The Makati City government on Wednesday announced it has received the highest compliance rating from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Mayor Abigail Binay said Makati was ranked “Beyond Compliant” at the 22nd Gawad KALASAG (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) Seal and Special Awards for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Assistance for the year 2021.
“I am delighted with the results of the 22nd Gawad KALASAG. We are grateful for this recognition as it affirms our commitment to a disaster-ready and resilient Makati. Thank you to the NDRRMC for recognizing our efforts,” Binay said.
The mayor also commended the members of the Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) for successfully implementing programs and projects for the safety of residents and workers.
“Congratulations to the Makati DRRMC for doing an excellent job in making our city safe for residents and other stakeholders,” she said.
According to NDRRMC Circular 02 of 2022, the local DRRM Councils and Offices will receive a GK Seal of Excellence via a virtual awarding this year.
The city was ranked based on the following criteria: Structure (8 indicators), Competency (14 indicators), Management Systems (3 indicators), Enabling Policies (1 indicator), Knowledge Management and Advocacy (2 indicators), and Partnership and Participation (2 indicators).
The Gawad KALASAG is a mandatory assessment for all Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices as they implement the provisions of Sections 11 and 12 of the Republic Act No. 10121.
It is one of the many awards the city has received for disaster resilience. Last September, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction named Makati the first-ever Resilience Hub in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Makati was also elected as the lead city of the Disaster Cluster of CityNet, the largest association of urban stakeholders who commit to sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region.