OCD-9 bares regional winners for 2016 Gawad Kalasag PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:59

The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Office 9 has announced its regional winners for the 2016 Gawad Kalasag (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) award where these cities, provinces, and municipality excelled in disaster preparedness.

OCD 9 Assistant Regional Director, Emilia Vasquez-Julhajan identified the winners as follows: For Provincial Level, Zamboanga del Norte; Highly Urbanized City, Zamboanga City; For 1st to 3rd class municipalities, Molave, Zamboanga Del Sur won; and for 4th to 6th class municipalities, Pinan, Zamboange Del Norte won.

For component cities: First place was bagged by Pagadian City, Second Place: Dipolog City, and Third Place Dapitan City. One barangay also was awarded Barangay Madasigon in Molave, Zamboanga Del Sur.

Julhajan said in an interview that first placers are now preparing their documents for submission as they will be endorsed to the National Selection Committee. These winners will represent the region during the national level of the competition.

Gawad Kalasag is an annual search for excellence in disaster risk reduction management, it was designed to encourage participation of various stakeholders in crafting and implementing DRRM related policies, strategies and programs to protect or shield the hazard prone communities from adverse impact of natural and human induced calamities.

The regional selection committee is composed of the representative of the Philippine Red Cross, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Commission on Higher Education, Philippine Volcanology and Seismology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Education, Police Regional Office (PRO 9), Department of Public Works and Highways, and ZABIDA.

Field validation was conducted by the Department of Interior and Local Government, BFP, PRO 9, DOST, PAGASA, OCD, and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA.)

They checked on disaster prevention and mitigation, disaster preparedness, disaster response, and disaster rehabilitation and recovery.

The winners will receive plaque and cash prize of P50,000 for the 1st prize, 2nd prize P30,000, and 3rd prize P20,000. Regional winners will be awarded by July during the National Disaster Consciousness Month.

These cash award for the city and provinces according to Julhajan must be used for disaster risk reduction management activities or projects. (R.G. A A. Go)