University of Philippines Manila

Dr. Michael L. Tee Assumes Role as 10th Chancellor of UP Manila

In a solemn and momentous ceremony, the University of the Philippines Manila celebrated the turnover of leadership from its 9th Chancellor, Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, to its 10th Chancellor, Dr. Michael L. Tee. The event, held at the UP College of Nursing Auditorium on November 7, 2023, marks a significant milestone in UP Manila history.

Dr. Padilla’s valedictory address celebrated the culture of service and people-centric mission that defines UP Manila. She shared her vision of UP Manila as the National Center of Health Research and Development for the Filipino people and acknowledged the outstanding achievements during her tenure. 

“As I pass the torch to the succeeding chancellor, I want to emphasize the importance of viewing institution building as a continuum. The foundation we’ve laid, building on the achievements of the past, ensures that UP Manila remains a dynamic and ever-relevant institution, marked by a steadfast dedication to addressing the evolving health needs of the Filipino people. This responsibility transcends any single chancellorship, and I trust that my successor will carry this legacy forward with the same resolute commitment to UP’s mission of service to the Filipino people,” stressed Dr. Padilla as she entrusted the legacy of commitment to the Filipino people’s health needs to her successor. After her speech, the symbolic Turnover Rites of the Mace, Bell, and Gavel commenced.

In his acceptance speech, Chancellor Michael L. Tee expressed his deep gratitude for the trust and responsibility placed upon him by the Board of Regents to lead UP Manila. He introduced the Vice Chancellors who will be serving alongside him, and unveiled his vision for the university. Chancellor Tee outlined his commitment to making UP Manila a globally recognized institution, particularly in the fields of health, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. He underlined the importance of delivering a holistic and accessible education while expanding international collaborations and lifelong learning opportunities.

Chancellor Tee’s commitment to the underserved was evident as he emphasized the role of UP Manila’s Schools of Health Sciences in various campuses as vehicles for hands-on learning that directly benefits local communities. He celebrated the forthcoming Science and Technology Park and NIH buildings as important milestones that will contribute to the university’s growth. Furthermore, he spoke of building a digital ecosystem to support a learner-centered digital university, where data-driven decision-making and excellence in information management systems would be paramount.

“Together with you all, we will make UP Manila: A university globally recognized for excellence in the fields of health, the humanities, and the social and natural sciences — responsive to the needs of the country.  Ang UP Manila ay kikilalanin bilang institusyon na nag-angat sa antas ng pamumuhay ng ating mga kababayan,” asserted Chancellor Tee.  

Thereafter, the incoming Vice Chancellors and other key personnel, including the Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Assistants to the Vice Chancellors, Directors, and Heads of Units, took their oaths of office. They are:

  • Dr. Bernadette Heizel Manapat-Reyes Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Johanna Patricia A. Cañal Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
  • Dr. Jose V. Tecson, III Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development
  • Dr. Leslie Michelle M. Dalmacio Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Prof. Honey Libertine Achanzar-Labor Special Assistant to the Chancellor on the UP Manila Museum
  • Assoc. Prof. Gina S. Salazar- Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Hilton Y. Lam- Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
  • Dr. Tammy L. dela Rosa- Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development
  • Dr. Cesar A. Perez, Jr. – Director, Information, Publication, and Public Affairs Office
  • Atty. James Dennis C. Gumpal – Chief, Legal Office
  • Dr. Coralie Therese D. Dimacali – Director, Quality Assurance Office
  • Dr. Leilani Apostol-Nicodemus- Director, Center for Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Dr. Anthony Geronimo H. Cordero – Director, Community Health and Development Program
  • Dr. Vanessa-Maria Torres-Ticzon – Coordinator, Crèche Learning Center
  • Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan – Director, Interactive Learning Center
  • Asst. Prof. Migel Antonio P. Catalig – Director, Learning Resource Center
  • Dr. Carl Abelardo T. Antonio – Director, National Graduate Office for the Health Sciences
  • Prof. Josephine D. Agapito – Director, National Service Training Program
  • Dr. Valerie P. Tiempo-Guinto – Director, Office of Alumni Relations, and Coordinator, Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment
  • Dr. Lenora C. Fernandez – Coordinator, Office of Extension and Continuing Education
  • Dr. Vivien Fe Fadrilan-Camacho – Director, Office of International Linkages
  • Asst. Prof. Odessa N. Joson – Director, Office of Student Affairs
  • Asst. Prof. Jean Flor C. Casauay – University Registrar, Office of the University Registrar
  • Prof. Carolina S. Pulumbarit – Director, Sentro ng Wikang Filipino
  • Ms. Maria Nimfa V. Castro – University Librarian, University Library
  • Dr. Paul Michael R. Hernandez – Director, Healthy University Office
  • Dr. Michael Antonio F. Mendoza – Director, Human Resource and Development Office
  • Mr. Marbert John C. Marasigan – Director, Information Management Services
  • Dr. Eric S. Talens – Director, Ugnayan ng Pahinungod
  • Dr. Edward H.M. Wang – Director, Office of Research Integrity
  • Dr. Emerito Jose A. Faraon – Head, Research Grants Administration Office
  • Dr. Ricardo M. Manalastas – Director, Research Management and Translation Office
  • Prof. Lourdes Marie S. Tejero – Director, Technology Transfer and Business Development Office

In his closing remarks, Atty. Angelo A. Jimenez, President of the University of the Philippines, extended his heartfelt congratulations to Chancellor Tee and the entire UP Manila community. He expressed confidence in the university’s continued commitment to service, excellence, and research impact, emphasizing that knowledge must be shared to benefit society.

Charmaine A. Lingdas

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