OLONGAPO City: Barangay Sta. Rita in Olongapo city bagged the Best Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee (BDRRMC)-Urban category of Gawad Kalasag for the third straight year.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council will confer the honor to the village in a ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday, October 10.
With this achievement, Sta. Rita is now enshrined into the Hall of Fame of Gawad Kalasag.
Sta. Rita was cited for being one of the first barangays in the archipelago to have a complete and state-of-the-art emergency response equipment such as rescue boats.
Also, the village’s pre-emptive evacuation scheme in landslide-prone areas during storms was commended.
Meanwhile, Bulacan was named Best Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, its first since 1997.
The council was lauded for its efforts at the height of the onslaught of twin typhoons Pedring and Quiel wherein thousands of lives were saved.
Other Central Luzon winners are Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Fire Rescue as 2nd Best Government Emergency Response Management – Urban Search and Rescue, Palayan City Rescue Volunteers as 3rd Best Government Emergency Response Management – Basic Search and Rescue, and Palayan City National High School as 3rd Best Public School – Urban.
“The Gawad Kalasag is given to individuals, local coordinating councils, non-governmental organizations, private groups, schools and hospitals in recognition of their achievements in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation. Last year’s performance served as the basis in determining the winners,” Josefina Timoteo, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Central Luzon Director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 3 chair, said in an interview.
She said the honorees were picked by a selection committee, composed of representatives from OCD, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Red Cross, Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, National Anti-Poverty Commission, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, League of Cities of the Philippines, League of Municipalities of the Philippines, Liga ng mga Barangay and civil society organizations. PIA