The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) has officially launched a Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN.
The launch of the system indicates an ongoing process for improving disaster management in the region and its existence will complete AHA Centre’s roles.
“The Disaster Emergency Logistic System is developed to ensure a quick availability of emergency relief items that can be accessed by member states following medium to large-scale disasters”, Executive Director of AHA Centre, Said Faisal said in a press release.
According to Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community, Alicia Dela Rosa Bala, the fact that an operational AHA Centre, which is ready to complement the efforts of governments and lead in a regionally-coordinated disaster response if such an action is requested and becomes necessary, is quite remarkable. It is a testament to the commitment of ASEAN leaders to realising the vision of a disaster-resilient community.
After its establishment on 17 November 2011, the Jakarta-based AHA Centre has been functioning conducting disaster risk monitoring on daily basis, generating and sharing information to the National Disaster Management Organisations (NDMOs) in ASEAN member states.
Soon after disaster strikes, AHA Centre deploys its team to conduct rapid assessments, and to deliver aid to affected ASEAN member countries./.VNA