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Press Release 2009/08/03
Calabanga DCC named Gawad Kalasag awardee
by MA Loterte
Calabanga, Camarines Sur -- The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) in Bicol, through the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), has declared the municipal government here as this year's Gawad Kalasag awardee (LGU 1st-3rd class category) in recognition of its best practices in disaster risk reduction.
Mayor Evelyn S. Yu revealed Calabanga town won the Gawad Kalasag award at the regional level and is a finalist in the national level competition.
The awards program forms part of the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) this July.
Yu explained that "it is important for everyone to understand the importance of the Gawad Kalasag, stressing that it more than recognizing the achievements and must be taken as a challenge to do better in protecting the lives and livelihoods of the people from disasters and the negative effects of climate change."
She attributed the local government's success to a large extent to the partnership of the LGU with CARE Nederland, CNDR, AADC, and to the continuing support of the European Commission.
Meanwhile, barangay Cagsao in this municipality also bagged the Gawad Kalasag Award (barangay level) for its effective disaster preparedness and mitigation measures and ever reliable local disaster coordinating council,
Also part of this year's NDCM, the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC) here sets up a photo exhibit of a wide range of activities undertaken under the ACCORD Project including trainings, contingency planning, drills, public awareness activities, construction of small-scale mitigation projects and mangrove reforestation.
Prior to the awarding ceremonies, the local disaster council conducted an earthquake drill participated in by LGU officials and employees.
(with CSantiago III of LGU Calabanga/PIA)