According to Mr. Edgardo Nipay, Edmund Jon’s father, he and his wife Rose left for Jones Public Market that morning to sell merienda when there was power interruption. Edmund Jon who usually goes with his parents to the market insisted to stay with his grandmother on that day.

Lola Adoracion Nipay who was then 60 years old, was paralyzed after suffering a stroke in 2013. She lives alone in the house when Edmund Jon stayed with her on the day of the incident.

At about ten o’clock in the morning, electricity at the Nipay’s  residence was restored and the sudden surge of electricity caused fire, prompting the grandmother to tell Edmund Jon run out of the house and save himself. While the house was on fire, Edmund Jon, though scared, tried his best to push his grandmother’s wheelchair outside the house. “Tinulak ko po iyong wheelchair kasi po ayaw ko siyang mamatay” says Edmund Jon. Fortunately there were neighbors outside to assist them.

“Kailangan po ng Lola ko iyong salamin niya at cellphone para makahingi ng tulong kaya po bumalik ako para kunin iyon”, he added. 

Edmund Jon is one of the awardees of the 17th Annual Gawad KALASAG: Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance today, 02 May 2016 at the Chardonnay by Astoria, Pasig City.

He was awarded the Heroic Act, Individual Category.

Gawad KALASAG is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contribution in the fields of disaster risk reduction and management and humanitarian assistance. It is the principal mechanism by which the NDRRMC advances awareness of the best practices of DRRM and humanitarian response and action. Moreover, it aims to appreciate individuals, groups or institutions which have shown extraordinary courage, heroism and sacrifice in times of emergencies, be it natural or human-induced.

Since its inception in 1998, the Gawad KALASAG award has been bestowed to 127 Local DRRMCs, 44 NGOs, 27 individuals and 135 groups/institutions. This year’s awardees include seven (7) Best Local DRRMCs; one (1) Best Civil Society Organization; eleven (11) Private/Volunteer Organizations, Government Emergency Response Management, Schools and Hospitals; five (5) Heroic Act/Deed during Emergency Response and Rescue Operations; three (3) Special Recognitions; and six (6) Hall of Fame.