Galing Pook traces its beginnings in 1993 when the first Gantimpalang Panglingkod Pook was held. 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. Earlier in 1998, the Galing Pook Foundation was formally established as a private awards-giving body to sustain the Awards program.

In its 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.



The leading resource institution that promotes innovation, sustainability, citizen empowerment and excellence in local governance



Promote excellence in local governance through recognition, sharing of information and support of efforts to replicate best practices at the local level Encourage partnership among civil society organizations, private sector, and government agencies at the local, national and global levels to improve the quality of life Goals, Search, select, and recognize outstanding programs of local government units Help in the capacity building of local government units Facilitate the replication of winning programs Act as resource institution on innovative local government programs Value.

Primacy of local governance for the promotion of sustainable development Passion, integrity, competence, transparency and accountability Willingness to learn and to share learning to others Premium on innovation.

Board of Trustees

Ma. Lourdes Fernando, Chairperson. Former Mayor, Marikina City.
Miguel Rene Dominguez, Vice-Chairperson. Trustee, Synergeia Foundation. Former Governor, Sarangani Province.
Elmer Soriano, Corporate Secretary. Country Manager, Civika Institute.
Edna Estifania Co, Treasurer. Executive Director, UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies.
Edicio Dela Torre, Trustee. Chairperson, Education for Life Foundation.
Lilian De Leon, Trustee. Consultant, Jollibee Foods Corporation. Former Executive Director, League of Municipalities of the Philippines.
Jose Rene Gayo, Trustee. President, Foundations for People Development.
Elisea Gozun, Trustee. Trustee, Government Service Insurance System.
Veronica Villavicencio, Trustee. Former Convenor, National Anti-Poverty Commission.


Eddie Dorotan, Executive Director
Lorenzo Ubalde, Program Officer
Adrian Adove, Program Officer
Genevive Gabion, Finance Officer
Monette Montemayor, Program Assistant
Christine Beltran, Administrative and Finance Assistant
Marwin Gotis, Administrative Assistant


Ford Foundation
Department of the Interior and Local Government
Local Government Academy
Land Bank of the Philippines
Philippine Postal Corporation
SEAOIL Foundation