ASEAN Extends Solidarity for Typhoon-affected People in the Philippines
The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre) has released most of the relief items stockpiled at the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN ( DELSA) Satellite Warehouse in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, the Philippines, to augment the government’s ongoing efforts to help typhoon-affected people in the Philippines. The DELSA Satellite Warehouse was set up in 2019, and is co-managed by the AHA Centre and the Office of Civil Defense of the Philippines.
Ms. Adelina Kamal, the Executive Director of the AHA Centre, mentioned that the mobilisation of ASEAN relief items, supported by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and Direct Relief, represents tangible ASEAN’s solidarity in the spirit of ‘One ASEAN, One Response’. “The AHA Centre has been monitoring the disaster situation in the Philippines since October 2020 when several weather disturbances were first identified”. She added “When we gathered and received information about the potential impacts caused by these extreme weather disturbances, our Emergency Operations Centre was activated, and this includes working closely with our counterpart at the OCD of NDRRMC in the Philippines as well as other ASEAN countries and partners for potential regional support”.