Balbalan, Kalinga – Trained responders of Balbalan town in Kalinga showed off their resilience skills to beat La Trinidad, Benguet, and Bontoc, Mt. Province delegates in their first-ever Sisterhood Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Skills Challenge.
Held on Thursday, July 13, at Puguis Communal Forest in La Trinidad, the event served as an avenue for benchmarking activities and sharing of best practices among participants, said the mayor of the host town, Romeo Salda.
The sisterhood of the three municipalities was earlier forged by La Trinidad to foster mutually beneficial cooperation for the enhancement of economic, social, and cultural ties toward sustainable development.
In addition, the towns’ pact likewise promotes disaster preparedness, response, and resilience.
All three showcased their ability to resist, adapt to, transform, and recover from the effects of a hazard in an efficient manner during their first DRRM skills challenge conducted in preparation for the rainy season when floods and landslides, among other disasters, are likely to occur.
Responders from Balbalan were hailed as the winner, followed by La Trinidad (B) from Barangay Bineng as the first runner-up, Bontoc as the second runner-up, then La Trinidad (A) from Barangay Ambiong as the third runner-up.
Commending Balbalan delegates, Mayor Almar Malannag urged the team to apply their skills in disaster response.
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