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Kalinga gets 3 Gawad Kalasag Awards

Baguio City (15 August) -- Two individuals and a rescue group from the province received a Gawad KALASAG Award from the Cordillera Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (CRDCC) during the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) culminating activity held in Baguio City last July 30, 2008.

Awardees are Rosemarites Oyawon of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), San Ubaldo Esteban of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Kalinga Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (KREMS).

According to the citation, Oyawon who is also the Province's Deputized Civil Defense Coordinator, is given the Certificate of Commendation "for her professional skills initiatives and untiring efforts in the promotion of disaster preparedness and risk management programs, thus strengthening the disaster council's capability at the local level."

Esteban, on the other hand, is commended for "his invaluable support and tireless efforts, which greatly contributed to the successful implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Plans and Programs of the Cordillera Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (CRDCC)."

For his dedication, determination and initiatives, Esteban had also been a consistent awardee in both the national and regional level.

KREMS also received an award of commendation for their contribution as team in the promotion of disaster preparedness, mitigation and risk reduction management programs strengthening the Kalinga Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council. Said group is composed of members from the different national line agencies, provincial offices and private sector with the Bureau of Fire Protection Special Rescue Unit (BFP-SRU) as the team leader.

According to OCD Kalinga Coordinator Cristy Reyes, the Gawad KALASAG (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) Award had been annually given since 1998 to acknowledge and give due credit to Local Disaster Coordinating Councils (LDCCs), private organization, and other DRRM practitioners for exceptional contributions in building the resilience of communities and unrelenting implementation of DRRM program in the country.

"Gawad KALASAG is guided by a set of principles to include among others, stakeholders, participation, transparency, innovativeness, partnership, self reliance, and the spirit of volunteerism," she informed adding that it is also bestowed to Individuals who have done heroic act or have saved life. And the Posthumus award she said is likewise included in the awarding scheme.

Meanwhile, with the theme, Pag Alerto Malayo sa Peligro, the PDCC with the full support of its Chairman Governor Floydelia Diasen had been conducting various activities on disaster mitigation, preparedness and emergency response during the month-long NDCM.

These includes the promotion of emergency preparedness activities, conduct of exercises and drills to enhance the people's reaction capability to ensure precision and spontaneity in responding to emergencies, and conducted a Mini Rescue Olympics Challenges, a friendly competition for the province organized rescue teams to test their response and risk management capabilities.

Winners during the event are the Red Cross Youth of the Kalinga Apayao State College (KASC) who bagged the championship trophy and cash of P2,000.00, followed by Saint Louis College of Bulanao (SLCB) Rescue as the second placer who took home a trophy with P1,800.00 cash while the KASC IHS is third with P1,500.00 cash award and a trophy.

Fourth Placer is the Pinukpuk Rescue team who got the P1,300.00 cash prize and a trophy while the 21st IB, Philippine Army, Barangay Liwan East and Barangay Bulanao Rescue got P500.00 as consolation prizes for their participation during the event.

Considering that the Philippines has always been subjected to constant disasters and calamities due to its geographical location, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had been giving priority on matters concerning disaster risk reduction management and contingency plans to mitigate and prevent massive destruction and loss of life during calamity. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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