ITS Campus, ITS News – Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) has proven its readiness to manage disaster risk in Surabaya through collaboration with PT Reasuransi MAIPARK Indonesia. It marks the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a Cooperation Agreement at ITS Rectorate Building on Wednesday (10/8).
In his remarks, ITS Vice Rector IV for Research, Innovation, Cooperation, and Alumni Bambang Pramujati ST MSc Eng Ph.D. revealed that PT Reasuransi MAIPARK Indonesia is a worthy partner to work together. “One of the goals in this MoU is to increase the resilience of the city of Surabaya from disaster risks,” said Bambang.
He explained the critical role of disaster risk management insurance in minimizing losses that may arise due to disasters. The output of this cooperation will be implemented through sharing with insurance. “ITS is the first time to collaborate with insurance, especially in matters related to disasters,” he added.
Bambang explained that ITS has a Disaster Mitigation and Climate Change Research Center (Puslit MKPI), which collaborates with outside parties. The Research Center is under the ITS Directorate of Research and Community Service (DRPM). “We are also working with the Surabaya City Government on reducing the risk of earthquakes,” said the Department of Mechanical Engineering lecturer.
Furthermore, he explained the importance of understanding preparedness in dealing with disasters. Moreover, the Surabaya area is prone to disasters and will have a moderately severe impact if a disaster occurs. “Apart from the potential disasters that can occur in Surabaya, we must be able to face the risks,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, President Director PT Reinsurance MAIPARK Indonesia Kocu Andre Hutagalung explained that currently, Indonesia does not have disaster protection. The cooperation program with ITS is directed to fulfill disaster protection. “One of the most efficient mechanisms in dealing with disaster risk is through insurance,” he said.
Kocu revealed that the central vision of his company is to develop and find out related to disaster risks. He saw that ITS had the potential to succeed in the Surabaya City Government program, especially in terms of disasters. “We have a partner who is equally serious in managing the city of Surabaya,” said Kocu.
Bambang hopes that the signing of this MoU will not only be limited to ink on paper. But it can be followed up, and concrete steps are taken to realize this cooperation. In addition to the MoU signing, a PKS was also signed as a commitment between ITS and PT Reasuransi MAIPARK Indonesia on the same occasion. “Currently, we are more selective in collaborating, but we see great potential from this collaboration with PT Reasuransi MAIPARK Indonesia,” he concluded. (ITS Public Relation)
Reporter: Rayinda Santriana US
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