- ASEAN Coordinating Centre for
Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) and Deutsche Post
DHL Group sign a Memorandum of Intent to work together on emergency
preparedness and disaster response
PHILIPPINES - Media
OutReach - July 1, 2019 - The ASEAN
Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA
Centre) and Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group, the world's leading mail and
logistics services provider, signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) today to
collaborate on emergency preparedness and disaster response.
The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) and Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) today to collaborate on emergency preparedness and disaster response. (From L-R) Arnel Capili, Deputy Executive Director of AHA Centre; Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense and Executive Director, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) of the Philippines; Adelina Kamal, Executive Director of AHA Centre; Carl Schelfhaut, GoHelp Manager, Asia Pacific, DPDHL Group; Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines; Suzie Mitchell, Country Managing Director, DHL Supply Chain Philippines.
As part of the MOI, DPDHL
Group's Disaster Response Team (DRT) will work on the ground together with
Jakarta-based AHA Centre to facilitate the movement of international relief
cargo during disaster response scenarios. This includes unloading cargo planes,
conducting professional warehousing and inventory management as well as loading
the relief goods for onward transportation. DRT will also provide expertise and
support for AHA Centre's courses and exercises related to ASEAN-ERAT (Emergency
Response and Assessment Team) and ASEAN Humanitarian Logistics.
with industry experts like DPDHL Group are critical in scaling up the One
ASEAN, One Response vision. As our partnership with the DRT team at Sulawesi
last year demonstrated, their expertise in facilitating the flow of relief
goods and supporting civil military relations is invaluable," said Adelina
Kamal, Executive Director of the AHA Centre.
DPDHL Group's DRT was in
Indonesia between October 4 and 26, 2018. That deployment was one of its
longest in the region to date, with 26 DHL volunteers facilitating the smooth
processing and efficient flow of nearly 3,500 tonnes of relief goods.
"We are excited to partner with
AHA Centre in their growing role as a regional coordinating hub for the
mobilization of resources to disaster affected areas in Southeast Asia. This
new collaboration builds upon our experience with the United Nations Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the area of disaster
management, and the joint effort is especially important in the light of more
frequent natural disasters in this region," said Carl Schelfhaut, GoHelp
Manager, Asia Pacific, DPDHL Group.
DPDHL Group's DRTs are comprised
of specially trained volunteer employees from across the Group's business
units, including DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Supply Chain and DHL
eCommerce Solutions. The teams are located in the Americas, Middle East and
Africa, Asia Pacific regions, covering approximately 80% of disaster-prone
The MOI was signed at the launch
of the ASEAN Philippines satellite warehouse in Camp Aguinaldo, Manila and was
witnessed by Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, Administrator of the Office of
Civil Defense and Executive Director, National Disaster Risk Reduction and
Management Council (NDRRMC) of the Philippines.
The new satellite warehouse in
the Philippines is part of a network of warehouses in the region. The main
regional stockpile is located at Subang, Malaysia, within the compound of the
United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD), a network of logistics hubs
organized by the UN World Food Programme. In addition to the regional stockpile
in Subang, the satellite warehouse in Manila and Chainat, Thailand form the
Disaster Emergency Logistics System of ASEAN (DELSA).
About the Disaster Response Team
The DRTs are part of DPDHL Group's GoHelp disaster
management program, which it has operated in partnership with the United
Nations (UN) since 2005. Through this partnership, the Group provides the UN
and national disaster management agencies with pro bono access to its core
logistics expertise, and the logistics skills of more than 500
specially-trained employee volunteers worldwide who can deploy within 72 hours
after a natural disaster.
partnership was launched, the DRTs have completed more than 40 deployments for
different natural disasters in over 20 countries -- most recently the team was
deployed at Beira Airport, Mozambique, to help in the aftermath of cyclone Idai
in April 2019.
to the DRT deployments, the Group's Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD)
initiative -- also part of the GoHelp program -- trains airport management in high-risk
regions to be better prepared should disaster strike.
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