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 The Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI) was among the recognized partners of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council XI (RDRRMC XI) for its contribution to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Davao Region during the 22nd Gawad KALASAG Seal National Awarding Ceremony.

Led by RDRRMC XI Chairperson and Office of Civil Defense (OCD XI) Regional Director Liza Mazo with the Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Administration Assistant Secretary Hernando Caraig, Jr, the recognition was conferred to DOST XI Assistant Regional Director for Technical Support Services Division Ms. Mirasol Domingo and DOST XI DRRM Personnel Mr. John Paolo Boniel. 

The recognition was given to DOST XI for being part of the Regional Selection and Validation Committee and for championing the importance of disaster resiliency in Davao region by participating and conducting series of DRRM activities in various communities. 

Twenty-four local government units were also awarded by RDRRMC XI for their contributions in advocating and implementing comprehensive DRRM programs, projects and activities to help attain safer and disaster-resilient communities.

The Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) was established in 1988 to give due recognition to various stakeholders who promote and implement DRRM, climate change adaptation and humanitarian assistance programs that protect and shield high risk communities against extreme hazards. 

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