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Legazpi wins Galing Pook award

LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) -– Recognizing its excellence in local governance, the Galing Pook Foundation has adjudged this city as one of the 10 winners of this year’s Galing Pook Awards.

“The panelists of Galing Pook Awards have unanimously chosen your presentation as one of the 10 Galing Pook awardees for 2014. Congratulations for a job well done in your city. See you in Malacañang (for the awarding) on Oct. 21,” Dr. Eddie Dorotan, the foundation’s executive director and awards chairman, said in text message received by Mayor Noel Rosal over the weekend.

Interviewed on Monday, Rosal told the PNA here that his administration’s public-private partnership (PPP) undertakings that have been proven effective in the implementation of high-end development projects in the city was the program he presented and won the Galing Pook Awards.

His administration’s flagship project implemented through PPP, Rosal said, is the Legazpi Central Grand Terminal, a P300-million deal which was completed without the local government spending even a single centavo as it is being done under the build-operate and transfer scheme.

Located in a 3.9-hectare prime site owned by the city government, the facility -- developed by LKY Development Corp. and whose construction was completed in 2009 -- now serves as an integrated bus and other public utility vehicles terminal serving as the major transit point of the city.

The terminal has grown into one of the country’s best terminals, being a big boost to the local tourism industry and, together with the newly renovated Ibalong Centrum for Recreation (ICR), the site has also been developed into a central core for leisure and recreation.

The development within the terminal complex of a premier destination mall to serve as the main anchor for the development that would attract increased foot traffic and provide with a place where people can congregate and spend time together is now in the blueprint, also under the PPP scheme, Rosal said.

The centrality of the development of this project and its comprehensive and intrinsic integration of functions created a major destination point that rivals most developments in the region as its unique character and vast scope create myriad opportunities for growth and economic progress, he said.

Rosal said the PPP program won for the city the Galing Pook Award under the Ten Outstanding Local Governance Programs as it was able to show positive results and impact, promotion of people's participation and empowerment, innovation, transferability and sustainability, and efficiency of service delivery.

“This Galing Pook Award would further give rise to a relatively young and dynamically growing demography of the city and demonstrates the determined and persevering character of Legazpeños as they live under the shadow of Mayon Volcano,” Rosal said.

Galing Pook traces its beginnings in 1993. The Awards Program was a joint initiative of the Local Government Academy–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 administered the awards program until 2000; however, the Galing Pook Foundation was formally established as a private awards giving body in 1998 to sustain the Awards Program.

In its almost two decades of existence, Galing Pook has become a leading resource institution continuously promoting innovation and excellence in local governance.

It proactively searches and recognizes best local government practices and facilitates their adoption in more communities in the country. 
Danny O. Calleja

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