QUEZON CITY, MARCH 17 (PIA)--The Quezon City Risk Reduction Management Office on Thursday hosted a group of emergency management professionals from ASEAN-member countries who are in the country to learn best practices in disaster preparedness and response.

QC DRRMO chief Karl Michael Marasigan welcomed the delegation from the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management composed of representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines, as well.

In his briefing, Marasigan outlined some of Quezon City’s best practices on disaster assessment and response.

As part of the city’s presentation, a static display of some of the state-of-the-art equipment acquired for disaster management and rescue operations were showcased.

QC under the administration of Mayor Herbert Bautista gave priority to public safety and disaster preparedness and has invested P300 million since 2010.

The city’s investment has included the construction of DRRM emergency operations center to improve response in crimes, traffic and most especially in times of disasters and calamities.

The Emergency Operations Center is one of the country’s most modern command center designed to monitor 243 high-definition surveillance cameras within QC and it also has modern communication equipment and integrated video wall.

The cameras features face recognition, vehicle and crowd counting, license plate recognition, flood monitoring and video image enhancement.

Last year, President Rodrigo Duterte and other ASEAN leaders signed the “One ASEAN, One Response”, an agreement among Southeast Asian Nations to help each other in times of calamities. (PAISO QC/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)