Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Coordination, Other
Countries Philippines
Document type Other
Publication date 26/10/2009

The Logistics Cluster Cell/Manila

In  response  to  the  call  for  international  assistance  following  Tropical  Storm  Ketsana  on September  26,  a  Logistics  Cluster  Cell  (LCC)  was  activated  upon  request  from  the Humanitarian  Country  Team. An initial Logistics Officer  was  embedded  in  the  NDCC Operations Center as of October 29, and further LCC staff were deployed over the next two weeks, in parallel with an UNHAS team deployed to manage air operations.

The LCC  in  the Philippines has been providing coordination and services in the areas of cargo point-of-entry facilitation, access to ad-hoc transport and storage services, access to  UNHAS  helicopter  deliveries,  Civil-Military  Coordination,  Logistics  Information Management and GIS. The LCC provides a link between  the international humanitarian community and  the National Disaster Coordination Council  (NDCC)  to address  logistics issues and bottlenecks.

Civil Military Coordination

The humanitarian operation  in  the Philippines has been  taking place under  the  lead of the  National  Disaster  Coordination  Council  (NDCC),  which  was  created  to  provide  a coordinated  response  in  cases  of  natural  disaster.  It  is  chaired  by  the  Secretary  of  National Defense and incorporates 18 departments and member agencies, including the Armed  Forces,  the  Department  of  Social  Welfare  and  Development  (DSWD),  the Department of Health (DOH), the National Red Cross, the Philippines Information Agency, and the Office of Civil Defense. 

The  NDCC  Operations  Center  on  the Camp  Aguinaldo military  base  was established  to provide and disseminate disaster response  guidelines  and coordinate  disaster  management. During  emergency  situations,  it  is activated  into  an  emergency  Cell  for alert  and  monitoring,  response facilitation  and  information management,  bringing  together representatives  of  all  the  government agencies and  organizations  involved  in the operation. The OpCEN served as the base  for  the  initial  international response,  and  representatives  of UNDAC,  OCHA,  the  Logistics  Cluster, and  UNHAS  maintain  a  permanent presence  there.  It  has  also  been  the base  for  much  of  the  mapping  in  the operation,  with  GIS  officers  from MapAction,  OCHA  and  the  Logistics Cluster,  Pacific  Disaster  Center  and NAMRIA  (the  National  Mapping  and Resource Information Agency).

The  principal  focus  of  LCC  operations  in  the  Philippines  has  been  assisting  the government in their relief activities. In this capacity, one logistics officer has been based at the NDCC since  the start of the operation, and another liaison has now been added to facilitate cargo movement.

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