COTABATO CITY (08 January 2014) – The Autonomous Regional Government will establish another 24/7 Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (HEART) operation center this year at the region’s seat in Cotabato City.
Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said the 500 sq m operation center, including the facilities and equipment, will be worth P100 million.
“The operation center will be the nerve center of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) operations,” she said.
The ARMM-HEART 24/7 operation center will primarily cater the constituents of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi province affected by armed conflict and natural disasters.
In 2014, the response team delivered a total of about 18,000 food packs to flood victims and catered 4,234 families affected by armed conflicts in the provinces of Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Basilan.
Alamia said the “team also monitor the deportees from Sabah, Malaysia and conducted several trainings to capacitate the personnel and rescue team.”
ARMM-HEART was also among the emergency response groups that immediately responded to the relief and emergency needs of families affected by typhoon Yolanda in Tolosa, Leyte and by the Zamboanga siege in 2013.
The team continue to strengthen its partnership with non-government organizations that include different humanitarian agencies of the United Nations and civil society organizations.
Alamia is urging local government units in the region to be the front line emergency response team in their respective areas. (Bureau of Public Information)