FRESH from being a winner of Gawad KALASAG in 2008, the Mahinog RESPONSE 143 is adjudged again as the Gawad KALASAG Awardee for 2009 as Outstanding and Best Volunteer Organization in Region X.
The award was given by National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Executive Officer Glenn Rabonza during the culmination of the observance of the 2009 National Disaster Consciousness Month last July 28, 2009 at Grand Caprice Restaurant, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro 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).
Mahinog RESPONSE 143, a volunteer disaster response group based in the town of Mahinog, in the province of Camiguin, was recognized by the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) for its outstanding performance as major stakeholder and partner of the RDCC in the implementation of the disaster risk management and humanitarian assistance in the region.
The award was signed by Carmilito A. Lupo, Regional Director, Office of Civil Defense and Executive Officer, RDCC X and Vice Chairman of the Gawad Kalasag Selection Committee;
Loreto T. Bhagwani, Regional Director, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Vice Chairman, RDCC X and Chairman of the Gawad Kalasag Selection Committee; and
Police Chief Superintendent Danilo T. Empedrad, Regional Director, Police Regional Office X and Chairman of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council X.
Receiving the award was Kaiser A. Abao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mahinog Response 143. He was accompanied Vice Chairperson Bibian A. Abbu, Secretary Adelma Concepcion F. Maestrado, Responders Chastine Rapliza and Henry Ramires. (Mahinog Information Office)