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Bulacan bags Best PDRRM of National Gawad Kalasag for 2 consecutive years
By: PPAO
Friday, 25 October 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS- Bulacan’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado won for the second time the Best PDRRMC award of the National Gawad Kalasag, to be awarded today, October 25, at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Commissioned Officers’ Club, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The governor said that it is a great honor for the province to be once again recognized as outstanding in disaster risk reduction and management and they will continue in giving their best in serving Bulacan.

“Hindi tayo humihinto, bagkus ay lalo pa nating pinaghuhusay upang mas maraming makatanggap ng ating serbisyo,” Alvarado said.

He also called for the continuous involvement of the Bulakenyos in DRRM.

“Hindi lang ang council ang dapat na handa. Sapagkat masasabing effective ang council kung nakikiisa rin ang mga mamamayan na sakop nito. Sapagkat magkaagapay dapat ang council at mga Bulakenyo sa pagharap at paglutas ng mga problema upang mabawasan o kaya ay tuluyang walang maapektuhang tao at pamumuhay sa panahon ng kalamidad,” Alvarado said.

Bulacan PDRRMC officer Felicisima Mungcal said that the Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Assessment of the council is one of the reasons why the province got the said award.

“In-depth study na ginawa natin kasama ang Provincial Planning and Development Office, ito ‘yung nagsisilbing gabay natin kung anong specific na lugar sa Bulacan ang vulnerable sa hazards. Ito rin ang basehan natin sa pag-iisip ng mga programang lulutas sa mga kasalukuyang problema at paano natin mami-mitigate yung impact kung meron mang disaster na dumating sa ating lalawigan,” Mungcal said.

She added that the council doesn’t just depend on the criteria given by the Kalasag committee; instead they depend on the result of the Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Assessment.

“Sa assessment kasi, makikita ang pangangailangan ng mga Bulakenyo at doon tayo nagbabatay upang maibigay ang pangangailangan ng mamamayan may kinalaman sa disaster risk reduction and management,” Mungcal added.

Bulacan PDRRMC will receive a plaque of recognition and cash incentive.
Meanwhile, Bulacan PDRRMC received the Hall of Fame-Regional Gawad Kalasag Award 2013 for the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council during the first Regional DRRM Summit at Heroes Hall, Mini Convention Center, City of San Fernando, Pampanga recently.

Gawad KALASAG, which stands for KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan a search for excellence in disaster risk management and humanitarian assistance is given to individuals, non-government organizations, private sector and government organizations, in recognition of their initiative in helping the Filipino government uplift the standard of disaster management in the country. ###

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