By lovely a. carillo
The city government got P100,000 worth of check for winning first place in the Gawad Kalasag (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang kaligtasan) Award for highly urbanized city category.
City Administrator Zuleika Lopez received the check in behalf of the city government on Monday’s flag raising ceremony in front of City Hall.
The City Information Office (CIO) said Gawad Kalasag is one of the most prestigious government awards given to a city.
Davao City had won the award several times in the past but this is the first time for the city to win the top prize. It is a recognition given for outstanding contribution in the field of disaster risk reduction and management and humanitarian assistance, CIO said.
The award was launched by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) to promote awareness on the best practices in DRRM and humanitarian response and action.
Central 911 Chief Emmanuel Jaldon said the city bagged the most-coveted award because of the combined effort of the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, as well as other government and private sector agencies.
He said “kalasag” means shield and is a symbolic terminology signifying protection from disaster. It is making the city disaster-resilient, and putting in efforts in risk reduction management to protect communities. Gawad Kalasag was conceived to shield high-risk communities against disasters.
“It is a very important component of the Seal of Good Local Governance and will contribute to the city’s efforts to be recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government,” he said.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) conferred the Gawad Kalasag award to Davao City for its achievements in the following areas: establishment of the first intelligent Public Safety and Security Command Center, establishment the highest standard in public safety service, establishment of a hotline that ensures the city has an efficient and effective response system, beyond state-of-the-art operations center and exhibiting genuine commitment, dedication and political will beyond the call of service.