15 September 2020
Logistic capability at the Solomons Islands western border strengthened by UNDP and Australia.
The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) offices in Western and Choiseul Provinces, Solomon Islands, have received two 23-foot fiberglass boats, two 60 horsepower outboard motor engines, life jackets and other safety equipment.
This is part of the Disaster Risk Management and COVID preparedness project implemented by UNDP and generously funded by the Government of Australia.
Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, the Chair of the National Disaster Operations Committee (N-DOC) Mr. Loti Yates said that the essential equipment will enable officers to effectively carry out their disaster preparedness and response activities including timely execution of their COVID-19 preparedness and response plans.
“The new boats will help provincial disaster officers to move around and implement their important work.
Acting Australian High Commissioner Ms Sally-Anne Vincent said the two boats are part of Australia’s long-term support to the NDMO to strengthen national and provincial efforts in disaster preparedness and response.
The project will support the NDMO for the next two years in the areas of coordination, disaster preparedness, response and recovery and the provision of technical assistance.
“The Disaster Management and COVID-19 Preparedness project steps up Australia’s long-term support to meet the new challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic” she said.
In addition to the Disaster Management and COVID-19 Preparedness project, Ms Vincent noted “this support to the NDMO complements Australia’s support to the RSIPF and Ministry of Health to assist on the Western Border. I am very pleased Australia is able to support such important work through such a genuine partnership.”
Source: Solomon Times Online.