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.
Noel Meade’s charge had been beaten eight lengths by Willie Mullins’ runner in the Drinmore 10 weeks earlier, but turned the tables under a typical Paul Carberry ride. In the rear early on as Tony McCoy and Jarry D’Honneur set the pace, Apache Stronghold (9-2) only came into the race at the business end and jumped the last with Valseur Lido. He got on top on the run-in to get the verdict by half a length from Valseur Lido, with the latter’s stablemate Adriana Des Mottes third. Carberry, who celebrates his 41st birthday on Monday, said: “I took the shortest route. Down the back he wasn’t flying his fences. I had to wait for him to come to me and once he got the gap he flew. He winged the last and kept his head down all the way to the line. “He jumped very well the last day but he has a real good cruising speed and I just had to keep taking him back, which I didn’t want to do today. He wasn’t getting the same jumps today (mid-race) but he got them when I needed them. “This is our big hope. When he won in Navan (in November 2013) I thought he’d keep me going for a Gold Cup some day, so he’s worth going on for.” Meade said: “When he ran at Christmas (second to Don Poli) everyone was telling me ‘he ran great, he ran great’ but there was no one more disappointed than I was at Christmas because I really had great belief in him. “I don’t know whether the other horse was better than him or he didn’t get the trip. I’d have to be thinking in terms of the JLT now – I’ll see what Paul (Carberry) has to say – but I’d say we’d have to think that way. “He’s a lovely looking horse, he’s easy to love – all you have to do is look at him. I was watching him going around the parade ring and he’d do you good looking at him. He nice to watch every morning. I picked him up for 15,500 euro at the Land Rover sales, money well spent! “I’m delighted for Paul (Hunt, owner) too – he’s been a great supporter and it’s great for him to win a race like this.” There was a sad postscript as Le Vent D’Antan suffered a fatal injury in his last-fence fall. Apache Stronghold gained revenge on Valseur Lido in a ding-dong battle for the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Press Association