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Tagum Wins Gawad Kalasag Award

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The City of Tagum is awarded the 2015 GAWAD KALASAG AWARD (Best City Disaster Reduction and Management Council) for Component City Category of Region XI, making it as the region's official entry to the National Gawad Kalasag Awards. The said recognition was received by City Administrator and CDRRMC Action Officer Giovanni L. Rellon (3rd from left) and City DILG Director Eliza P. Mendoza (4th from left) in a fitting ceremony last August 11, 2015 at Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. Photo by Kareen Jane Gomez/CIO Tagum

DAVAO CITY – The City Government of Tagum added another feather on its cap as it won the 2015 Gawad Kalasag Award for Best City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) for Region XI, making it as the official entry of Davao Region to the National Search for Gawad Kalasag.

The CDRRMC, under its chairman Mayor Allan L. Rellon, bested fellow component cities in the region in the said competition, which is the country’s premier annual award to local governments for their outstanding contribution in the fields of disaster risk reduction and management and humanitarian action.

It recognizes outstanding performance of the Local DRRM Councils, civil society groups, schools, hospitals and other major stakeholders in promoting significant DRRM- climate change adaptation (CCA) programs and innovations.

City Administrator and CDRRMC Action Officer Giovanni L. Rellon and City DILG Director Eliza P. Mendoza received the award last August 11, 2015 at Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City during the culmination program of the National Disaster Consciousness Month.

The institutionalization of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) is one of the pillars of Mayor Rellon’s agenda on achieving genuine peace, safety and security as stipulated in the EAGLE WINGS Program.

Under Mayor Rellon’s watch, the office has focused on expanding its capability by acquiring equipment to boost its action and response during emergencies and disasters, and even established a 24/7 operation center in the city’s motor pool.

It has also trained organic and volunteer personnel while doing climate change adaptation programs and projects such as massive tree planting programs and boosting its infrastructure projects aimed at reducing the risks of urban emergencies such as flooding. Louie Lapat/CIO Tagum