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Alumni Grant Scheme

The Australian Alumni COVID-19 Response Grants Scheme provides opportunity for alumni to help respond to the emerging needs and challenges brought by the COVID-19 crisis.

The program features two categories: a development stream, which allows alumni to implement projects to help those who need it most; and a research stream that will allow alumni to contribute to the limited body of knowledge and literature on COVID-19. These are platforms for Australia Global Alumni and AAAEP-P program participants to be changemakers in their organisation and communities during this challenging time.

Application for the 2021 Australian Alumni COVID-19 Response Grants Scheme is now open.

Research

The Australian Alumni COVID-19 Grants Scheme (Research) assists alumni to undertake research that uses their knowledge and skills gained from their Australian education or training. It gives alumni a platform to conduct research initiatives that would provide a better understanding of COVID-19 and respond to current challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Do you have a research proposal in mind that will

  • Inform policy development and decision making on relevant issues concerning COVID-19
  • Contribute to the limited body of knowledge and literature on COVID-19
  • Help predict and respond to current development challenges in the Philippines

Receive funding up to

₱500,000

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Development

The Australian Alumni COVID-19 Response Grants Scheme (Development) aims to assist alumni to undertake projects that contribute to building resilience and recovery efforts. It gives alumni a platform to leverage their competencies gained from their Australian education or training in implementing the projects.

Do you have a project in mind that will

  • Respond to relevant issues and needs brought by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Create meaningful change in a community, organisation, or a sector affected by the COVID-19 crisis
  • Support women empowerment and social inclusion

Receive funding up to

₱500,000

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Research

The Australian Alumni COVID-19 Grants Scheme (Research) assists alumni to undertake research that uses their knowledge and skills gained from their Australian education or training. It gives alumni a platform to conduct research initiatives that would provide a better understanding of COVID-19 and respond to current challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Do you have a research proposal in mind that will

Inform policy development and decision making on relevant issues concerning COVID-19

Contribute to the limited body of knowledge and literature on COVID-19

Help predict and respond to current development challenges in the Philippines

Receive funding up to

₱1,000,000

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Development

The Australian Alumni COVID-19 Response Grants Scheme (Development) aims to assist alumni to undertake projects that contribute to building resilience and recovery efforts. It gives alumni a platform to leverage their competencies gained from their Australian education or training in implementing the projects.

Do you have a project in mind that will

Respond to relevant issues and needs brought by the COVID-19 pandemic

Create meaningful change in a community, organisation, or a sector affected by the COVID-19 crisis

Support women empowerment and social inclusion

Receive funding up to

₱500,000

Project and research proposals must be aligned to the Philippines COVID-19 Development Response Plan with particular focus on:

1. Strengthening HEALTH SECURITY
2. Maintaining STABILITY
3. Promoting ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Alumni Grants Scheme Development Projects

Development Projects



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Thermina Ann Lontoc Akram, Jhanette Lorenzo and Edna Patricia Mendoza

Thermina Ann Lontoc Akram (The Swinburne University of Technology, Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2018), Jhanette Lorenzo (The Swinburne University of Technology, Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2018) and Edna Patricia Mendoza (The Australian National University, Master of Environmental Management and Development, 2017)

Live Lokal PH: Empowering MSMEs to thrive in the new normal

The project will equip MSMEs on the use of digital tools and e-commerce to professionally migrate their businesses to online platforms. It will also encourage Filipinos to support locally-sourced and locally-crafted products.

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Thermina Ann Lontoc Akram, Jhanette Lorenzo and Edna Patricia Mendoza

Thermina Ann Lontoc Akram (The Swinburne University of Technology, Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2018), Jhanette Lorenzo (The Swinburne University of Technology, Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2018) and Edna Patricia Mendoza (The Australian National University, Master of Environmental Management and Development, 2017)

Live Lokal PH: Empowering MSMEs to thrive in the new normal

The project will equip MSMEs on the use of digital tools and e-commerce to professionally migrate their businesses to online platforms. It will also encourage Filipinos to support locally-sourced and locally-crafted products.

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Maria Christina Brion-Ramos

The University of Queensland, Masters in Food Studies in the Field of Food Science and Technology, 2014

PWCares+: COVID-19 Response Advocacy and Fair Trade Livelihood Enterprise-Support Program

The project aims to address the economic welfare of PWC community – employees, working college students and their families, and communities (IPs and PWDs) – whose access to additional income through other means have been limited by the community quarantine.

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Maria Christina Brion-Ramos

The University of Queensland, Masters in Food Studies in the Field of Food Science and Technology, 2014

PWCares+: COVID-19 Response Advocacy and Fair Trade Livelihood Enterprise-Support Program

The project aims to address the economic welfare of PWC community – employees, working college students and their families, and communities (IPs and PWDs) – whose access to additional income through other means have been limited by the community quarantine.

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Ma Noralisa Bite

The University of Melbourne, Master in Human Resource Management, 2012

Planning for Retooling BHWs for the New Normal

The project will develop a data-driven plan for strengthening competencies among Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) who are front-liners in managing COVID-19 initiatives of Local Government Units (LGU).

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Ma Noralisa Bite

The University of Melbourne, Master in Human Resource Management, 2012

Planning for Retooling BHWs for the New Normal

The project will develop a data-driven plan for strengthening competencies among Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) who are front-liners in managing COVID-19 initiatives of Local Government Units (LGU).

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Ann Marie Cunanan

The Swinburne University of Technology, Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2014

Strengthening Rural Entrepreneurship through Capacity Building and Expansion of Supply Chain Reach Distribution

The social enterprise project aims to jumpstart small and micro businesses in rural areas – those ran by farming women’s groups and individuals – to reach a broader market base for their products through online selling platforms and partnership with ethical and eco-friendly stores.

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Ann Marie Cunanan

The Swinburne University of Technology, Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2014

Strengthening Rural Entrepreneurship through Capacity Building and Expansion of Supply Chain Reach Distribution

The social enterprise project aims to jumpstart small and micro businesses in rural areas – those ran by farming women’s groups and individuals – to reach a broader market base for their products through online selling platforms and partnership with ethical and eco-friendly stores.

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Sabrina Laya Gacad

The University of Sydney, Master of Economics, 2019

Lunas Collective Chat Service and Survivor-Centered Community Care Package

The Lunas Collective Chat Service is a feminist volunteer-powered chat service. It offers a safe and inclusive space to support women and people of diverse gender identities with common reproductive health concerns or experiences of gender-based violence during the various stages of community quarantines, and the recovery period from the COVID-19 public health and socioeconomic crisis.

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Sabrina Laya Gacad

The University of Sydney, Master of Economics, 2019

Lunas Collective Chat Service and Survivor-Centered Community Care Package

The Lunas Collective Chat Service is a feminist volunteer-powered chat service. It offers a safe and inclusive space to support women and people of diverse gender identities with common reproductive health concerns or experiences of gender-based violence during the various stages of community quarantines, and the recovery period from the COVID-19 public health and socioeconomic crisis.

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Jayson Ibanez

Charles Darwin University, PhD in Natural Resource Management, 2015

Building social-ecological resiliency among eight Indigenous communities on Mindanao Island against the COVID-19 and climate change crises

This project will assist eight indigenous communities in Mindanao to re-organise, re-strategise and implement pragmatic solutions as a response to the pandemic. The project aims to help build community resiliency by strengthening local governance and rural livelihood capitals.

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Jayson Ibanez

Charles Darwin University, PhD in Natural Resource Management, 2015

Building social-ecological resiliency among eight Indigenous communities on Mindanao Island against the COVID-19 and climate change crises

This project will assist eight indigenous communities in Mindanao to re-organise, re-strategise and implement pragmatic solutions as a response to the pandemic. The project aims to help build community resiliency by strengthening local governance and rural livelihood capitals.

Research Projects



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Dr Peter Julian Cayton, Robert Neil Leong and Dr Jason Alacapa

Dr Peter Julian Cayton (The Australian National University, PhD in Statistics, 2018), Robert Neil Leong, (University of New South Wales, PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine (ongoing)), Dr Jason Alacapa (The University of New South Wales, Master of Public Health in Economic Evaluation Master of Health Management, 2018)

Nowcasting and Forecasting the Outbreak of the COVID-19 Epidemic in the Philippines at the National and Local Levels

The project seeks to provide insights into the state of COVID-19 in the Philippines and its LGUs in terms of providing the estimated level of transmission and forecasted number of cases to facilitate policy-making and risk mitigation efforts.

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Dr Peter Julian Cayton, Robert Neil Leong and Dr Jason Alacapa

Dr Peter Julian Cayton (The Australian National University, PhD in Statistics, 2018), Robert Neil Leong, (University of New South Wales, PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine (ongoing)), Dr Jason Alacapa (The University of New South Wales, Master of Public Health in Economic Evaluation Master of Health Management, 2018)

Nowcasting and Forecasting the Outbreak of the COVID-19 Epidemic in the Philippines at the National and Local Levels

The project seeks to provide insights into the state of COVID-19 in the Philippines and its LGUs in terms of providing the estimated level of transmission and forecasted number of cases to facilitate policy-making and risk mitigation efforts.

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Dr Nicamil Sanchez

Australian Catholic University, PhD in Social Work, 2015

The journey of Filipino Older Persons Towards the New Normal in times of COVID-19: A Mixed-Method Study

The study will explore the level of well-being, depression and experiences of older Filipinos during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr Nicamil Sanchez

Australian Catholic University, PhD in Social Work, 2015

The journey of Filipino Older Persons Towards the New Normal in times of COVID-19: A Mixed-Method Study

The study will explore the level of well-being, depression and experiences of older Filipinos during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Glory Dee Romo

The University of Queensland, Doctor of Philosophy, 2019

SAVE Food Systems: Strengthening Against Vulnerabilities and Externalities of Food Systems

This project will provide an understanding of the local conditions and impact of COVID-19 pandemic to the business opportunities of Philippine enterprises involved in the production of goods and services. It also aims to provide an entry point for Australian companies to participate in this new normal for Philippine food enterprises.

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Glory Dee Romo

The University of Queensland, Doctor of Philosophy, 2019

SAVE Food Systems: Strengthening Against Vulnerabilities and Externalities of Food Systems

This project will provide an understanding of the local conditions and impact of COVID-19 pandemic to the business opportunities of Philippine enterprises involved in the production of goods and services. It also aims to provide an entry point for Australian companies to participate in this new normal for Philippine food enterprises.

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Diane Faith Figueroa

The University of Sydney, Masters in Sustainability, 2019

COVID-19 and resilient local seafood economy for Philippine coastal municipalities

The research aims to improve efficiency in the management of the fisheries supply chain to create an enabling environment for small-scale fisheries for a more resilient and inclusive local seafood economy even during a pandemic.

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Diane Faith Figueroa

The University of Sydney, Masters in Sustainability, 2019

COVID-19 and resilient local seafood economy for Philippine coastal municipalities

The research aims to improve efficiency in the management of the fisheries supply chain to create an enabling environment for small-scale fisheries for a more resilient and inclusive local seafood economy even during a pandemic.

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Michael Siega

The University of Wollongong, Master of Education, 2019

Technology adoption in the VET sector: Evolving the role of vocational instructors as a policy response to COVID-19 pandemic

The study aims to assess the readiness of TVET practitioners to adopt technology and to ultimately design an implementation framework and technology toolkit for instructors during COVID-19 pandemic.

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Michael Siega

The University of Wollongong, Master of Education, 2019

Technology adoption in the VET sector: Evolving the role of vocational instructors as a policy response to COVID-19 pandemic

The study aims to assess the readiness of TVET practitioners to adopt technology and to ultimately design an implementation framework and technology toolkit for instructors during COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dennis Alonzo, Mariel Bayangos, Michele Lacia and Val Quimno

Dennis Alonzo (The University of New South Wales, PhD in Assessment, 2015), Mariel Bayangos (The University of New South Wales, Master of Public Policy Studies, 2013), Michele Lacia (the University of Adelaide, PhD in Education, 2019), Val Quimno (The University of New South Wales, PhD in Information Technology, 2015)

Enhancing teachers self-efficacy in implementing the DepEd developmental framework in the time of COVID-19 pandemic: Development and application of a mobile app to address their professional development needs

The study aims to respond to DepEd’s need for a more strategic approach in supporting teachers as they implement DepEd’s developmental framework. This framework will provide access to education effectively, enhance the quality of education, and implement responsive governance to mitigate the adverse impact of COVID-19 to students and their learning. The study will provide the necessary inputs to articulate policies, processes, and activities to support a more strategic implementation of the framework.

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Dennis Alonzo, Mariel Bayangos, Michele Lacia and Val Quimno

Dennis Alonzo (The University of New South Wales, PhD in Assessment, 2015), Mariel Bayangos (The University of New South Wales, Master of Public Policy Studies, 2013), Michele Lacia (the University of Adelaide, PhD in Education, 2019), Val Quimno (The University of New South Wales, PhD in Information Technology, 2015)

Enhancing teachers self-efficacy in implementing the DepEd developmental framework in the time of COVID-19 pandemic: Development and application of a mobile app to address their professional development needs

The study aims to respond to DepEd’s need for a more strategic approach in supporting teachers as they implement DepEd’s developmental framework. This framework will provide access to education effectively, enhance the quality of education, and implement responsive governance to mitigate the adverse impact of COVID-19 to students and their learning. The study will provide the necessary inputs to articulate policies, processes, and activities to support a more strategic implementation of the framework.

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Evita Mariz Ricafort

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Short Course in Law and Non-communicable Diseases, 2015

Policy Assessment and Capacity Development for COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Lessons from Urban Poor Communities in the Philippines

The study aims to contribute to the improvement of contact tracing in the Philippines through capacity development of local governments who, as primary implementers, are mandated to carry out contact tracing standards and procedures. The research further aims to contribute to the growing literature on COVID-19 response initiatives in the context of low resource settings by examining the response of local governments in poor urban communities.

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Evita Mariz Ricafort

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Short Course in Law and Non-communicable Diseases, 2015

Policy Assessment and Capacity Development for COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Lessons from Urban Poor Communities in the Philippines

The study aims to contribute to the improvement of contact tracing in the Philippines through capacity development of local governments who, as primary implementers, are mandated to carry out contact tracing standards and procedures. The research further aims to contribute to the growing literature on COVID-19 response initiatives in the context of low resource settings by examining the response of local governments in poor urban communities.

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Ava Patricia Avila and Amelita Balisalisa Atillo

Ava Patricia Avila, Short Course in Multiculturalism, 2003, Philippines Australia Short-term Training Facility, Amelita Balisalisa Atillo (The Australian National University, Fellow, Centre for Continuing Non-Formal Adult Education, 1980)

An Analysis of Civil-Military Relations in the Philippines’ COVID-19 Response

This study will help provide data as well as identify sustained gaps and challenges to develop more effective policies and programs and help deal with the public health crisis and, ultimately, invest in relevant solutions.

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Ava Patricia Avila and Amelita Balisalisa Atillo

Ava Patricia Avila, Short Course in Multiculturalism, 2003, Philippines Australia Short-term Training Facility, Amelita Balisalisa Atillo (The Australian National University, Fellow, Centre for Continuing Non-Formal Adult Education, 1980)

An Analysis of Civil-Military Relations in the Philippines’ COVID-19 Response

This study will help provide data as well as identify sustained gaps and challenges to develop more effective policies and programs and help deal with the public health crisis and, ultimately, invest in relevant solutions.

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Dr Erlidia Clark

Australian National University, Doctor of Philosophy, 2015

Risk Factors, Clinical Characteristics and Transmission of COVID 19 in Non-Pregnant and Pregnant Women in the Philippines: A Multicenter Study

The study aims to identify COVID-19 exposure, risk factors, and clinical characteristics in both non-pregnant and pregnant women. It will determine the effect of pregnancy on the course of the disease and vice versa, including COVID-19 on vertical transmission. The study will also include assessment of knowledge, practices, and risks and susceptibility perception of women in reproductive age to COVID-19 exposure.

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Dr Erlidia Clark

Australian National University, Doctor of Philosophy, 2015

Risk Factors, Clinical Characteristics and Transmission of COVID 19 in Non-Pregnant and Pregnant Women in the Philippines: A Multicenter Study

The study aims to identify COVID-19 exposure, risk factors, and clinical characteristics in both non-pregnant and pregnant women. It will determine the effect of pregnancy on the course of the disease and vice versa, including COVID-19 on vertical transmission. The study will also include assessment of knowledge, practices, and risks and susceptibility perception of women in reproductive age to COVID-19 exposure.

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Ms Leny Castillo

Davao City | Local Economic Development – Indigenous Peoples

GGSI Sustainable Product and Packaging Design Development

The project aims to develop new alternative products and packaging solutions which are sustainable and essentially eco-friendly. It contributes to addressing the environmental challenge in post-consumption reduction of waste. By partnering with the Matigsalug community, the project creates and contributes to livelihood opportunities for the community.

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Ms Leny Castillo

Davao City | Local Economic Development – Indigenous Peoples

GGSI Sustainable Product and Packaging Design Development

The project aims to develop new alternative products and packaging solutions which are sustainable and essentially eco-friendly. It contributes to addressing the environmental challenge in post-consumption reduction of waste. By partnering with the Matigsalug community, the project creates and contributes to livelihood opportunities for the community.

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Atty Raymond Baguilat

Ifugao | Social Inclusion – Indigenous Peoples

Intellectual Property Protection Program in Kiangan, Ifugao

The project aims to educate traditional knowledge-holders, specifically the Tuwali Indigenous Peoples from Kiangan, Ifugao of their intellectual property rights, laws and services and encourage registration of Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP) with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines. Overall, the vision is to make the Tuwali experience a model for community engagement of Indigenous Peoples throughout the country.

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Atty Raymond Baguilat

Ifugao | Social Inclusion – Indigenous Peoples

Intellectual Property Protection Program in Kiangan, Ifugao

The project aims to educate traditional knowledge-holders, specifically the Tuwali Indigenous Peoples from Kiangan, Ifugao of their intellectual property rights, laws and services and encourage registration of Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP) with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines. Overall, the vision is to make the Tuwali experience a model for community engagement of Indigenous Peoples throughout the country.

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Mr Gabriel Sebastian Lizada

Davao City | Mental Health / Disaster Risk Reduction

Capacitating Barangay Workers on Disaster Preparedness Through Psychological and Mental Health First Aid Training

The main goal of the project is to develop two 7-man teams of psychosocial support responders for each of the five communities in Davao City that have been most affected by recurring disasters. It also aims to help barangay officials to develop mental health awareness and skills to respond for psychological first aid and psychosocial support in times of emergency and disaster situations.

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Mr Gabriel Sebastian Lizada

Davao City | Mental Health / Disaster Risk Reduction

Capacitating Barangay Workers on Disaster Preparedness Through Psychological and Mental Health First Aid Training

The main goal of the project is to develop two 7-man teams of psychosocial support responders for each of the five communities in Davao City that have been most affected by recurring disasters. It also aims to help barangay officials to develop mental health awareness and skills to respond for psychological first aid and psychosocial support in times of emergency and disaster situations.

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Mr Joseph De Guia

Occidental Mindoro | Local Economic Development – Women / Innovation

Project CAWAN

“CAWAN” means herd or flock. The project will create a data labeling tool that will be used to train capable women in the coastal community of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro on AI data labelling skills, which allow them to work remotely and generate income while nurturing their households. The project will be in partnership with the local government and is aligned to the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s “Tech for Ed” program.

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Mr Joseph De Guia

Occidental Mindoro | Local Economic Development – Women / Innovation

Project CAWAN

“CAWAN” means herd or flock. The project will create a data labeling tool that will be used to train capable women in the coastal community of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro on AI data labelling skills, which allow them to work remotely and generate income while nurturing their households. The project will be in partnership with the local government and is aligned to the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s “Tech for Ed” program.

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Joel Dannug

Southern Negros | Environmental Sustainability

Shepherding Millennial Leaders (SMiLe)

SMILe provided leadership training and mentoring program to the officers of the RANG-AY, KABATAAN TI STO NIÑO! – an independent youth-serving organisation that provides outreach activities – cleanup drives and disaster preparedness campaigns – at the Municipality of Sto. Niño,Cagayan. The training included a structured learning experience on self-management, relationship skills, global mindedness and new media literacy; shepherding component; and leadership tour to a partner university and agency.

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Joel Dannug

Southern Negros | Environmental Sustainability

Enhancing local technical capacity to sustain monitoring of marine protected areas on coral reefs

SMILe provided leadership training and mentoring program to the officers of the RANG-AY, KABATAAN TI STO NIÑO! – an independent youth-serving organisation that provides outreach activities – cleanup drives and disaster preparedness campaigns – at the Municipality of Sto. Niño,Cagayan. The training included a structured learning experience on self-management, relationship skills, global mindedness and new media literacy; shepherding component; and leadership tour to a partner university and agency.

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PA3i Southern Tagalog Chapter

Nathaniel Bantayan | Alvaro Calara | Joey Baril | Susan Aquino-Ong

Earth Warriors for Biodiversity: An Interactive Leaning Program for the Youth

The project mobilised young people for a hands-on experience on the importance of biodiversity. This included an interactive learning activity on tree nurturing at the Mt. Makiling Heritage Park where participants experienced the various steps in tree nursery operations: soil preparation, seed treatment, seedling handling and care, among others. The participants also went on an interactive biodiversity learning trail in Los Baños Laguna’s Mudspring Trail – a 670m route that traverses the natural forest of the mountain.

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PA3i Southern Tagalog Chapter

Nathaniel Bantayan | Alvaro Calara | Joey Baril | Susan Aquino-Ong

Earth Warriors for Biodiversity: An Interactive Leaning Program for the Youth

The project mobilised young people for a hands-on experience on the importance of biodiversity. This included an interactive learning activity on tree nurturing at the Mt. Makiling Heritage Park where participants experienced the various steps in tree nursery operations: soil preparation, seed treatment, seedling handling and care, among others. The participants also went on an interactive biodiversity learning trail in Los Baños Laguna’s Mudspring Trail – a 670m route that traverses the natural forest of the mountain.