2015 Australian Mathematics Competition held in the Philippines; 98 Filipinos received award

The Filipino AMC Medallists and Prize Awardees
The Filipino AMC Medalists and Prize Awardees.

A 13-year-old student from Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila got a perfect score in the 2015 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), joining 97 other Filipino students who were awarded in the contest.

Andres Rico Gonzales, Grade 8 student, emerged as one of only 42 students worldwide who got perfect scores among the 300,000 participants from 40 countries who joined the contest this year.

The AMC was administered simultaneously in each participating country.

Executive Director Mike Clapper of the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT), which organizes the AMC, flew to Manila from Australia for the awarding ceremony of the Filipino winners held on Oct. 23 at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Clapper awarded the winners together with Andrew Hodges, first secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Dr. Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG); Ruby Cristobal, head of the S&T Manpower Education Research and Promotion Division of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI); and Dr. Isidro Aguilar, MTG business manager.

Gonzales received the AMC medal and the Peter O’Halloran Certificate of Excellence for his feat.

“Filipino students do very well (in the competition),” said Clapper.

Other AMC medalists are Kyle Patrick Dulay of the Philippine Science High School-Main, Vince Jan Torres of Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School and Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy.

Filipino students who won Prize Awards are Nicholas Marcus Lua, Kei Hang Derek Chan, and Alexandra Gochian, all of Saint Jude Catholic School; Raphael Dylan Dalida, St. Mary’s Academy-Pasay; Erin Christen Noceda, Special Education Center for the Gifted-Subic Bay; Filbert Ephraim Wu, MGC New Life Christian Academy; Annika Angela Mei Tamayo, Ateneo De Iloilo-SMCS; Frederick Ivan Tan, Xavier School; Bryce Ainsley Sanchez, Grace Christian College; Sean Ty, Zamboanga Chong Hua High School; and Clyde Wesley Ang, Chiang Kai Shek College.

“The 2015 AMC results showed that Filipino students continue to demonstrate remarkable competencies in the field of mathematics,” said Dr. Chua.

In her message, Dr. Josette Biyo, DOST-SEI director, said, “Our performances in the AMC and other mathematics and science competitions have been very promising to say the least. It has become a trend that our Philippine contingents constantly bring home medals and honorable distinctions that seems to challenge our students even more to perform better in other competitions.”

A big congratulations to all the students who won a prize this year in the Australian Mathematics Competition,” Hodges told the awardees.

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Ambassador Bill Tweddell handed over homes to 12 families displaced by Typhoon Yolanda

Ambassador Bill Tweddell handed over homes to 12 families displaced by Typhoon Yolanda at GK San Agustin, Palo, Leyte
Ambassador Bill Tweddell handed over homes to 12 families displaced by Typhoon Yolanda at GK San Agustin, Palo, Leyte.

Remarks by Ambassador Bill Tweddell
at the Handover of Shelter Units
to Gawad Kalinga Community
8 November 2014
Barangay San Agustin, Palo, Leyte
• Mr Jose Luis Oquinena, Gawad Kalinga Executive Director
• Mr Kevin Caballero, Area Coordinator for Eastern Visayas
• Family beneficiaries of this Gawad Kalinga shelter recovery project here in Barangay San Agustin

Maayong hapon sa inyong tanan.
Good afternoon.

It has been 12 months since Typhoon Yolanda hit the province of Leyte and I remain humbled and inspired by the resiliency, courage and strength of Leytenos to rise up from this tragedy. You all have continued to forge on and rebuild your lives. I congratulate you for this effort.

Today, let me express the Australian Government’s continued commitment to assisting the Philippine Government in its recovery efforts in Typhoon Yolanda affected areas.

Shelter is a basic human need. It is critical to the recovery of affected families. A year after the typhoon, most affected families continue to need durable shelter solutions, especially away from danger zones.

The Australian response to Yolanda included provision of emergency, transitional and permanent shelter to affected families through the government, Red Cross and local non-government organizations like Gawad Kalinga and Catholic Relief Service.

We are proud to have partnered with Gawad Kalinga to contribute, in a small way, to securing the safety and restoring the dignity of 250 families affected by Typhoon Yolanda through this shelter recovery project.

First, I am glad to unveil this afternoon the four streets of the Gawad Kalinga Village here in Barangay San Agustin, namely Adelaide, Brisbane (my birthplace), Canberra (my current Australian home) and Townsville – names of cities in Australia. This list is essentially alphabetical – with the exception of Townsville, which is the port from which HMAS Tobruk sailed on its relief mission after Yolanda, and is also where I grew up. We have more Australian cities to share if you need more!

Second and more significantly, I am glad to hand over the initial shelter units to 12 family-beneficiaries from Barangay San Agustin.

You worked closely with Gawad Kalinga in building these units. I admire your bayanihan system, a uniquely Filipino tradition, which is a great way to build ownership of this shelter recovery project with family-beneficiaries and further contribute to building community cooperation and resilience. You can now see the result of your labour, and in fact live in it. With your help, I look forward to seeing the rest of the housing units completed through your bayanihan system.

To the families of:

• Paulito and Erlinda Leona
• Erlindo and Jonalyn Leona
• Israel and Rosemarie Pardilla
• Randy and Marivic Pilapil
• Warlito and Realyn Estrada
• Ruben, Jr and Jennilyn Moaña
• Vicente and Zenaida Amba
• Leo and Marilyn Margallo
• Roberto and Mary Jane Modesto
• Norma Montanejos
• Pedro and Maricel Modesto
• Ronilo and Rosil Orcida

– congratulations on being the first recipients of the completed shelter units. I hope this will help you in your continued journey to recovery.

To the teachers (and where would any of us be without the teachers who help shape our minds?), I hope that our small token of educational materials would help you in developing stronger literacy and skills of the San Agustin children.

To the children, I hope you enjoy your new bags. Study hard and stay in school so that you can achieve your dreams when you grow up.

Congratulations and thank you.

Source: http://www.philippines.embassy.gov.au/mnla/Speech141108Speech141108.html

Filo communities welcome Filipino participants to the 29th IHC at Brisbane, Australia

Filo communities welcome Filipino participants to the 29th IHC at Brisbane, Australia
Filo communities welcome Filipino participants to the 29th IHC at Brisbane, Australia.

Members of Australian Visayan, Australia Mindanao and Australia Luzon Multicultural Communities welcome all the Filipino participants to the 29th International Horticultural Congress from 17 to 22 August 2014 at Brisbane, Australia.

Per information received from different reliable sources, the following are the Filipino researchers and scientists who will be attending this internattional conference:

From Visayas State University (VSU), ViSCA, Baybay, Leyte :

  • – Zenaida Cuevas Gonzaga
  • -Marilou M Benitez
  • -Lucia Borines,Reny Gerona
  • -Othello Capuno
  • -Annabel Tulin
  • -Lilia Vega,
  • -Dhenber Lusanta
  • – Aljay Valida

From Central Philippines University:

  • DR. JAIME C. CABARLES, JR., Dean of the College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences of Central Philippine University

Reports reaching us indicated that there are participants from Luzon and Mindanao universities, as well.

Note: Filipinos in Australia are referred to as “Filos”.

Australia pledges P5.7-B assistance to Philippines for fiscal year 2014-2015

The Australian government pledged about P5.7 billion (AUS$143 million) in official development assistance (ODA) to the Philippines for fiscal year 2014-2015, reaffirming its commitment to help the country increasingly develop its infrastructure, education, investment, local governance reforms and peace-building efforts.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Australian embassy in Manila said the ODA is testament to the fact that the Australian government remains “strongly committed” to working closely with the Philippines in such areas.

“Australia places high importance on delivering results to help improve the lives of Filipinos,” David Dutton, Australian embassy charge d’affaires, said in the statement.

Focus on education
Australia’s aid program will primarily focus on improving the quality of education by supporting “the largest and most significant” reform in the Philippine education system in more than 20 years—the introduction of a kindergarten to year 12 (K to 12) education program.

Under the aid program, teacher and education managers will be trained in the new education scheme and will be advised on how to develop the curriculum.

Australia said it is particularly concerned about the education of children in Muslim Mindanao and other disadvantaged communities.

Aside from education reforms, Australia will also focus on helping the Philippines boost its economic growth through aid for trade and private sector development.

The embassy said its government supports the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) “reform agenda” that the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd has introduced.

Under the PPP scheme, investments in infrastructure such as classroom construction, health services and transport will be given due attention.

“Investment in these areas is critical to fostering sustainable economic growth in the Philippines,” the embassy said.

They will also be assisting the Philippines in automating its public financial management system in order to improve the efficiency and the transparency of public spending, it said

http://www.manilatimes.net/australia-pledges-p5-7-b-assistance-to-philippines/97103/