WATCH. “GALING POOK” SIGNAGE UNVEILED AT CAPITOL.
A “Galing Pook” signage was turned over and unveiled at the lobby of the Provincial Capitol, today.
The activity was witnessed by Negros Occ. Gov. Bong Lacson, Board Member Andrew Montelibano, chairman of the SP Committee on Environment, Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, Provincial Consultant for Energy and Environment Affairs, Rafael Cosculluela, Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) Head, Atty. Julie Ann Bedrio, PENRO Edgardo Rostata, Dr. Jose Rene Gayo of Galing Pook Awards, and SM Holdings Mall Manager, George Anthony Jardiolin, among others.
The Galing Pook Award is given to exemplary LGUs who have implemented programs that achieved positive results and impact, empowered communities and efficient program service delivery.
Last year, Negros Occidental was recognized as one of the Top 10 Winners of the 2021 Galing Pook Awards with its entry, Network of Alliances for Coastal Wetlands Conservation (NOCWAMA).
NOCWAMA was declared as the 7th Ramsar Site Wetland of International Importance of the Philippines last October 20, 2016 and the 4th East Asian Australasian Flyway Site.
The program, which started in 2015 harmonizes the implementation of programs and policies through local and international linkages for sustainable management of coastal wetlands and enhanced productivity towards socio-economic growth.
Gov. Lacson said that he is honored to accept the Galing Pook signage at the Capitol and he is proud of the acknowledgment of good governance.
He also said that he attributes the victory to all members of NOCWAMA, local chief executives of 10-member LGUs composed of the cities of Bago, Himamaylan, and Kabankalan, and the municipalities of Pulupandan, Valladolid, Pontevedra, San Enrique, Hinigaran, Binalbagan, and Ilog, government agencies, non-government organizations, the academe, and everyone that is part of the alliance.
He also thanked the Galing Pook Foundation for their effort in promoting innovation, sustainability, citizen empowerment, and excellence in local governance.
The 2021 Galing Pook Awards is presented by the Galing Pook Foundation, Department of the Interior and Local Government – Local Government Academy, and SM Prime Holdings.