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LIST: 2018 Gawad Kalasag awardees for disaster management, humanitarian work

Raisa Serafica
LIST: 2018 Gawad Kalasag awardees for disaster management, humanitarian work
Organized by NDRRMC, Gawad Kalasag is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contributions to disaster risk reduction and management

MANILA, Philippines – Various local government units were recognized for their outstanding contribution to disaster risk reduction and management at the 19th Gawad Kalasag National Awards held in Pasig City on Monday, December 11.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), which organizes the annual event, honored 58 local DRR offices for their exemplary work and various groups and individuals for their humanitarian efforts in 2017.

According to Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) administrator and NDRRMC executive director, the Gawad Kalasag is the agency’s way of promoting awareness of the best practices in DRR especially at the local level.

“We need to sustain this practice in order to attain our goal of zero casualty. The goal of the awards is to promote the localization of DRR because local councils, communities, and schools are on the frontlines of disasters,” Jalad said in a mix of Filipino and English in his speech at the awarding ceremony.

58 AWARDEES. NDRRMC awards 58 local councils and groups during the 19th Gawad Kalasag on Monday, December 11, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

First place winners took home P100,000 while second place and third place winners received P75,000 and P50,000, respectively. 

“Congratulations to all awardees of the Gawad Kalasag. Just by merely joining, you are able to help in promoting DRR,” Jalad said.

Below is the list of first place winners at the 19th Gawad Kalasag Awards:

  • Best private hospital: Adventist Medical Center in Bacolod
  • Best local government unit hospital: Hinatuan District Hospital in Surigao del Sur
  • Best national hospital: Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro, Sr Medical Center in Ozamiz  City, Misamis Occidental
  • Best public school, rural category: Vinzons Pilot High School in Vinzons, Camarines Norte
  • Best school, private urban category: Lord’s Hand Academy in Pasig City
  • Best public school, rural category: Vinzons Pilot High School in Vinzons, Camarines Norte
  • Best public school, urban category: Raniag High School in Ramon, Isabela
  • Best higher educational institution category: University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City
  • Best early learning center, rural category: Sipitan-Badiang Day Care Center in Guimbal, Iloilo
  • Best early learning center, urban category: Barangay 18 Day Care center in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental
  • Best government emergency management services basic search and rescue category: Disaster Assistance Response Team, province of Tarlac
  • Best government emergency management services, fire rescue category: Rescue 922, Cauayan City, Isabela
  • Best volunteer organization category: Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade
  • Best civil society organization category: Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo (SIKAP) Incorporated
  • Best people’s organization category: Nagkahiusang Mangingisda sa Hinatuan (NAMAHIN)
  • Best barangay DRRM committee, rural category: Barangay Alinguigan 2nd, Ilagan City, Isabela
  • Best barangay DRRM committee, urban category: Barangay Poblacion, Tupi, South Cotabato
  • Best municipal DRRM council (4th-6th class) category: Municipality of San Gabriel, Province of La Union
  • Best municipal DRRM council (1st-3rd class) category: Municipality of Hinatuan, Province of Surigao del Sur
  • Best city DRRM council (Independent/Component) category: City of Santiago, Province of Isabela
  • Best city DRRM council (Highly-Urbanized) category: City of Davao
  • Best provincial DRRM council category: Province of Isabela
  • Gawad KALASAG Special Recognition: 1LT Ben Frederick R. Rodriguez (RES MAC)
  • Hall of Fame Awards for Best Early Learning Centers-Rural Category: Sipitan-Badiang Day Care Center, Guimbal, Iloilo
  • Hall of Fame Awards for Best Schools & Higher Education Institutions-Private School (Urban) Category: Lord’s Hand Academy, Pasig City
  • Hall of Fame Awards for Best Government Emergency Management Services (GEMS)-Advance Search and Rescue Category: Rescue 922, Cauayan City, Isabela
  • Hall of Fame Awards for Best Government Emergency Management Services (GEMS)-Basic Search and Rescue Category: Disaster Assistance Response Team, Province of Tarlac
  • Hall of Fame Awards for Best Local DRRM Councils & Committees-Municipal DRRM Council (1st – 3rd Class) Category: Municipality of Hinatuan, Province of Surigao del Sur
  • Hall of Fame Awards for Best Local DRRM Councils & Committees-Provincial DRRM Council Category: Province of Isabela
  • Heroic Act award: Jonathan Palen, Steven Sabuero and Kenzo Wahing

 – Rappler.com  

Raisa Serafica

Raisa Serafica is the Unit Head of Civic Engagement of Rappler. As the head of MovePH, Raisa leads the on ground engagements of Rappler aimed at building a strong community of action in the Philippines. Through her current and previous roles at Rappler, she has worked with different government agencies, collaborated with non-governmental organizations, and trained individuals mostly on using digital technologies for social good.