BatStateU Wins at Regional GAWAD KALASAG - Search For Excellence In DRRM For Second Straight Year
DRRM Focal Person Dr. Nickie Boy A. Manalo received the award from Batangas Governor Hermilando “Dodo” Mandanas during the Joint Council Meeting of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Provincial Development Council, Provincial Peace and Order Council, Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, and Provincial School Board, held at the Bulwagang Capitol, Batangas City.
Recently, BatStateU’s Team SIGAW (Solar-Powered Isotropic Generator of Acoustic Wave) also earned special recognition in the Group Category of the 20th National Gawad KALASAG— an annual awarding ceremony for significant initiatives in the promotion and advancement of DRRM in the country. This took place on December 4, 2018 and was attended by University President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo and VP for Research Development and Extension Services Engr. Albertson D. Amante.
BatStateU SIGAW Team Bags National GAWAD KALASAG Award
Batangas State University’s Team SIGAW (Solar-Powered Isotropic Generator of Acoustic Wave) proved excellence in humanitarian service as it bagged the Special Recognition Group Category in the 20th National Gawad KALASAG Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Humanitarian Assistance on December 4 at the AFP Theater, Quezon City.
Organized by the Office of Civil Defense – National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) is an annual awarding ceremony for significant initiatives in the promotion and advancement of DRRM in the country.
This year’s ceremony was graced by NDRRMC Chairperson and National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzaga, as the guest of honor and speaker, who led the conferment of GK national awards together with NDRRMC Executive Director and OCD Administrator Usec. Ricardo B. Jalad and Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Manuel B. Felix.
BatStateU President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo and Vice President for Research, Development and Extension Services Engr. Albertson D. Amante received the award on behalf of the project team composed of Emmanuel Bobis, Eugene Ereño, and Carlito Mayo.
Committed to develop high-impact researches for the community, SIGAW was designed and developed as a tsunami early warning device for seaside communities. In 2015, the university started the installation of 17 units of SIGAW units in the province of Batangas.
Aside from SIGAW, BatStateU Tactical Operative Amphibious Drive (TOAD) team was also a recipient of the same award in the 18th Gawad KALASAG National Awards for the development of a Filipino amphibious vehicle for emergency responses.
BatStateU Receives GAWAD KALASAG 2016 Award
|The Batangas State University was chosen as the recipient of the Gawad KALASAG 2016 last November 29, 2016 at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Barangay Sungay East, Tagaytay City.
The Regional Gawad KALASAG is an annual Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management-Climate Change Adaption (DRRM-CCA) and Humanitarian Assistance of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Region IV-A (RDRRMC IV-A). This award is given to the deserving local government units, government and non-government organizations which have shown exemplary achievements in the fields of DRRM-CCA. Moreover, it is given to those who have excellently responded to emergencies beyond the call of duties.
BatStateU was recognized for its effort of responding to the emergencies through a sophisticated, Philippine made amphibious vehicle known as the “Tactical Operative Amphibious Drive” (TOAD).
In the award, the RDRRMC IV-A acknowledges the effort of BatStateU in responding to the challenges of drastic changes in weather conditions through the development of TOAD. This invention would help the first responders and Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils during the emergencies.
Moreover, they have recognized that this innovation of BatStateU is aligned in the realization of plans and programs of the Council and the fulfillment of both the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council vision and RDRRMC IV-A battle cry.
BatStateU was represented by Dr. Romeo M. Guillo, Jr. and Mr. Alvin R. de Silva, Assistant Director of National Service Training Program Office (Social and Community Involvement Programs Office) and OIC-Assistant Director for Institutional and Industry Development Services, respectively, during the awarding ceremony.