Eleven Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) winners from different categories were awarded by the Bicol Disaster Risk and Reduction Management (DRRM) Council during its third quarter Full Council meeting on 17 August at RDC Hall, NEDA Region 5, Arimbay, Legazpi City. The awards were handed by no less than the chairman of the Council Dir. Bernardo Alejandro IV of OCD Region 5. With him were the vice chairpersons for Preparedness cluster, Dir. Elouisa Pastor (DILG Region 5), Response cluster, Dir. Arnel Garcia (DSWD Region 5), Rehabilitation and Recovery, Dir. Agnes M. Espinas (NEDA Region 5), and Prevention and Mitigation cluster, Asst. Dir. Manuel Lucena (DOST Region 5). Gawad KALASAG is a recognition scheme of the National DRRM Council in search for outstanding local DRRM councils, civil society organizations, schools, hospitals, and other groups or individuals with exemplary performance in the field of DRRM, and have contributed in strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacities of the nation and communities to disaster risks.
The awardees who received cash prizes and plaques of recognition are:
|1. Provincial DRRM Council of Sorsogon||Best Provincial DRRMC|
|2. Municipal DRRM Council of Daet, Camarines Norte||Best Municipal DRRMC (1st to 3rd class municipalities)|
|3. Barangay DRRM Committee of Buraguis, Legazpi City||Best Barangay DRRMC (urban)|
|4. Socio Pastoral Action Center Foundation of Daet Inc.||Best CSO|
|5. Vinzons Pilot High School, Camarines Norte||Best School (rural)|
|6. Rawis Elementary School of Legazpi City||Best School (urban, elementary)|
|7. Camarines Norte National High School||Best School (urban, high school)|
|8. Buraguis Day care Center, Legazpi City||Best Early Learning Center|
|9. Bicol Regional Training and teaching Hospital, Legazpi City||Best Hospital|
|10. Legazpi City Fire Station||Best Government Emergency Response Management (urban SAR)|
|11. FSUPT Achilles M. Santiago, MM||Heroic Act – Individual Living|
Last year, six major awards were bagged by Bicol regional winners in the national search for Gawad KALASAG. Four of these winners were included in the Hall of Fame as they had won for three consecutive years under the same category. This year, the new set of Bicolanos will vie for the prestigious KALASAG award as they advance to the national level to compete with other regional winners.