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What is the Gawad Kalasag Award?
« on: July 04, 2006, 05:04:11 PM »
So many awards out there.

Has anyone ever heard of the Gawad Kalasag Award?

Lugait MDCC qualifies for National Gawad Kalasag Award search

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060704.htm&no=11

Cagayan de Oro City (4 July) -- The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) of Region-10 through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) informed Mayor Wellie Lim last June 28 that the Municipal Disaster Management Program of Lugait is its official entry to the National Search for the National Disaster Coordinating Council's (NDCC) Gawad Kalasag Award.

This followed after the RDCC-10 selection committee chose the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC) of Lugait to be its bet to the national search for disaster management. This means that Lugait already bagged the regional title for 2 years in a row now.

It was learned from Ms. Alma M. Cadili, MDCC Coordinator that MDCC-Lugait submitted its Municipal Disaster Management Plan to RDCC-10 early in May this year for evaluation in preparation for the Disaster Management Month in July.

Among the highlights of this year's Disaster Management Plan was the realization of the formation of Rescue Luga-Hait as a rescue arm of the MDCC.

The 35-member Rescue Luga-Hait undertook a rigid 15-day Search and Rescue Training (SRT) last October to November of 2005. This was conducted by the 505th Rescue Squadron of the Philippine Air Force (PAF). SRT was then followed by an equally rigid 10-day First Aid Training by the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) last March of this year.

The officers and key members of MDCC-Lugait likewise undertook a top-level enhancement training last April of this year that included Mayor Wellie Lim, Vice-Mayor Bruce Colao, some members of the Sangguniang Bayan and the Department Heads of the LGU.

A series of trainings in the barangys were also recently conducted and concluded by the MDCC through its rescue arm. This was to galvanize grassroots level awareness and competency to handle and carry out the Municipal and Barangay Disaster Management Plans. (Lugait, Misamis Oriental LGU)
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Re: What is the Gawad Kalasag Award?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008, 08:13:42 PM »
Antique barangay wins Gawad Kalasag award for best barangay disaster council

http://www.pia.gov.ph/default.asp?m=12&fi=p080804.htm&no=37

Iloilo City (4 August) -- The Barangay Disaster Coordinating Council (BDCC) of Pis-anan, Sibalom, Antique was named as the best BDCC in the rural category of the 'Gawad Kalasag' award this year.

Director Rosario Cabrera of the Office of Civil Defense VI said Pis-anan Brgy. Captain Marlene Nacis together with Sibalom Mayor Virginia Lotilla and Regional Disaster Coordinating Council VI (RDCC VI) Chair, Police Regional Office VI Chief Supt. Isagani Cuevas received the award from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the awarding ceremonies held at Malacanang last August 1.

"It was the third award for Brgy. Pis-anan. Had it participated last year and won, it could have qualified to the Hall of Fame award," Cabrera said.

Aside from Pis-anan BDCC, other DCCs in the region were also recipients of special citations. These were the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council of Sibunag, Guimaras and Bago City Disaster Coordinating Council of Negros Occidental for being in the top three of their respective categories.

Other awardees were: For Best Provincial Disaster Council (PDCC) - the province of Saranggani; Olongapo City for the Best City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCC), highly urbanized category; Bayawan City, Misamis Oriental for the Independent Component/Component City category; Maragusan town in Compostela Valley for the Best Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC), 1st to 3rd Class category; St. Bernard, Southern Leyte in the 4th to 6th Class category; Barangay Maa, Davao City for the Best Barangay Disaster Coordinating Council (BDCC), urban category.

This year's 'Gawad Kalasag' for NGOs on Humanitarian Assistance was awarded to Children International based in Tabaco City, Albay while the Junior Chamber International in Legaspi City, Albay won in the private/volunteer organizations category.

Bulacan Rescue 117 was declared winner in the Government Emergency Managers category.

The awardees for the Gawad Kalasag for Heroic Act/Deed of Individuals/Groups during Emergency Response and Rescue Operations were Captain Erwin Dan Nabayo of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), individual category (surviving), and the 5053rd Search and Rescue Squadron of the PAF.

Given special citations were Cedric Daep, Dr. Carlos C. Galvez, the RP Medical Teams sent to Myanmar, and the Crisis Disaster Management Directorate of Malaysia.

Hall of Fame awardees were the municipality of Labo in Camarines Norte (1st to 2nd Class Municipality category); Barangay Carmen, Cagayan De Oro City (urban category); and the Olongapo Kabalikat sa Ginhawa (KHG), government emergency responders.

Since 2002, the Gawad Kalasag (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) has been promoting total disaster risk management among local disaster coordinating councils, and providing incentives and awards, strengthening the spirit of volunteerism and auxiliary networks among private and public emergency responders, and enhancing monitoring systems in the national and local levels. (PIA)
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Antique's disaster response teams wins Gawad KALASAG Award
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2010, 11:07:30 AM »
Antique's disaster response teams wins Gawad KALASAG Award

http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101001.htm&no=88

San Jose, Antique (1 October) -- Antique's disaster response team won Gawad KALASAG Award in different categories.

The Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council of San Jose de Buenavista, the province' capital town won the 1st Place Gawad KALASAG Award for 1st to 3rd class municipalities. One of the best practices is the outstanding implementation of disaster preparedness and mitigation plan of the local government unit.

The Philippine Air Force auxiliary group 5052nd Auxiliary Squadron-Antique Chapter also won First Place Gawad KALASAG Award for non-government volunteer response team category. The said volunteer group earned the award because of their exemplary performance on the implementation of disaster risk reduction management plan and quick response in times of calamities and disasters.

The volunteers of 5052nd Auxiliary Squadron served as the quick response team of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council highly trained on search and rescue particularly on flooding and landslides where some areas of the province are prone to. The volunteers are based in strategic locations in the province namely Culasi for northern Antique, San Jose and Hamtic for South and Central portions and in the Municipality of Sibalom.

For Humanitarian Assistance, the Social Action Center of the Diocese of San Jose de Antique was a runner up in the national level. They were cited because of their wide range of support not only during disaster and calamities but also mitigation programs. Among their interventions in communities are micro enterprises, livelihood support, relief operations, and environmental protection programs in communities vulnerable to disasters and calamities.

The Antique Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council was likewise cited as this year's Best PDCC in Region 6.

Broderick Train, Action Officer in an interview emphasized the need for heightened community awareness and mobilization on the implementation of disaster mitigation plans for the people to be prepared in any eventualities.

Train further urged everyone to be vigilant since disasters and calamities come anytime infused by global phenomenon on climate change. We should not lower our guards, thus the need for every local government units to put priority on the disaster risk reduction plan to be integrated in all development plans. (PIA/psm)
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AFP honors four search, rescue heroes
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2011, 04:29:30 PM »
AFP honors four search, rescue heroes
By Dona Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:02:00 01/13/2011

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20110113-314125/AFP-honors-four-search-rescue-heroes

MANILA
, Philippines—Four uniformed personnel who lost their lives in trying to rescue victims of Typhoons “Ondoy” (international codename: Ketsana) and “Pepeng” (Parma) and a mining engineer were among those recognized for their heroic acts during the annual Gawad Kalasag Awards Wednesday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council awarded the five—four of them posthumously—for their “selfless acts of courage and compassion” in rescue operations in recent disasters.

Seaman 2 Honorio Erna of the Philippine Coast Guard (Region IV-B) volunteered to join a daring rescue effort for two fishermen reported missing in the waters off Ambil Lubang, Occidental Mindoro, at the height of Ondoy in October 2009.

For two hours, the 11-member rescue team was tossed about in a motorized banca (boat), the MBCA Chelsea Lisse.

“And just as they had just called off the search and rescue operation, the MBCA Chelsea Lisse was battered by strong, powerful gigantic waves which caused the motorized banca’s outrigger to break heavily, throwing SN2 Erna overboard,” the award said.

Erna is still missing. His father, Leovino Erna, received the plaque during the awarding ceremonies at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Commissioned Officers’ Club in Camp Aguinaldo.

Aside from the plaque, the award also carried a P50,000 cash prize.

Senior Fire Officers 3 Siegfred Ngoloban and Richard Balusdan and Fire Office 2 Benedict Tumayan of the Bureau of Fire Protection (Cordillera Administrative Region) were also posthumously awarded the Gawad Kalasag for their heroism.

They took part in a number of rescue efforts for landslide victims in Baguio City and Benguet province during Pepeng’s onslaught in November 2009.

But in the process they were buried in boulders, mud and other debris together with the trapped victims they were determined to rescue.

Selfless gamble

“This Gawad Kalasag is a testament to the selfless gamble rescuers take in trying to keep others away from harm while putting behind their own safety in the highest display of public service,” their award read.

The wives of Ngoloban and Balusdan received their award, while the award for Tumayan was received by his daughter.

Joel Son was on hand to receive his award.

He was recognized for leading a team from Philex Mining Corp. in searching for survivors of a Presidential Security Group helicopter crash in Tinoc, Ifugao; for looking for a group of treasure hunters who went missing in Mayantoc, Tarlac; and for rescuing landslide victims in Kias, Baguio City, and in Cresencia Village, Bokawkan Road, also in Baguio; and for taking part in road-clearing and blasting operations in Ambuklao Road, Tublay Road and Kennon Road.

The award said the Philex rescuers led by Son “encountered various types of high-degree risks to their own lives” but they successfully rescued survivors and recovered victims in all their missions.

Awards for 3 groups

Three groups of individuals also received the Gawad Kalasag 2010 Award for “heroic acts during emergency response and rescue operations.”

Civilian Rogelio Jimenez and three others were recognized for rescuing four shipwreck victims off Balabac town in Palawan province. The victims were trapped in their canoe-type vessel after a storm.

Jimenez himself was a shipwreck survivor. His pump boat was wrecked due to Typhoon “Frank” (Fengshen) and he was rescued after six days at sea on June 20, 2008, by the crew of the cargo vessel LPG Linda.

“At the first instance given him, he gladly returned the favor by being a Good Samaritan to four persons who were trapped in their shipwrecked canoe-type vessel,” the award said.

The La Trinidad Municipal Police Station in Benguet was cited for its “outstanding display of excellence in disaster risk management and humanitarian assistance.”

The police station was hailed for adopting the concept of a community-oriented policing system which “significantly contributed to their overall success in handling natural and human-induced hazards.”

The Gawad Kalasag was also given to the Tactical Operations Group 10 of the Philippine Air Force’s 3rd Air Division for successful search and rescue operations in Misamis Oriental province in three instances.

They helped rescue victims of flash floods in Cagayan de Oro City on Jan. 3, 2009, in Misamis Oriental on Jan. 11, 2009, and in Cagayan de Oro City and three towns in Misamis Oriental on Nov. 25, 2009 due to Typhoon “Urduja.”

The award said the members of the Tactical Operations Group 10 lived up to their slogan, “Saving Lives, Whenever, Wherever.”

Gawad Kalasag started in 1998 to recognize and reward civilian and government individuals and organizations for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Gawad Kalasag recognizes self-help or voluntary efforts to protect high-risk communities against disasters since its primary concept is, “we should help ourselves first and foremost before others come to help us.”

Quirino Memorial Medical Center was cited as Best Disaster Risk Management for Hospitals; Cabasi-Sta. Rosa Elementary School in Region VI as Best Disaster Risk Management for Schools; and the Pasig City Search and Rescue and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Fire Rescue Group as Best Government Emergency Managers.

The 505 2nd Search and Rescue Auxiliary Squadron, Antique Chapter, was recognized as the Best Volunteer Organization; Child Sponsorship for Community Development Inc. in Legazpi City as the Best NGO on Humanitarian Assistance; and Barangay Sta. Rita, Olongapo City, and Barangay Poblacion in Tupi, South Cotabato, as the Best Barangay Disaster Coordinating Council.


The municipality of San Jose De Buenavista in Antique and Guimbal in Iloilo were cited Best Municipal Disaster Coordinating Councils; Makati City and Bayawan City for the Best City Disaster Coordinating Councils; and Albay for the Best Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council.

Olongapo City was elevated to the Hall of Fame for having been awarded the Best City Disaster Coordinating Council three times.
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Re: What is the Gawad Kalasag Award?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2011, 11:15:49 PM »
Albay chosen as ‘Gawad Kalasag’ hall of famer :bravo:
http://bicoltoday.com/?p=3866
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This citation is bestowed annually in recognition to Best Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council with exemplary achievements in the field of disaster risk management.

Gawad “Kalasag”, which stands for “Kalamidad at Sakuna Laban, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan” is a recognition program of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) for excellence in disaster risk management and humanitarian assistance.
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“The six awards to Albay prove that the DRR ethos or culture of preparedness has become a pervasive character of the province that is confronted with multiple hazards- from19-21 typhoons, volcanic eruption, floods, landslides, storm surges,” Salceda said.
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