Two Pinays win Development Cooperation Prize in Belgium
A former Doctor to the Barrios and a researcher-activist were recognized in Belgium on Wednesday for their separate works on improving health and land rights in the Philippines.
Dr. Romelei Camiling-Alfonso and Mary Ann Manahan were awarded the Prize for Development Cooperation, a biannual competition by the Prize Belgian Development Cooperation, for their master theses.
Camiling-Alfonso, a community doctor with the Department of Health before pursuing further studies in Belgium, was cited for her column test titled "Are routine health programs in the Philippines responsive to interventions that increase breastfeeding rates?"
The Philippine Science High School and representative of Kalusugan ng Mag-ina, Inc. is attending the Master of Science in Public Health, orientation Health Systems Management and Policy at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM).
Manahan, on the other hand, was recognized for her master's thesis entitled "Painting the Town REDD: Competing Narratives on Forest Tenure, Land Rights, and REDD+ within Contentious Politics in the Philippines”.
Prior to pursuing her masters in Governance and Development at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, Manahan was a program officer for Focus on the Global South.
The Prize was "created in 1998 on the initiative of the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD) in order to raise public awareness concerning international solidarity."
It honors students whose master's or post-graduate thesis "shows sufficient relevance for development, i.e. they should provide an important contribution to the knowledge which can be applied in the pursuit of sustainable development in the South."
Awardees received a cash prize of 850 euros, a certificate, and a medal. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News