Thursday, 09 July 2020

Sarangani still best DRRM Council in Region 12

ALABEL, Sarangani (August 17, 2017) – Sarangani has consistently maintained its status as the best Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council in Region 12.

This is the fourth time Sarangani has bested provinces in the region since 2014, and fourth time as finalist at the national level.

In the recently-concluded awarding ceremony for the Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the provinces of South Cotabato and Cotabato followed Sarangani in the second and third places, respectively.

Gawad Kalasag is the country’s premier annual awards which the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recognizes thru the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) outstanding contributions in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and humanitarian assistance.

It provides the mechanism in obtaining sustained commitment and support from the highest level in government by recognizing the exceptional contributions of various DRRM practitioners in rebuilding the resilience of communities to disasters.

In Region 12, the search was conducted last March 27 to 30.

OCD 12 Assistant Regional Director Jerome Barranco recognized the improvement in disaster preparedness in the region and expressed his confidence that “ensuring communities, constituents, and (our) families is now safer, more adaptive and more resilient in the face of disasters and emergencies compared in the last two years.”

“We already shifted our paradigm to focus more on risk reduction,” he said. “The trend is rapid urbanization. More people are coming in to the centers hence more problems related to safety and protection will crop up that is why we have to step up our efforts, our capacities, and our resilience.”

For Sarangani, Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Officer Rene Punzalan said the responsibility that comes along with the recognition being the best DRRM Council in the region has pushed them to even improve more and to never stop learning.

“Every year we have to learn and innovate programs and projects and activities related to DRRM.”

Around P37 million have been proposed by his office for their priority projects of sustaining and improving different disaster preparedness projects.

Punzalan also expressed optimism that the PDRRMO and the entire provincial government of Sarangani could already process the documentation for accreditation to the International Standards Organization. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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