Best local governance programs get Galing Pook

Malacañan Palace, January 30, 2012 — Galing Pook Foundation has announced the winners of its national search for the ten best local governance programs. LGUs… More Below… Posted by on Jan 30th, 2012 and filed under Featured.

Executive Judge Oscar P. Noel Jr., is the volunteer Presiding Judge of the Sarangani Province’s Justice on Wheels. In order to speed up determination of cases, the mobile court carries with it the court staffs during its conduct of hearings in the municipalities of Sarangani

Malacañan Palace, January 30, 2012 — Galing Pook Foundation has announced the winners of its national search for the ten best local governance programs. LGUs are recognized by the awards body for innovative programs that have gained measurable positive results, empowered its people, and enhanced service delivery.

This year’s winners are Albay; an Inter-local Health Zone (ILHZ) composed of the municipalities of Real, Gen. Nakar, Infanta and Panukulan in Quezon Province; Limasawa, Southern Leyte; Alimodian, Iloilo; Bohol and one of its municipalities, Maribojoc; Sarangani Province, Misamis Oriental, Upi in Maguindanao, and Zamboanga del Norte.

The Galing Pook awarding ceremony for these notable local governance programs was held today in Malacañan Palace with President Benigno S. Aquino III handing the awards to this year’s winners.

The Galing Pook award recipients have winning entries ranging from justice enhancement program, empowerment of indigenous people, to mental health management.

A total of 137 entries were submitted this year: 55 from Luzon, 33 from Visayas and 49 from Mindanao. Of this year’s 10 awardees, seven are past honorees (Sarangani, Misamis Oriental, Upi in Maguindanao, Zamboanga del Norte, Infanta in Quezon, Bohol and Albay).

Upi residents enjoying the services provided by the Upi Community e-Center.

Albay Province: Health strategy for MDG attainment

With a policy declaring the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as top priority in 2007, Albay is now either close to achieving or has achieved the major indicators under MDG4 (reduce child mortality), MDG5 (improve maternal health care), MDG6 (combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases), MDG1 (eradicate extreme poverty and hunger) and MDG7 (ensure environmental sustainability). The province has also been certified by Philhealth as having come close to universal health coverage.

Real, Gen. Nakar, Infanta and Panukulan in Quezon Province: Community-based mental health management

Mental distress afflicted a number of flash flood survivors that claimed hundreds of lives during the November 2004 typhoons that hit Infanta and Gen. Nakar in Quezon. The event gave rise to the community-based mental health program to support victims suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological problems. The program pools together resources from various sectors to address and fill in gaps in mental health care and the shortage of mental health professionals in the ReINaPan area, an Inter-local Health Zone (ILHZ). The psychiatric consultations, coupled with administration of medicines, proved to be successful with 110 new cases in 2006 to only 28 new cases in 2010.

Limasawa, Southern Leyte: Poor municipality can eliminate malnutrition

Limasawa’s LGU developed an innovative nutrition plan which reduced the prevalence of malnutrition among pre-school and school children and promote healthy living among adults. With effective program components in place, the residents of the municipality are now healthier with the rate of malnutrition among pre-school children down from a high of 8.8% in 2004 to 2.61% in 2009 and from 6% to 2.17% among school children. Limasawa showed that even a poor, 6th class island-municipality can eliminate malnutrition through ingenious strategies.

Alimodian, Iloilo: Bringing high schools closer to home

In 2005, the municipality of Alimodian used to have only 2 secondary schools catering to 51 barangays. The congested classrooms forced teachers to hold classes in hallways and even under trees. The collective effort of the LGU, the Department of Education and the Parent-Teacher Association led to the construction of four new campuses in the municipality. The establishment of high schools closer to the communities allowed the families to reduce their school expenses and has improved the academic performance of the students.

Bohol Province: Rabies prevention and elimination

In March 2007, the provincial local government unit of Bohol developed its Rabies Prevention and Elimination Program (BRPEP) to help eliminate rabies cases in the province. The BRPEP initially involved 124 government employees and spearheaded a massive information drive. The results were dramatic with rabies-related deaths decreasing by 50% in 2008 and there have been no reports of death by rabies since October 8, 2008. Bohol has since become one of the provinces in the country to integrate lessons on rabies and responsible pet ownership in the curriculum of all its elementary schools.

Maribojoc, Bohol: LGU-led cadastral survey

In 2008, Maribojoc became the first LGU-led participant to DENR’s Land Administration and Management Project 2 (LAMP2). Land valuation has since appreciated and there has been an increase in Real Property Tax (RPT) collection. The tenurial status of title holders have been secured at a minimal cost and land grabbing has been reduced. Boundary disputes that were resolved led to improved relations between neighbors.

Sarangani Province: Justice on Wheels

The LGU in Sarangani designed the Justice Enhancement and Empowerment Program (JEEP) to hasten the disposition of cases involving indigent litigants whose family member remained a detainee in jail because of the slow pace of litigation. JEEP involved the provision of a mobile court dubbed “Justice on Wheels” (JOWs), a bus that has been configured into a court room so that hearings can be conducted inside it when the bus is deployed to the municipalities. This program started in 2006 and has since halved provincial jail inmates from 600 to 286.

Misamis Oriental: Turning red to green

Sitio Lantad’s transformation from a war zone in the 80’s to a Special Agrarian Reform Community in 2007 is a prime example of how peace and development efforts should be pursued – not by might, but through sincere and concrete efforts to reach out and make a difference in people’s lives. The Misamis Oriental LGU’s painstaking efforts to build roads and open up the community for trade and commerce helped them gain the trust of the Higaonons, indigenous people of Sitio Lantad. The eventual peace-building program demonstrates the paradigm shift from reactive to a proactive council advancing social equity, people empowerment and access to the best possible social services.

Upi, Maguindanao: Rural community e-center

In 2004, Upi’s LGU realized that better access to information could substantially improve their situation, which led them to establish their Community e-Center (CeC). This encouraged other government agencies to pursue their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) projects in the municipality. Like most privately-run businesses, the CeC offers a host of ICT services, but what sets it apart is that it ventured into broadcast media to expand its reach. There are more than 750 CeCs in the country, but Upi CeC remains the only fully-operational center in Maguindanao Province.

Zamboanga del Norte: Empowering the Subanen people

After suffering from countless indignities, discrimination and ridicule for several decades, the marginalized Subanen people were brought into the mainstream of government processes through the Provincial Indigenous People Coordinating Unit (PIPCU). Its primary task is to promote the welfare of the Subanen people and to empower them economically, socially and politically. The creation of the PIPCU encouraged the Subanen people to participate in community development and government processes.

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