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Australia, PHL sign agreement to professionalize gov't institutions

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Australia and the Philippines this week signed an agreement for a new partnership that aims to build stronger Philippine institutions by assisting Filipinos to pursue and achieve professional excellence.

AusAID-Manila and Minister-Counsellor Titon Mitra, National Economic and Development Authority Director General Cayetano Paderanga Jr. and Civil Service Commission Chairman Dr. Francisco Duque III signed the five-year P2.7 billion Facility agreement.

“The Facility reflects Australia’s continuing commitment to support development efforts in the Philippines. The Philippines is at an important juncture in history. A new administration has been elected with a strong mandate from the people to pursue bold reforms. Implementing these reforms will require support from all the Filipino people and the brains of the Philippine civil service,” Mitra said in behalf of Australia’s ambassador to Manila, Rod Smith.

Under this project, Australia will work with a select group of public, non-profit, and private Philippine organizations to improve their human resource management, corporate planning, change management and business processes, the embassy said.

Improvements in these areas will trigger more efficient delivery of services and improved implementation of development programs. Continued Australian support will be contingent on each organization demonstrating a strong commitment to pursue reforms and to improve performance, it added.

“Well-targeted support for organizational development can catalyze tangible gains, such as increased local revenues and savings from operational expenses, that improve the efficiency of government and non-government programs.”

At least 400 scholarship places will be made available for study in Australia in the next five years. For fiscal year 2011-12, a total 120 Filipinos are expected to receive scholarships for study in various universities in Australia.

(PNA)




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