BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
More scholarship programs were signed by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson during his recent visit to Darwin, Australia.
This time, Lacson signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Alana Kaye College in Darwin, Australia, represented by its Chief Executive Officer Alana Anderson, in connection with the Provincial Government’s Study Now, Pay Later Scholarship Program.
Under the program, scholarship grantees from Negros Occidental will study early childhood and care at Alana Kaye College in Darwin for two years.
Juanario Rivas, Philippine Consul to Northern Territory, Australia, and Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz witnessed the MOA signing, on November 10.
The scholarship grants, supervised by the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division, covers tuition and other school fees.
Lacson had previously signed a MOA with International College of Advance Education (ICAE), represented by its CEO, Sean Mahoney, also the “Study Now, Pay Later” Australia Scholarship Program, at Darwin, Australia.
The scholarship recipients are qualified and deserving Negrense students in the field of hospitality, tourism, and cookery.
They will study at ICAE, based in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
The scholarship aims to provide Negrense youth with the opportunity to study and work in Australia and pave the way for them to obtain a stable career and qualify for a work visa and eventually permanent work visa and residency, a statement from the Capitol said.
Lacson also met with Eva Lawler MLA, Minister for the Northern Territory, Australia, at the Minister’s Suite of the Darwin Parliament House.
They discussed updates on infrastructure, planning and logistics of both governments as well as possible collaboration on scholarships and migration.*