CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Dec. 12 (PIA)- For exhibiting excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and mainstreaming of DRRM in the development programs and initiatives, this province was adjudged as Best Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council during the 21st Gawad Kalasag National Awards at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.
The province was cited for its dynamic and inclusive planning and showing determination in enhancing the resilience of the vulnerable sectors and strengthening its stakeholders' capacity to build a disaster-resilient community and increasing disaster preparedness and response at all levels.
Aside from these, it was recognized for initiating projects that promote strategies for preparedness in times of calamities, restoring ecological balance and showcasing technical capacity in disaster operation and demonstrating the Filipino spirit of Bayanihan through immediate response to lend assistance to other local government units in times of disasters.
Furthermore, the province had succeeded in ensuring judicious use of government and stakeholder resources in times of calamities by promoting disaster-related projects and programs that build resiliency as evidenced by its high budget utilization rate and stakeholder participation.
Governor Dakila Carlo E. Cua said this is the accomplishment of all the Quirinians, not only of the provincial capitol.
"Our goals are not to win awards but to ensure that when crisis comes, we will be able to protect our people and these are the reasons why we are very thankful to the Lord and we are so proud as Quirinians," Cua said.
The Gawad Kalasag is the NDRRMC's annual Search for Excellence in DRRM and Humanitarian Assistance, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of Local Government DRRM Councils, as well as the various managers and practitioners from government agencies and institutions, civil society organizations, private sectors, and individuals who advocate and implement rights-based, gender-responsive and inclusive DRRM and climate change adaptation programs. (MDCT/TCB/PIA 2- Quirino)