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The Column AHA Centre News Bulletin: Volume 35, December 2017

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Happy New Year, fellow ASEANers!

It is with excitement we bring you our 35th edition.
From The Column’s beginnings in 2015, our goal was to become the number one reference for disaster management in the ASEAN region.

Fast-forward to the new year of 2018 and this optimism lives on. We believe The Column shall not only become the number one reference in ASEAN, but also outside the region, as ASEAN works towards becoming a global leader, as well as a centre for excellence on disaster management.

In this edition, we are thrilled to reveal the contents of the AHA Centre’s 6th Year Anniversary celebrations, alongside a look into Singapore's assistance to the Rakhine State, and the Contingency Planning Workshop in Myanmar.

In our signature The Other Side section, we are delighted to have the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Pannapa Na Nan, the Foreign Relations Officer with Thailand’s Ministry of Interior, as she shares her personal experience regarding disaster management.

We also provide some great insights into the graduation of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE)
Programme, that is covered in the ACE Corner section.

Finally, we learn more about the Philippines’ disaster overview in this edition’s Insights, and hope that this insight will be beneficial for our readers.

We also welcome your suggestions, comments, and feedback. Please do not hesitate to contact us at or undertake the online survey at Have a nice read!