Two top Gawad Kalasag award given to Olongapo City

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The local government of Olongapo City bagged two top awards during the Regional Gawad Kalasag Award 2017, held in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

 Two top Gawad Kalasag award given to Olongapo City
Olongapo City Local Government Officials—Former Councilor Edwin Piano (from left), Leonila Jimenez ( City Tourism Office), Tony Karr Balde (CPDO), Mayor Rolen Paulino, City Administrator Mamerto Malabute, Engr. Ed Santos, Lito Majarucon (GSO), Loreli Ricasa ( ESMO), Jun Pascua (CSWDO), Dr. Arturo Mendoza( JLGMH), Dr. Jewel Manuel (JLGMH), Dr. Roderick Bustamante (JLGMH). – Photo by PUBLIC AFFAIRS

 Two top Gawad Kalasag award given to Olongapo City
Mayor Rolen Paulino, Mr. Angie Layug (DRRMO) in the middle, together with Olongapo City Fire Rescue –Photo by public affairs

 Two top Gawad Kalasag award given to Olongapo City

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office Fire Rescue unit placed 1st as the Best Government Emergency Management Service in the Advance Search and Rescue category while James L Gordon Memorial Hospital won 1st place as the Best Local Government Hospital emergency preparedness.

No less than Olongapo City Mayor Rolen C. Paulino received the award from Regional Director and RDRRMC Chairperson Edgardo Ollet during the awarding ceremony.

“Olongapo City is known for its best rescue personnel, and this award shows how dedicated our rescue workers are, I am very proud of them and if anyone needs their help I will send them without no hesitation, I am also very proud of our hospital which was also given the award, we have been upgrading not only the equipment’s but also upgrading the skills of the staff, state of the art equipment will be of no use if our hospital staff has little knowledge.” Paulino said.

Angie Layug, head of City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said that they will pursue to have a command center this year. The soon to be rise Office of DRRMO with the command center will be built near SM and also a mobile command center will be placed on their current office at Transcon in Old Cabalan.

Paulino added that the city is on the process of building a new building for the City Risk Reduction Management Office which will house a new command center for monitoring which will connect all responders, including traffic, the local police, barangay and others. It will also house personnel from the said office, equipment and other essentials for quick response in emergency situations.

Three schools from the city also participated in the recent Gawad Kalasag and was given a certification by the award given body for their participation, namely Mabayuan National High School, Barretto National high School and Kalalake National High School for actively participating in the19thGawad KALASAG Regional Awards.

Gawad KALASAG or Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galingang Kaligtasan is a yearly awarding event of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council to recognize outstanding performances of Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs), Barangay (BDRRMCs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), educational institutions including Early Learning Centers (ELCs) and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Government Emergency Management or GEM (Basic and Advance), Hospitals, Volunteer Organizations and, Private (Business/Corporate) Organizations.

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