DAGUPAN CITY – Barangay Malued in Dagupan was adjudged as among the two barangays in Region 1 that will vie for the coveted 20th Gawad KALASAG Award.

Competing alongside fellow regional awardee Barangay San Gabriel of La Union, Barangay Malued is the only barangay in the city chosen as one of the contenders  for the national award.

Gawad Kalasag (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) is an annual event organized by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council  (NDRRMC) which aims to recognize individuals, local councils and organizations with outstanding contributions in the field of disaster risk reduction.

Punong Barangay Filipina Delos Santos of Barangay Malued disclosed how the barangay was recognized way back when Malued Elementary School was competing in an eco-friendly competition.

“They saw that our barangay has many innovations,” said Delos Santos.

Meanwhile, Gawad Kalasag Regional Focal Person Mark Madusog disclosed that Malued’s efforts in prioritizing safety and disaster management despite being one of the flood-prone areas in the city, makes the barangay a top contender for the national award.

“Malued has many projects and initiatives that focus on disaster management and also help save lives. At kahit na flood-prone ang barangay nila, hindi nila pinapabayaan ang mga tao doon.” said Madusog.

Barangay Malued is now preparing for the upcoming evaluation to be held on July 8-10. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)