BACOLODCity – Two volunteer rescue groups in this region have separately signed anagreement with the Office of Civil Defense in Western Visayas (OCD-6) for theuse of P300,000 cash incentive each received as among the winners of the 21stGawad Kalasag. Therecipient would also be needed to submit a project proposal, including otherpertinent documents needed for infrastructure projects or procurement ofvehicle or equipment, as well as maintain a separate book of accounts for thefund, issue an official receipt, and create a team responsible for the projectimplementation. The GawadKalasag (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan,SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan), organized by the Department of NationalDefense-OCD and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council,recognizes the exemplary efforts in empowering communities to be capacitatedand disaster-resilient.(With a reportfrom PNA/PN) The otherMOA inked by Nuñez was with Kami Sunoi Inc. forefounder Patrick Mabag at theNegros Occidental Provincial Capitol Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson acted as thewitness.The Amity group was named as the Western Visayas’ top winner and Hall of Fameawardee under the Volunteer Organization category, while the Kami Sunoi Inc.was the winner of the Best People’s Organization during the national awardingceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay Citylast December. “Therecipient shall utilize the incentive only for the implementation of programs,activities, and projects aligned with the National Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Plan, Local Climate Action Plan, Philippine Development Plan, SendaiFramework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development Goals,” theMOA said. OCD-6regional director Jose Roberto Nuñez signed the MOA on behalf of the agencywith AVFB fire chief Mike Gorne in rites held at the Bacolod City GovernmentCenter, in the presence of Mayor Evelio Leonardia on Feb18. A copy ofthe uniform memorandum of agreement (MOA) obtained by the Philippine NewsAgency from the OCD-6 on Feb. 20 showed the two groups as the Amity VolunteerFire Brigade (AVFB) of this city and the Kami Sunoi (Kami ang Mabulig sa Inyo Saligan Utod Ninyo sa Oras sang Ital-ItalInc.) from Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.