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CSF Bags 3 Awards In 21st Gawad KALASAG Regional Level [ Monday, 29th of July 2019 | 3 weeks ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando’s efforts and initiatives in pushing for a disaster-resilient community have been recognized as it bagged three titles in this year’s 21st Gawad KALASAG Regional Awards: Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance. The awarding was held on July 26 at the Fontana Paeoni Function Hall, ASEAN Convention, C.M. Recto Highway, Clark Freeport Zone.

San Fernando received the Best City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council under the Component/Independent City category; San Fernando Rescue Unit got the 1st place for Best Local Government Emergency Management and Response Team; and, Sindalan National Child Development Center cornered the award for Best Child Development Center under the School Category-Early Learning Center. These awards were conferred by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC III) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD-III), respectively. Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, CDRRM Officer Raymond Del Rosario and some members of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC), received the awards. Gawad KALASAG which stands for “KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan,” aims to recognize government agencies and institutions, local government units, civil society organizations, private sectors, and individuals for services covering four thematic areas: Prevention and Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery and Rehabilitation. CDRRM Officer Del Rosario expressed his gratitude to the local government for its unending support and vowed to continue his office’s commitment in delivering disaster and emergency preparedness services. “In the City of San Fernando, of course through the support of Mayor Santiago, we will make sure that we will be resilient and adaptive. We will continue to identify and prevent the hazards sa paligid natin. Kung ano man po ang mga emergencies, tawag nyo lamang po sa ating hotline 961-HELP or 961-4657, at buong puso po kaming maglilingkod,” said Del Rosario. Meanwhile, Santiago lauded the efforts and dedication of the CDRRM personnel and urged the Fernandinos to continuously support the capital city’s actions and programs towards a disaster-resilient community. “Binabati natin at pinasasalamatan ang ating mga kababayan, mga barangay, at lalung-lalo na ang CDRRM Council dahil nangunguna tayo sa Gawad Kalasag—isang pagpapatunay na tayong lahat ay may iisang layunin kung kaya’t ipagpatuloy sana natin ang ating pagkakaiisa upang tayo ay maging alerto at handa sa kung ano man sakuna o peligro na dumating sa atin. Muli, maraming salamat at mabuhay ang mga Fernandinos!” Santiago said in an interview. The City of San Fernando is now set to represent Central Luzon for this year’s National Gawad Kalasag Awards which will be held in September.

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