GUIMARAS – Themunicipality of Sibunag has been cited for having the best Municipal DisasterRisk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) in this island province. The Gawad KALASAGregional awarding ceremony was held at Smallville 21 Hotel on Sept. 6, 2019./PN “Since this isthe first time for the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to initiate this specialcategory, it will help out in two aspects, first, on the motivational side ofthe actual people leading DRRM in our municipality and second, this will guideour local chief executive to boost support to DRRM-related programs andprojects so all the needs and gaps will be addressed,” he said. The GuimarasProvincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and Jordan DRRM council,meanwhile, were commended for active response during the maritime incident offIloilo Strait on Aug. 3, 2019 (three motorboats capsized). The concept ofGawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) wasadopted from the Filipino term for shield, kalasag,used by early Filipinos as a means of protection from attacks of enemies orharmful animals. Jordan and NuevaValencia towns placed second and third, respectively. The award waspart of the special category, Best DRRM Advocate, of the 21st Gawad KALASAGAwards of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council inWestern Visayas. It wasestablished as the country’s premier recognition scheme to various stakeholdersthat design and implement DRRM programs that protect and shield high riskcommunities against hazards and render them more capable of addressing theirvulnerabilities and coping from disasters. Mark Delotindo,Sibunag’s MDRRMO chief, said the recognition is a motivation to further improveoperations.
Paris, France | AFP | Kylian Mbappe insisted his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is “human like everyone else” after the Brazilian was reduced to tears on Friday by the controversy that has followed him since his arrival from Barcelona.A tearful Neymar pleaded with the media to stop the “false stories” about his alleged frosty relations with PSG coach Unai Emery and fellow striker Edinson Cavani following Brazil’s 3-1 international friendly win over Japan in Lille.The 25-year-old said he was “hurt” by the issue, before adding that he was “really happy” in Paris following his world-record 222-million-euro ($264 million) transfer in August.Mbappe, Neymar and Cavani have linked up to devastating effect this season, with the trio combining to score 24 goals through PSG’s first 12 league matches. But Mbappe conceded Neymar was just as susceptible to criticism as anyone else.“It just simply proves that he’s human like everyone else. He’s like us, he has two arms, two legs, a heart, so he can be affected by the criticism he is subjected to,” Mbappe told French television channel TF1 on Sunday.“From the outside he gives off a certain image, he doesn’t appear to be affected… But when you’re on the inside, he opens himself up to you, he shows he’s a normal person.“He’s incredibly strong on the pitch that you think he’s just as strong off it, but away from it he remains a normal guy.”Share on: WhatsApp