Surigao City Recognized as Best Disaster Coordinating Council

The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) conferred the CDCC of Surigao the Gawad KALASAG as Best City Disaster Coordinating Council in Caraga Region for CY 2009in recognition of the excellent efforts and accomplishments of CDCC-Surigao in the implementation of disaster management programs and activities in the recently held Gawad KALASAG Awarding Ceremony last July 10, 2009 at Goat-2-geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City.

KALASAG, which stands for Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan, is annual recognition of an individual or institution for excellence in disaster management and humanitarian assistance sponsored by the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).

This award was third in a row for Surigao City since participating the search in 2007, making the city a Grand Slam winner in the Caraga Region (2007, 2008 & 2009} under the leadership of Hon. City Mayor Alfonso S. Casurra.

Receiving the KALASAG Award (comprised of plaque of recognition and check worth P10,000.00) from the RDCC Chairperson and PNP-13 Regional Director, Chief Supt. Jaime Elorita Milla and RDCC Executive Officer and OCD-13 Regional Director, Dr. Blanche T. Gobenchiong, was Mr. Isidro Elumba, the Team Leader of Surigao City’s Quick Action Response Team (QART) together with the active members of the QART.

The Regional Gawad KALASAG Awarding Ceremony was timely held in celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) this July 2009. (Halan B. Besario, CPDO, surigaocity.gov.ph)

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