LUNA, Apayao – The Apayao Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) have proven their emergency response efficiency in protecting yApayaos against disasters gaining them an award at 23rd Gawad KALASAG Seal and Special Awards for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance for the Local DRRM Councils and Offices category.
The NDRRMC announced that Apayao PDRRMC belonged to 34 fully compliant provinces nationwide.
The local LDRRM councils of the municipalities of Luna and Pudtol have likewise been recognized and were among the 723 Fully Compliant Local Government Units in the country.
The agency disclosed that the Gawad KALASAG (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) Seal for excellence is the country’s recognition and award scheme for various stakeholders who promote and implement disaster risk reduction and management, climate change adaptation, and humanitarian assistance programs that protect and shield high risk communities against extreme hazards and render them more capable of addressing their vulnerabilities.
The office added that the Gawad Kalasag serves as a mechanism to obtain sustained commitment and support by recognizing the exceptional contributions of DRRM practitioners in strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacities of various aspects of society and communities to disaster risks.
Last year, the same award was conferred to Pudtol and Luna.
PDRRM Officer Joefrrey Borromeo conveyed that the Regional awarding ceremony for awardees of the Gawad Kalasag Seal will be on December 18,2023 in Tabuk City, Kalinga.
Meantime, Governor Elias C. Bulut Jr. lauded the DRRM workers for their dedication and commitment while urging the PDRRMO and all DRRMOs to not be complacent and strengthen their disaster prevention and mitigation, disaster preparedness, disaster response, and disaster recovery and Rehabilitation to ensure disaster resiliency in the province. By J Dela Torre