Pinoy scholars from Australia back in Philippines

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Thursday, September 15, 2011


A NEW batch of Filipino professionals is now back in the country after a postgraduate studies at Australian universities from June 2010 to June 2011.

The 29 professionals from different fields were awarded postgraduate and Masteral degrees by the Philippines-Australia Human Resource and Organisational Development Facility (PAHRODF) through its Australian Development Scholarships program.

PAHRODF is a five-year initiative of the Australian Government Aid Program. It aims to assist partner national and local government agencies, academic institutions and private organizations to address key organizational needs.

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It also enables them to provide better services and manage their institutions more effectively through scholarships and customized human resource development programs.

Led by the PAHRODF facility director Milalin Javellana, PAHRODF will conduct a two-day conference focused on helping the scholars "re-enter" their workplaces in the Philippines.

Both 29 scholars and 15 supervisors are invited to this conference to thresh out action steps on how both of them can move forward the implementation of the awardees' Reentry Action Plans (REAP) - a mechanism to apply the learning they have gained in Australia to their workplace. This process hopes to strengthen the commitment of the organization, through the supervisors, in implementing the approved plan that will contribute to the change agenda of the organization.

The Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) awardees were nominated to pursue postgraduate studies in different priority disciplines, including human resource management, planning, public administration, public policy and education. About 80 Filipino scholars are awarded Australian Development Scholarships annually.

After completing their studies, the returning scholars are expected to apply the knowledge and skills they gained from their scholarships through their Re-Entry Action Plan (Reap) to contribute to the organizational change of their respective institutions. In this way, the scholarship program has a larger impact on broader Philippine development.

Australia's aid to the Philippines focuses on helping the country improve prospects for economic growth, increase access to and quality of basic education, and enhance national stability and security. In its broader aid program, Australia recognizes that human resource development within institutions is critical to the Philippines' achieving its development goals.

The Philippines currently ranks fourth among the major recipients of Australia's scholarship program in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia, one of the Philippines' top bilateral grant aid donors, will contribute about P4.6 billion (approximately $123 million) in aid in FY 2010-2011.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 15, 2011.

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