ILOILO City – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Region VI together with the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) announced the winners of the 19th Gawad Kalasag Regional Awards.
“Ang Gawad Kalasag ay ang natatanging pagkilala sa kontribusyon ng ating mga LGU’s, civil society organizations, private volunteers organizations, government emergency response managers, schools, hospitals at iba pang piling indibidwal sa pagsusulong ng epektibong Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) oriented na pamamahala sa rehiyon na ito.” Executive Director of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Civil Defense Administrator Usec Ricardo B. Jalad said. Referring to the individuals and organizations whose DRR plans stands out in terms of disaster preparedness.
The winners for Best Local Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council in different categories are;
*for Provincial DRRMC (1st place) Province of Capiz, (2nd place) Province of Aklan, (3rd place) Province of Guimaras,
*for City DRRMC – Component City (1st place) Roxas City, Capiz,
*for Municipal DRRMC, 1st to 3rd class, (1st place) Municipality of Malay, Aklan, (2nd place) Municipality of Sibalom, Antique, (3rd place) Municipality of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo,
*for Municipal DRRMC 4th to 6th class, (1st place) Municipality of Malinao, Aklan,
*for Barangay DRRM Committee – Urban, (1st place) Brgy. Semirara, Caluya, Antique,
*and for Barangay DRRM Committee – Rural, (1st place) Brgy. Sipitan-Badiang, Guimbal, Iloilo.
The winner for Best volunteer organization, (1st place) Boracay Fire and Rescue Volunteer (BFARV) Municipality of Malay, Aklan.
Winners for Best Government Emergency Response Management Services Basic Search and Rescue are, (1st place) Capiz Emergency Response Team (CERT) of the Province of Capiz and (2nd place) Oton Search and Rescue Team (OSART) of the Municipality of Oton, Iloilo.
Winner for Best Government Emergency Response Management Services Advance Search and Rescue is (1st place) Special Operations Unit (SOU) of the Municipality of Kalibo, Aklan.
Winners for Best Schools; Best Public Schools in Rural category are (1st place) Villafont Elementary School, Sibalom, Antique, and (2nd place) Don Condrado Barrios Elementary School, Roxas City, Capiz, and for Urban category is (1st place) President Manuel Roxas Memorial School (South), for Best Early Learning Centers (ELCs) – Rural is (1st place) Sipitan Day Care Center, Municipality of Guimbal, Iloilo, and winners for Best Higher Education Institutions are (1st place) Capiz State University (CAPSU) in the Province of Capiz and (2nd place) St. Gabriel College in the Municipality of Kalibo, Aklan.
Lastly, the winner for Best Hospital is Panay Health Care MPC Hospital.
“Not everyone has the courage to help, not everyone has the heart to care. Kaya naman po mapalad tayo na nakasama at makahalubilo sa mga taong ito, sila na handang maglingkod, tumulong at magbigay oras masiguro lang ang kaligtasan at kahandaan ng ating mamayan.” Usec Jalad said in his speech.