MANILA – For the fourth time in the national arena, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Mountain Province was conferred the Gawad KALASAG (GK) Seal of Excellence during the 23rd Gawad KALASAG National Awarding Ceremony at the Tent City, Manila Hotel, Ermita last 11 December 2023.
PDRRMC Chairperson and Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr., PDRRM Officer Edward F. Chumawar, Jr. and local DRRM office Ian Neil D. Culallad received the Gold Plaque of Recognition: Seal of Excellence for the Council for having been adjudged as among the Top Five “Beyond Compliant” by the prestigious awards body. “Beyond Compliant” is the highest award being given to DRRMCs and other achievers in the other categories.
Meanwhile, mayors Randolf T. Awisan (Bauko), Jerome B. Tudlong, Jr. (Bontoc), Felicito Dula, and Constito S. Masweng (Tadian), together with their municipal DRRM offices, also received their respective Gold Plaque of Recognition.
The awards accorded to the Mountain Province local government units are under the GK Seal for Local DRRM Councils and Offices category.
According to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), KALASAG stands for “KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan,” which was adopted from the Filipino term for shield, “kalasag.”
Per OCD’s Facebook Page press release, the National DRRMC, through the OCD, annually recognizes local DRRM councils, non-government organizations, private sector, and other stakeholders for their outstanding contributions in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance. Hence, the awards. By MP Press Release