Provincial Capitol, Tubod LDN – Gawad KALASAG (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contribution in the fields of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance. April 17, 2017 the Province of Lanao del Norte has been evaluated for the award in the Governor’s Conference Room with the presence of Hon. Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo along with Provincial Administrator, Brigida S. Tañgonan and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, Acting-Chief, Marlyn O. Trozo.
The National Government Agencies in Region X conducted the evaluation. These agencies were composed of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, represented by Blanche B. Villamor; the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Romeo S. Fernandez; National Economic and Development Authority, Peleta B. Abejo; and the Office of Civil Defense, headed by Mesug R. Macabantog.
The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte aims for the National Gawad KALASAG through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council with its vision, “An Empowered and Disaster Resilient Communities Governed Proactively to Achieve Safe and Peaceful Environment towards Sustainable Development.” The vision incorporates all levels from the Provincial Government, Municipal, Barangay down to Household Communities to enable all stakeholders to withstand and rise up again after any disaster or calamity. Currently the Province of Lanao del Norte is the one leading in Mindanao for this Award.
The PDRRMC constantly conducts first-aid trainings and rescue simulations not only for adults but also to elementary students for them to instil the knowledge and skills as they grow-up. The PDRRMC strongly coordinates with the local government units especially those barangays that are vulnerable to disaster or calamity. Through this trainings people will then know how to react or respond to any situation either man-made or natural calamity.
“Importante kay siya (Gawad KALASAG) kay diha nato gipaila unsa ka preparado ang Province sa mga katalagman, sa mga disasters gigunitan nimo siya nga award nga nag show siya’g Good Governance ug maayo ang pagdumala sa katawhan” , said Ms. Marlyn O. Trozo, Acting-Chief of PDRRMC.
Earthquakes have been felt in the past few days in Mindanao, with this the PDRRMC has been more active in informing the people of the Province to always be ready and vigilant of their surroundings, giving emphasis to Pantao Ragat and Munai for these Municipalities are situated above the Lanao Fault System same with the Municipalities of Kapatagan, Lala, Sapad up to Nunungan which are also within the Western Mindanao Extension Fault. PIO-LDN