QUEZON CITY, June 26 (PIA) - The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council is once again declared as the best DRRM council in Metro Manila in this year's Regional Gawad Kalasag.
"DRRM is not just one person or one department. It is a directive, it is a mode of governance. DRRM is practiced all the way from the barangay level. Everyone is involved because that is what disaster risk reduction and management is all about," Mayor Herbert Bautista said.
Aside from being named as the Best DRRM Council in Metro Manila for the fourth time, the QC Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office also bagged the Best Government Emergency Management Services or GEMS.
GEMS is a special award acknowledging the efforts of the QC Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in emergency response.
The GEMS award recognizes Quezon City as the region's best provider of emergency management services, which includes emergency medical treatment and first aid, search and rescue, urban search and rescue, water search and rescue, incident management, and other emergency response services.
Likewise, QC bagged six First Place awards this year, namely: Best DRRM Council, Best City DRRM Council, Best Local Hospital (Quezon City General Hospital), Best Specialty Hospital (Philippine Children's Medical Center), Best Civil Society Organization (World Mission Society Church of God), and Best Private Corporate Institution (People 360).
QC also earned Finalist citations: Barangay Batasan, Rosa L. Susano Elementary School, and St Paul University Quezon City for Best Barangay DRRM, Best Public Elementary School, and Best Higher Education Institution, respectively.
Mayor Bautista acknowledged the efforts of the QCDRRM Council and commended the determination of the city to be resilient in disasters.
Through the years, Quezon City continues to improve its disaster risk reduction and management capabilities through the procurement of equipment and training of the members of the QCDRRM Council.
The regional winners from each category will be competing at the national level of the Gawad Kalasag which is the premier annual award for outstanding contributions in the field of disaster risk reduction and management and humanitarian assistance. (PIA InfoComm/QC PAISO)