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Albay wins 3rd Galing Pook Award

Sep 2, 2015 @ 3:30

The province of Albay is on a roll.

Led by its indefatigable Governor Joey Salceda, Albay bagged another prestigious Galing Pook Award award for good governance. This is the third time Team Albay took home the award for excellence in local governance.

“Albay wins its 3rd Galing Pook Award for Good Governance. Albayano unity – intrinsic goodness in action for others. Albayano constant kindness,” Salceda said on his Facebook page.

And just how Team Albay does it?

Salceda explained that Team Albay stands for four essentials — giving back, equality, unity and constant kindness.

He said back in 2006, the Filipino nation did not abandon Albay when almost 46 percent of its economy was decimated by climate change. “Sa tulong nila, natuto tayo kung papano bumangon at maging mas mabuti pa kesa dati. Therefore, Team Albay is about giving back and sharing what we have learned,” Salceda said.

Salceda said Team Albay also believes the suffering of the poor is not the will of God who blessed everyone with human dignity and equality. “It is our duty, thus, it is within our powers to correct the historical and structural injustices especially those manifested so brazenly in the impacts of climate change.”

Team Albay is also all about teamwork and unity of purpose, according to Salceda. He said each person can make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable.

“Thus, we believe in the ecosystem approach – whole of government, whole of economy, whole of society and whole of environment in delivering solutions to rescue, relief, early recovery, reconstruction and risk reduction,” he said.

Salceda said Team Albay is a strong believer in constant kindness. “Team Albay believes in being sensitive and open to the evolving individual realities in our community, both local and national, constantly prepared to respond to the challenges while transcending class origins, historical circumstances and differences,” he said.

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