For two consecutive years, Brgy. Poblacion Disaster Coordinating Council (BPDCC) of Tupi, South Cotabato bagged the national “Gawad Kalasag” award. Poblacion won the award in 2009 and 2010 and is aiming to be elevated to the “Hall of Fame” once it maintains its award this year.

Brgy. Poblacion, here, bested other entries for the “Rural Barangay Category” and was chosen by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) national selection committee as the country’s best BDCC.

Poblacion Chair Joselito G. Yabut will be off to Manila on January 12, 2011 to receive the award from Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Yabut has promised to maintain the award to elevate BPDCC to the hall of fame by 2012. Brgy. Sta. Rita of Olongapo City in Region 3 won the national award for the Urban Barangay Category. (tupi.gov.ph)
About Gawad KALASAG
Gawad KALASAG (Kalamidad at Sakuna  labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan)
Kalasag  is the  Filipino  term  for  "shield"  used  by early  Filipinos  as  a means of  protection  from  attacks  of  enemies  or  harmful  animals.  Relatedly,  Gawad KALASAG  was  conceived  to  protect  or  shield  high  risk  communities  against hazards  by  encouraging  participation  of  various  stakeholders  in  designing  and implementing  Disaster  Risk  Management  (DRM)  programs.
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