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Iloilo City eyes Australian study grants for employees after envoy’s visit

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MAYOR Jose S. Espinosa III and Australian Deputy Head of Mission to the Philippines Mat Kimberley discuss developments and planned projects in Iloilo City. — BW/ERSSANTIAGUDO

ILOILO CITY Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III wants the local government’s regular employees to explore study grants in Australia following a visit last week by Australian Deputy Head of Mission to the Philippines Mat Kimberley. “I want to really invest on the personnel. I hope the personnel here at the City Hall will be exposed to international study grants. It would be an advantage for the continuity of good governance in the city,” he said. Mr. Kimberley, who was in Iloilo City for the first time, came to visit their scholars and their partners from the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). “It’s actually my first time to be here and I can see that there are a lot of growing potentials here,” the Australian envoy said. Mr. Espinosa said he is optimistic that his meeting with Mr. Kimberley would open more opportunities for the city through strengthened ties with Australia. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo