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By Noel M. Laxamana, MD, Department of Family and Community Medicine

The Bataan General Hospital has been awarded as the 2nd Place Regional Winner for Gawad KALASAG 2016 by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) on October 14, 2016 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center. The Gawad KALASAG is an annual event recognizing the efforts of various government agencies involved in the exemplary demonstration of a systematic and orderly standard emergency response mechanism and for mainstreaming and ensuring institutionalization of Health Emergency Management (HEM).

Months prior to the awarding, a validation team was formed by the organizers and the team members were sent to the hospital to look into the facilities, check the documentation of activities and human resources involved in the hospital’s health emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The team verified the hospital’s activities for the year 2015. The Bataan General Hospital – Health Emergency Management Staff (BGH-HEMS) had been busy for the past year, particularly, representing the DOH-HEMB in international events such as the Papal Visit in Manila, APEC Clark, APEC Bagac and APEC Manila 2015.

Further, the RDRRMC has acknowledged the hospital with the following statement: “BATAAN GENERAL HOSPITAL manifested its capacity and capability on emergency response and disaster management for both the hospital and the community and ensures innovative approaches in DRR-CCA programs on relation to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.”

Lastly, the hospital was been awarded with PHP 30,000 for the enhancement of the HEMS facilities and ensuring the continuity of the HEM activities.

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