Naga City is Galing Pook 2018 awardee

A Barangay Literacy Worker (BLW) does her regular monitoring of the out-of-school children, youth and adults in the city.
MANILA — LGU Naga’s Barangay eSkwela-Barangay Literacy Worker (BLW) program was triumphantly adjudged one of the 10 outstanding governance programs during the 25th Galing Pook Awards which was held last October 11.

 During the awarding ceremony, Naga City was privileged to be accorded with one more recognition when its entry on accessible and sustainable health care program for PWDs was chosen as one of the 19 finalists from 152 entries that were submitted by different local government units across the country. 

The eSkwela-BLW program is a comprehensive approach to promote education for out-of-school children, youth, and adults (OSCYAs) in partnership with the Department of Education and the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

 Ernani Suron, head of Education, Scholarship, and Sports Office, said the program, which offers ICT-enhanced educational packages under the Alternative Learning System, operates thru the Barangay eSkwela centers which were established in the city’s 27 barangays.

Mayor Bongat, in his presentation before the Galing Pook National Selection Committee, said: “To supplement the efforts of the Barangay eSkwela program, the Barangay Literacy Program was introduced to bring together dedicated literacy volunteers at the barangay level to undertake literacy mapping and organize learning groups to encourage OSCYAs to enroll and/or re-enroll in ALS or to formal schooling.”

Galing Pook finalist Comprehensive PWD Rehabilitation Program with focus on Community-Based Rehabilitation Approach works as the city government’s facility for implementing its sustainable and accessible health care agenda for persons with disability.

In an interview, Dr. Vito C. Borja, city health officer II, said the program intends to improve the quality of life of PWDs and their families by allowing them to meet basic needs and ensuring inclusion, participation and access to health and social services as well as education and livelihood programs.  “It introduced home-based patient management and therapy services as its main innovation,” he says.

Naga, along with 5 other cities (Navotas, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Tagum and Valenzuela) and four trend-setting municipalities (Del Carmen in Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte; Bindoy, Negros Occidental; Loboc, Bohol, and San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte) rounded up the top 10 LGUs.

The awardees, who met Galing Pook’s criteria for responsive, effective, empowering, innovative and sustainable governance as well as local government leadership, presented a new brand of innovative programs on literacy and education, land occupancy, community safety and security, environmental protection and conservation, cultural heritage perpetuation, and healthcare (With report from Jason Neola, CEPPIO)