A total of three programs of the Valenzuela City government were recognized during the Galing Pook Awarding Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct.20.
The Valenzuela City Streaming School which aims to educate students and guide their parents on distance learning amid the pandemic was recognized by the foundation.
“Maraming maraming salamat po sa ngalan ng lahat ng bumubuo ng Valenzuela live community sa mga daan libong mga magaaral namin, sa mga magulang, sa mga guro.. sila talaga ang power sa likod nitong programang ito at patunay ito na kapag nagsama-sama ang buong komunidad, walang imposible kahit na may COVID pa (Thank you very much on behalf of all who made the Valenzuela live community possible, to the hundreds of thousands of our students, to the parents, to the teachers .. They really are the power behind this program and it is proof that when we work together, the whole community, nothing is impossible even with COVID) ,” Mayor Rex Gatchalian said in his acceptance speech.
The Galing Pook Foundation aims to recognize the projects and programs of the local government units (LGU) around the Philippines, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tagalag Fishing village was also recognized by the award-giving body for providing livelihood to the residents of Barangay Tagalag, Barangay Tagalag is the eco-tourism zone of Valenzuela City.
“Ngayon ang tagumpay na ito ay patunay na hindi kailangan malaki para maging maganda hindi kailangan maging magarbo para maging matagumpay dahil ang barangay Tagalag ay simbolo na kahit na simpleng bagay pag pinagtulung tulungan ng komunidad kahit maliit yung barangay walang imposible (Now this success is proof that you don’t need to be big to be beautiful, you don’t need to be rich to be successful because barangay Tagalag is a symbol that even if it’s a simple thing, if the community helps, even if the barangay is small, nothing is impossible),” Gatchalian said.
The City’s “Paspas Permit” or the 10-second business permit application system was also recognized for allowing the issuance of provisionary business permits ten seconds after the payment confirmation.
It is the first and the fastest of its kind in the country, which spares applicants from the cost and time required of personal application at the city hall.
“Ito ay magiging inspirasyon namin, ng buong siyudad na kaya pang pagbutihin at pagandahin ang lungsod pag sama-sama tayo at collective yung effort (This will be our inspiration, of the whole city to be able to improve and beautify the city when we work together and make a collective effort),” Gatchalian said.
Valenzuela City garnered a total of 7 Galing Pook Awards.