By Chito Chavez
The Quezon City government has garnered five awards and a special recognition including the best Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council, in this year’s 21st Gawad KALASAG regional event.
Quezon City’s DRRM Council was judged as Best City DRRM in the Highly Urbanized City Category; Barangay Batasan Hills garnered the top plum in the Best Urban Barangay DRMM Committee; while the Rosa Susano Elementary School topped the Best Public Elementary School Category.
The QC DRRMC received the Best Government Emergency Management Services award, World Mission Society was adjudged as the Best Civil Society Organization, and Quezon City General Hospital was awarded best Local Hospital.
“Una, masayang-masaya kami. Binabati ko, una sa lahat, ang mga bumubuo ng DRRMC, sapagkat napakahusay nila at consistent na nananalo ng awards para sa ating lungsod (First we are very elated. I would like to congratulate first the members of the DRRMC for their prowess and consistently garnering awards for the city),” said Belmonte, who was on hand to receive the awards together with the city’s DRRMC officials.
Belmonte emphasized that the awards underscored Quezon City’s readiness, vigilance and resiliency against natural and man-made disasters that may occur.
“Ang mga award na ito ay simbolo na puwedeng magkaroon ng tiwala ang taumbayan na ang kanilang pamahalaan ay nagtatrabaho para sa kanilang kapakanan (These awards are the symbol that the public can trust the city government to ensure their welfare),” said Belmonte.
Belmonte also lauded QC-based private organizations and other stakeholders for their contribution in enhancing the city’s disaster preparedness programs.
“This is a symbol that we, as a city, are united and we work as one. Any challenges that come our way, we can succeed in achieving as long as everybody, especially our stakeholders, work together,” Belmonte stressed.
The Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) was established by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to recognize the efforts of government agencies and institutions, local government units, civil society organizations, private sectors, and individuals in designing and implementing DRRM programs.
The award also aims to promote awareness of the best practices of DRRM that will help protect and shield high-risk communities against hazards and render them more capable of addressing their vulnerabilities and coping from disasters.