Minimise, avert tragedies, says Ramon Magsaysay Award winner
Societies and governments, should not only ensure that survivors are
provided with the best possible support and care during tragedies but
should minimise or avert these in the first place, Ananda Galappatti
said when he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award on Sunday.
Seven individuals and one organisation from India, Indonesia, Japan,
the Philippines, Thailand and Sri Lanka formally received the awards.
The Ramon Magsaysay Award, often referred to as Asia's equivalent of
the Nobel prizes, was established in the name of the late president who
died in a plane crash in 1957, seek to honour those "manifesting the
same sense of selfless service..."
Galappatti was awarded for emergent leadership and "his spirited
personal commitment to bring appropriate and effective psychosocial
services to victims of war trauma and natural disasters in Sri Lanka."
Galappatti said in his work, "interdisciplinary collaboration is not
merely desirable, but totally necessary."
The awards are presented annually and each winner receives a prize of
Isabela governor Grace Padaca, from the Philippines, Thailand's
Therdchai Jivacate Center for Agriculture & Rural Development Mutually
Reinforcing Institutions, from the Philippines and represented by one of
its founders, Jaime Aristotle Alip, Prakash and Mandakini Amte, a couple
from India, Akio Ishii, from Japan and Ahmad Syafii Maarif from
Indonesia were the others who received the awards. Business World.