Baguio gets 2022 Gawad KALASAG Seal for DRRM efforts

By Liza Agoot

December 30, 2022, 2:35 pm

<p>Baguio City Hall facade<em> (PNA file photo by Romeo Gonzales)</em></p>

Baguio City Hall facade (PNA file photo by Romeo Gonzales)

BAGUIO CITY – The city government again bagged the 2022 Gawad KALASAG (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) Seal for local disaster risk reduction and management council and offices (LDRRMCOs).

City DRRM Office chief Antonette Anaban, in a press release Thursday, said the city was assessed as "fully compliant" by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in major areas such as "structure, competency, management systems, enabling policies, knowledge management, advocacy, partnership, and participation.”

Anaban said the GK Seal for LDRRMCOs is envisioned to serve as a performance assessment mechanism for all LGUs as they implement the mandatory provisions of RA 10121 (An Act Strengthening the Philippine DRRM System) on the institutionalization of their LDRRMCOs, including other NDRRMC issuances.

She said the CDRRMC conducted several contingency workshops and updated the city’s contingency plans for earthquake and hydrometeorological hazards.

It has also conducted a Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment and formulated a DRRM Plan for 2020-2022, CDRRM Operations Center standard operating procedure and a local climate change action plan, among other accomplishments.

The Gawad KALASAG (GK) Search for Excellence in DRRM and Humanitarian Assistance was established in 1998. It was later transformed into the GK Seal and Special Awards for Excellence in DRRM and Humanitarian Assistance and was made mandatory in the assessment of all local government units (LGUs).

It is among the items in the Department of the Interior and Local Government's assessment of LGUs. (PNA)