LEGAZPI CITY, June 6 (PNA) -– With this city’s winning for third consecutive years the Gawad Kalasag Award, making it a Hall of Famer, Mayor Noel E. Rosal on Monday said this prestigious award is a clear proof that Legazpi City is now considered as one of the better places to live in.
The award was given to the city by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), under a component city category, for its best practices in disaster risk reduction management program.
Rosal and City Administrator Wilfredo “Pecos” Intia, action man of City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC), received the award from NDRRMC Chairman and Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin and Civil Defense Administrator Alexander Pama during the awarding ceremonies of the 2015 Search for the 17th year of Gawad Kalasag on May 2 at Astoria Hall in Pasig City.
Aside from the awarding ceremony held in Manila, the Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) led by its chairman, Governor Joey Salceda, also gave a plaque of Recognition to Rosal and Intia during its full-council meeting at the National Economic and Development Authority Bicol regional office on Friday.
Joining Salceda were Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Regional Director Conrado Bares, Office of Civil Defense Bicol Regional Director Raffy Alejandro and other RDC officers.
Other Kawad Kalasag Hall of Famers who received the same award were Barangay Oro Site, represented by chairman Joseph Philip Lee, in the Urban Barangay Category, and the Simon of Cyrene, in the civic society organization category.
Gawad Kalasag is a nationwide award being given yearly in recognition of the outstanding performance of local government units (LGUs) and civil society organizations, private and public service institutions and volunteer groups in DRRM and in humanitarian assistance.
Kalasag stands for Kalamidad at Sakuna, Labanan, Sariling Galing and Kaligtasan.
Rosal said he encountered tough competition from other LGUs “but our advantage was the enhancement of the city’s disaster management program that we presented to the evaluating team of NDRRMC and, of course, we properly implemented the city’s required national framework for disaster management such as areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and rescue, and rehabilitation and recovery.
“The city’s comprehensive urban drainage and flood control project, which converted the old culvert canals into wide box-type canals in the main thoroughfare, has mitigated the perennial flooding problem, making our constituents comfortable in their living situation and daily working activities,” Rosal said.
He said the city conducted a series of seminars and earthquake drills as well as training on collapsed structures, participated in by city government employees, religious organizations, non-government organizations, business sector, senior citizens organization, women’s federation, personnel of shopping malls, hospitals, schools and universities and households as part of the preparation for calamities and other weather disturbances.
Rosal said the CDRRMC has also been conducted training among personnel of the Philippine Navy, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard and the city’s Public Safety Office on water search response as part of strengthening their abilities to save the lives of the people in the community during disasters.
He said his administration has constructed evacuation centers with modern facilities and equipment in different villages of the city. (PNA) LAP/FGS/EPS/CBD