“Gawad KALASAG” (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan). Kalasag is the Filipino term for “shield” used by early Filipinos as a means of protection from attacks of enemies or harmful animals. Relatedly, Gawad KALASAG was conceived to protect or shield high risk communities against hazards by encouraging participation of various stakeholders in designing and implementing Disaster Risk Management (DRM) programs.

The GAWAD KALASAG objectives is aims to recognize outstanding performance of LDCCs, private/volunteer organizations, local, national and international NGOs, donor agencies, and the communities as major stakeholders in implementing significant DRM projects and activities and, in providing humanitarian response and assistance to affected communities. It also aims to recognize individuals, groups or institutions that have shown extraordinary courage, heroism, self-sacrifice, and bravery in times of natural and human-made emergencies and disasters.

In 2018, Gawad KALASAG award was given to the Municipality of Echague for being the best Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 1st – 3rd Class Municipality category. The award was given last December 13, 2018 at Tuguegarao City, Province of Cagayan.

And in December 03, 2018, during the 21st Gawad KALASAG Search for Excellence for DRRM and Humanitarian Assistance Regional Awarding, Gawad KALASAG award was given to Municipality of Echague for the second time for its unwavering efforts and dedication to DRMM programs to build resilience of communities to disasters through Multi-Sectoral Partnerships, Capacity Building and Local Resource Generation geared towards Prevention & Mitigation Preparedness, Response and Rehabilitation & Recovery.

On the Year 2018 and 2019, the MDRRMC Echague represented the Region for the National Level for the Gawad Kalasag Award.

In the Year 2019, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Echague was a nominated for the 2019 Regional Excellence Award for Disaster Prepared LGU of the Year (READY 24/7) 1st – 3rd Class Municipality Category under the DILG-RO2 Excellence Award for Governance and Leadership (EAGLE) Program.

And during the Regional Awarding Ceremony held at Cagayan Coliseum San Gabriel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, last November 19, 2019, the Municipality of Echague was announced as the winner for the said category.

Plaque of Recognition was also received by the MDRRMC-Echague for having been adjudged as the Most Outstanding Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (1st-3rd Class Municipality Category) in Cluster I- Isabela fulfilling in excellent fashion in the requirements of the Popularizing and Recognizing Excellence in Preparedness and Resilience against Emerging Disasters (Project PREPARE) under the 2019 Excellence Award in Governance and Leadership (EAGLE) thereby earned the recommendation of the Provincial Evaluation Team as the Province’s entry to the Regional Level Education, given last December 16, 2019 at Santiago City.