The Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) was cited for its exemplary work during the 21st Gawad Kalasag 2019 of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, in an article by Sun Star. Validators were impressed during the regional validation in May with the best practices of the City’s DRRMC.
Validators also lauded the establishment of Kabalaka Gallery, a DDR initiative exhibiting literature and learning material of disaster preparedness. Moreover, the Kabalaka Gallery is the sole DDR Information and Exhibit Center in the country.
“Being awarded as the Best Highly Urbanized City DRRMC in the region is a big achievement, for it truly shows our highest commitment to disaster risk reduction (DRR). Thereby, saving more lives and properties,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairperson.
According to Donna Magno, CDRRM Office Head and CDRRMC Secretariat, the City’s DRRMC passed all the criteria, this includes Preparedness, Prevention and Mitigation, Response, and Rehabilitation and Recovery. The National Validation Committee is composed of representatives from the National Economic and Development Authority, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, and the Office of Civil Defense
With this, the Iloilo City is cited as a national finalist.
Gaward Kalasag is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contribution in the field of disaster risk reduction and management, and humanitarian assistance. Gawad Kalasag stands for Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan. It is based on the Filipino word ‘kalasag’ meaning ‘protection’.
Gawad Kalasag aspires to recognize stakeholders that design and implement DRR initiatives that protect high risk communities and help address vulnerabilities and coping mechanisms in disasters. The search includes major categories intended for government agencies and institutions, local government units, civil society organizations, private sectors, and individuals who have engaged in the promotion of inclusive DRR and Climate Change Adaptation.
Photo by Panay News. Photo shows Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas and Executive Assistant Rosario San Agustin with the Gawad KALASAG Award for Excellence in DRR and Humanitarian Assistance.