Brunei supports ‘One Asean’ approach to disaster management

Minister of Home Affairs Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong shows the spirit of ‘One Asean One Response’ during the meeting

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Nov 28 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Brunei is committed to strengthening and improving the spirit of ‘One Asean One Response’ while continuing to support initiatives that strengthen regional collaboration in disaster response, including civil military coordination.

This was said by Minister of Home Affairs Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong during the 8th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) and the 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Asean Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (COP to AADMER) via virtual teleconference yesterday.

“Brunei welcomes greater synergy between initiatives in disaster risk reduction and current challenges and emerging threats. We note with appreciation that there have been increasing Asean activities in promoting a better understanding of how these areas can be mutually reinforcing.”

The meeting discussed approaches in further strengthening the Asean response in addressing disasters and assess the implementation of Asean Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) towards realising the aspiration of building a safe and disaster resilient community.

On the domestic front, the minister, who attended the meeting at the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), said, “We will continue to conduct initiatives to strengthen our national capacities in responding to disaster nationally and regionally.”

The minister said as a follow-up to the Disaster Preparedness Training Coordinator Training programme first conducted in 2019, a youth forum and a workshop on climate ‘Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction’ was held earlier this month.

“The forum and workshop sought to address the growing concern of climate change and the need to synergise climate change adaptation initiatives with disaster risk reduction to mitigate its impacts as well as the importance our youth play in these initiatives.”

He added that the community-based disaster risk management programme conducted since 2010 will continue along with the public health safety and security programmes at the CAE Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC).

“We hope that by conducting these programmes, we can build a greater disaster-resilient community and become better prepared to face disasters,” he said.

With regard to Covid-19 response, Dr Awang Abu Bakar said, “We experienced and continue to experience public health emergencies.

“In the case of Brunei, we learnt how vital disaster management systems and mechanisms are to support the national response to public health emergencies, illustrating the importance of the disaster management sector to continuously adapt to enhance response and preparedness for emerging multi-hazard and large-scale disasters.” - Borneo Bulletin/Asian News Network
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