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Ms Rubia-Tutay is the Director for Planning Service in the Philippines
Ms Rubia-Tutay is the Director for Planning Service in the Philippines

Dominique ‘Nikki’ Rubia-Tutay is implementing programs to encourage inclusive growth and poverty reduction in the Philippines, using the skills she learnt in her Development Practice (Development Planning) program at UQ.

As Director for Planning Service in the Philippines Department of Labour and Employment Ms Rubia-Tutay set in place job generating and safety-net interventions to mitigate the impact of the Global Financial Crisis, for which she received a Presidential Citation in 2010.

“In my role I closely coordinate and link with the Office of the President, the National Economic and Development Authority, and the Department of Budget and Management and other relevant national government agencies in moving forward plans and projects at the national level,” she said.
 
She is now working on a project to map jobs generated under the nationwide Community-Based Employment Program.
 
“This is a priority project that provides employment to skilled and semi-skilled workers through the infrastructure and non-infrastructure initiatives of the government.”
 
Ms Rubia-Tutay also monitors the progress of the various programs implemented locally, and provides management and information services to facilitate decision-making at the highest levels.
 
Her studies in Development Planning at UQ are behind Ms Rubia-Tutay’s results focused approach when designing programs to alleviate poverty and encourage growth.
 
“I chose UQ specifically because it is one of the best schools in Australia in terms of development planning,” she said.
 
“I learned a lot from the ArcGIS course, I find it an important tool in planning. I also appreciated learning about the rights-based approach to planning and programming, and the monitoring and evaluation of plans and programs.”
 
Ms Rubia-Tutay received a Philippine-Australia Human Resource Development Facility (PAHRDF) scholarship to study at UQ.
 
“The prestige of having graduated with a Master of Development Planning at the University of Queensland was a big factor in helping me get my current position as Director of Planning Service of the Philippines Department of Labour and Employment.”

Last updated: Nov 7, 2012