The Cordillera Gawad KALASAG 2017 regional winners with Civil Defense Administrator and NDRRMC Executive Director USEC Ricardo B. Jalad and the Cordillera regional executives (Photo: Carlito Dar, PIA-CAR)

To recognize outstanding performances of various stakeholders in rendering exemplary contribution in promoting and implementing Disaster Risk Reduction and Management-Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM-CCA) programs, the Cordillera Gawad KALASAG Regional Selection Committee (RSC), through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), is now soliciting entries for the 2018 Gawad Kalasag: Search for Excellence in DRRM and Humanitarian Assistance.

Gawad KALASAG, which stands for “Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan”, is a fully institutionalized program of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) that promotes the spirit of volunteerism, measures capability of stakeholders in identifying vulnerabilities, and address challenges on emergencies and disasters.

Entries are welcome for different categories – Local DRRM Councils, Civil Society Organizations, People’s Organizations, Volunteer Organizations, Schools, Early Learning Centers, Government Emergency and Management Services Teams, Higher Education Institutions, Hospitals, Private category for corporate and businesses, Heroic Act, and the special recognition award.

Regional winners in each category shall receive plaques of recognition and cash awards that can be spent for DRRM-related activities: 1st Place – Php 50,000; 2nd Place – Php 30,000; 3rd Place – Php 15,000.

Last year, four (4) among the 19th National Gawad KALASAG winners hailed from the region. The University of the Cordilleras was recognized as the Best Higher Educational Institution in the country, while the Lepanto National High School was the 2nd Best School for the Public-Rural Category.

For the local DRRMC, the Municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet bagged the 2nd place for the Best Municipal DRRMC (1st to 3rd class) category and the Mountain Province was named as the 3rd Best Provincial DRRMC.

NEDA-CAR is a member of the RSC that evaluates Gawad Kalasag nominees.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit requirements using the 2017 Gawad KALASAG Checklists on or before 15 March 2018 to OCD-CAR. Applicants may access all documents for the Guidelines, Checklists and Guidance Notes through this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1VCCzMLZFgoODRmNG5zbUdSX0E.

For more queries, please contact OCD-CAR through (074) 442 5289 or email at car@ocd.gov.ph