By Caye Borreo and Emman Mariano, The Pharmakon
Attended by UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla, College of Pharmacy Dean Monet Loquias, UPPhAA Board of Directors, college faculty and administration officers, as well as several alumni, the flag ceremony took place in the Maria Cruz-Tancinco Audio Visual Room in Valenzuela Hall at 8:00 AM.
After the flag ceremony, Dean Loquias presented updates regarding priority projects, including the college curriculum revision, the upcoming Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) accreditation to Level II this March 2017, and application for Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Center of Excellence this 2018.
She also recognized the need for renovations in the college. “I think one of the major concerns here is the infrastructure. It’s a good time to really show you what we’ve been planning for,” she said, as a “virtual tour” AVP on the planned infrastructure renovation plans for the college was launched.
After Dean Loquias’ message, the induction of the new UPPhAA officers and board of directors, headed by President Paul Marvin Quizon, took place.
Chancellor Padilla then gave her message emphasizing the importance of the alumni and their responsibility to give back and help the college achieve its goals.
“The deans and the administration have so much in their hands that they cannot do everything alone. They need the alumni,” she said.
Newly inducted UPPhAA President Paul Marvin Quizon then presented his proposed projects, which are centered on: (1) alumni and their membership updates, (2) the college in terms of infrastructure, curriculum revision, immersion programs for both faculty and students, and funding and continuing of researches, and (3) external stakeholders and their roles in forwarding important advocacies such as practice standards and antimicrobial resistance, and professional development.
To wrap up the event, outgoing UPPhAA President and current UP Manila Alumni Association President Mr. Reynaldo Maxlito Umali gave his closing remarks.
After the program, guests proceeded to attend the blessing of the newly renovated administration rooms.