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.
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.
“Public-private partnerships 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 Officefor 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, DPDHLGroup.
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 countries.
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.