Quezon City bested Angeles City (second place) and two-time winner Davao City which took the third place.
Mayor Herbert Bautista, together with other city officials, received the award from Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Ricardo Jalad.
Quezon City was cited for implementing programs and policies that address the four thematic areas: disaster mitigation and prevention, response, preparedness, and rehabilitation and recovery.
“Quezon City was awarded for putting premium on the promotion of a deeper understanding of hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks of its communities; for prioritizing and allocating ample resources that paved the way for the enhancement of skills, knowledge and perspectives to achieve disaster resilience; for espousing an effective resettlement and housing program implemented through partnership and collaboration with multi-stakeholders that aimed to take individuals and families out of hazard-prone areas; for seamlessly integrating environment protection and management, livelihood and resource generation, family and community preparedness; and for ensuring that organizational structures, policies, and programs on disaster risk reduction and climate change are in place and working, with its citizenry sharing a common vision of safety, preparedness, and resiliency. These accomplishments are all notable contributions to the national effort to build a safer, climate change adaptive and disaster resilient Philippines, worth emulation by our people,” the citation reads.
Gawad KALASAG is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contribution in the fields of DRRM and humanitarian assistance.