UC leads KALASAG winners as regional Hall of Fame awardee

September 18, 2016

The University of the Cordilleras is the newest holder of the Hall of Fame award in the regional category of the Gawad Kalasag for disaster readiness and emergency management.

Kalasag stands for 'Kalamidad at sakuna labanan, sariling galing ang kaligtasan'.

UC was a national Kalasag awardee in 2014 for its outstanding performance in Disaster Risk Management and Humanitarian Assistance. It emerged first place in Best School: Private-Urban category of the prestigious annual search.

UC was also a regional winner in 2015 along with other government and private institutions.

The Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera also announced that the other Kalasag regional winners with first placers like UC will represent the region in the national search.

The other winners are the Tuba Municipal Fire Station, which emerged first place for the Best Government Emergency Management Service category followed by the Baguio Emergency Management Service.

The Baguio-Benguet Public Information and Civic Action Group emerged as the best volunteer group while the La Trinidad Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office topped the Best Municipal DRRM Office category under the first to third class municipality categories.

The Luna DRRM Office in Apayao placed second in the first to third class municipality category.

Apayao bounced back after it was adjudged the best provincial DRRM Office edging the Mountain Province DRRM Office.

Tublay, Benguet DRRM Office meanwhile emerged as first place in the fourth to sixth class municipality category.

OCD-CAR Dir. Andrew Alex Uy said there is a growing number of government and private institutions in the Cordillera that are now taking seriously the disaster readiness and emergency management program of the national government.

Uy said the number of regional finalists in this year's search has doubled, saying these finalists have showcased best practices in emergency and disaster management including climate change adaptation.

Gawad Kalasag is one of the country's fully institutionalized awards given by the OCD.

The award started in 1998 as amechanism in obtaining sustained commitment and support by recognizing exceptional contributions of DRRM practitioners in strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacities of nations and communities to disaster risks.

Published in the Baguio Midland Courier issued September 18, 2016 | Article & Photo by Harley F. Palangchao

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