A TOTAL of 44 Mining Engineering students from the BU College of Engineering (BUCENG) were awarded their allowance and tuition support from Rapu-Rapu Minerals, Inc. (RRMI) on June 21 as grantees of the Mining Technology and Geosciences Development Program (MTGDP) of the Rapu-Rapu Polymetallic Project (RRPP). The awarding was done soon after the heads of the partner agencies, BU President Fay M. Lauraya and RRMI President, Engr. Rogelio E. Corpus, signed the Memorandum of Agreement to renew their partnership which was launched four years ago.
The BU-RRMI partnership was forged when Bicol University opened its BS Mining Engineering course in 2008. They will be seeing their first batch of graduates this March 2013.
RRMI holds a similar partnership with Partido State University (PSU) as part of their MTGD Program, thus the BU scholars were joined by 46 BS Geology students from PSU who were likewise awarded financial grants as scholars of the same company. PSU President Nita Morallo similarly signed their MOA with RRMI.
During the awarding and MOA-signing program, scholars expressed their gratitude as beneficiaries of the program, since, according to them, this has given them a big chance to achieve their dreams.
Engr. Corpus, who gave the closing message, articulated their intention of sustaining the scholarship program to support the students, and called on them to value this opportunity to become responsible stewards of the environment through proper application of the knowledge and skills they acquire through the program.
The dean of BUCENG, Engr. Edgardo Aguilar, and the Chair of the Mining Engineering Department, Engr. Victor Florece were present during the program, as witnesses to the MOA-signing and awarding of grants. Mining and Geosciences Bureau OIC Danny Molina of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) signed as witness to the BU-RRMI and PSU-RRMI Agreements. ###