• Asean commends PH for ‘Ruby’ efforts

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    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has commended the Philippines for its readiness to curtail effects of Typhoon Ruby (local codename: Hagupit).

    The Asean Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center) recently briefed member-states on how it responded to the typhoon, which struck the country early this month.

    The briefing was held last December 9 at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Office of Asean Affairs.

    During the briefing, the AHA Center commended the Philippine government for “its early warning efforts and implementation of disaster preparedness plans, which have prevented greater losses and damages.”

    “The briefing also highlighted the best practices and lessons learned from Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, topmost of which is the One-Stop Shop mechanism employed in the system.”

    Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan), which hit Tacloban City (Leyte) the hardest in November 2013, is the strongest typhoon ever to have made landfall.

    The international community has expressed its willingness to help the Philippines address the effects of Ruby, all the while commending the government for its readiness for the typhoon this time.

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