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The Australian Embassy will join the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Dayaw: Philippine International Indigenous Peoples’ Festival 2018. The festival, organised by NCCA and the Province of Capiz, is the largest gathering of Indigenous groups in the country and attracts participants from other countries. Festival activities include cultural performances, fora, culinary arts demonstration and Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (Gamaba) exhibits.
The Australian Embassy, in partnership with the Provincial Tourism Office of Capiz and the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA), is mounting the visual art exhibit as part of Dayaw Festival 2018 in Roxas City. The exhibition, curated by the National Museum of Australia, will feature 14 graphic panels featuring stunning artworks from senior and emerging Indigenous artists.
No Child Left Behind: Study calls for better care of children with disabilities
The Situation of Children with Disabilities in the Philippines study addresses this information gap and provides data that will support the development of responsive national programs and services for children with disabilities. Supported by the Australian Embassy, UNICEF, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the report underlined that children with disabilities continue to experience barriers to access basic social services. This is compounded by poverty, lack of data, weak governance and discriminatory attitudes related to disability in general.
Launch of the Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch
Ambassador Amanda Gorely remarks at the launch of the Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch. Australia has been a strong supporter of development, peace and stability in the southern Philippines for over 20 years. As well as our longstanding support for education, we are funding development projects in conflict-affected communities in Muslim Mindanao. Through our program Australian Partnerships for Peace and our trusted partners like International Alert, we are supporting the peace process and helping to resolve conflict and build peace.
Australia supports training for Philippine Government Leaders
Top officials from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) completed a leadership and management skills training course with support from the Australian Government. Sixty-eight NEDA executives - from undersecretaries to regional directors - undertook a customized program for government leaders. It was delivered by the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Civil Service Institute based on a course designed by the Australian Government.
The Australian Embassy, the Davao City Government and the Australia Global Alumni network bring to Davao the Philippines-Australia Friendship Week celebration. The festival kicks off on 21 May in Davao City Hall with a proclamation of Philippines-Australia Friendship Week, and will culminate in a three-day festival and concert at SM Lanang Premier on the weekend of 25-27 May. Learn more here.
Visit of the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific to Cotabato
Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, visited Cotabato City on 2 May to highlight Australia’s commitment to supporting peace and stability in Mindanao.
Alumni Grants Scheme
Call for Proposals
The Australian Embassy in the Philippines is seeking project proposals from Australia-educated Filipinos under the Alumni Grant Scheme. The Australian Embassy will provide grants up to PHP 200,000 to support projects of up to six months that will contribute to Philippine development goals, draw on Australia Global Alumni education and experience, and strengthen linkages between Australia and the Philippines.
In 2016, the Alumni Grant Scheme supported:
Botika ni Inay: A Community-Based Health Cooperative in Gawad Kalinga communities in Payatas, Quezon City provide free consultation and affordable medicines to the community;
Rainwater Harvesting and a Simple Purification Facility in Badiangan, Iloilo which provides safe, drinking water for school children in Mainguit Elementary School;
Kid’s Pocket Science Center in Mati, Davao Oriental which provides school-age children with science education through exhibits, activities and interactions with science professionals;
DiseaseFindr App, a project in Mintal, Davao City, that provided real-time updates on medical advisories and health services in the barangay.
The Alumni Grant Scheme is open to all Filipino nationals who have graduated from a recognised Australian tertiary education, short-term study or fellowship programs. Alumni can apply as an individual, group or on behalf of an alumni association.
Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the website for more information on the grant, including requirements and online application. The AGS proposal form should be accomplished and submitted online through www.australiaawardsphilippines.org/alumni/ags before 5:00 PM on 15 November 2018.