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RP hosts ASEAN quick damage assessment training

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (13 October) -- The country is hosting thru its National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) the conduct of the ASEAN Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment Training from October 13 to 17, 2008 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila.

The 5-day activity is co-sponsored by the ASEAN Secretariat in collaboration with the Pacific Disaster Center and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees through the ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility.

"The training is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and techniques on damage and needs assessment and reporting system," said an NDCC online news.

It also aims to further enhance coordination mechanism amongst ASEAN humanitarian actors to facilitate response and relief activities following a large-scale disaster, the news added.

Participants to the course are civilian and military professionals from the ASEAN National Disaster Management Agencies who are involved in responding to natural disasters.

Core component of the course is the sharing of information and experiences on the lessons learned from the most recent disasters such as Typhoon "Nargis" in Myanmar and Typhoon "Reming" for the Philippines.

The training is one of the top priority activities under the ASEAN Regional Programme for Disaster Management (ARPDM) which includes establishing ASEAN Regional Disaster Management Framework, Capacity Building, Sharing of Information and Resources, Promoting Collaboration and Strengthening Partnerships, and Public Education, Awareness and Advocacy components.

These will help ASEAN member States anticipate and forecast possible disasters, improve the readiness in the region and plan to mitigate hazard impacts, the news noted. (NDCC/PIA) [top]

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