The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre) launched our new offce as the new home of One ASEAN One Response in late December 2016. As the home of One ASEAN One Response, it is our pleasure to welcome our guests and partners. The new home of One ASEAN One Response is provided by the Indonesian Government through the National Disaster Management Authority of Indonesia (or BNPB) as part of Indonesia’s commitment as the host country and Chair of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) and Governing Board of the AHA Centre in 2016. Our ofce is located at Jl. Raya Pramuka Kav. 38, East Jakarta 13120, Indonesia, within the 13th oor of the BNPB building. Ms. Adelina Kamal, the Deputy Executive Director of the AHA Centre and Acting Executive Director, hosted all of the visits of our guests and partners to the new ofce throughout the past month.
Among the rst guests of the AHA Centre were H.E. Willem Rampangilei, Chief of BNPB Indonesia as Chair of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) for 2016, and Mr. Dody Ruswandi, Secretary-General of BNPB Indonesia as Chair of the ACDM and the Governing Board of the AHA Centre for 2016. It was an honour and pleasure for the AHA Centre to welcome them and host a grand tour of our new ofce for them. The AHA Centre also had the privilege to show the new facilities at the AHA Centre to the Indonesian Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, H.E. Asman Abnur, who was accompanied by H.E. Willem Rampangilei, Chief of BNPB Indonesia. Ms. Adelina Kamal, Acting Executive Director of the AHA Centre, hosted the visit and provided a brief explanation regarding the ASEAN Disaster Monitoring Response System and the ASEAN Disaster Emergency Logistic System. During the rst weeks of January, she also hosted the visit of Mr. Oliver Lacey-Hall, Head of the United Nations OCHA Liaison Ofce with ASEAN in Jakarta, and colleagues from World Vision International, who is a member of a consortium of international NGOs, known as the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Partnership Group (APG).
The AHA Centre also welcomed the visit of the World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for Asia, Mr. David Kaatrud. WFP is the UN lead agency and AHA Centre’s counterpart for disaster preparedness and response component of the ASEAN-UN Joint Strategic Plan on Disaster Management (JSPADM) 2016 – 2020. Mr. David Kaatrud and Ms. Adelina Kamal, Acting Executive Director of the AHA Centre, exchanged views on opportunities to enhance collaboration between the two organisations. The most recent visit was the one from Mr. Joseph D. Martin, Director of the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DMHA) of the US Pacic Command, accompanied by the US Mission to ASEAN, who visited the AHA Centre to convey their interest to continue working with the AHA Centre. CFE-DMHA, based in Hawaii, USA, worked with the AHA Centre in 2014 to deliver a module on exercise planning for the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme. As part of our quests to become the centre for excellence on disaster management in ASEAN, the AHA Centre has placed great importance to knowledge and innovation management, which is also one of ASEAN priorities in disaster management. For that reason, the new office of the AHA Centre is now equipped with a library, called the “Knowledge Engine”, which features a collection of the most recent reference books in the eld of disaster management. We have a collection of books on disaster management produced by ASEAN and the AHA Centre, as well as a variety of publications produced by ASEAN Member States and our partners. The Knowledge Engine has become a favourite spot for our staff and guests. Fresh ideas often come from books! Besides “The Knowledge Engine”, the new AHA Centre’s office also proudly houses the new Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).
The EOC provides a central location for the AHA Centre to perform its disaster monitoring and coordination functions. The new and expanded EOC features all disaster monitoring systems used by the AHA Centre to track and monitor incidents throughout the region, manage its emergency stockpile, and prepare for deployments to disaster incidents in the region. The AHA Centre is now at the beginning of a new journey to become the centre for excellence on disaster management and emergency response. We believe that this goal can be achieved if we work together with the support of ASEAN Member States and our partners, under the spirit of One ASEAN One Response.