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Gawad KALASAG is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contribution in the fields of disaster risk reduction and management and humanitarian assistance.  It is the principal mechanism by which the NDRRMC advances awareness of the best practices of DRRM and humanitarian response and action.  Moreover, it aims to appreciate individuals, groups or institutions which have shown extraordinary courage, heroism and sacrifice in times of emergencies, be it natural or human-induced.

Since its inception in 1998, the Gawad KALASAG award has been bestowed to 127 Local DRRMCs, 44 NGOs, 27 individuals and 135 groups/institutions.  This year’s awardees include seven (7) Best Local DRRMCs; one (1) Best Civil Society Organization; eleven (11) Private/Volunteer Organizations, Government Emergency Response Management, Schools and Hospitals; five (5) Heroic Act/Deed during Emergency Response and Rescue Operations; three (3) Special Recognitions; and six (6) Hall of Fame.

The Chairperson of the NDRRMC and Secretary of National Defense Voltaire T Gazmin, National Selection Committee Chairperson and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen S Sarmiento, and NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Undersecretary Alexander P Pama graced this momentous occasion.

Secretary Gazmin, in his message thanked the continuous efforts of the awardees in bringing forth excellence in disaster risk reduction and management and humanitarian assistance.  “I urge our honourees to remain persistent in effort of developing more effective means to address the challenges of DRR in the country”, said Gazmin.

Attached with this press release is the list of 17th Gawad KALASAG winners.

17th Gawad KALASAG AWARDEES

Best Local DRRM Councils

  • Provincial DRRM Council
    • PROVINCE OF ISABELA
  • City DRRM Council
    • Component/Independent City : LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY
    • Highly Urbanized City : PASIG CITY
  • Municipal DRRM Council
    • 1st to 3rd Class Municipality : HINATUAN, SURIGAO DEL SUR
    • 4th to 6th Class Municipality : VILLAVERDE, NUEVA VIZCAYA
  • Barangay DRRM Committee
    • Urban Barangay : BRGY ORO SITE, LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY
    • Rural Barangay : BRGY SAN JUAN, HINATUAN, SURIGAO DEL SUR

Best Civil Society Organization

  • SIMON OF CYRENE CHILDREN’S REHABILITATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, DARAGA, ALBAY

Best Volunteer Organization

  • DAVAO FIRE FIGHTERS AND RESCUE SERVICES, INC

Best Government Emergency Response Management

  • Basic Search and Rescue : DISASTER ASSISTANCE RESPONSE TEAM (DART), TARLAC
  • Urban Search and Rescue : RESCUE 922 CAUAYAN, ISABELA

Best Schools

  • Public – Urban : RABAT ROCAMORA MATI CENTRAL SCHOOL SPED CENTER, DAVAO ORIENTAL
  • Public – Rural : D.Q. LIWAG NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, VINZONS, CAMARINES NORTE
  • Private – Urban : LORD’S HAND ACADEMY, PINAGBUHATAN, PASIG CITY
  • Private – Rural:  OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP, LINAMON, LANAO DEL NORTE

Best Early Learning Centers

  • Urban : EARLY LEARNING CENTER OF THE PROVINCE OF ISABELA
  • Rural : BRGY. SIPITAN-BADIANG LEARNING CENTER, GUIMBAL, ILOILO

Best Hospitals

  • Government – National Hospital : BICOL REGIONAL TRAINING AND TEACHING HOSPITAL
  • Government – LGU Hospital : JAMES GORDON HOSPITAL

Heroic Act

  • Individual (Living)
    • MR EDMUND JON NIPAY from JONES, ISABELA
    • CINSP ACHILLES M SANTIAGO from BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION
  • Group
    • TAGOLOAN MINICIPAL POLICE STATION
    • BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION AGUSAN DEL NORTE
    • AGUSAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, Butuan City

Special Recognition

  • BEN FREDRICK R RODRIGUEZ
  • UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS, TALAMBAN CAMPUS
  • RAMON ABOITIZ FOUNDATION, INC.

Hall of Fame Awardees (Winners from 2013 – 2015)

  • Highly Urbanized City – PASIG CITY
  • Independent/Component City – LEGAZPI CITY
  • Urban BDRRMC – BRGY. ORO SITE, LEGAZPI CITY
  • Rural BDRRM – BRGY. SAN JUAN, HINATUAN, SURIGAO DEL SUR
  • Civil Society Organization – SIMON OF CYRENE CHILDREN’S REHABILITATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, DARAGA, ALBAY

Public- Rural Schools – D.Q. LIWAG NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, VINZONS, CAMARINES NORTE