The Philippines, through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), will host this year’s International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) Asia-Pacific Regional Earthquake Response Exercise (AP-ERE) from June 25 to 29 in Clark Field, Pampanga.
INSARAG is a global network under the United Nations umbrella dealing with Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) related issues.
For many years, INSARAG has held exercises in countries around the world seeking to strengthen a country’s response capacity to a major significant earthquake disaster and to enhance its ability to work with international partners and agencies during the initial humanitarian phase of an emergency.
The INSARAG Steering Group endorsed the Earthquake Response as a means to increase awareness of its disaster response methodologies among national and local authorities in the host country and to provide a platform for the strengthening of national response capacities.
The five-day event shall include a three-day Exercise Preparation Phase followed by a two-day Simulation Exercise Phase. Preparatory activities are ongoing, facilitated by the local and international Exercise Controllers (EXCON), and the host country through the established Steering Committee led by Exercise Director Rodrigo Diapana of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
“The Philippines, through the National Council, takes pride in hosting this year’s INSARAG. This is an opportune time for us to showcase our capacities in the international scene, with the hope to further enhance international relations through disaster management and humanitarian assistance,” says NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Usec Ricardo Jalad.
Around twenty-three (23) countries worldwide, representing various sectors from the government, non-government and international organizations, are expected to participate in the forthcoming exercise.#