More info sharing needed among ASEAN states on risk awareness, assessment

MANILA-- Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) need to improve on sharing information in order to provide maximum support to nations during disasters.

This was the consensus of the participants in the recently concluded ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group on Risk Assessment and Awareness held at the Sofitel Philippines Plaza last March 15 and 16.

"In the spirit of 'One ASEAN, One Response,' a risk-based approach to response preparedness ensures targeted, value-adding support from the ASEAN community," said Arnel Capili, director for operations of the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center).

Other participants in the two-day ACDM meet include the Philippines, Myanmar, Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Pacific Disaster Center.

Capili's statements were supported by National Disaster Risk Response and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad who earlier said close cooperation is needed when ASEAN member states are severely affected by calamities.

"(A salient feature of the One ASEAN, One Response) is to help each other in times of disasters and calamities," he said.

The agreement was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte and other ASEAN leaders in Lao People's Democratic Republic last year.

Jalad said the Philippines has benefited from this declaration as it received a number of generator sets from its ASEAN neighbors during the onslaught of Typhoon "Lawin" that struck northern Luzon last Oct. 19.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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