The biggest INSARAG Earthquake Response Exercise in the Asia Pacific since 2004 -Clark, Philippines – The 2018 International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) Asia-Pacific earthquake response exercise successfully took place this week from 26-29 June 2018 in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines. The exercise, hosted by the Philippines Government and co-organized by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the National Disaster Response Agency and OCHA as the INSARAG Secretariat.

The table-top exercise brings together 500 participants (220 international/280 national) from 27 countries representing urban search and rescue teams, emergency medical teams, UN and ASEAN assessment teams, humanitarian country team, and militaries to practice national and international response and coordination methodologies based on a humanitarian response to a 7.2-magnitude earthquake affecting Metro Manila.

Mr Ola Almgren, the UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator of Philippines, in his remarks emphasized that while standing ready to respond, the international humanitarian community is supporting the government’s efforts around capacity building and understanding of best practices that can be implemented during a response, and in ensuring that international humanitarian partners are able to support and plug into national response systems effectively and efficiently.

The Chairman, NDRRMC/Secretary of National Defense in his keynote remarks stated the efforts of the national government are focused on institutional capacity for disaster management, strengthening community awareness and preparedness, building capacity for relief and recovery, and enhanced partnerships with member states and international organizations for humanitarian assistance. The government has committed to sustain the development of USAR capability, particularly in pursuing the INSARAG external classification, in order to reciprocate the assistance which the country has received in past disasters. 

 

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