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Albay bags ‘Galing Pook’ for disaster management

Posted in Disaster/Calamity by Erineus on February 16, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – For its pioneering initiatives in disaster risk management, the province of Albay leads 10 of this year’s recipients of the Galing Pook Award for outstanding local governance program.

Albay’s official entry, the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), was recognized as one of the best practices in disaster risk management.

The award was conferred by the Galing Pook Foundation, which promotes innovation, sustainability, citizen empowerment and excellence in local governance.

As the country’s first successful institutional disaster management office, Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda said APSEMO is his province’s contribution to disaster risk reduction strategies consistent with the United Nations’ Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

The Galing Pook Award comes on the heels of a special citation given to Albay for its Local Capacity Inventive Mechanism (LoCIM) for good governance conferred by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Dutch Development Agency, SNV.

Salceda will receive the award from President Arroyo in Malacañang today.

As the technical and administrative arm of Albay’s Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, APSEMO utilizes local governance to plan and implement disaster risk reduction programs.

Due to the proactive stance, there were “zero casualties” recorded in Albay despite several super typhoons and volcanic eruptions that hit the province from 1995 to 2005.

Created in 1994, APSEMO is a separate and distinct body within the provincial government of Albay. Among its lean staff of 20 are designated disaster specialists by type of hazard to ensure continuous and effective delivery of local government initiatives.

Updated February 12, 2009 12:00 AM