Engr. Carina V. Pecson, Senior Metallurgist at the Metallurgical Technology Division, Mines and Geosciences Bureau has successfully completed her Master’s Degree in Engineering Science (Metallurgy) at the Curtin University in Australia under the Australia Awards Scholarship Program. The course lasted from June 2015 to December 2016.

Engr. Pecson took a course-based curriculum covering specific major subjects like Plant Design, Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, among others and is now working on the implementation of her Re-entry Action Plan (REAP).

Engr. Pecon’s REAP focuses on the value-addition of nickel laterites, specifically on developing a new methodology for the selective recoveries of nickel, cobalt, iron and other associated metals from the product “pregnant solution” of laterite ore leaching process. Through the REAP, the returning scholars will be able to apply and contribute their gained knowledge for the development of their respective organizations.

“I am overwhelmed, thankful and proud for having been granted the Australian Scholarship Program. My learning adventure in Australia gave me the opportunity to experience life in a multi-cultural environment. I attained professional and personal growth, as well as developed self-fulfillment and self-confidence,” Engr. Pecson stated.

The Australia Awards Scholarship Program aims to contribute to the long-term needs of developing countries by providing opportunities for individuals to obtain qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions, so they can contribute to the advancement of their home country. Benefits granted include the costs of airfare, full tuition fee, accommodation and daily subsistence allowance. Upon completion of studies, the scholar must return home to serve his country for at least two years.

This scholarship is part of the capacity building program for MGB technical personnel.

Two other Senior Metallurgists, Engr. Bernardo V. Bitanga and Engr. Roberto D. Caseros, will also graduate this March with a Master’s Degree in Development Management from the Development Academy of the Philippines.

By: Metallurgical Technology Division

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Engr. Carina V. Pecson with colleagues at the Curtin University, Australia.



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