THE disaster risk reduction management office (DRRMO) of Baguio City and an Ifugao province native have been awarded as the top winners of this year’s “Mga Kwentong KLIMA-likasan: A Climate and Disaster Resiliency Recognition Awards”, presented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
“Our recognition scheme aims to feature the long track record and important contributions and initiatives in the environment, climate change, and disaster risk management,” DENR CCS Director Elenida Basug noted.
Six entries bagged the first and second places of KLIMA-likasan Awards under three categories (Individual, Group, and LGU), while another six received special citations—Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment, and Climate Change Award, and Climate Technology for Resilience Award.
The Baguio City DRRMO took home a cash prize of P80,000 for being the KLIMA-likasan Awards first placer and recipient of the Climate Technology for Resilience Special Citation under the LGU category. Its winning entry, “The Baguio City Smart and Gender-inclusive Flood Early Warning Information and Mitigation System”, took a holistic, nature-based, gender-sensitive, and socially inclusive approach to address the city’s challenges.
For the individual category, Moises Butic won first place with a cash prize of P30,000 for his entry “The Ifugao Muyong: Perpetuating a Forest Legacy.” Proudly nominated by Ifugao Governor Jerry Dalipog, Butic’s story is about the indigenous practice inherited by the Ifugaos from their ancestors called “Muyong System,” which is a forest management system that supports biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation.
The DENR received a total of 60 entries for the awards across the entire country. Entries were evaluated on climate and disaster resiliency content,visual appeal of the photographs and video, 20 percent; gender fair text and media, and geographical reach of the initiative.