SM Prime Holdings recently partnered with the Galing Pook Foundation (GPF) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Local Government Academy (DILG-LGA) in support of the Galing Pook Awards as part of the company’s contributions to promoting and achieving a more sustainable and disaster-resilient Philippines.

File photo shows personnel of the Municipality of Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, which was recognized by the 2020 Galing Pook Awards for its ‘Siargao It Up! Mangrove Management and Social Tourism Program.’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Through the public-private partnership, SM Prime will provide financial and other forms of support to the Galing Pook Awards, an annual ceremony established in 1993 that recognizes outstanding provincial, city, and municipal governments as well as villages in the country for their exemplary governance, innovation, sustainability, disaster risk reduction and resilience initiatives that have made a lasting positive impact on the community.

SM Prime is one of the country’s leading advocates from the private sector that promote and espouse disaster risk reduction and resilience for its businesses, communities, and employees.

Speaking on the partnership of SM Prime with GPF and DILG, Arise Philippines Co-Chairman Hans Sy underscored the importance of the private and public sectors working together to achieve common goals towards disaster resilience and sustainability more effectively.

“I encourage LGUs to take part in the Galing Pook Awards, as doing so will not only show the world what we can do when it comes to sustainability and disaster resiliency, but it will also contribute to the formulation of best practices that other LGUs can apply in their own communities,” Sarmiento said.

To learn more about the Galing Pook Awards, including how to join, visit http://galingpook.org. Winners will receive a cash award from DILG-LGA and will become part of a circle of change-makers who have created innovative solutions to some of the biggest climate-related problems in their communities, in turn creating legacies cementing their contributions to the global climate movement.

Source: Manila Times