Iloilo City won as one of the Top 3 finalists in the Best Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council in the Highly Urbanized City Category.
The recognition was given during the 21st GAWAD KALASAG National Awarding Ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila Dec. 6.
The 21st Gawad Kalasag National Awards is the search for excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Humanitarian Assistance.
Iloilo City was awarded for their “proactivity in DRRM through disaster governance concept of KABALAKA (KAhulugan sa BArangay para sa LApnagon nga KAhandaan sa kalamidad) and CBARAD (Community Based Adaptation and Resilience Against Disasters)”.
The city government was also cited for inclusivity in involving persons with disabilities (PWD) and rehabilitated drug-dependents in their risk reduction programs.
Iloilo City received a Gawad KALASAG Seal, plaque of recognition, and P200,000 cash prize. Quezon City emerged as the top winner with Angeles City as another finalist.
Mayor Jerry Treñas was elated that the city’s efforts, in cooperation and all sectors and the hardworking men and women of City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office has come into fruition.
Treñas vowed to prioritize the establishment of the city’s command center, which will rise at 375-square meter property inside Gaisano Iloilo City Center in Mandurriao district.