“We must be bold and courageous enough to challenge old ways and embrace change,” thus did UP President Alfredo E. Pascual conclude his final report to the UP community on Feb. 9.
President Pascual turned over the UP presidency to Prof. Danilo L. Concepcion at a program held in UP Diliman on Feb. 10. Before he assumed the position of UP president, Prof. Concepcion was the dean of the UP College of Law and director of the UP Bonifacio Global City.
In his report, President Pascual reiterated the programs, initiatives, and accomplishments under his term that sought to make UP a great university in the 21st century.
He cited “One UP,” a movement to unify the UP campuses scattered in the country, and “Green UP,” an initiative towards becoming an environment-friendly University, as his advocacies that “challenged obsolete ways of thinking.”
The event, called The 5th President’s Toast: Pag-uulat at Pasasalamat ni Pangulong Alfredo E. Pascual held at the Institute of Biology Auditorium, served not only as a venue to present the accomplishments of the Pascual administration, but also for the UP constituents to pay tribute to the outgoing president and members of his official family.
Representatives of various UP sectors gave their parting message to President Pascual, namely: Hon. Patricia Licuanan, chair of the Commission on Higher Education and the Board of Regents (BOR); Dr. Gisela Concepcion, vice president for academic affairs, who spoke on behalf of UP System officials; and Dr. Michael Tan, chancellor of UP Diliman, who represented the other seven chancellors.
Also representing the various UP sectors during the testimonial program were Dr. Agnes Rola, professor at the UPLB College of Public Affairs and Development, for the faculty; Alexis Mejia, staff regent, on behalf of the staff; Kevin Mark Gomez, former Philippine Collegian editor and UPD alumnus, for the students; and Atty. Reynaldo Laserna, on behalf of the alumni.
President Pascual also received from the UP chancellors a parting gift: a symbolic trophy called “panday,” a metallic and elaborated version of the iconic Oblation.
In his column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Jan. 18, Dr. Tan contextualized the concept of “panday” in President Pascual’s leadership: “The panday is indeed a good model for leadership, the panday-leader being someone who uses passion, patience, and perseverance to bring out the best in people and move institutions forward—taking us into the connection of padayon and panday.”
President Pascual, together with Dr. Lilian de las Llagas, secretary of the university and the BOR, recognized the contributions of the vice presidents by giving them certificates of recognition and citing their flagship programs.
They were Dr. Concepcion for academic affairs; Prof. Joselito Florendo for planning and finance; Dr. Maragtas Amante for administration; Dr. Elvira Zamora for development; Atty. Hector Danny Uy for legal affairs; and Dr. J. Prospero De Vera III and Dr. Edna Estifania Co for public affairs. Dr. Virginia Ocampo, assistant secretary of the university and the BOR, and a professor at the UPLB College of Agriculture and Food Science, was among those who were given recognition by President Pascual. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)