“Stronger Together” Multidisciplinal Synergy for Health Research, Public Service and Education The CAS Strategic Planning 2019-2021

The Executive Committee (Execom) of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), headed by Dean Leonardo R. Estacio Jr conducted a strategy planning workshop on January 17, 2018 at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Execom is composed of the Dean, Associate Deans, Chairs of the different departments, Unit Coordinators and CAS Student Council Representative of the college. The theme for the workshop was titled “Stronger Together” and its purpose was to outline and establish goals for CAS during the next three years (2019-2021) under Dean Estacio’s leadership.


In his Opening Message, Dean Estacio said that the synergy workshop aims to review the Execom’s accomplishments during the past three years (January 1, 2016- December 31, 2018) and indentify its strengths and weaknesses, and secondly, to plan and outline  objectives and targets for the next three years (January 1, 2019-December 31, 2021) during his second term as Dean. This should be accomplished in his program” RISE UP, CAS”, which is aligned to the vision-mission of CAS, UP Manila and the UP System. Strategic planning requires committed leadership, a supportive organizational culture, and an established structure for coordination. Managing the implementation process rests on the ability of the Executive Committee members to participate in the strategic planning process to achieve the desired goals..  “Kaya po natin tinutukoy na synergy workshop eto ay dahil nais nating maihanay ng maayos at masinsinan ang ating mga programa, gawain at tungkulin ayon sa vision-mission goal ng Kolehiyo, UP Manila at UP System,” said Dean Estacio. Additionally, he stressed the importance of the Execom members’ working together to the programmed goals,“Hindi lang mga gawain kundi ma synergize din natin ang working and personal relationships bilang academic leaders at managers ng ating kolehiyo at kung paano natin eto kakasahin.” Dean Estacio also thanked Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla, Vice Chancellor for Research Armando C. Crisostomo, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nymia P. Simbulan and Vice Chancellor for Administration Arlene A. Samaniego for attending the workshop. “Mahalaga po sa amin ang inyong mga mensahe at inspirasyon na inyong ibabahagi at magsisilbi po etong hamon at gabay upang lalo naming mas mapabuti ang aming gawain at ugnayan, “said Dean Estacio.


Vice Chancellor Simbulan recognized the important role CAS has as part of the National Health Sciences Center, particularly in the development and nurturing of UP students. “Ang pagdididin sa paggamit ng interdisciplinary at interproffessional approach ang siyang nagbibigay sa ating mga estudyante ng komprehensibo, obhetibo at makataong perspektiba. Kaya nakasalalay sa CAS, sa pamamagitan ng mga kurso, gawaing pangklase at rekisito ang pagkilala ng mga estudyante na ang tao ay mahalaga, na ang tao ang tagapaglikha ng kasaysayan at tagapagsulong ng pagbabago, pag-unlad sa lipunan at sangkatauhan,” VC Simbulan said. She expected that CAS would continue to work together with UP Manila and remain committed to UP’s long tradition of honor, excellence and  service to the Filipino nation and humanity. “Inaaasahan kong magagawa nating magkaisa sa diwa, isip at gawa sa pagbalangkas ng  mga plano ng pagkilos na me malilinaw at at maaabot na layunin at sukatan sa pagkamit ng vision at mission ng CAS bilang bahagi ng UP Manila. Dapat nating laging isaisip at isapuso na ang mga mithiin natin sa pagtuturo, pananalilksik at malikhaing gawain at pampublikong paglilingkod  ay nakatuon sa pagtaguyod  ng kahusayan , karangalan at serbisyo sa sambayang Pilipino at sangkatuhan,” VS Simbulan further stated.

Vice Chancellor Crisostomo emphasized the importance of the three core values of what it means to be UP 1. Culture of excellence (doing your best in everything) 2. Culture and spirit of critical thinking and 3. Spirit and consciousness of a service orientation. He said that these values must be introduced and inculcated to the students as he identified the CAS role as very important because most students enter UP Manila through CAS. Chancellor Crisostomo also said that these values must be embodied in the academic curriculum, and that as educators, UP faculty should set a positive example to students. “Walang halaga ang ating tinuturo kung hindi isinasabuhay ng mga guro ang tinuturo. Yung asal natin kung hindi align sa tinuturo ay walang saysay. Importante na nakikita o nararanasan ng estudyante sa ating mga guro ang core values na tinuturo sa kanila,” said Vice Chancellor Crisostomo.  He encouraged multidisciplinary cooperation among CAS departments and innovation in research. Examples are development in forensic sciences and addiction which are healthcare problems that should be addressed by UP Manila. He hopes that through the synergy workshop there would be other similar research programs to be initiated and conducted by the faculty members of CAS.

Chancellor Carmencita Padilla took time to share inspirational stories to Execom members. She said that the theme of the workshop is a reminder that it could not just be about education alone. ”We are not just educators but public servantsThe research core is the one that would elevate us from the rest,” Chancellor Padilla said. She discussed the importance of improving academic and research outputs and contributing to the dissemination and application of knowledge.  Additionally, Chancellor Padilla discussed the need to focus on faculty development, increasing participation, improving graduate outcomes, collaboration with other UP Manila colleges and upgrading CAS facilities. 

Chancellor Padilla thanked Dean Estacio and management team for being supportive of her administration. She disclosed that although CAS was endorsed as a problematic College to her, she did not feel that way and had no problem of CAS. In her 4TH year as Chancellor, she felt the harmony among UP Manila colleges, willingness to come with activities to develop programs and research collaboration.

During the morning session, the Department Chairs, Unit Coordinators and CAS Student Council representative  presented their End of Term Report (2016-2018) which highlighted accomplishments on academic matters, student concerns, international linkages, research, infrastructures and extension service, among others.  

In the afternoon, Dean Estacio presented his flagship program for 2018-2021 entitled RISE UP, CAS.  From this particular flagship program, the Execom will outline objectives, risks, measures and targets for the next three years. Associate Professor Marilen P. Balolong, CAS Associate Dean for Public Service and Research facilitated the workshop. (Dina A. Estanislao)