TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Responders of the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) were the grand champion of the first ever rescue Olympics organized by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) as part of the culminating program of the 2022 National Resiliency Month on August 2 at the Kalinga Astrodome.
The team bested six municipal DRRMO teams from the whole province taking home a cash prize of PhP 10,000. They were tested on four events that included bandaging relay, transfer relay, CPR and situational analysis.
At the same event, Tuga was awarded as the Best Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the entire province with a cash prize of PhP 30,000. First runner-up was Taga, Pinukpuk while Poblacion, Tinglayan was 2nd runner-up with cash prizes of PhP 25,000 and PhP 20, 000 respectively. The remaining entries from the five other municipalities received PhP 10,000 each.
Bulanao, the only barangay SGLG awardee for disaster preparedness in Kalinga also received a special recognition from PDRRMO and three family food packs from the OCD. PDRRM officer Jolanta Baac said that Bulanao serves as an inspiration for all barangays in the province in terms of disaster preparedness and resilience.
Henry Gupaal, representing Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero, said that more than the prizes, the event is a way to develop camaraderie among DRRMOs in the province who usually work with each other in times of disasters. “Datayo tu met lang ti agtitinulong,” he said.
Governor James Edduba recognized the active participation of all DRRMOs in the event saying that it reflects that preparedness and resilience is a culture in their organizations as active responders in any form of disasters. By Tabuk City PIO