Aliza Marie Padilla Salces, a magna cum laude graduate from the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology topped the Metallurgical Engineering Licensure Examination held in Manila and Davao this month.
Aliza is a scholar of Sagittarius Mines, Inc. since 2013 under the Philippines – Australia Resources Education Excellence Program (PAREEP).
She received a rating of 87.85 percent, ranking first among 58 other successful examinees.
Growing up as an academic achiever in the municipality of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur in the Caraga region, Aliza continued to demonstrate diligence and excellence in her university studies by consistently making it to the Dean’s List.
She was also active in the student government at the MSU-IIT College of Engineering where she served in the executive council as chairperson of the budget and finance committee.
Aliza was enthralled by metallurgical engineering that she decided to change her course from business administration. Now that she topped the licensure exam, she felt it is her destiny to become a metallurgical engineer.
In a note to staff, SMI President Joaquin Lagonera enjoined SMI employees to join him in congratulating Aliza for bringing honor to SMI.
“Ranking number 1 among the 71 examinees is definitely a significant achievement in the challenging discipline of metallurgical engineering. SMI is very proud in helping this young lady achieve her dreams in becoming part of the Philippine minerals and resources industry”, he said.
Established in 2009, PAREEP aimed to provide Filipino college students with access to scholarships for studying mining-related courses like mining engineering, geology, metallurgy, mine safety, environmental management and community development.
It was previously supported by industry partners, including the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers, the Geological Society of the Philippines, the Philippine Mineral Exploration Association, the Society of Metallurgical Engineers of the Philippines, the Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber of Mines.
Sagittarius Mines Inc., together with other mining companies, contributed funding to the program by sponsoring ten PAREEP scholars per year.