Makati gets highest rating from NDRRMC anew

Nillicent Bautista - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — For the second straight year, Makati City has earned the highest compliance rating in the nationwide assessment conducted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the city government announced yesterday.

In a statement, Mayor Abby Binay said Makati received a “beyond compliant” rating in NDRRMC’s annual Gawad KALASAG (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) Seal and Special Awards for Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils and Office.

“We are thankful to the NDRRMC for recognizing the efforts of the city government to build Makati’s resilience and keep all stakeholders safe and secure,” Binay said.

“This two-peat achievement inspires us to pursue more innovations in DRRM alongside our efforts towards a carbon-neutral future,” she added.

According to the city government, Makati houses a state-of-the-art early warning system with an automated weather station and earthquake recording instruments.

The city also boasts of a cutting-edge command control and communications center that features data analytics and automated incident report generation.

These facilities enable “reliable risk detection, analysis and dissemination,” which are essential to providing early warning against natural disasters, the city government said.

Cities and municipalities are ranked based on the structure and competency of their DRRM initiatives as well as their management systems, enabling policies, knowledge management advocacy and partnership participation.

Aside from Makati, four cities in Metro Manila also earned a “beyond compliant” rating: Malabon, Muntinlupa, Parañaque and Quezon.

The awarding ceremony for the 2023 Gawad Kalasag will be held at the Manila Hotel on Dec. 11.

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