New Ambassador of Australia to the Philippines visits SEARCA
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. (third from right), SEARCA Director, warmly receives Her Excellency Ms. Amanda Gorely (third from left), Ambassador of Australia to the Philippines during her visit to SEARCA. Joining Dr. Saguiguit in welcoming the Ambassador were Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma (second from left), Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development; Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz (second from right), Program Head for Knowledge Management; and Mr. Henry M. Custodio (leftmost), Program Specialist, Research and Development; and Ms. Nancy L. De Leon (rightmost), Program Specialist, Project Development and Technical Services (PDTS).
Her Excellency Amanda Gorely, the newly installed Ambassador of Australia to the Philippines visited SEARCA on 21 January 2016.
She was accompanied by her husband, Stuart Hodge, their daughter Freya Hodge, and Ms. Cecilia O. Honrado, Country Manager of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, presented to the ambassador an overview of SEARCA’s programs and activities. He also expressed his desire to renew SEARCA’s ties with Australia, which sits as an associate member of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), SEARCA’s mother organization. Specifically, Dr. Saguiguit highlighted SEARCA and ACIAR’s previous collaborative programs and activities.
With Dr. Saguiguit at the briefing were Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development; Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz, Program Head for Knowledge Management; and Mr. Henry M. Custodio, Program Specialist, Research and Development; Ms. Nancy L. De Leon, Program Specialist, Project Development and Technical Services (PDTS); and Ms. Avril D. Madrid, Program Specialist, Knowledge Resources.
The ambassador also commended SEARCA for its development programs in the region and expressed her support to efforts of the Center to partner with Australian research and education institutions. In particular, she noted with keen interest the Center’s plan to establish the Southeast Asian Agri-museum and Learning Center which aims to promote awareness on and appreciation of the state of agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia among various ARD stakeholders, particularly the youth.
Her Excellency Amanda Gorely succeeded His Excellency Bill Tweddell, who also visited SEARCA in April 2012.
Following the visit of Her Excellency, Ms. Mellissa Wood, General Manager for Global Programs of ACIAR, also visited SEARCA on 22 January 2016 to discuss in detail possible areas of collaboration between SEARCA and ACIAR.
Dr. Saguiguit briefs the Ambassador and her delegation about SEARCA’s programs and activities.
Dr. Saguiguit, gives the Ambassador a tour around SEARCA’s facilities.
Ms. Avril D. Madrid, Program Specialist, Knowledge Resources (right), explains to the Ambassador some of winning photos of SEARCA’s Photo Contest.
Dr. Saguiguit (second from left) relates to Ms. Mellissa Wood (second from right), ACIAR General Manager for Global Programs, SEARCA’s research collaboration with ACIAR spanning two decades. Looking on are Dr. Bessie M. Burgos (leftmost), SEARCA Program Head for Research and Development, and Ms. Cecilia O. Honrado, Country of ACIAR in the Philippines.