUs from Luzon including the National Capital
Region, the Visayas, and Mindanao. Our winners tackled various issues, such as housing and
land tenure, market administration, livelihood and rising from disaster, road maintenance,
anti-drugs, eco-tourism, sustainable mobility, incentivizing performance, agriculture and
irrigation, and renewable energy. No matter how diverse this year’s winners are, they all be-
came successful because of the active participation of their respective communities. So as we
celebrate and congratulate our local chief executives and their dedicated and hardworking
staff for this year’s gems of best practices, we also extend our congratulations to their constit-
uents—as both beneficiaries and active partners in good governance. It is our hope in Galing
Pook that these shining examples of good governance be emulated and replicated by other
local government units throughout the country, for it is through the local governments, which
are closest to the people, that services are best delivered.

We also encourage more LGUs, from the provinces down to the barangays, to participate in
our continuous search for best practices, so that other stories of success in tackling everyday
problems will be brought to the national consciousness.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Land Bank of the Philippines for supporting the
Galing Pook Awards Program, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government and
the Local Government Academy for their continuous support to Galing Pook.

The support of all our partners, and especially of our local governments who provide us
models of good governance year after year, strengthens our resolve to continue believing in
good governance, in our people, and in still finding leaders and government workers, who
are matitino at mahuhusay.

Mabuhay tayong lahat!


Galing Pook Foundation

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Message from the LANDBANK President and CEO

Crucial to sustainable growth and development throughout the country is

finding reliable partners that can help equip every Filipino in need with the
necessary tools toward poverty alleviation.

The financial and technical assistance that LANDBANK extends to the coun-
tryside is only valuable if delivered on time and through effective means. The
Bank is fortunate to have reliable partners who uphold beliefs similar to our
mission and vision of helping the country grow.

Having been part of LANDBANK’s fostering environment for socio-econom-

ic change through its relentless support to local government units across
the nation, the work that the Galing Pook Foundation is able to do in many
parts of the country attests to the value of capacity building at the grassroots

Winners and participants to this year’s Galing Pook Awards are no different,
as these remarkable entities have demonstrated worthwhile efforts that will
allow communities and other generations to find a better future. From good
governance to environmental advocacies and innovative practices, we at
LANDBANK are confident in the ability of Galing Pook Foundation to further
build on its success toward helping empower more people and communities
in the years to come.

In behalf of LANDBANK, we extend our sincerest congratulations to every-

one who has made the 2017 Galing Pook Awards a memorable success.

President and CEO
Land Bank of the Philippines

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Message from the DILG Officer-in-Charge

My congratulations to the individuals and groups behind the 2017 Galing

Pook Magazine featuring this year’s inspiring awardees and finalists. I laud
the Galing Pook Foundation and partners for continuing this worthwhile
tradition of recognizing and promoting culture of good governance in the

As one of the institutions that founded the Galing Pook Awards in 1993, the
DILG assures its unceasing support to this valuable initiative of awarding
game changers who are worthy of emulation, as they model the way to
inclusive and equitable local development for and by the Filipino people.

These are moving stories of innovation and excellence in local governance

that you will take pieces of information, interest, and inspiration from. Knowl-
edge and awareness spur practice and it is hinged at the end goal of Galing
Pook to support efforts to replicate the best practices at the local or commu-
nity level.

May these encouraging stories of good local governance be preached and

spread to more areas in the country. It is also our fervent prayer that these
real-life narratives will help build up more productive partnerships among
civil society organizations, private sector, and government agencies at the
local, national as well as global arena.

Nawa’y lalo pang maiparating at maipadama ang mga biyaya ng magan-

dang pagbabago sa mas maraming Pilipino.

Again, congratulations to this year’s winners.

Mabuhay ang Galing Pook Awards!

Department of the Interior and Local Government

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Message from the LGA Executive Director

For years now, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG),
through the Local Government Academy (LGA) has been partnering with the
Galing Pook Foundation in promoting good local governance, believing that
every local government unit (LGU) has the inherent capacity and potential
for innovative practices to serve the best interest of their constituents in their
respective communities.

We experience this at the recently concluded Festival of Best Practices

meant to inspire other LGUs to follow without the need to reinvent the
wheel. All the practices were truly inspiring – from the Participatory and
Systemic Governance of Angono, Rizal to the Disiplina Village of Valenzu-
ela City. These LGUs were able to bring forth a good harvest of their labor
in evolving their best practices. Each of them beams as an epitome of an
exemplar LGU.

To the Galing Pook Foundation, we are grateful for the opportunity to

work together once again in the interest of good local governance. To the
awardees, may you continue to inspire our communities with increasing
momentum to create more innovative practices in the years ahead. To the
LGUs, we take our hats off for your undying passion to serve the Filipino
citizenry in your respective communities. Together, let us continue to
advocate good local governance with passion for a better Philippines
and a better world.


Executive Director
Local Government Academy

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ANGONO, RIZAL: Participatory and Systemic

Governance for Socio-Economic Development
Angono took advantage of two opportunities to
bolster its socio-economic progress – improving its
public market and addressing the plight of its infor-
mal settlers. It is anchored on environment, culture
and arts promotion of the LGU. Notably, the LGU
adopted a People-centered, Sustainable, Integrated,
Area-based Development (PSIAD) strategy to shift
from public administration to governance.

From a liability, Angono’s public market has been

transformed to a competitive “People’s Market”
comparable to commercial supermarkets in the area.
The implementation of the Amended Market Code Public Market Income 2014 - 2016
of Angono Rizal helped turn the public market into 2014
2015 2016
a reliable economic enterprise of the local govern- Receipts 12,046,901.40 14,442,205.85 14,419,398.53
ment. Furthermore, a financial aid from the provincial Expenditures 9,391,123.83 11,039,021.07 10,516,378.18
government enabled Angono LGU in improving the Net income before subsidy 2,655,777.57 3,403,184.78 3,903,020.35
market infrastructure. Roads were constructed and Subsidy 1,308,000.00 2,695,700.00 2,202,573.00
widened to be accessible to transport vehicles and Income after subsidy 1,347,777.57 707,484.78 1,700,447.35
prevent traffic congestion, which effectively ad-
dressed the issue on vendors not wanting to occupy from PhP 12 million in 2014 to PhP 14.4 million in
the stalls at the back of the market. As a result, it 2016 was noted under this system. Although the
became a market “na lahat may harapan”. public market could sustain its operations due to its
improved collection rate, Sangguniang Bayan Or-
Furthermore, learning from Olongapo City’s col- dinance No. 746 (2016) was enacted to sustain the
or-coding scheme for public utility vehicles have operations of the public market through an annual
inspired Angono to improve its traffic management budget allocation, if needed.
and regulate tricycle and jeepney operations with
designated terminals and drop-off points in the mar- Inspired by Marikina’s “Disiplina sa Bangketa” proj-
ket’s vicinity. ect, Angono provided reorientation seminars on
cleanliness and service quality such as politeness and
In maintaining peace and order, the LGU deployed customer service. In the recent Citizen Satisfaction
80 market guards who work in shifts to ensure a 24/7 Index Survey (CSIS) conducted by the Department
security coverage. The market has 32 CCTV cameras of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the
installed with a 24/7 Consumer Welfare Desk put in University of Rizal System, the Angono Public Market
place for quick issuance of public announcements. A ranked “High” in all the indicators in citizens’ aware-
Market Vicinity Committee was also created to ensure ness, availment and satisfaction.
safety in the area. Through these initiatives based on
data as of September 2017, crime rate was reduced, In connection with Angono’s Zero Basura program,
and the market even experienced zero crime inci- a Solid Waste Management system was also imple-
dence. To address the low collection efficiency rate of mented in the public market through the construction
the public market, a new payment and debt restruc- of its own Materials Recovery Facilities. Through this
turing scheme was crafted by the LGU in consultation initiative, the Angono Public Market was recognized
with stall owners. A high collection efficiency rate as the “2nd Healthiest Public Market in the Province

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of Rizal” from 1999 to 2002 and the “Healthiest Pub-

lic Market in the Province of Rizal” in 2003 to 2005.

To address the needs of its informal settlers, Angono

introduced the Zero Squatter program that assisted
8,000 informal settler families (ISF). An effective and
functional Urban Settlement Development Office
(USDO), created through EO 2010-11 and SB Resolu-
tion 12-125, served as the coordinating unit between
the government, private owners, and the informal
settlers that made possible the timely government
response to the people’s needs.

The program also strengthened community-based

organizations and associations of resettled ISF by
allowing them to organize themselves and plan their
communities. Appropriate representation in the local
Housing Board, and the Local Committee against
Squatting Syndicates and Professional Squatters were
allocated to 75 organized groups. Women’s groups
were also organized to improve skills as well as access
to livelihood and basic services.

Economic Impact
Year Population Annual Income Per capita
2000 74,668 PHP 54,303,584.30 PhP 727.27

2016 *115,481 PHP 285,618,938.75 PhP 2,473.30

*Please take note that 2016 population projection is based from the last
Census (2015) at 113,283 with +1.94% growth rate.

The programs on the Angono Public Market and

With an existing and functional Local Committee
ISFs have contributed to an annual income of around
against Squatting Syndicates and Professional Squat-
PhP 285 million in 2016 from PhP 54 million in 2000.
ters, relevant executive orders, resolutions and ordi-
Clearly, the participatory and systemic governance
nances were enacted to provide sustainable and in-
of Angono uplifted the lives of its people as well as
stitutionalized response to the problems of squatting
created a climate conducive to socio-economic
syndicates and professional squatters. As a result,
Angono is the only municipality acknowledged as the
2015 National Champion and 2016 1st Runner Up for
Mayor Gerardo V. Calderon, MPA
Best LGU Practices against Professional Squatters and
Tel. Nos.: (02)6510062; (02)4511033
Squatting Syndicates.

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Rising Up from the Mud

With the promotion of public participation through

the People’s Council, the LGU saw a remarkable rise
of accredited CSOs from only 2 accredited CSOs
in 2012 to the current 95 CSOs in 2016. Around 30
special bodies were either created or revitalized to
optimize the rehabilitation of the city affected by
Typhoon Sendong. Out of a total of 6,492 benefi-
ciaries, around 2,493 were relocated to new housing
facilities and 700 land titles were awarded. In partner-
ship with the Department of Agriculture, a total
of 66.57 kilometers of road were concreted.
2011 is a memorable year for many Cagay-anons.
December of the same year, tropical storm Sendong Income Generation (2012-2016)
(international name, Washi) made landfall in Mindan- Year Skills training MSMEs Support Assistance Jobs solicited
2012 NO DATA 470 NO DATA
ao, causing Cagayan de Oro River to overflow. Wa-
2014 2,128 2,966 57,909
ter raging from the mountains triggered landslides
2015 2,744 2,470 76,384
that sent mud and logs crashing down on low-lying
2016 1,793 2,092 24,965
communities along the river and mountain side. At
least 1,268 casualties were recorded as a result of the
deadly storm and massive floods, most of whom were In the immediate aftermath of Sendong, livelihood
from the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. Those was severely disrupted, and people were unable to
who survived were rendered homeless, most of their earn income to support their families. Targeted live-
sources of livelihoods destroyed. lihood programs such as development of micro-en-
terprises in affected communities were implemented
Amidst the devastation, Cagay-anons took collective by the City in partnership with CSOs that provided
action in alleviating themselves as victims of calamity vulnerable groups with skills training and livelihood
to a disaster-resilient and sustainable community. Us- start-up assistance. Product development and liveli-
ing the space created by the People’s Council (estab- hood assistance were provided for home-based, mi-
lished through Executive Order 97-2015), civil society cro enterprises to enhance their chances of successful
organizations (CSOs) and people’s organizations were recovery. Before Typhoon Sendong, only 470 MSMEs
able to actively work and collaborate with the Cagay- were given assistance in 2012. The numbers signifi-
an de Oro City Government. The People’s Council cantly increased in 2014 with 2,966 MSMEs support-
became a platform that enabled the city government ed. On skills training, around 6,665 individuals passed
and people’s organizations to determine key priority the National Competency Assessment with more than
areas for engagement which was later on embodied 159,000 local and overseas jobs solicited.
in the People’s Development Agenda, that informed
the implementation of activities to rebuild the city. One of the individual beneficiaries of the program
is Jerlyn T. Punay, who now sells a vinegar-infused
Accredited CSOs (2012-2016) condiment called Veggie-gar. Her income signifi-
Year Number of Accredited CSOs cantly increased from a measly annual earning of only
2012 2 PhP8,000 before the program to PhP100,000 in 2016.
2013 53 Similar significant results were recorded in a fisherfolk
2014 70 community. Through the assistance of the City Ag-
2015 79 riculture Productivity Office and City Social Welfare
2016 95 and Development Livelihood Desk, the fishing

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community’s annual income derived from seafood

processing has more than doubled from PhP120,000
to PhP250,000 in 2016. A relocatees group who call
themselves Klasik, supported by Xavier University,
and a persons with disabilities (PWDs) group called
HACI d Oro, have reported an estimated 136 percent
and 400 percent increase on their income,

The success of these microenterprises and the en-

abling environment for citizens’ engagement further
encouraged various stakeholders and communities
to participate in the City’s various programs. Re-
markable increase in the attendance of sectoral They could directly engage with the various City
representatives in barangay meetings was observed. offices to submit project proposals for inclusion
These barangay assemblies became a venue where in the City’s operational budget.
new strategies to address community needs and
priorities were agreed upon and forwarded to the The spaces provided by these sectoral coun-
City for budgetary support. The City Government cils empowered citizens not only to participate
provided leadership that encouraged support and in designing programs and projects that affect
active participation of national government agencies their daily lives but more importantly have im-
(NGAs) such as the Departments of Trade and Indus- proved the city government’s responsiveness to
try, Agriculture, and Labor and Employment in project the needs of the communities and in the process
implementation. The buy-in from these national have strengthened transparency and account-
government agencies created more opportunities for ability in the city’s governance.
local microentrepreneurs.
The Cagayan de Oro City experience demon-
strates that local governments that are fully com-
mitted to promoting citizen participation play
a critical role in strengthening local democracy,
contribute to improving responsiveness to citi-
zens’ needs, and help build resilient sustainable

Mayor Oscar S. Moreno

Tel. No.: (088)8577587

The establishment of sectoral councils for the

youth, cooperatives, and PWDs further em-
powered citizens to participate in the City local
boards. Empowered by virtue of executive order,
these Councils are able to lead in the identifica-
tion, development and implementation of their
priority projects.

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Community-Based Road Maintenance Contracting
Considered as a “life blood” of any locality, roads are vital for economic de- While the CBSP delivered the
velopment. It serves as main modes for transporting products and goods from manual routine road mainte-
one place to another especially for an agricultural province such as Davao del nance, the PEO performed
Norte. Well-maintained roads usher in prospective business opportunities and machine activities and periodic
investments. Along this line, the Davao del Norte LGU endeavored to effi- maintenance such as gravel-
ciently preserve and maintain its provincial roads through the active participa- ling and machine grading. The
tion and involvement of the local community. program also has a Grievance Re-
dress Mechanism (GRM) through
The Davao del Norte Community-Based Road Maintenance Contracting short message service (SMS) sent
(DavNor CBRMC) is a road maintenance project that encourages and enables to PEO to accommodate and
the local communities to actively engage in the upkeep of provincial roads. It address the pressing concerns
aims to mobilize community groups and capacitate them in road maintenance from the stakeholders and the
and minor repair to extend the longevity and lifespan of provincial roads. It community in general. The pro-
also strengthens the capacity of the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) to plan, gram does not only involve those
manage, and supervise labor-based road activities. who are under contract with the
provincial government in the up-
LENGTH (KM.) OF ROADS Number of Community-Based
keep of the roads. Ideas, insights,
and recommendations from the
314.94 community members are also so-
licited to further the growth and
improvement of the program’s
processes and approach.
The program resulted in faster
response to minor road damag-
es such as patching and repairs
of unpaved road surfaces and
shoulders. Quarterly maintenance
6.93 activities were also undertak-
TOTAL: 1 16 36
2015 2016 2017 en, such as vegetation control,
culvert and ditch cleanup, and
Out of the 839.95 kilometers of provincial roads of Davao del Norte, 314.94 guardrail and road sign main-
kilometers are currently under the program, with thirty six (36) Communi- tenance on roads under the
ty-based Service Providers (CBSPs) involved. Farmers/growers and irrigators program instead of the yearly
associations made up most of the CBSPs. maintenance previously provided
by the province. This significantly
Under the program, the community undergoes different capacity develop- extended the maintainable life
ment seminars, skills training, and workshops through the assistance of the span of provincial roads. Further-
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to equip them more, in support to the efforts of
with necessary skills in road maintenance. CBSPs receive a quarterly payment the Community-Based Disaster
for the service they render. CBSPs bill an estimate average of PhP60,000 to Management Program of Davao
PhP90,000 per kilometer, allowing members to receive salaries averaging from del Norte, the program acts as a
PhP250 to PhP350 per day. This gives communities the sense of ownership prevention mechanism for floods
and responsibility in maintaining the roads within their vicinity while at the caused by overflowing of ditches
same time provides additional income to the members of the community. and canals in the communities.

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The program has enhanced the service delivery of the provincial gov-
ernment to its constituents by providing better access roads for various
programs and opportunities to reach the communities faster and easier.
Because the roads have been well maintained, there is a cut back in
the cost of logistics for the transportation of goods from the farm to
the market. For instance, before the program, farmers spent at least
PhP50 to transport their goods from the farm to the highway. Now, they
spend the same amount to transport their goods directly to the market
place. Because the program performed well and has shown positive
output and impact to the entire community, Executive Order no. 22,
series 2017 reconstituting the DavNor CBRMC was passed to sustain
the program. Future plans of the LGU for the program include placing
all provincial roads under the CBRMC, and collaborating with TESDA to
further capacitate the CBSPs.

The program did not only improve people’s lives with increased mo-
bility and connectivity but also provided employment opportunities to
local residents. More importantly, it heightened the spirit of bayanihan
and developed a deep sense of ownership among the people as part-
ners of government in advancing socio-economic development.

Governor Antonio Rafael G. Del Rosario

Tel. No.: (084)6559396

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Lingap sa Kabataang Ayaw sa Droga (LIKAY Droga)

A 2014 report of the Philippine Drug Enforcement As an initial step, a LIKAY Droga module was pro-
Agency (PDEA) Regional Office in Region 12 shed duced, involving at least 100 mobile teachers (ALS
light on the web of troubles that trap most out-of- implementers), district ALS coordinators, instructional
school youth, characterized by high incidence of managers and members of the academe. It provided
substance abuse, involvement in fights, dealing drugs a holistic approach in the development of attitudes,
and committing crime to obtain drugs. To address skills and values that will guide out-of-school youth to
this alarming concern, the Lingap sa Kabataang Ayaw protect themselves and others in a wide range of risk
sa Droga (LIKAY Droga) was launched as the collec- situations related to drugs. These include skills for
tive action of the city government, Department of increasing self-esteem, coping with anxiety, resisting
Education, law enforcement agencies, communities, pressures, communicating effectively, making deci-
and the private sector to focus its campaign against sions, managing conflict and dealing assertively with
illegal drugs. Particularly targeting the out-of-school social situations in which drugs are offered.
youth enrolled under the DepEd’s Alternative Learn-
ing System (ALS), the program aims to intensify the The DepEd for its part, made sure that the LIKAY
anti-drugs campaign and information drive in the Droga modules are integrated in the regular ALS
city through social mobilization of community-based sessions. School personnel also receive training

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in the recognition of risk factors for substance use This collaborative approach reinforces desired values
and related disorders so that they are able to guide and consistent behaviors at school, in the home and
other members of the teaching staff, parents and in the community. Indeed, schools as institutions for
families, and other community members who are people in their formative years are strategic settings
involved and concerned in program implementation. for advancing anti-substance abuse programs, prac-
tices and community links. A sense of belonging to
Using the modules, the program was cascaded to the family, community and school are major protective
different puroks through the Purok Laban sa Krimen factors against risky behaviors in young people. The
(PLK) as the city’s support on the current administra- city was successful in capitalizing on the value of
tion’s anti-drugs campaign. This parallel strategy aims schools to serve as a focal point and critical partner
to sustain the gains of LIKAY Droga and oversee that for such a community-wide effort.
the life-skills integration to ALS sessions were prop-
erly implemented. Crafting and reproduction of PLK Through the LIKAY Droga Program, the city govern-
primer in Filipino was conducted to ensure better ment and the community was able to send a clear
appreciation and understanding of the program by and consistent message by developing and imple-
the city’s constituents. menting a broad, comprehensive approach to deal-
ing with substance abuse among the youth.
Life skills training such as malong weaving, stuff
toy making, massage, among others were likewise Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera
provided under the Youth and Adult Income Gener- Tel. Nos.: (083)5526791 to 93
ating (YAIG) initiative of the program. Other nation- Email:
al agencies were mobilized, such as the Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
to provide scholarships for ALS students, prioritizing
youth involved in the drug trade who surrendered to
the police, in support of LIKAY Droga. As a result, 873
ALS learners are engaged in entrepreneurial activities
while 374 ALS completers are employed after
completing the program.

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Integrated Community-Based Eco-Tourism
and Coastal Resource Management
Aside from the usual tourist
destinations in Palompon, the
municipality introduced “Adlaw
sa Danggit” during the spawning
season, as one of its main tourist
activities which offers a 20-hour
experience which includes ob-
serving how fishermen remove
the fish corrals (baklad) to ensure
that no danggit is caught. While
participants enjoy a unique expe-
rience, they also learn the im-
portance of Municipal Ordinance
No. 234-111295 imposing Total
Ban on the Catching of Danggit
during Spawning Season to allow
the fish to mature to a desirable
size for consumption. Because
of this ordinance, Palompon was
able to sustain stable fish catch,
As a tourist destination in Eastern Visayas known for the white sand bar making it one of the main suppli-
of Kalanggaman Island, the municipality of Palompon in Leyte Province ers of dried boneless “danggit” in
developed an eco-tourism program in 2011 that considered the needs of the market.
the environment, the local community, local government and tourists. Un-
der the Integrated Community-Based Eco-Tourism and Coastal Resource Under the program, the municipal
Management (ICOMBTO-CRM) Program, the local tourism industry was Ecological Solid Waste Manage-
systematically organized to promote a responsible, sustainable and inter- ment Park evolved from a Material
nationally acceptable business scheme characterized by quality service to Recovery Facility to a tourist des-
tourists. tination where visitors could learn
the importance of segregation
The Palompon Municipal Eco-Tourism Council, a people’s organization and recycling as a way to protect
established under Municipal Resolution No. 236-1306 in 13 June 2011, the environment. An estimated
led the formulation of programs and policies to develop local tourism 1.8 tons of biodegradable waste
facilities and attractions that are built on the preservation of cultural and and 4.2 tons of residual waste are
historical heritage of the area. Notable policies include the establishment collected from households every
of carrying capacities of tourism destinations. day. These accumulated solid
wastes will be turned into organic
The LGU follows a carrying capacity formula that determines the maxi- fertilizers and/or densified syn-
mum number of people that could visit a tourist destination without caus- thetic commercial products at the
ing environmental destruction. In Kalanggaman Island, for instance, the park. Furthermore, the program
maximum carrying capacity of 500 visitors per day is strictly enforced. A launched Zero Visibility Climb that
Pump Boat Registration Drive was also conducted in nearby municipalities introduces tourist activities for
to facilitate the registration of all tourist pump boats to the island for easy persons with disabilities.
identification and regulation. The Palompon Fisherfolks of Kalanggaman
Association monitors fishing activities in the island sanctuary.

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Economic Impact
Ordinance No. 228-021095 entitled “Declaring Tabuk
2011-2013 2014-2016
Island as Marine Park Fish and Bird Sanctuary”; Mu-
Total Tourist Arrival 54,624 158,880
nicipal Resolution 038-031016 entitled “Requiring All
Total Revenue 10,260,849.20 28,934,562.75
Applicants for Marriage License in Palompon to Plant
From these innovative tourist activities and destinations, Trees in Designated Areas”; Municipal Resolution No.
the municipality has seen a significant increase of cu- 486-040416 entitled “Declaring 50-Year Old Trees in
mulative tourist arrivals from 54,624 for the period 2011 Palompon as Heritage Trees”; Municipal Resolution No.
to 2013, to 158,880 for the period of 2014 to 2016. 130-081203 Ordinance entitled “Providing Preserva-
Total tourism revenue for a three-year period rose from tion/Conservation/Protection and Management in the
PhP 10.3 million in 2013 to PhP 28.9 million by 2016. Development of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources”; and
The success story of Palompon’s local tourism became Municipal Resolution No. 521-2016 entitled “Approving
a center of study by various LGUs in the country, who Ten-Year Solid Waste Management Program”.
would like to learn from their experience and how it can
be adopted in their respective LGUs. Vital to Palompon’s approach is the contribution of a full
range of stakeholders and the community in planning
Indeed, tourism could generate widespread benefits and decision making in order to determine its long term
and impacts to the local economy and communities as interest. The local government of Palompon was able to
a whole. The Palompon experience is able to demon- have a profound influence on the local tourism industry
strate that local governments play a critical role on the by playing an essential part in the management of its
success of its local tourism industry, as well as have a resources that meets the needs of tourists and benefits
strong influence in conserving its resources. Various or- its communities while maintaining cultural integrity and
dinances were enacted to further strengthen the LGU’s conserving its natural endowment for the future.
commitment in environment conservation and sustain
its current initiatives to the succeeding years such as Mayor Ramon C. Oñate
Municipal Resolution No. 165-131008 entitled “Every Tel. No.: (053)5250292
Month of October as Clean-up Month”; Municipal

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“Bayanihan sa Daan” Sustainable Transport Program
Pursuant to its vision of becoming a “Green City”, Pasig
City launched a sustainable urban transport strategy
that promotes pedestrian-friendly infrastructures, traffic
decongestion schemes, and alternative non-motorized
transportation. It is managed by eight active techni-
cal working groups, and the Pasig Adhoc Transport
Planning Committee that ensure regular consultations
among stakeholders.

The city government uses the “Sandwich Approach”

or “Bibingka” Paradigm to accomplish its tasks where-
in brainstorming from bottom up and top to bottom
involves the entire community. Starting with a vision
coming from either the city leadership or any of the
stakeholders, solutions are formed via consultations and
are translated into a local law or ordinance. Stakeholders
are also members of the technical working group and
likewise implementors. A regular feedback mechanism
was also institutionalized by Pasig City to ensure sustain-
ability and active people’s participation.

Under the program, Environmentally Sustainable

Transport (EST) was introduced in opening a free Pa-
sig community shuttle service bus to the public as well to support this goal have also been started in
as replacing and upgrading of old two stroke tricycles 2013 when Pasig City in partnership with the Asian
to electronic tricycles (e-trikes). Around 135,538 dai- Development Bank, launched a “Tutubi” bike
ly commuters benefit from the free bus service within sharing system, the first of its kind in the Philip-
Pasig City while 50 e-trike beneficiaries saw a 50 percent pines. Funded by the Japanese Fund for Poverty
increase in their income, incentivized through a corollary Reduction (JFPR) and managed by Clean Air Asia,
ordinance (Ordinance No. 16 Series of 2016) that estab- it features a terminal which resembles an ATM and
lished a Tricycle Upgrading and Replacement Program. 10 bicycles with docks that secure them when they
are not in use. The station is located at the Pasig
The city also encouraged alternative modes of transpor- City Hall and the bikes are only accessed by a card
tation such as riding bicycles. A 15-kilometer bike lane system available initially to city hall employees.
was installed and 660 bike parking facilities were set ( visited in 21
up in various buildings and establishments around the November 2017.)
city. Incentives in the form of real property discounts are
also given to new and existing commercial, industrial Special events such as Carless Sundays and Bike
and business establishments installing bike racks and for Life are implemented and sustained through an
cycling facilities, providing company bus shuttle service, ordinance (Ordinance No. 13 Series of 2011) that
and other forms of non-motorized transportation such promotes biking as a healthful and environmen-
as well-connected and integrated sidewalks. Addition- tally-sound mode of transportation in five major
ally, penalties were given to establishments for narrow/ roads for the last five years, actively participated
non-existent sidewalks and parking queues that en- by 185,000 visitors/carless loyalists and 2,500
croach on the city/national roads. Related initiatives bikers/bike enthusiasts.

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In its walkability and pedestrianization promotion, accidents/deaths, and ensure safer roads for motorists
25 elevated skywalks and walkways are built city-wide and pedestrians. It receives real-time data from vari-
while a 3-kilometer elevated skywalk connects the City ous sensors like VDS-CCTV, inductive loop, and RSE
Hall and other surrounding buildings, ensuring the installed all over the city where it would be able to
safety and convenience of pedestrians. Furthermore, send information to commuters through smart phone
these initiatives led to the reduction of fuel consump- applications and the worldwide web.
tion and carbon dioxide emission; 72% air quality
improvement; and promotion of healthy lifestyle, and With all these programs, Pasig City is a recipient of
non-motorized transport to the general public. several awards such as the Bayanihan sa Daan Awards
for 2014 and 2015, the ASEAN Model Cities Award as
Serving as a gateway to surrounding provinces and an Environmentally Sustainable City, and the Interna-
cities, Pasig City implemented the Odd-Even Traffic tional Liveable Community Awards for the Share the
Vehicle Volume Reduction Scheme in 2016, within the Road Program. Cities in Metro Manila and neighbor-
six major boundaries of the city. As a traffic road diet ing provinces including Malabon, Makati, Muntinlupa
scheme, vehicles with license plate numbers ending in and San Mateo, Rizal already adopted the Share the
1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 cannot use specific roads on Tuesdays, Road Project of Pasig City and other sustainable trans-
Thursdays and Saturdays while vehicles with license port initiatives. The Metropolitan Manila Development
plate numbers ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 may not pass Authority also adopted the Carless Sunday Program
on the identified roads on Mondays, Wednesdays through a Metro Manila Mayors Council Resolution
and Fridays. Notably, it reduced travel time from 1 including the program as a family zone.
hour and 30 minutes to 45 minutes and vehicle traffic
volume down by 26%. Truly, Pasig City has lived up to its vision as a
“Green City”.
An Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) was also installed
including 82 Road Safety Blinking Solar Pedestrian Mayor Robert C. Eusebio
Lights as well as six LED Monitoring Advisory in Tel. Nos.: (02)6428891; (02)6411937
strategic areas in Pasig City to lessen the risk of traffic Email:

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Monthly Search for Galing Barangay and Galing Purok

Exemplary service of government units often goes police, etc). Their participation in the program
unnoticed especially in the case of the smallest units increased their understanding and appreciation of
of the government, the barangays. To effectively various local programs, and they have become active
disseminate and sustain its key programs down to the partners in the promotion and mobilization of com-
barangay and even to the purok levels and give due munity support for these programs. It also mobilized
recognition to their efforts, the municipal government beyond the barangay and purok officials involving the
launched the Monthly Search for Galing Barangay youth, the women, the transport sector, senior citi-
and Galing Purok program. zens, among others, in becoming proactive partners
in the implementation, observance and compliance
Initially, the program provided incentive to all of San with the various key local governance programs.
Felipe’s barangays and puroks to align and support
the implementation of the municipal government’s Since the program works on a set of criteria, the
various programs on cleanliness and beautification, criteria serve as guidelines for the barangays and
organic farming promotion, health and wellness, puroks to set their priorities and allow them to imple-
disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM), ment programs that have significant impacts to the
anti-drugs and smoking campaign, and solid waste community in the various areas of governance. The
management. The program did not only encourage program became a mechanism not only to ensure the
the barangay and purok leaders to perform their compliance to mandated plans (solid waste manage-
mandates but also fostered a culture and environ- ment, DRRM, nutrition, peace and order and safety,
ment of excellence. The additional budget from the etc) but also encourages the barangays to activate
cash winnings also provided incentive for continuing and make functional local special bodies (such as the
excellence in improving their community. The pro- Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
gram works with a panel of judges from various sec- Council, Barangay Anti-Drug Advisory Council, Ba-
tors in the community / municipality (business sector, rangay Health Boards, Barangay Nutrition Councils,
church, academe, people and community leaders, Barangay Council for the Protection of Children,

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among others) that provided for greater coordination To provide opportunity for other barangays and
and citizens’ participation in barangay governance. puroks to win the monthly search, a barangay or a
purok that has won three times within the year would
Since the monthly search has been on-going for the not be part of the search in the remaining months for
past five years and that most of the local programs they will be awarded as a hall of famer. This enabled
have become a way of life and attitude of the people, more barangays and puroks to be motivated in exe-
it has become easy for the barangays and the munic- cuting excellent service to implement various good
ipality to gain recognition for its best practices. The governance programs of the municipality.
municipality noted the high performance of the
barangays such as Brgy. Amagna and Brgy. Apostol It is not a surprise, the Municipality of San Felipe,
(2014), Brgy. Balincaguing (2015) and Brgy. Mang- Zambales was recognized with the 2016 Seal of Good
licmot (2016), which were Regional Winners in the Local Governance where it passed all the core and
DOH’s Search for the Barangay with the Best essential elements of good governance namely (1)
Sanitation Practices, with Brgy. Apostol and Brgy. Fiscal Administration; (2) Social Protection; (3) Peace
Balincaguing landing as National Finalists for the and Order; (4) Business Friendliness; (5) Disaster
years 2014 and 2015, respectively. Barangay Sto. Niño Preparedness and Risk Reduction; and (6) Solid Waste
was a consistent winner of the Best Lupong Tagapa- Management. It was adjudged as the Most Business
mayapa from 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the Regional Friendly Local Government Unit (Municipal-Level 2
Level and a consistent National Finalist. Category) by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce
and Industry for the years 2012, 2013 and 2015 and
Moreover, all barangays have functional Barangay elevated as Hall of Fame Awardee in the year 2016
Health Boards leading towards consistent and almost where all areas of implementation of local programs
zero neonatal deaths and maternal deaths, 98% were evaluated. It was also adjudged as a Region-
households with access to clean, sanitary toilets, and al Green Banner Awardee in 2016 by the Regional
100% households with access to clean, potable water Nutrition Council, for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016
supply. The functional Barangay Health Information as Red Orchid Awardee by the Department of Health
Boards helped achieve zero dengue incident in 2015, and Municipal Health Leadership and Governance
zero malaria incident for the past five years, 100% Program awardee for 2016 by the Central Luzon Ex-
deliveries by a health professional, 100% facility cellence for Health Awards.
based deliveries, 93% fully immunized children,
100% Tuberculosis Cure Rate, among others. Mayor Carolyn J. Senador-Fariñas
Tel. No.: (047)6021653

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SAN LUIS, AURORA: Luntiang Pamayanan ng San Luis

After the completion of the project, it

was turned over to the barangay coop-
eratives for operation and maintenance.
They are currently part of the monitoring
and evaluation of the project together
with the technical personnel from the
municipality. The Dimanayat Micro-Hydro
Farmers’ Association is currently earning
an average of PhP 6,000 monthly. The
earnings are used for power plant oper-
ation and maintenance while the excess
fund is for financial assistance to local
farmers and fisher folks. The barangay
power cooperatives are independent and
Most coastal barangays of San Luis, Aurora, hardly have electric- implement its own policies on the collec-
ity in their households. Far-flung coastal barangays are at least tion, operation and maintenance of the
9 kilometers away, making it impossible to connect them to the power plant.
Aurora Electric Cooperative (AURELCO) grid. Realizing that
these communities are near natural bodies of water, San Luis From these alternative sources of elec-
implemented Micro-Hydro Power Projects as alternative sources tricity, Dimanayat households enjoy a
of power for its remote barangays. monthly electricity bill of Php 127 com-
pared to households from Central Aurora
The LGU of San Luis partnered with the Central Luzon State Uni- who pays double at Php 300 monthly.
versity Affiliate Non-Conventional Energy Center (CLSU-ANEC) It is notable that these power plants are
for technical assistance in the construction of the plant. Initially, low-maintenance since it can last up to
the micro-power project in Barangay Dimanayat was designed 50 years with only its generators needing
to provide electricity to 120 households in 2006 and has been replacement every three years. In 2015,
expanded to serve 220 households. Earlier this year, a solar AURELCO bought the mini-hydro plant in
photovoltaic project was set up to serve the 220 households for Barangay Ditumabo, bringing an income
their increased power consumption to perform their daytime of PhP 4.96 million to the LGU.
Protection of the forest in the surround-
For the Micro-Hydro Power Project in Sitio Alasanay, the munici- ing areas of the established micro-hydro
pality partnered with the Center for Micro Hydro Technology for power plants have been encouraged by
Rural Electrification of De La Salle University for the fabrication of the project through the introduction of
its turbine. It is currently providing electricity to 78 households. alternative sources of income to pre-
In addition, partnership with the Czech Republic and loan from vent local communities from engaging
the Land Bank of the Philippines enabled the LGU to develop a in kaingin farming. Through livelihood
mini-hydro power plant in Barangay Ditumabo. projects, farmers’ incomes have in-
creased from 20% to 30%. A farmer in
Communities were mobilized to provide “sweat equity” and the Barangay Dimanayat, for instance, earns
barangay provided land where the powerhouse and weir intake an additional net income of PhP 20,000
(dam) were erected. Community participation in the implementa- by planting 1,500 square meters of land
tion and maintenance of the power projects further strengthened with ampalaya.

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PHP 300 per hectare. Furthermore, the munic-

350 ipality’s partnership with the Bureau
300 of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
PHP 127

250 (BFAR) enabled the provision of

shallow payaos allowing increased
individual fish catch from 250 kilo-

grams to 504 kilograms annually.

CENTRAL AURORA DIMANAYAT Establishing a renewable source of

Currently, Barangay Dimanayat has the largest plantation area of energy did not only bring power to
ampalaya in Aurora province, providing additional income to its resi- the households in far-flung commu-
dents. San Luis has also become the fruit basket of Aurora province, nities, but also empowered these
supplying 70% of the capital town Baler’s fruits and crops from their communities with better sources of
1,560 hectares of orchards of lanzones, pomelo, rambutan, cacao, and livelihood and income as well as im-
other high-value crops. In addition, increased community participation proved the protection of watershed,
was observed in other environmental initiatives of the municipality forest management and fostered
such as Linis sa Barangay, 3 o’clock Habit, waste segregation, and tree social responsibility among its con-
planting to name a few. stituents.

Fisherfolks also benefitted from the project through the municipality’s

promotion of “Palaisdaan sa Barangay” that distributed 55,000 tilapia Mayor Mariano C. Tangson
and ulang fingerlings to 120 fishpond operators resulting to increased Tel. No.: (042)6429598
production and income from 3,451 kilograms to 4,250 kilograms

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Catching Rain

As a landlocked municipality without a natural body catchment dam have already been established and
of water to irrigate its agricultural lands, San Nico- devoted to agricultural production.
las, Ilocos Norte found its solution in an indigenous
technique, catching the rain. As the project implies, Through these various impounding systems, at least
it seeks to adopt viable and responsive measures to 483 hectares of agricultural land are now being irri-
shifting weather patterns brought about by climate gated during the dry season, benefitting at least 994
change through safe, indigenous, and environ- farmers. The multiple uses of the SWIPs also allowed
ment-friendly means. One of the project’s strategies members of the SWISA to have additional sources of
is expanding and maximizing the construction of income by way of other agricultural activities. The
earth dams, water reservoirs and irrigation systems impounding systems were also used not only to
since two earth dams or small water impounding irrigate agricultural lands during the dry season, but
projects (SWIP) have already been established in also served as fish production areas. Since 2010, the
1998 and 2000. To date, seven SWIPs, one on-going municipality through partner agricultural agencies,
and three funded for future implementation, 56 small has distributed 581,500 fingerlings to 5,394 recipi-
farm reservoirs (SFR), 227 shallow tube wells (STW), ents, who have produced a total harvest of 38,665
seven creeks, two diversion dams, and one kilos valued at PhP3,866,500.

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SWIP/Managing SWISA* Agricultural Activities Irrigable Area No. of Farmer

(Hectares) Beneficiaries
Samac SWISA irrigation; fish production 38 70
Bingao SWISA irrigation; fish production; recreation 80 130
San Agustin SWISA irrigation; fish production; recreation 90 168
San Pablo SWISA irrigation; fish production 10 50
Sta. Monica Farmer’s Association irrigation; fish production 10 38
ZANJERA San Marcos SWISA irrigation 40 80
San Guillermo SWISA irrigation; fish production; recreation 90 150
San Lorenzo Irrigator’s Association irrigation 50 138
Sto.Tomas SWISA irrigation; fish production 50 120
Upper Bugnay Ymas Farmers Association irrigation; fish production 25 50
*SWISA - Small Water Impounding System Association Total 483 hectares 994 farmers

The transformation of the farmlands into irrigated Additionally, the program also improved agricultur-
areas has enabled the farmers to plant twice a year, al literacy of its farmers and other beneficiaries with
plant vegetable crops in a wider area and engage the establishment of 24 Community Learning Cen-
in livestock production. Water table became higher, ters in the barangays and eight farmer field schools.
hence, expansion of areas for crop production has Under these establishments, the municipal govern-
also been made possible. The average production ment, through the Municipal Agriculture Office, has
per hectare in rice now ranges from 5.5 to 5.75 conducted 39 trainings and seminars since 2010.
tons per hectare from only 3.8 to 4.1 tons per The activities have produced successful farmers and
hectare before the project. irrigators with around 37 awardees, 15 of which are
provincial awardees, 14 regional awardees, and eight
Aside from improving productivity, the SWIPs, national awardees. The DA has also sponsored train-
water reservoirs, and irrigation systems prevent ing programs benefitting 1,512 individuals. To pay
siltation and soil erosion. These also served as forward, these awardees and trainees serve as trainers
recreational areas and tourist spots especially when for young farmers and irrigators.
migratory birds flock to the areas. The manage-
ment and protection of the earth dams, small farm To sustain the momentum of the program, various
reservoirs, irrigation and water systems have been a legislations such as Prescribing the Utilization and
shared responsibility among the municipal govern- Sustainability of Irrigation Waters and Conservation of
ment through the Office of the Mayor and Munic- Irrigation Facilities and Services (PUSWAC) Ordinance
ipal Agriculture, concerned farmers and irrigators were enacted to integrate the program in municipal
associations, and the barangays with technical plans. The Sangguniang Bayan also authorized the
assistance from the Department of Agriculture, Bu- local chief executive to enter into memoranda of
reau of Soils and Water Management, Department agreement (MOAs) with different institutions to further
of Agrarian Reform and National Irrigation Admin- strengthen and improve project implementation.
istration. Personnel from the municipal government
and assigned members of the associations consti- Mayor Alfredo P. Valdez, Jr., MD
tute a team to constantly monitor the affected ar- Tel. Nos.: (077)7732304; (077)7813077
eas. Collection of irrigations fees have been estab- Email:
lished pursuant to the 2007 Tripartite Agreement
among the LGU, NIA, and Irrigators Association.

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Disiplina Village

Valenzuela City was not spared from the devastating With a total of 13 hectares, the Disiplina Village
effects of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. With close to a Ugong and Bignay accommodate around 4,594 infor-
thousand informal settler families (ISF) living in danger mal settler families, clearing up Valenzuela City from
zones, specifically along the banks of Tullahan River, ISFs living in danger zones. The floor area of each unit
the City Government called on the private sector to is 28 sq. m. including the loft.
assist in providing safer accommodations to the
affected communities. MERALCO, through its Corporate Social Responsibil-
ity arm, One Meralco Foundation, has partnered with
The housing project, Disiplina Village, was built in a the city government in providing energy to light the
1.9 hectare property in Barangay Ugong donated by housing buildings. They have been lighting Disipli-
the City Government with the support of the private na Village since October 2011. A PhP 13.8 million
sector in the construction of housing units. San Miguel pipe-laying project in partnership with Maynilad was
Corporation (SMC), through its social development also completed in May 2012 for the Disiplina Village
arm, San Miguel Foundation, Inc. (SMF), donated Ugong. Both villages have decent electricity and
PhP 45 million, at PhP 15 Million per year for the next water connection. The Disiplina Village is the first
three years, as part of their Corporate Social Respon- in-city relocation site that is a complete community.
sibility program to build more than 300 housing units. DV-Ugong has its own Day Care Center, and practi-
The National Housing Authority also came into the cally within walking distance to schools and health
program and helped build over 250 housing units. facilities. DVB, on the other hand, has its own city
Another Disiplina Village was established in Barangay hall annex, the Sentro ng Sama-Samang Serbisyo (3S
Bignay to accommodate around 3,000 informal Center), that has a health center, Police Community
settlers left living in danger zones. Precinct, Fire Substation, Barangay Hall and Daycare

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The Disiplina Village Bignay Elementary and High of the city government to sustain a very low rental
School can also be found in the village. There is also cost of only PhP 300, the lowest rate in a public rental
an activity center and covered court as well as a mini housing project in the country. This is comparatively
park where residents can spend their leisure time and lower than the monthly rental of other public hous-
children their play time. Future infrastructures include ing projects which is between PhP 700 to PhP 3,000
a public market, transport terminal, and a chapel. as well as the average monthly rental for a private
apartment unit of the same floor area, which is about
Moreover, Gawad Kalinga organized values forma- PhP3,000 to PhP4,000.
tion programs, implementation of the community
development plan and mentoring of the community One unique component in the implementation of the
leaders towards self-governance. The beneficiaries of program is the Home Space Agreement which binds
both villages also participate in community empow- the beneficiaries to agreed policies and guidelines
erment programs conducted by the city government. which include the commitment of residents in main-
Programs like the Kapitbahayan Training or values taining their housing units, cultivating good relations
formation program, Parent-Effectiveness Service, with neighbors, fulfilling their payment obligations,
Community Development Plan implementation and participation in the “sweat equity” system. This
and mentoring of the community leaders towards system requires individuals to render service of at
self-governance were set up. They are also taught least 500 hours in the construction and safekeeping/
skills and trade, such as financial literacy and liveli- maintenance of building units as well as participation
hood skills (vegetable farming and tofu production). in community-building activities.
To be able to ensure full participation of the residents
in community-building, an Executive Order created Aside from ensuring safe, affordable, decent and hu-
the Valenzuela Disiplina Village Council, which mane housing for informal settlers, the on-site and in-
became the venue for the residents to participate in city relocation approach of the program ensures that
the implementation of the project. beneficiaries are linked to their sources of livelihood
and have access to more employment opportunities.
To ensure transferability and sustainability of the pro-
gram, the “Ordinance Establishing Disiplina Village as
the Flagship Socialized Housing Program of Valenzu- Mayor Rex T. Gatchalian
ela City”, Ordinance No. 36, Series of 2011 was en- Tel. Nos.: (02)3521000 local 1144; (02)2929168
acted by the City Council, that included provisions on Email:
basic services and funding being the responsibility

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ILOILO PROVINCE: TEENiran Multi-Purpose Teen Center

The rising trend of teenage pregnancy (7.6% in 2008 to 8.1%
in 2010) prompted the provincial government to launch the
Iloilo School-Based Multi-Purpose Teen Center, also known as
TEENiran (derived from a Hiligaynon term “tiniran” meaning
“a place to hang out”, equivalent to the Filipino term “tam-
bayan”). It is a youth-friendly space where a wide range of
educational and recreational programs are implemented for
adolescent development, and skills enhancement.

The Program was piloted in five municipalities in 2011 and

was later on expanded to 46 teen centers across the province.
According to the 2016 assessment conducted by the province,
the various activities of the Centers resulted to an observed
positive change in attitude and behavior as well as heightened
self-esteem and responsibility among the participating youth,
as revealed by 49% of peer helpers. Majority of the students The Iloilo TEENiran is a collaborative project that
(81%) consider the TEENiran as a “second home” where they enables the engagement of major stakeholders such as
were comfortable to freely express their emotions, vent their the provincial, municipal, and barangay LGUs; Sanggu-
frustrations and seek solution or advice. Around 25% of the niang Kabataan (SK); and the Department of Education
students learned helpful life-skills, good manners and right (DepEd) with community members, parents, students,
conduct. Furthermore, TEENiran coordinators (68%) revealed and other sectors. Various processes of engagement
that the centers gave them the chance to better understand initiated by different stakeholders ensure participa-
their students. Majority of the school principals surveyed tion, responsibility and transparency that promote the
believe that the teen center played a vital role in promoting empowering sense of ownership among group and
student welfare especially in addressing truancy and bullying. individual players.


Reaching Out Serving Everyone Caravan
The zero maternal mortality and infant mortality rate
of the city attest to the success of the program. The
Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) play a key role in
the caravan visit as well as their respective barangays
who have been actively engaged with the various
activities of the program. Participation of the com-
munity has also expanded to include other organized
groups in the community such as barangay women’s
organizations, farmers, beneficiaries of the Pantawid
Pamilyang Pilipino Program, out-of-school youth and
local leaders. Rehabilitated substance abusers who
surrendered to the police are also mobilized to pro-
vide upkeep and assembly of the caravan’s venue.
This provided opportunities for reintegration to the
community and build sense of belonging.
Most barangays in Lamitan City, Basilan are rural and far-flung
where basic services are not received by communities, especially Furthermore, the caravan became a platform for
when these barangays are also located near conflict-affected mu- greater community participation and engagement as
nicipalities. The city launched the Reaching Out Serving Every- services are delivered “right at their doorsteps”. This
one Caravan in June 2013 to provide accessible basic health ser- type of inclusive service delivery served as a con-
vices to its constituents and to everyone regardless of political, vergence mechanism for government line agencies,
economic, ethnic, and religious standing and affiliations. Regular socio-civic organizations, people’s organizations, and
activities of the caravan are sustained in the annual budget in the military to work together in achieving common
both city and barangay levels. To date, the program has served objectives in directly serving the people in far-flung,
26,610 beneficiaries from Lamitan City and other municipalities underserved areas of Lamitan.
in Basilan.

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NAGA CITY: Mainstreaming Migration and Development

Recognizing their valuable contribution and the need to address issues confront-
ed by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Naga City localized and mainstreamed
migration and development (M&D) issues and implemented projects in key prov-
inces, cities and municipalities in the Bicol region that benefit the sector.

Executive Order No. 2012-006 created the City Advisory Committee on Over-
seas Filipinos (CACOF), an entity that advises the city government on M&D
issues and policy matters. Further partnership with the Commission on Filipi-
nos Overseas scaled up the the Naga experience to the provincial level. It also
inspired the Provincial Government of Pangasinan to develop its own M&D
program and establish its Migration and Development Council, patterned after
Naga’s CACOF.

To develop and support sustainable programs for OFWs in its partner LGUs,
Naga City established its gender-sensitive Migrants Resource Center (MRC) in
2015. It also organized the Pamilyang Migrante kan Naga (PAMANA), which
assists the city government in the management of the MRC and promotes its
programs for OFW family members. Other cities in the Bicol region (Legazpi,
Masbate, Sorsogon, and Tabaco) also organized their respective migrants sector.
In the process, the program developed a community of practice among Bicol LGUs and served as a model in M&D main-
streaming in local governance processes within and outside the region. By addressing M&D concerns locally, the emerg-
ing experience of Naga City is able to provide an alternative approach and serve as a model for appropriate national
policies supporting local M&D mainstreaming.

NAGA CITY: Building Socially Inclusive Economic Enterprises

will have a voice in decision-making and become active
partners of the city government in running the terminal.

By treating the BCS as a business venture in bringing more

revenues to its coffers, the city government succeeded in
dramatically growing its income, from only PhP16.4 million
in 2013 to PhP 26.1 million the following year when it took
over – a 59% increase. It continued growing the business
by an average of 9% annually in 2015 and 2016.

In the same manner, the Naga City Public Market (NCPM),

In building socially inclusive local economic enterprises regarded as the largest single-roof market in Asia in 1965,
(LEEs), Naga City saw the rebranding of the Bicol Central was rehabilitated. Through institutional developments,
Station (BCS) and Naga City People’s Mall as two oppor- aggressive physical developments, improved market
tunities in creating meaningful socio-economic develop- security, and organized sectoral associations, the Naga
ment. Then known as the Central Bus Terminal, the BCS LGU saw a dramatic increase in direct business taxes from
operates 24/7 and presently handles around 1,300 buses stallholders from PhP 3 million in 2010 to PhP 7 million
daily. However, the bus terminal was poorly managed and in 2015. NCPM’s contribution to the city’s annual budget
maintained by a private institution. tremendously increased from 6% in 2010 to 18% in 2015
of the local income.
The city regained control of the BCS. One of the key
strategies behind the successful “remaking” of the BCS is Naga’s efforts have provided a model on how LGUs
the partnerships forged with stakeholders of the terminal. can better manage their local economic enterprises for
The city government reached out to 206 informal workers socio-economic progress. Through the principles of
already extending their services to the bus station and community building, stakeholdership and participatory
organized them into six associations of vendors, porters, governance, development outcomes of the LEEs were
dispatchers, utilities and maintenance workers, beauticians improved, and in the process enhanced their traditional
and therapists. This key policy is meant to ensure that they revenue raising role for the city government.

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Journey from Home to School to Opportunities
Panglao is one of the most popular tourism destinations in
Bohol, for its pristine white beaches and rich marine biodi-
versity. While most Panglaoanons are employed in major
resorts, their qualifications mostly meet low-paying, menial
positions because of low educational attainment.

To improve the competitiveness of Panglaoanons and take

advantage of employment opportunities in its flourishing
tourism industry, the municipal government introduced
an educational reform program to improve the quality of
basic education, enhance academic performance, address
incidence of pupils at risk of dropping out from school,
achieve a zero drop-out rate, engage all levels of commu-
nity stakeholders for greater collaboration, track outcomes
of educational reforms, and build skills of parents to pro-
vide support to the educational needs of school children.
These educational reforms in the basic education of Panglao school district has led to remarkable results. The mean
performance score of 71.96 in schoolyear 2010-2011 has significantly improved to 85.52 by schoolyear 2014-2015.
Promotion rate in the school district likewise improved from 93.59 in 2010-2011 to 97.69 in 2014-2015. Drop-out rate
dramatically declined from 2.32 in 2010-2011 to 0.33 in 2014-2015. Repetition rate substantially decreased from 3.29 in
2010-2011 to 0.34 in 2014-2015. Survival rate is about 93% for 2015 and 2016.

PASIG CITY: Tagamasid ng Pasig

To efficiently gather information
from the “tagamasid”, a reporting
mechanism was utilized through
the Anti-Drug, Pasig Ka-Text and
the C3 Text Hotline. In 2016,
a total of 3,986 messages were
received through the hotline. The
city observed the notable increase
in the number of individuals in-
volved in illegal drugs that surren-
der to the police. This indicates
the strong cooperation of the
community in informing proper
authorities of illegal drug activities
and increased public awareness
on the consequences of using
illicit substances.

Pasig City has clearly shown that

To support the country’s campaign against illegal drugs, Pasig City introduced the it needs the community to be
“Tagamasid ng Pasig” project in 2010. The project aims to enlist the aid of Pa- part of the solution against illegal
sigueños to act as informants or “tagamasid” in pinpointing people, laboratories, drugs. The proactive participa-
drug den farms, or storage areas that deal with illegal drugs and their components, tion of the community with the
derivatives, and products within the City. The “tagamasid” are then rewarded based City Government has led it a step
on the type and quantity/capacity of confiscated drugs or dismantled laboratories. closer to addressing the growing
It is implemented by the Anti-Drugs Abuse Council of Pasig (ADCOP) under the malady associated with the prolif-
Office of the City Mayor with assistance from the Legal Office and Finance Unit of eration of illegal drugs.
the City Government.

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PILAR, BOHOL: Productivity Improvement through

Landcare and Agricultural Resource Development
and Management (PILAR DAM) Program
The program institutionalized an agricultural extension vol-
unteer program at the barangay level in order to provide
and improve the technological knowledge and capabilities
of farmers to increase farm productivity. By involving more
people to work in idle farmlands, farm productivity did
not only increase but unemployment was also significantly

Through the program, annual household income has

increased from PhP 99,765.28 in 2010 to PhP 108,717.50
in 2015. The program has also contributed to the efforts of
The municipality of Pilar in Bohol developed the program the municipality to reduce the incidence of malnutrition. In
in 2007 as a solution to the growing problem of decreased the last four years (2013-2016), a decrease in the number
agricultural yield during the dry season and lack of income of underweight children and an increase in the number
opportunities for its seasonal farmers. It was developed by of children with normal weight have been reported. With
the Municipal Planning and Development Office through a these accomplishments, Pilar received the Pabasa sa Nu-
series of community consultations and focused group dis- trisyon Award as Outstanding LGU in 2013 and 2014 and
cussions among various stakeholders, farmers, women and received the Exemplary Award in 2015 and Hall of Fame
youth together with the Municipal Agriculture Office. Award in 2016 granted by the National Nutrition Council.

SAN JOAQUIN, ILOILO: Coastal Resource Management

Program with Special Focus on Marine Protected Areas
Consultations with fisherfolk of San Joaquin, Iloilo revealed the spate
of illegal fishing activities using cyanide and dynamite, commercial
fishing vessels encroaching on municipal waters, and unregulated
extraction of coastal resources (sand, stones, shells and corals) that
posed grave threats to the municipality’s marine resources. To address
these problems, the municipality implemented a Coastal Resource
Management (CRM) program in 2007 to build its internal capacity with
its coastal communities to manage marine and coastal ecosystems.

Under the CRM program, measures and ecosystem-based approaches

to coastal resource management were adopted driven by informed,
disciplined, and cooperative stakeholders at barangay and community
levels. One of its key strategies is the establishment of 15 Marine Pro-
tected Areas (MPAs) in its 22 coastal barangays, the first three of which
were established in 2009, with the remaining 12 MPAs established in

After two years of implementation since the establishment of the three

pilot MPAs, fish density and biomass in the sanctuary showed signif-
icant improvements. With reference to the initial baseline data gath-
ered by the University of the Philippines Visayas in 2007, there was an
increase in fish density from 0.96 individuals/m2 in 2007 to 1.3 individ-
uals/m2 by 2011.
The data show that the establishment of marine sanctuary provides gradual recovery of fish stocks and allowed the reha-
bilitation and growth of marine flora and fauna in the area. Because of its accomplishments, the municipality was recog-
nized with the Gawad Pagkilala Award by BFAR in 2014.

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Tagumpay Gulayan Programs for a Healthy Community
To promote a healthy community, Tagum City implemented two
approaches to support its comprehensive health program. First is the
Balik Sigla program that provides free physical rehabilitation services
to its underserved constituents with stroke, cerebral palsy, paralysis
and other related physical disabilities who have no access to health

From 2013 to 2016 at least 2,384 patients have benefitted from

these therapeutic rehabilitation services that have resulted to the full
recovery of 407 patients. Because of the free home care services, the
program has assisted the families of the patients in alleviating their
expenses from availing physical therapy sessions in private health
institutions costing around PhP 200 to PhP 500 per session.
Another approach of the city government for a healthy community is the Tagumpay Gulayan program that aims to mo-
tivate its constituents to pursue a healthy lifestyle by growing their vegetables. This does not only put food on the table
but also provides additional sources of livehood. At present, all 23 barangays have rich vegetable gardens in their puroks
and numerous household backyard farms. A total area of 64,405 sq.m. are cultivated as gardens in the barangays which
produced abundant quantities of vegetables that were either consumed or sold in the market. Household beneficiaries
were able to earn an additional monthly income of PhP 518.79 in 2014 to PhP 1,506.14 in 2016.

All 40 public schools have their version of gulayans with an aggregate of 85,200 sq.m. dedicated for the Gulayan sa
Paaralan. These vegetables are used as ingredients for the feeding programs of the schools which contributed to the re-
duction of malnutrition levels of the public school students from 20.16% in 2014 to 6.24% in 2016. Organic fertilizers are
used to ensure that vegetables harvested are chemical-free. To date, the program has been replicated by the Provincial
Government of Davao del Norte as the “Ang Gulayan Revolution” (AGR) Program implemented throughout the entire

VIGAN CITY: Eskwela De Los Mataderos

As a result, there are 319 graduates
employed locally in Puregold and Mon-
terey, while 354 are employed abroad
in meat companies of Canada, Australia
and the United Arab Emirates.

The Program also helped revitalize the

hog industry that dwindled due to the
smuggling of imported meat. The city
government works closely with hog rais-
ers and meat processors to find creative
solutions to their problems. As a result,
the hog industry has grown, benefitting
graduates, as the demand for butchers
Vigan City launched the program to build skills and competencies of Bigu- increase.
eños to improve access to better livelihood opportunities by meeting stan-
dards of in-demand jobs locally and internationally. Although the school for More importantly, the program has
butchers is unique by itself, the first of its kind in Northern Luzon, it is more restored pride in the art and science of
than a school. It is used as a vehicle not only to generate income for the city butchery. Graduates now appreciate the
slaughterhouse and ensure public health but also a viable strategy to increase value of their job--that it goes beyond
the income of city residents by supporting local industries of longganisa, “slaughtering of animals” but provides
bagnet and empanada as well as producing trained and highly employable safe food for people to enjoy.

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Galing Pook Foundation Board of Trustees
Maria Lourdes Fernando, Chairperson. Former Mayor, Marikina City.
Evelyn Uy, Vice-Chairperson. Former Mayor, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.
Elmer Soriano, Corporate Secretary. Managing Director, Civika Asian Development Academy.
Edicio Dela Torre, Treasurer. Chairperson, Education for Life Foundation.
Marivic Belena, Trustee. Former Mayor, San Jose City, Nueva Ecija.
Lilian De Leon, Trustee. Former Executive Director, League of Municipalities of the Philippines.
Elisea Gozun, Trustee. Former Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Ronald Mendoza, Trustee. Dean, Ateneo School of Government.
Veronica Villavicencio, Trustee. Former Convenor, National Anti-Poverty Commission.

Executive Director Programs Admin and Finance
Eddie Dorotan, MD, MPA Lorenzo Ubalde, MDM Genevive Gabion
Adrian Adove Christine Beltran
Monette Montemayor Mark Edwin Gotis

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Galing Pook Awards 2017: National Selection Committee

VICTOR GERARDO J. BULATAO represented agrarian reform beneficiaries and served as an independent Director in the
Board of the Land Bank of the Philippines, the leading lender to local government units, as well as small farmers and fishers, coopera-
tives, rural banks, and micro, small and medium enterprises. He continues to be active in the Board of Trustees of three NGOs focused
on agrarian reform, rural development, participatory local governance, alternative learning system, social enterprise, peace building
and disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts. In the 1970s he worked with the Federation of Free Farmers and the Association of Major
Religious Superiors of Men in the Philippines. In the 1980s and 1990s he served in the Department of Agrarian Reform in various ca-
pacities, the last as Undersecretary for Field Operations and Support Services.

EDNA ESTIFANIA A. CO is full professor of public administration and former dean at the University of the Philippines National
College of Public Administration and Governance. She was research fellow at the Institute of Development Policy and Management
University of Manchester, a visiting lecturer at the City University of Hong Kong, the Meiji University and the Graduate Institute of Pol-
icy Studies in Japan. She lectures at the Ateneo School of Government and the Ateneo School of Law. Dr. Co serves as an Advisory
Council member of the Philippine Civil Service Commission and lecturer at the Civil Service Institute. In 2011, she received the Quezon
Medalya ng Karangalan, the highest award given to outstanding citizens in Quezon Province. Dr. Co served as Vice President for Pub-
lic Affairs of the University of the Philippines and as Executive Director of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. She
currently serves as Director of the CIFAL Philippines, an affiliated center of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

MA. NIEVES R. CONFESOR served as Chairperson of the Galing Pook Foundation (from 2011 to 2013) as well as the Kaun-
laran ng Manggagawang Pilipino. She continues to serve as Faculty at the Asian Institute of Management with research and training
focus on leadership development, development management, strategic negotiation, human resource management and develop-
ment; and was Executive Director of the AIM-Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership. She had served as Secretary of Labor and
Employment, as well as consultant/trustee to various companies, educational institutions, and multilateral organizations. She has also
served as Chairperson of the Government Panel negotiating with the CPP-NDF-NPA. She also sits as independent director of the
Philippine Veterans Bank. She received the 2013 Gawad Maestra Award from the Philippine Society for Training and Development as
Most Outstanding Leader Extraordinaire.

RAFAEL L. COSCOLLUELA served as Negros Occidental Vice Governor (1988-1992) and Governor (1992-2001), during which
time the province garnered two Galing Pook awards. This was followed by stints as Presidential Adviser on Cooperatives, Presidential
Adviser for Western Visayas and Administrator of the Sugar Regulatory Administration. He served as National President of the
Confederation of Sugar Producers’ Associations (2012-2014), President of the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation and
National Enabling Environment Program Adviser for Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development under
the auspices of DILG. He currently sits as member of the Board of Trustees of Synergeia Foundation, Consultant on Trade Develop-
ment, Export Promotion and Inter-Agency Coordination for the Province of Negros Occidental and as Mentor to two LGUs under the
DILG-LGA’s Mentoring for Optimal Leadership Development for Newly Elected Officials Program. He has served as member of Galing
Pook’s National Selection Committee since 2003.

GENE S. DAVID is the Department Manager of the Program Management Department of LANDBANK and was instrumental in
the implementation of various multi-million dollar official development assistance projects of the bank. He is the brain in the devel-
opment of LANDBANK’s several innovative lending programs – H2OPE (Water Program for Everyone) Lending Program, Health-PLUS
(Progressive Lending for Upgraded Services in the health sector), BUILDERs (Bringing Urbanization and Innovations through LAND-
BANK’s Diverse Engineering Resource Support) Program, Renewable Energy Lending Program, Go Green Inclusive Financing Program
for SMEs and LGUs, SPEED (Special Program for Energy Efficient and Efficiently Driven) Jeepneys, Transport Lending Program, among

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LI-ANN M. DE LEON served as Executive Director of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines and was at the forefront in
the institutionalization and promotion of local governance reforms. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Mayor’s Develop-
ment Center that served as a learning laboratory for local governance innovations and a venue to share as well as scale up innovative
practices in local governance. In pursuit of meaningful change, she vigorously advocated for the strengthening of the Local Govern-
ment Code of 1991. She also served as Chair of Democratic Local Government in South East Asia from 2012-2013, Southeast Asia
Coordinator of Women in Local Decision Making spearheaded by the United Cities and Local Government - Asia Pacific in 2003-2004
as well as consultant to various national agencies, local governments, private and international funding institutions on transparency,
accountability and localization.

EDICIO G. DELA TORRE works in the field of sustainable rural development and participatory local governance as chair of the
Education for Life Foundation, vice-chair of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, and board member of various NGOs. His
focus is on community organizing, popular education and grassroots leadership formation. He leads ENet Philippines in advocating
for inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all, and is the NGO representative in the Literacy Coordinating Council. He
served in government as director-general of TESDA and is currently on the governing board of the Philippine Coconut Authority. He is
also an eminent fellow of the Development Academy of the Philippines.

MIGUEL RENE A. DOMINGUEZ was governor of Sarangani province for three consecutive terms that began in 2004 and was
one of the youngest elected governors in the country where he ran on a platform of good governance. Marshaling his ability to draw
support and grants from corporate entities and donor countries, he made education, or providing opportunities to have access to
education, his priority in local governance. He transformed Sarangani from the fourth poorest province to ten notches better at 14th
by the time he left office due to term limits. He was able to put Sarangani in the national map as investment and tourism destination
by rallying residents, involving the participation of indigenous peoples in local governance and engaging armed combatants of Moro
rebels in peace dialogues.

JAIME Z. GALVEZ TAN is Chair of Health Futures Foundation and a former Professor of the University of the Philippines
College of Medicine. He served as Vice Chancellor for Research of the University of the Philippines Manila and Executive Director of
the National Institutes of Health Philippines from 2002-2005. He was with UNICEF Manila (1985-92) and with UNICEF East Asia and
the Pacific Region in Bangkok in 1996-97. He served the Philippine Department of Health as Secretary in 1995 and as Undersecretary
and Chief of Staff from 1992-94. He earned his Masters in Public Health with a Letter of Excellence, at the Prince Leopold Institute
of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium in 1984. He has authored 12 books and was awarded the Bayani ng Kalusugan (Hero of
Health) in 2016 by the Philippine Department of Health and the Eminent Physician of the Philippines in 2014 by the JCI. He has been
a consultant to WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, ILO, World Bank, ADB, AUSAID, JICA, EU, GTZ, USAID, bringing him to 40 countries in
7 continents.

ELISEA G. GOZUN served as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Presidential Assistant for
Climate Change as well as member of the Board of Trustees of the Government Service Insurance System. An activist who is involved
with many environmental NGOs, she has served as a consultant on environmental management and urban development to the World
Bank, USAID, ADB, WHO, UN Habitat, UNDP, AUSAID and other development partners. She is now the Institutional Specialist for the
NEDA’s preparation of the Master Plan for Water Supply and Sanitation in the country and Institutional and Communications Spe-
cialist for the World Bank’s Risk Resiliency and Sustainability Project. In the region, she chaired the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities
Partnership Council; was a Board Member of the Environment and Economics Programme for Southeast Asia; was a member of the
Advisory Committee of the ADB and GTZ-assisted City Development Initiatives in Asia and is now in the Board of Clean Air Asia.

MILWIDA M. GUEVARA is President of Synergeia Foundation with a mission to enable every Filipino child to complete elemen-
tary education. She served as Undersecretary at the Department of Finance, responsible for revenue generation and tax reforms. Her
career path includes serving as a Tax Advisor of the International Monetary Fund, Program Officer of the Ford Foundation, and Faculty
Member of the Ateneo School of Government. For her integrity, excellence in public finance, and her leadership in improving the
quality of basic education, she was conferred the 2nd Gawad Haydee Yorac Award in 2008.

RONALD U. MENDOZA is Dean and Associate Professor at the Ateneo School of Government. From 2011 to 2015, he was an
Associate Professor of Economics at the Asian Institute of Management and the Executive Director of the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Poli-
cy Center for Competitiveness. Prior to that, he was a Senior Economist with the United Nations in New York. His research background
includes work with UNICEF, UNDP, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Economist Intelligence Unit and several Manila-based
non-governmental organizations. Mendoza obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (Honors Program) from the Ateneo de
Manila University, his Masters in Public Administration and International Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Govern-
ment, Harvard University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Fordham University.

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LEONARDO Q. MONTEMAYOR is a 1971 AB Philosophy graduate (summa cum laude) of the Ateneo de Manila University.
He has worked full-time for the cause of small farmers, fisherfolk, labor and the urban poor. His past positions include: President,
Federation of Free Farmers; Vice-President, International Federation of Agricultural Producers; Chairman, United Coconut Planters
Bank-Coconut Industry Investment Fund (UCPB-CIIF) Finance and Development Corporation; and Vice-President, Trade Union Con-
gress of the Philippines. He was a four-term Congressman representing the peasant and urban poor sectors. He served as Secretary
of Agriculture in 2001-2002. Currently, he is FFF Board Chairman and TUCP Deputy General Secretary.

TINA MONZON-PALMA is a veteran broadcast journalist, who is recognized for her strength, courage, and dignity during
Martial Law in the Philippines. She is one of the first female news anchors on Philippine television. She was program director of Bantay
Bata and Sagip Kapamilya public service programs of the ABS-CBN Foundation. She is an anchor of The World Tonight, as well as
host of Talkback, both on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). She is a board member of the Center for Media Freedom and Respon-
sibility, which aims to strengthen the role of the free press in the development of Philippine democracy through programs that uphold
press freedom, promote responsible journalism, and encourage journalistic excellence.

EMMA E. PORIO is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Sciences of
the Ateneo de Manila University and Science Research Fellow at the Manila Observatory. She is member of the Board of Directors,
Global Development Network (Washington, DC), VP-Publications (RC-46) of the International Sociological Association and editor of
the Philippine Sociological Review (Journal on-Line). Dr. Porio has done extensive research and published widely in internationally
peer-reviewed journals on development issues related to urban governance, children, women, housing, poverty and climate change.
Currently, she is a Fulbright Research Fellow in New York (with Hofstra University, Columbia University and the Huairou Commission).

VICTOR O. RAMOS was the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources from July 1, 1995 to June 30, 1998. His stint in
the DENR was considered a watershed for environmental governance. Among his many initiatives, he was most proud in reversing
the injustice done to the indigenous peoples in the Philippines by giving back to them more than 2.6 million hectares of forestlands,
covered by 180 certificates of ancestral domain. He helped translate these administrative reforms into a law institutionalizing these
rights through the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997. Corollarily he initiated a shift in policy from pro-logging to communi-
ty-based stewardship of the country’s forestlands. Currently, he chairs an NGO (Kaibigan ng Kaunlaran at Kalikasan) that advocates
science-based solutions to environmental problems and sits as trustee of the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation.

MARIVEL C. SACENDONCILLO is concurrent Regional Director of DILG Region VIII and Executive Director of the Local Gov-
ernment Academy. She is also the Founding President of the Local Government Training and Research Institutes – Philippine Network
(LOGOTRI-PhilNet). Her areas of competence include local governance and capability building, strategic management, institutional
development, participatory assessment, poverty reduction, and community-based resource management, among many others.

ELMER S. SORIANO is the Managing Director of the Civika Asian Development Academy and City Futures Lab. He has over 15
years of experience in public health and development management. He was actively involved in a governance innovations program in
the Philippines and wrote a number of papers on health governance and has published works under the ILO, GTZ, WHO and World
Bank. He is currently involved in the Governance Innovation Lab, Resiliency Lab, and Urban Renewal Lab which are innovation-focused
partnerships with various partners. He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

VERONICA FENIX VILLAVICENCIO has devoted her career and professional work to building knowledge and practice on
social development and change management. She lends her facilitating expertise in combined strategic planning and stakeholder
consultation processes to civil society organizations. She is a member of PILIPINA—a homegrown Filipino women’s organization—and
INCITEGov, an NGO for politics and governance for democratic outcomes. She has served as Secretary and Lead Convenor of the
National Anti-Poverty Commission, as Executive Director of the Peace and Equity Foundation, and Grants Director of the Foundation
for the Philippine Environment.

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The National Selection
Committee on the Field

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The Galing Pook 2017 Awards Ceremony

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The Galing Pook Theme Song
Music and Lyrics by Gary Granada Ang sabi ng iba, ang galing ng Pilipino
Vocals: Magaling na mang-isa, mandaraya, manloloko
Gary Granada, Bayang Barrios, Noel Cabangon, Ang sakit sa tenga, kahit di mo matanggap
Shane and Dave of Crazy as Pinoy, PETA kids, Ganyan daw talaga, yan ang sabi ng lahat
Luke Granada
Subalit doon sa aming mumunting komunidad
Ang aming adhikain Namayani ang maraming kabutihan ang hangad
Ay simple lang naman Pinaghusay ang lokal na gobyernong niluklok
Sapat sa pangunahing Pinagpala’t natanghal na isang Galing Pook
Mga pangangailangan
Ang sabi ng marami, Pilipino ay tamad
Saan mahahagilap Walang respeto sa sarili, dangal at dignidad
Ang mga munting pangarap Palakasang palasak, boto na nilalako
Makaigpaw sa hirap Lider na nagbubuhat ng sarili ring bangko
Maalwang hinaharap
Di man maikakaila ay huwag nating lahatin
Sa punyagi at kusa Di mo rin maitatatwa, di man sukat akalain
Munting pamayanan Magandang mga balita sa mga suluk-sulok
Sa husay kinilala Kayraming halimbawa ng mga Galing Pook
Umani ng karangalan

Kayraming nagsasabing
Ang galing galing daw namin
Saan ba nanggagaling Mamamayan Mamamayani
Ano ba’ng anting-anting?
Theme Song
Simple lang ‘yan
Kaya mo ‘yan, Bay! Music and Lyrics by Gary Granada

Sa malikhaing paraan, sa paraang malikhain Ako ay nangangarap Mamamayan, Mamamayani

Kasama ang mamamayan, mamamaya’y pagsamahin Na sana’y lumaganap Mamamayan, Mamamayani
Pagbabago na lantad, lantad na pagbabago Ang kaisipan, ang kalakaran
Tuluy-tuloy na pag-unlad, tuluy-tuloy na pag-asenso Na mag-aangat sa ating lahat Aking napatunayang
Buhay ang bayanihan
Sa dami ng balakid Paglilingkod sa bayan Sa laksang pook, sentro at purok
Ay pinaghuhusayan Na tumitibok ang diwa ng
Sa dami ng hadlang
Ang pamayanan may kakayanan
Ang diwang nalulupig
Sa sambayanan na kung saan TWICE:
Nagtitiis na lang
Mamamayan ang mamamayani
TWICE: Mamamayan ang mamamayani
Ngunit huwag kang papayag Mamamayan ang mamamayani Mamamayani, mamamayani
Huwag kang pabubuway Mamamayan ang mamamayani Mamamayani ang mamamayan
Tadhanang ating palad Mamamayani, mamamayani
Nasa ating kamay Mamamayani ang mamamayan Mamamayan, Mamamayani
Mamamayan, Mamamayani
Chorus counterpoint: Mamamayan, Mamamayani Mamamayan, Mamamayani
Galing Pook... Mamamayan, Mamamayani Mamamayan, Mamamayani

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Malikhaing paraan
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tungo sa pagbabago
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