CDRRMC receives Gawad Kalasag Award

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 November 2015) – The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), a division under the City Mayor’s Office (CMO), has received the Gawad Kalasag Award 2015 as the Best Prepared City – highly urbanized category and GenSan Rescue 727 as the best prepared government emergency response management. The awards were received by Dr. Agripino Dacera in behalf of City Mayor Ronnel Rivera on October 21 at Green Leaf Hotel. The awards were given as a result of an evaluation conducted by regional representatives of RDRRMC member agencies on the programs, projects and activities conducted by the council in 2014. Gawad Kalasag 2015 is an outcome of this year’s search for excellence in Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management in the regional level. In the ceremony, Local DRRM Councils and other stakeholders were given commendation for their efforts being the frontliners during emergency and disasters and in the active implementation of the government’s platform. “Ang official Seal of Good Local Governance at Gawad Kalasag ay mga mekanismo na ginagamit natin para sa pagtatasa at matingnan ang lebel ng kahandaan ng ating mga lokal na pamahalaan,” said Dir. Reynaldo Bungubung, regional director of the Department of Interior and Local Government. “Ang dalawang mekanismong ito ang paraan ng national government para mabigyan ng parangal at pagpupugay ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na nagpapakita ng kagalingan at kahusayan sa larangan ng disaster and risk reduction,” he added. As a response from the local government units, Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. of Tupi, South Cotabato highlighted the importance of unity in relation to preparedness in times of emergency. Barangay Cebuano in Tupi was awarded the Best Prepared Rural Barangay during the awarding ceremony. “Pag nagkakaisa ang lahat ng munisipyo, siyudad, probinsya sa buong Rehiyon 12, masasagot natin at pwede nating ipagsigawan, nagkakaisa kami, preparado kami sa Rehiyon 12!” exclaimed Mayor Tamayo. In conclusion, the awardees were left with a challenge by Director Bai Zorahaida Taha,vice chair for disaster response. “The challenge that we face right now is the onset of a bigger, broader and stronger disasters that we may be fully ready to ride on the new normal. Kailangan nating paghandaan yun,” said Taha, regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. “This new normal calls for the bigger collaboration between and among all of us to strengthen coordination and wider participation from our people — groups, communities and ordinary people — willing to extend help in all forms, at any cost. Let us continue working together as partners, as a team, as a family,” she ended. (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)