ASEAN, NDRRMC open emergency satellite warehouse for regional response
One ASEAN, One Response. This was the collective message highlighted during Monday’s launch of the newest Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Emergency Satellite Warehouse at the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, which also coincided with the kickoff of the National Disaster Resilience Month this July.
The strategically located satellite warehouse forms part of the DELSA network of warehouses across the region that will increase the speed and scale of disaster response and supplement the existing regional stockpile managed by the World Food Programme at the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot in Subang, Malaysia.
The event also marks the strengthening of cooperation and commitment between the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) and the Philippines to support the readiness of ASEAN in responding to disasters. The satellite warehouse is being co-managed by the AHA Centre and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).