On August 17, 2023, validators of the Galing Pook Foundation visited the Province of Cavite for the onsite validation of the Provincial Government’s program entry for this year’s Galing Pook Awards – the LINKod Beyond Bars: A Social Inclusion Program of Cavite Provincial Jail (CPJ) Using E-Technologies. The validators were Former Bulacan Governor Josefina M. Dela Cruz and Bantay Kita National Coordinator Vincent Lazatin, joined by Ms. Monette Montemayor, Program Staff from Galing Pook Foundation.
Governor Juanito Victor C. Remulla led the Project Management Team of the Provincial Government of Cavite during the course of the validation, together with Provincial Administrator for Community Affairs, Mr. Alvin S. Mojica and PCOL Gil T. Torralba (Ret.) who provided guidance in the inception and implementation of the program during his tenure as Provincial Warden of the Cavite Provincial Jail.
The different offices of the Provincial Government of Cavite (PGC) composing the project management team were also represented by the department heads who provided vital inputs during the discussions at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall, Legislative Building in Trece Martires City. Likewise, the CPJ team and the Galing Pook PGC Technical Working Group headed by Ms. Anne Minnette M. Dastas were present and ready for the inquiries and clarifications from the validators.
The validation team also visited the provincial jail to personally have a glimpse of the various components of the LINKod Beyond Bars and how they are being implemented. They also had the opportunity to interact with the other stakeholders and beneficiaries of the program.
LINKod Beyond Bars is one of the 33 programs shortlisted out of the 166 entries from the different LGUs across the country vying for the Galing Pook Awards.