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Australia Global Alumni share stories of kindness, bayanihan, and hope in time of Corona

Members of the Australia Global Alumni community have been rising above the crisis by making a difference in their fields in their own little ways.  If you need an inspiring story to lift you up or looking for an opportunity to do your share, read how the COVID-19 crisis affected our alumni’s life and work, and how they have been moved to make a change.

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Equipping frontliners on patient welfare

Pacifico Eric Calderon, Department Chair, St Luke’s Medical Center | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Providing humanitarian assistance to Lumad schoolchildren

Apple Davalos, Information Officer, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Developing policies and programs on health services

Bernardo Cielo, Corporate Planning Analyst, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Providing meals for frontliners and homeless

Lawrence Belo, De La Salle University


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Using Data Science to combat COVID-19

Jason Alacapa, Innovations for Community Health Inc | Australia Awards Scholarships


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Managing human resource during crisis

Aida Loveres, Human Resource Management Office, Provincial Government of Bukidnon | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Protecting women and children

Dr. Erlidia (Lee) Llamas-Clark, University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Supporting Filipinos living with HIV during COVID-19

Benedict Bernabe, The Red Whistle Foundation | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Redefining "education” in time of COVID-19

Carlo Fernando, Australia Awards Scholarships 2018


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Choosing People over Profit

Anya Lim, Co- Founder/ Managing and Creative Director, Anthill Fabric Gallery Inc.


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Reaching those who need it most

Kritzia Santos, 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Responding to the mental wellbeing of Filipinos

Dr. Nicamil Sanchez, CEO, Philippine Consortium Inc. | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Educating children about COVID-19

Boom Enriquez, Development Communications Consultant | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Supporting the Philippine learning community with free webinars

John Baluyot, President, Philippine Society for Talent Development (PSTD) | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Spreading hope through art

Joaquin Lerma, Darlinghurst Public School


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Equipping frontliners on patient welfare

Pacifico Eric Calderon, Department Chair, St Luke’s Medical Center | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Providing humanitarian assistance to Lumad schoolchildren

Apple Davalos, Information Officer, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Developing policies and programs on health services

Bernardo Cielo, Corporate Planning Analyst, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Providing meals for frontliners and homeless

Lawrence Belo, De La Salle University


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Using Data Science to combat COVID-19

Jason Alacapa, Innovations for Community Health Inc | Australia Awards Scholarships


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Managing human resource during crisis

Aida Loveres, Human Resource Management Office, Provincial Government of Bukidnon | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Protecting women and children

Dr. Erlidia (Lee) Llamas-Clark, University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Supporting Filipinos living with HIV during COVID-19

Benedict Bernabe, The Red Whistle Foundation | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Redefining "education” in time of COVID-19

Carlo Fernando, Australia Awards Scholarships 2018


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Choosing People over Profit

Anya Lim, Co- Founder/ Managing and Creative Director, Anthill Fabric Gallery Inc.


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Reaching those who need it most

Kritzia Santos, 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Responding to the mental wellbeing of Filipinos

Dr. Nicamil Sanchez, CEO, Philippine Consortium Inc. | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Educating children about COVID-19

Boom Enriquez, Development Communications Consultant | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Supporting the Philippine learning community with free webinars

John Baluyot, President, Philippine Society for Talent Development (PSTD) | Awardee, Australia Awards Scholarships


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Spreading hope through art

Joaquin Lerma, Darlinghurst Public School


My Bayanihan Story

Supporting Overseas Filipinos

Jonathan Monis, Australia Awards Scholarship 2018, Master of Project Management, University of Sydney, Supervising Health Program Officer - Department of Health (DOH)

When Australia Awards alumnus Jonathan Monis, a senior project officer of the Department of Health (DOH), learned that he will be deployed to the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center, he immediately said yes to the opportunity to serve his fellow Filipinos. He has been tasked to coordinate between the DOH and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the surveillance of Overseas Filipinos (OFs). "There is a need to see the overall picture of our OFs, as they comprise tenth of our population," he said. Current data shows the need for greater support to overseas Filipinos and for making sure they go home safely while reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Jonathan was also part of the team that monitors the situation of foreign nationals and foreign visitors with recent travel history in the Philippines.

As part of the DOH, the organisation that leads the country's pandemic response, Jonathan has seen firsthand sacrifices in different forms – from top-level management down to rank and file employees. He believes that these sacrifices keep the organisation's system going amid the crisis.

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Supporting Overseas Filipinos

Jonathan Monis, Australia Awards Scholarship 2018, Master of Project Management, University of Sydney, Supervising Health Program Officer - Department of Health (DOH)

When Australia Awards alumnus Jonathan Monis, a senior project officer of the Department of Health (DOH), learned that he will be deployed to the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center, he immediately said yes to the opportunity to serve his fellow Filipinos. He has been tasked to coordinate between the DOH and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the surveillance of Overseas Filipinos (OFs). "There is a need to see the overall picture of our OFs, as they comprise tenth of our population," he said. Current data shows the need for greater support to overseas Filipinos and for making sure they go home safely while reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Jonathan was also part of the team that monitors the situation of foreign nationals and foreign visitors with recent travel history in the Philippines.

As part of the DOH, the organisation that leads the country's pandemic response, Jonathan has seen firsthand sacrifices in different forms – from top-level management down to rank and file employees. He believes that these sacrifices keep the organisation's system going amid the crisis.

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Providing humanitarian assistance to Lumad schoolchildren

Jonathan Monis, Australia Awards Scholarship 2018, Master of Project Management, University of Sydney, Supervising Health Program Officer - Department of Health (DOH)

When Australia Awards alumnus Jonathan Monis, a senior project officer of the Department of Health (DOH), learned that he will be deployed to the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center, he immediately said yes to the opportunity to serve his fellow Filipinos. He has been tasked to coordinate between the DOH and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the surveillance of Overseas Filipinos (OFs). "There is a need to see the overall picture of our OFs, as they comprise tenth of our population," he said. Current data shows the need for greater support to overseas Filipinos and for making sure they go home safely while reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Jonathan was also part of the team that monitors the situation of foreign nationals and foreign visitors with recent travel history in the Philippines.

As part of the DOH, the organisation that leads the country's pandemic response, Jonathan has seen firsthand sacrifices in different forms – from top-level management down to rank and file employees. He believes that these sacrifices keep the organisation's system going amid the crisis.