LOOK | Mayor Vice Gerry Calderon is one of the resource speakers on Galing Pook’s Adaptive and Innovative Leadership Program in partnership with Department of Interior and Local Government-Local Government Academy (DILG-LGA) held yesterday, March 7, 2023 via Zoom Conference Meeting.

The said leadership program was participated by eleven local government units in the country to tackle Conflict Management. Mayor Vice Calderon presented Angono’s “Participatory and Systematic Governance for Socio-Economic Devlopment” which won a Galing Pook award in 2017. This highlights the ways to generate support for programs addressing people’s problems and strategies to handle conflicts among market vendors , landowners and other stakeholders.

Mayor Gerry shared to the participants that what was used to be a liability before, Angono’s public market has been transformed into a competitive People’s Market comparable to commercial supermarkets in the area. The former local chief executive of Angono further explained that the low collection efficiency rate of the public market was addressed by adopting a new payment and debt restructuring scheme crafted and agreed upon by the LGU and stall owners.

In connection with Angono’s Zero Basura program, Mayor Vice Gerry highlighted the implementation of the Solid Waste Management system in the public market through the construction of its own Materials Recovery Facilities.

To address the needs of its informal settlers, Angono introduced the Zero Squatter program that assisted 10 046 informal settler families (ISF). He cited the effective and functional Urban Settlement Development Office (USDO), created through EO 2010-11 and SB Resolution 12-125, which served as the coordinating unit between the government, private owners, and the informal settlers that made possible the timely government response to the people’s needs.

After the presentation, a 10-minute question and answer was conducted with the participants to further address the program. The said program also focuses on Local Economic Development.