Jakarta, 10 November 2013 – The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) has been working closely with the government of the Philippines to provide necessary supports and coordinate assistance from ASEAN Member States in the wake of super typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines on Friday (8 November). In the last six days the AHA Centre has been monitoring the movements of Haiyan through its Operations Centre in Jakarta and alerted Member States about its possible impacts to the Philippines, and sent an emergency response team to the Philippines.
A day before the powerful typhoon made its landfall in the Philippines, AHA Centre has prepositioned its team members and the ASEAN Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ASEAN – ERAT) in Manila and Tacloban to coordinate with National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) authorities and discuss possible relief supports for the Philippines. The team in Tacloban helped setting up emergency communications prior to the landfall of Haiyan to help the disaster management office communicating with national government in earliest hours after the typhoon hit. Today (10 November), an additional ASEAN group which consists of the AHA Centre Field Team Leader, ERAT members from Brunei Darussalam, and representative from AADMER Partnership Group is arriving in Tacloban city to assess immediate assistance needed by the disaster management authorities and affected communities. The results of the assessment will be shared to ASEAN Member States and potential assisting entities, to help them deciding the types of assistance to be provided.
“The Philippines has been tested by this super typhoon and by other natural disasters this year. It has been a challenging year, and we feel our profound solidarity with the people of the Philippines”, remarked Said Faisal, the Executive Director of the AHA Centre. Further he said, “We believe that other neighboring countries in this Region are now also seeking for opportunities to support the Philippines. AHA Centre is ready to send relief assistance, and to facilitate other ASEAN Member States which are willing to send their assistance to the Philippines.”
Said Faisal also thanked the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) of Brunei Darussalam for sending their ASEAN-ERAT Members to support ASEAN’s Emergency Response Operations, the Government of Australia that has provided support for AHA Centre operationalisation, including this Haiyan emergency response operations as well as the Government of Japan for the availability of relief items from the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) that will be mobilised soon.
Following the movement of typhoon Haiyan to Viet Nam this morning, the AHA Centre has also been closely monitoring its possible impacts, and is on standby to provide necessary assistance when required. AHA Centre conducts its day-to-day operations in Jakarta, Indonesia. As mandated by the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), the Centre serves as the regional hub for disaster risk monitoring and analysis, and a coordination engine to ensure ASEAN’s fast and collective response to disasters within the region. AHA Centre was officially launched on 17 November 2011 and since then has responded to seven disaster emergencies in the ASEAN region, including the recent earthquake in central Philippines. ASEAN is comprised of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.
For further information on AHA Centre and its operations in the Philippines, please contact:
AHA Centre Communications Officer
+62 21 2305006