CITY OF MALOLOS- Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado placed second in the 2011 National Gawad Kalasag (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) given by the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) at the Office of Civil Defense Regional Center, San Fernando, Pampanga last December 28, 2011.
Bulacan PDRRMC’s School Hydrological Information Network (SHINE) project was recognized on NDCC’s current awarding scheme to be one of the best practices in school-based early warning systems.
The said project sets the minds of youths towards a climate change-enhanced curriculum consistent with the principle that disaster awareness should begin in schools.
“SHINE strengthens the flood disaster awareness of schools and communities in Bulacan,” Gov. Alvarado said.
Gawad Kalasag, a search for excellence in disaster risk management and humanitarian assistance, is given to individuals, non-government organizations, private sector and government organizations, in recognition of their initiative in helping the Filipino government uplift the standard of disaster management in the country.
Meanwhile, Provicial Administrator Jim Valerio announced during the flag raising ceremony thus morning that the number of firecracker, pyrotechnics and other related incident in Bulacan dropped from 145 victims last year to 100 this year.
“Noong December 2009 hanggang January 2010, 224 ang bilang ng biktima ng paputok. At noong December 2010 hanggang January 2011 ay bumaba sa 145 o 35% ang mga biktima at mula December 28, 2011 hanggang ngayon ay muling bumaba sa 100 o 31% ang mga biktima.”
Alvarado pushes the strict implementation of RA 7183 or the Firecrackers law that regulates the sale, distribution and use of fireworks and pyrotechnic devices to ensure public safety and protect the fireworks industry in Bulacan. ###