M&E Report 8 - REAPing Results
It was natural for me to take up a degree in Bachelor in Business Management at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines given that my parents were both business-minded. After graduation I served in the private sector for around ten years before my focus suddenly shifted government work because I was basically just curious as to what this sector holds. I decided to apply and got accepted at the National Mapping and ResourceManagement Authority (NAMRIA), an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). There, I met a lot of professional and highly technical government employees who made me realize that, indeed, the people here are just as hardworking and industrious and that our work is exciting and a whole lot of fun. Forward many years later, I am now a Human Resource Management Officer III and is Section Chief of the Human Resource Management Section of the HR Department.
For some Australia Awards scholars who left the Philippines to study abroad, there is no guarantee that the position they left in their organizations will still be there after their scholarships. Fortunately for me, I was assigned in a position that was intended for me when I get back.
It was during the 2012 Davao Business Mission to Singapore when a Singaporean participant told us, “Your city is still raw. You still have plenty of room to grow.” That is very true of Davao. We still have many untapped potentials and I am happy to be part of the positive changes happening here.
A rights-based approach -- this is the major lesson I learned from taking up Masters of Law at University of Melbourne from June 2011 to December 2012. It really opened my mind that our rights should not only be enshrined on a piece of paper. Our basic human rights should be accessible to us. It must be promoted and fulfilled by the government. I asked myself why is this not the case in the Philippines.
I had no intention of going into government service at first. Although both my mother and grandmother used to be in the political arena, I wanted to become a doctor and took up BS Biology in UP Diliman. But because of financial constraints, this dream seemed far from reality.
I studied in Australia from June 2011 to June 2012 with the vision to help effect positive changes for the Persons with Disability (PWD) sector. I took up Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne
In August of 2013, a string of disasters – both manmade and natural – struck the Philippines. In Zamboanga, an armed conflict erupted in September. After a month, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook Bohol province. And then in November, Typhoon Yolanda (or Haiyan) swept Leyte in Eastern Visayas. The humanitarian community later labeled it as the ‘series of unfortunate events’ for 2013. I was barely three months home from Australia when those things happened.
Nothing is impossible if you really work for it – especially when you start with an objective in mind. I left the Philippines in June 2008 to earn a Graduate Diploma in Property from the University of South Australia in Adelaide. I came back a year later, determined to apply everything I learned to help my organization.