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Albay province was adjudged one of the 10 recipients of the 2008 Galing Pook Award for outstanding Local Governance program for pioneering initiatives in disaster risk management. Albay’s official entry, the Albay Pubic Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), was recognized as one of the best practices and disaster risk management. The award was conferred by the Galing Pook Foundation, an institution promoting innovation, sustainability, citizen empowerment and excellence in local governance.
Governor Joey Salceda said as the country’s first successful institutional disaster management office, APSEMO is Albay’s contribution to disaster risk reduction strategies consistent with the United Nation’s Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). Salceda said the Galing Pook award comes at the heels of a Special Citation given to Albay for its Local Capacity Inventive Mechanism (L0CIM) for Good Governance conferred by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Dutch Development Agency, SNV.
Governor Salceda will receive the award from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Malacañang on February 11, 2009. 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 its proactive stance, there were “zero casualties” recorded in Albay despite several super typhoons and volcanic eruptions that hit the province from 1995-2005.
Albay APSEMO implemented various programs and projects under the Disaster Management Framework for Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation, Response, Recovery and Rehabilitation to achieve this milestone. This is best exemplified by the Preemptive Evacuation being undertaken by the province and Disaster Risk Reduction in the provincial comprehensive land use plan. APSEMO has also taken a leading role in coordinating with Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council warning agencies, non-governmental organizations, the private sector. It also conducts trainings, information campaigns, drills and capacity-building exercises.
APSEMO is created in 1994, a separate and distinct body within the Provincial Government of Albay. Among its lean staff of 20 are designated competent disaster specialists by type of hazard to ensure continuous and effective delivery of local government initiatives. In recognition, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) included the institutionalization of APSEMO in the DILG Good Practices in Local Governance: facility for Adaptation and Replication.
This is a facility designed to build the capacities of local government units (LGUs) by providing opportunities to improve local governance performance through sharing and replication of good practices that are participatory, innovative and sustainable. In a joint project with OXFAM of the United Kingdom, APSEMO is now being replicated in Sorsogon, Pampanga and Saranggani provinces. It is also a major venue of study tours organized by various LGUs nationwide.
Source: Positive News Media
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