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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) conferred the Gawad Kalasag to a total of 21 Local Government Units and 52 other organizations and individuals who showed exemplary dedication and support to the country’s bid for national resilience, in the awarding ceremony held on December 6, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Now on its 21st year, the Gawad Kalasag is the NDRRMC’s annual Search for Excellence in DRRM and Humanitarian Assistance, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of Local Government DRRM Councils, as well as the various managers and practitioners from government agencies and institutions, civil society organizations, private sectors, and individuals who advocate and implement rights-based, gender-responsive and inclusive DRRM and climate change adaptation programs. As one of the Council’s interagency convergence program, Gawad Kalasag, which promotes volunteerism and heroism, is founded upon the National DRRM Council’s framework that aims to make communities safer, climate change adaptive and disaster resilient.

Cited for its dynamic and inclusive planning; determination in enhancing the resilience of vulnerable sectors; and strengthening its stakeholders’ capacity to build disaster-resilient communities, the Province of Quirino topped this year’s awardees for the Best Provincial DRRM Council, while Quezon City was hailed the Best Highly Urbanized City. Also in the list of the Best Local DRRM Councils are the city of San Fernando, Pampanga for the Independent/Component City DRRMC, the municipalities of La Trinidad, Benguet and Saguday, Quirino for the 1st to 3rd Class and 4th to 6th Class Municipal DRRMCs, respectively, and the Barangay DRRM Committees of Naggasican for urban category and Buenavista for rural category, both from Santiago City, Isabela.

Local and national government hospitals, early learning and higher learning institutions, and civil society and volunteer organizations were also recognized and conferred with the award.

Various individuals and groups were also cited for heroism and notable acts of humanity by helping fellow Filipinos not only during disasters but also in the prevention and mitigation and preparedness phases of DRRM. Most notable of this is the 45 year-old construction worker Mr. Regalado Francisco of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro, who rushed to save a child from impending death when the latter fell into strong floodwater currents during the heavy and continuous raining brought about by Tropical Storm Usman in December 2018.  Oblivious of his own safety and injuring his right leg, Mr Regalado was able to bring the child out of the water and into safety, thereby making him deserving of Gawad Kalasag for Heroic Acts – Individual Category.

The Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits (EcoWEB) was also hailed the best Civil Society Organization owing to its valuable efforts in strengthening the Survivor & Community-Led Response as an innovative approach in responding to crises, as well as adopting a participatory and consultative approach in capacitating communities to become disaster-resilient while promoting social unity.

Other organizations that were given special recognition were the Tzu Chi Foundation and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), among others.

Winners of this prestigious award go through a tedious selection process, which include desk evaluation of entries, validation through field visits, and eventually, the deliberation of winners by the National Selection Committee (NSC) that is composed of representatives from the National DRRM Council member agencies. For this year, they evaluated and validated 172 entries, with a total of 73 winners from 26 different categories.

Present during the event and presenting the awards were NDRRMC Chairperson and National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, NDRRMC Executive Director and Office of Civil Defense Administrator USEC Ricardo B. Jalad, and representatives of other member agencies such as but not limited to USEC Bernardo C. Florece Jr. of the Department of Interior and Local Government and USEC Adoracion M. Navarro of the National Economic Development Authority.

The following is the complete list of winners for this year’s Gawad Kalasag:

                                                                                                        

GAWAD KALASAG FOR HEROIC ACT   

INDIVIDUAL

AWARD

Regalado Francisco – REGION MIMAROPA

Winner

GROUP

AWARD

18th Special Forces Company – REGION MIMAROPA

Winner

Tactical Operations Group 3 PAF – REGION 3

Winner

The Gallant 31 of the Ilocos Sur PDRRMC – REGION 1

Winner

GAWAD KALASAG FOR SPECIAL RECOGNITION

INDIVIDUAL

AWARD

Mr. Hilario M. Olivo, Jr. – REGION 1

Winner

Engr. Joseph Salvador Tan – REGION 2

Winner

Pauline Ann M. Lamela – REGION 6

Winner

Ben Frederick R. Rodriguez – REGION7

Winner

Dr. Arturo G. Valero – REGION 12

Winner

TSG Jake P Belino PAF – REGION CAR

Winner

GROUP

AWARD

Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System – REGION NCR

Winner

Kabalikat Civicom, Novo, Nueva Viscaya – REGION 2

Winner

EARLY RESPONSE NETWORK – LANAO DEL SUR (FORMERLY SARACAN) – REGION BARRM

WINNER

TZU CHI FOUNDATION – REGION NCR

WINNER

PHILIPPINE DISASTER RESILIENCE FOUNDATION

WINNER

LOCAL DRRMC CATEGORIES

Urban Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Mangement Committee

AWARD

Quezon, Mainit, Surigao del Norte – REGION CARAGA

Finalist

Arkong Bato, Valenzuela – REGION NCR

Finalist

Naggasican, Santiago City – REGION 2

Top Winner

Rural Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Mangement Committee

AWARD

Dingin, Pagsanjan, Laguna – REGION CALABARZON

Finalist

Poblacion, Compostela Valley – REGION 11

Finalist

Buenavista, Santiago City – REGION 2

Top Winner

Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Mangement Council (4th to 6th Class)

AWARD

San Gabriel, La Union – Region 1

Finalist

Mainit, Surigao del Norte – Region CARAGA

Finalist

Saguday, Quirino – Region 2

Top Winner

Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Mangement Council (1st to 3rd Class)

AWARD

Baler, Aurora – Region 3

Finalist

New Bataan, Compostela Valley – region 11

Finalist

La Trinidad, Benguet – Region CAR

Top Winner

Highly Urbanized Ciy Disaster Risk Reduction and Mangement Council

AWARD

Iloilo City – Region 6

Finalist

Angeles City – Region 3

Finalist

Quezon City – Region NCR

Top Winner

Independent/Component City Disaster Risk Reduction and Mangement Council

AWARD

Bacoor City, Cavite – Region 4A

Finalist

Cauayan City, Isabela – Region 2

Finalist

City of San Fernando, Pampanga – Region 3

Top Winner

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Mangement Council

AWARD

Mountain Province – Region CAR

Finalist

Province of Quirino – Region 2

Top Winner

BEST CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION CATEGORY

CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION

AWARD

Center for Empowerment and Resource Development (CERD), Inc. – REGION CARAGA

Finalist

Socio Pastoral Action Center of Daet Foundation, Inc. (SPACFI) – REGION 5

Finalist

Ecosystems Work For Essential Benefits (ECOWEB) – REGION 10

Top Winner

BEST PEOPLES ORGANIZATION

PEOPLES ORGANIZATION

AWARD

NAGSAMA Federation -  Marihatag, Surigao del Sur – region CARAGA

Finalist

KAMI Sunoi, Inc. – Region 6

Top Winner

BEST VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION CATEGORY

VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION

 

AWARD

United Medics Emergency Response Team – REGION 8

Finalist

Tanay Mountaineers – REGION CALABARZON

Finalist

Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade -  REGION 6

Top Winner

Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade -  REGION 6

HALL OF FAME AWARD

 

PRIVATE BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS 

PRIVATE BUSINESS/CORPORATION

AWARD

People 360 Consulting Corporation – REGION NCR

Top Winner

GAWAD KALASAG FOR HOSPITALS

GOVERNMENT SPECIALTY HOSPITAL

AWARD

Philippine Children’s Medical Center - NCR

Finalist

Mariveles Mental Hospital – Region 3

Top Winner

LOCAL GOVERNMENT  UNIT HOSPITAL

AWARD

Bunawan District Hospital - Region CARAGA

Finalist

J.R. Borja Hospital – Region 10

Finalist

Biliran Provincial Hospital – Region 8

Top Winner

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT  HOSPITAL

AWARD

Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center – Region 1

Finalist

Batangas Medical Center – Region CALABARZON

Finalist

Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital – Region 5

Top Winner

PRIVATE HOSPITAL

AWARD

Callang Specialty Clinic – Region 2

Finalist

St. Anthony College of Roxas City Inc. – Region 6

Top Winner

GAWAD KALASAG FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS (CDC)

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

AWARD

Wilson Early Childhood Care Development Learning Center – REGION CARAGA

Finalist

Brgy. 18 Child Development Center, Ginoog City – REGION 10

Finalist

San Lorenzo Ruiz Daycare -  REGION 12

Top Winner

 

GAWAD KALASAG FOR SCHOOLS

PUBLIC ELEMENTARY

AWARD

Marbel 1 Central Elementary School – REGION 12

Finalist

Rabat Rocamora Mati Central SPED – REGION 11

Finalist

Alas Asin Elementary School – REGION 3

Top Winner

PRIVATE ELEMENTARY

AWARD

Ephiphany Christian Academy of La Trinidad Inc. – REGION CAR

Finalist

Xavier School – REGION NCR

Top Winner

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL

AWARD

Imus National High School – REGION CALABARZON

Finalist

Bienvenido G. Celebre National High School – REGION 8

Finalist

Bayugan National Comprehensive High School – REGION CARAGA

Top Winner

PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL

AWARD

Sacred Heart of Jesus Montessori School -  REGION 10

Finalist

St. Mary’s University, HS –  REGION 2

Top Winner

 

GAWAD KALASAG FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION

HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION

AWARD

University of San Carlos – Region 7

Finalist

University of Cordilleras – Region CAR

Finalist

Capiz State University – Region 6

Top Winner

GAWAD KALASAG FOR SPECIAL RECOGNITION – GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

GEMS

AWARD

RESCUE 1124 ILAGAN CITY

Finalist

PAGSANJAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Finalist

DAVAO CENTRAL 911

Top Winner