Filipino Australia alumni shine in international confabs

We proudly commend two Australia Awards scholars who were invited to present their studies in the Philippine Update Conference 2016 held at the Australian National University in Canberra last 02-03 September 2016 with the theme Sustaining the Momentum for Change Beyond 2016.

LEFT (top) Maximo Macalipes, Jr. GD in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, SUT; RIGHT(top) Raymond Marvic Baguilat, Master of Laws, UniMelb.LEFT (bottom) Muriel Naguit, Doctor of Philosophy, ANU; RIGHT(bottom) Luigi Toda, Master of Environmental Management, ANU.

Alongside celebrated academicians and researchers, their research papers were selected amongvarious submissions, owing to their significance and relevance in the economic and socio-cultural development landscape of the Philippines today. Raymond Marvic Baguilat, graduate of Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne, presented a paper on Balancing Indigenous People’s Rights and Mining : An Analysis of Mining under the Aquino Administration and the Way Forward. On the other hand, Maximo Macalipes, Jr., an alumni with a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Swinburne University of Technology – Melbourne, gave a presentation on the Participation of Muslim Women to the Socio-Economic and Political Development of Davao City. Kudos to our Filipino Global Alumni for a job well done!

On a similar note, we are proud of Filipino Australia Awards scholars who received Highly Commended Awards for their research presentations at the 2016 International Conference on Building Resilience on 7-9 September 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. Muriel Naguit, a PhD student at the Research School of Earth Sciences of Australian National University, has been commended for her research on earthquake hazards. Muriel's research is supervised by Phil Cummins, and aims to understand the risks in southeast Asia caused by large earthquakes.  Similarly, Luigi Toda, Master of Environmental Management and Development, representing Crawford/ANU and his former organization, The Oscar M. Lopez Center,   bagged the same award with his paper presentation entitled "LiDAR-based flood mapping for agricultural resilience and food security“.  Congratulations, Muriel and Luigi!

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