A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing for Internship (OJT) and Scholarship program took place between Petron Corporation and Adamson University on August 23 Office of the President-Conference Room.
PHOTO CAPTION: [L-R, seated] Refinery Audit & Management Systems Manager Aurelio P. Uapal Jr., Refinery VP Freddie P. Yumang, Adamson University President Fr. Gregorio L. Bañaga, Jr., CM and Adamson VP for Academic Affairs Fr. Francisco Nicolas P. Magnaye, Jr., CM together with officers from Petron and AdU (standing).
To represent the University’s new industry partner, Petron Corporation, for the MOA signing was Petron Bataan Refinery (PBR) Vice President Engr. Freddie P. Yumang and Adamson University (AdU) President Rev. Fr. Gregorio L. Bañaga, Jr., C.M.
“Our partnership with you goes beyond providing scholarship grants. Through it, we are opening ourselves and the doors of the Petron Bataan Refinery (PBR) to the academe,” Engr. Yumang said. “We envision our partnership with you to be long-lasting. Thus, you can be assured that we are here for you for the long-term.”
The program aims to ensure the availability of manpower resources for the refinery’s current organizational requirement and meet the demand for engineers that “will operate the new units being constructed in line with the Refinery Expansion Project (RMP-2),” as Engr. Yumang put it. Moreover, the program aims to provide about 70% of the refinery’s manpower requirement per year or a minimum of about 70 engineers per batch. The scholarship package includes full tuition fee, monthly living allowance, and annual miscellaneous academic expenses.
“Besides accepting trainees into PBR, we would like to train and expose your teachers to our facilities and operations, so that they can convey what the refinery is all about to their students. Henceforth, future engineers will have a better appreciation and a deeper understanding of the oil industry,” Engr. Yumang adds. “Through our program, we are creating career opportunities for a lot of Filipino engineering graduates.”
Fr. Bañaga, in his speech, said that “education is one of the best corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. To us, a scholarship does not just help an individual. It helps generations of people, thereby contributing to nation-building. We thank Petron for their generous scholarship and partnership they are offering to us.”
Also present in the said event from Adamson were Mrs. Susan Mondano (Placement Office Head) for the Internship (OJT) Program; Mrs. Alice P. Quilicot (Director, Office for Student Assistance and Scholarship); Ms. Eva Dulay (Director, Office for Institutional Advancement); Ms. Edylyn Medina (Alumni Relations Officer); Dr. Myrna Añes (Associate VP for Academic Affairs); Engr. Jesus Manalastas (Dean, College of Engineering); Engr. Merlinda Palencia (Director of Transnational Distance Education) – as the former mentor of Engr. Aurelio Uapal, Jr. (VP of Petron and AdU Alumnus); and chairpersons from EE, ME, and ChE departments: Engr. Virgilio Lomotan (EE Department), Engr. Jerry Olay (ChE Department), and Engr. Fernando Constantino (ME Department). Other representatives from Petron Corporation were Mr. Armand Cagampang (HR Manager for Petron Bataan Refinery) and Ms. Jeimily Leoncio (Team Lead for Recruitment).
The new scholarship program is scheduled for implementation this First Semester of SY 2011-2012.