LANAO DEL NORTE, – After a series of assessment and field validation, Gawad KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan (KALASAG) regional selection committee awarded Tubod town in Lanao del Norte as the best Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC) for the 1st-3rdclass municipality in Northern Mindanao.
Tubod LDRRMC led by Vicmar P. Paloma went through a series of tests to evaluate and validate its performance in Disaster Risk Reduction Management.
Municipal DRRM (MDRRM) Tubod has been joining the Search for Gawad KALASAG for five years and was awarded Regional Winner for three consecutive years and proclaimed National 3rd placer for two consecutive years in the last five years.
Paloma said during field evaluation, “MDRRMC Tubod wants to evaluate and validate its performance in the previous year through joining the Gawad KALASAG.”
“Apart from our aspiration to excel, our participation to Gawad KALASAG is dedicated to our constituents, for them to live in a safer and resilient Tubod,” he added.
"We are honored to present this award to the people of Tubod who are our inspiration to religiously plan, implement and monitor our DRRM programs, projects and activities,” he said.
“We are committed to be of quality and efficient public service to our constituents, and the KALASAG award recognizes our best efforts in building a people-centered approach in assuring safer and resilient communities,” he added.
Paloma also acknowledged the support of his mayor, Leoncio C. Bagol.
Members of the Regional Selection Committee who did the field evaluation in Tubod were Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST10), Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 10 (DSWD 10), Department of Interior and Local Government Region 10 (DILG10), and Office of Civil Defense (OCD10).
Gawad KALASAG remains the country’s premier annual awards for excellent contributions in DRRM and humanitarian assistance.
Through this, it recognizes programs, activities, and projects that protect high-risk communities against hazards and provide more capabilities in addressing vulnerabilities and coping from disasters.
Winners of the regional competition for 21st Gawad KALASAG Search will be competing for the national level.
Gawad KALASAG Search is a tool to research into four categories, (a) Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, (b) Disaster Preparedness, (c) Disaster Response and (d) Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery.
Three entries coming from Region 10 for 1st-3rdclass municipality category were (a) San Fernando, Bukidnon, (b) Plaridel Mis. Occ and (c) Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
These entries were evaluated and validated by the Regional Selection Committee (RSC) through a series of meetings and field visitation. (HMFP/ PIA-LDN)