LEGAZPI CITY – The Province of Albay has been chosen by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) selection committee for the Hall of Fame of “Gawad Kalasag” 2011.
This citation is bestowed annually in recognition to Best Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council with exemplary achievements in the field of disaster risk management.
Gawad “Kalasag”, which stands for “Kalamidad at Sakuna Laban, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan” is a recognition program of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) for excellence in disaster risk management and humanitarian assistance.
Albay Governor Joey Salceda said the province is stepping up strategies to the next level of preparedness and resources committed to the efforts of attaining a higher goal – that development can proceed in the midst of disaster risks.
“The six awards to Albay prove that the DRR ethos or culture of preparedness has become a pervasive character of the province that is confronted with multiple hazards- from19-21 typhoons, volcanic eruption, floods, landslides, storm surges,” Salceda said.
Aside from the Albay PDRRMC, the Child Sponsorship for Community Development Inc., is also the recipient for this year’s “Gawad kalasag”, for best Non-Government Organization (NGO) on Humanitarian Assistance.
Last year, seven awards were notched by government and private organizations in Bicol including five (5) other Albay-based entities secured awards in various categories: (a) Legazpi City – 2nd in component city category (it was first last year) (b) Child Sponsorship for Community Development Incorporated – 1st in NGO category (c) Simon of Cyrene Children’s Rehabilitation and Development Inc. – 2nd in NGO category (d) Daraga National High – 3rd in Best School Category and (e) BRTTH – 3rd in Best Hospital Category.
The National awarding ceremony is set on October 11, 2011, at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Plenary Hall, Pasay City , during the 20th anniversary of the Local Government Code.(PNA)