DAVAO CITY The Reduce D Risk (RDR) Rescue Team of Davao del Norte received the Bakas Parangal ng Kadakilaan Award for their courage and heroism in assisting the victims of typhoon Pablo in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.
The RDR responders were among the 89 individuals, units and organizations who were bestowed the Bakas or Bayaning Likas Awards by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for helping alleviate the sufferings of the victims of the super storm.
Governor Rodolfo del Rosario accepted the recognition during the recent awarding rites led by NDRRMC chair and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, together with NDRRMC executive director Undersecretary Eduardo del Rosario, and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, Lt. General Emmanuel Bautista.
Gazmin said the nation treasures the commendable acts of courage, heroism and kindness of the awardees during and after the onslaught of Pablo that started on the evening of December 3, 2012.
The nation is proud of their achievements, he said.
Former Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator and NDRRMC executive director Undersecretary Benito Ramos, led the recipients of the award, for masterfully managing the rigorous rescue, recovery and relief operations for the pitiful victims of the deadly super typhoon.
The three categories of the Bakas award include the Bakas Kadakilaan, which is given to organizations participating in difficult rescue missions; Bakas Kabayanihan is bestowed to leaders of units responding to rescue distressed communities. While, Bakas Kagitingan is given to those who risk their lives to save victims of disasters.
Besides the RDR Rescue Team, 59 other organizations also received the Bakas Kadakilaan award, including a Korean rescue group.
The Bakas Parangal ng Kagitingan award, the highest among the three categories, was conferred to 11 soldiers under the 66th IB who sacrificed their lives during the typhoon. Seven of them died while four are still missing.
The same recognition was also given to 12 Army personnel who were injured while conducting search and rescue operations during Pablo.
Other notable awardees were Lt. General Jorge Segovia, commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command, 10th Infantry Division Commander Major General Ariel Bernardo, Police Regional Office 11 Director Chief Supt. Jaime Morente, the operating units of the 10th Infantry Division, Tactical Operations Group 11, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, National Bureau of Investigation XI forensic team, Davao City, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley chapters of the Philippine Red Cross, Davao Firefighter and Rescue Services, Maragusan Emergency Rescue Team, Maco Rescue Team, MMDA Rescue Team, Knight Hawk Foundation Inc., as well as, rescue groups from Davao Oriental, Banay-Banay, Governor Generoso, Lupon, Mati City, San Isidro, Compostela Valley, Montevista, Margusan and New Bataan, Matina 74-A, Davao City, and Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur. (PNA)