LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 3 (PNA) -- For pursuing humanitarian assistance missions to areas ravaged by typhoons, earthquakes, floods and other natural calamities, the Province of Albay bagged the Galing Pook Award for the third year.
The Team Albay headed by Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda received the recognition, along with nine other regions, for promoting and performing an excellent local governance program during a fitting ceremony held Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Convention Center in Pasay City.
In an interview after the awarding, Salceda said the award is another feather to the cap of the province, which believes in the ecosystem approach -- the whole government, whole economy, whole society and whole environment -- in delivering solutions through rescue, relief, early recovery, reconstruction and risk reduction.
He said that winning the Galing Pook Awards for the third time, placing the Team Albay to the Hall of Fame, underscores the importance of giving back the help that other local government units, civil society organizations, private entities and individuals extended to the province when almost 46 percent of its economy was destroyed by super typhoon "Reming" that hit Bicol in 2006.
“Team Albay is about giving back and sharing what we have learned,” the Albay chief executive said.
Albay has bagged three Galing Pook Awards -- first in 2009, for institutionalizing the Albay Public Safety Emergency and Management Office (APSEMO); second in 2011, for accomplishing ahead of schedule the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on health and this year, for humanitarian assistance and economic development program.
Other winners cited this year were “I Luv Taytay! of Taytay, Rizal; Philippine Cockatoo Conservation Program of Narra, Palawan; Education 360 Investment Program of Valenzuela City; Minahang Bayan, a small-scale mining program of South Cotabato; Ambao Fish Sanctuary and Reserve Area in Hinundayan, Southern Leyte; “Sirib Express” of Ilocos Norte; “Mapanagutang Pamamahala” of Barangay Graceville in San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan; and Friendly Drugs: PPP on Health Plus Project of South Cotabato; and Community Enterprise Development Program-Pangkabuhayan Centers of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte.
The Galing Pook Foundation’s 1st Citizenship Award also honored the Cagayan de Oro-based Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc.; Tagum Cooperative of Tagum City, Davao del Norte; and, Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Governance Inc.
The Citizenship Award supports and builds on the core thrust of the Galing Pook Foundation in promoting good governance through its annual Galing Pook Awards.
The awards program was launched this year to search for, identify, recognize and promote the initiatives of individuals and civil society organizations working with the grassroots who keep making good in the mid of continuing controversies in the government, socio-economic difficulties that beset not only the Philippines, and the development challenges brought about by the adverse effects of climate change.
The 17-member Galing Pook National Selection Committee was chaired by former Sarangani Governor and Galing Pook’s first Jesse Robredo Leadership Awardee, Miguel Rene Dominguez. (PNA) FFC/FGS/MSA/CBD