Galing Pook Foundation, Inc. Trustee 2021 – Present

Galing Pook Foundation, Inc.

Why Galing Pook Matters

At the heart of every community’s development is a local government unit that responds to the people’s needs. In this, Galing Pook provides support, tools, and resources to LGUs to enable them to build adaptive solutions to challenges in their communities.

Galing Pook is the leading resource institution that promotes innovation, sustainability, citizen empowerment, and excellence at the local level.

Through Galing Pook programs, local chief executives and their teams are able to upgrade their knowledge and exchange best practices that can foster development in their own localities.

What We Stand For


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


  • 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


  • 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

Mel Senen Sarmiento


Former Secretary, Department of the Interior and Local Government

Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza


Professor Emeritus, UP NCPAG

Ador Torneo

Corporate Secretary

Director, De La Salle University – Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance

Ofie Templo


Former Assistant Director General, National Economic and Development Authority

Ramon Isberto


Consultant, Mediaquest

Kiko Miranda


Assistant to the President for Advancement, Ateneo de Zamboanga University

Alex Brillantes Jr.


Professor Emeritus, UP NCPAG

Aniceto Sobrepeña


President, Metrobank Foundation

Ma. Gladys Sta. Rita


Former Provincial Administrator, Province of Bulacan