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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Once poorest municipality wins 2015 Galing Pook Award

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte, once known as the  poorest municipality in the Philippines wins accolade for being one of the 10 winners of the 2015 Galing Pook Awards.

Siayan’s Pangkabuhayan Centers under Community Enterprise Development Program earned the municipality the much-coveted award with a cash prize of P1-million.

Mayor Flora Villarosa said the award was so fulfilling. Since she was elected as mayor of Siayan in 2010, she donated her net monthly salary of P27,000.00 as start-up capital of the cooperatives in the 22 barangays and 2 big sitios of the municipality. As counterpart, the farmer-members also paidP400.00 membership fee.

The annual Galing Pook Awards managed by GalingPook Foundation recognizes innovation and excellence in local governance.

Since 1994, more than 240 programs from 160 local government units nationwide have already won the award.

Galing Pook Awards received 153 applications nationwide, later trimmed down to 36 and finally 16 programs were considered finalists adjudged by 17 panelists.

Winners are chosen each year from a wide array of programs of the LGUs after being subjected to seven screening processes, including actual site validation.

Other winning LGUs include: 1.Taytay, Rizal (I luv Taytay); 2. Narra, Palawan (Phil. Cockatoo Conservation; 3. Albay (Humanitarian Assistance and Economic Development Program); 4.Valenzuela City (Education 360 Investment Program); 5. South Cotabato (Minahang Bayan, a small-scale mining program); 6. Southern Leyte (Ambao Fish Sanctuary and Reserve Area in Hinundayan); 7. Ilocos Norte (Sirib Express); 8. Graceville, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan (Mapanagutang Pamamahala) and; 9. South Cotabato (Friendly Drugs: PPP on Health Plus Project).

The criteria include 30% for positive results and impact (output and outcome); 30% - promotion of people’s participation and empowerment; 15% innovation; 15% transferability and sustainability; and 10% efficiency of program service delivery.