In support of the Philippine Development Plan of the Aquino Administration, the Philippines-Australia Human Resource and Organizational Development Facility (PAHRODF) recently awarded six technical employees of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) with scholarship grants for graduate courses under the Australia Awards Scholarships program of the Australian Government.

The program, administered by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), is designed to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia, its neighbours and the global community.  It provides an opportunity for Filipino public servants to grow and advance their education at Australia’s finest universities, and upon their return, to contribute to the development and prosperity of the Philippines.

The successful MGB scholars are:

•    Vanessa Andrea V. Llagas - Master of Hydrogeology at the University of Western Australia;
•    John Michael M. Tolentino - Master of Mining Engineering Mine Management at the University of New South Wales;
•    Marie Nelle G. Monteclaro - Master of Ore Deposit Geology at the University of Western Australia;
•    Al Janry S. Tuazon - Master of Environmental Management at the University of Queensland; and
•    Carina V. Pecson and Josephine T. Aleta - post-graduate diploma course at the University of Curtin.

The courses, which are facilitated by PAHRODF, will commence in June this year and will last for one and a half year for courses leading to a Master’s degree, and one year for post-graduate diploma courses.

The MGB is one of the purpose-driven partners of PAHRODF in the implementation of the Human Resource and Organizational Development Plan developed through an organizational assessment.

By: Administrative Division