UI becomes part of leading Filipino Company, Installs New President
The University of Iloilo – PHINMA officially installed its new President, Dr. Chito B. Salazar, during a ceremony held at the Molo Church on January 11, cementing UI’s status as the newest member of the PHINMA Education Network.
The solemn investiture was attended by members of Iloilo society, the academe, business and government sectors, as well as the top tier management of PHINMA, namely President Ramon R. Del Rosario, Jr., Chairman of the Board Oscar J. Hilado, Vice Chairman of the Board Magdaleno B. Albarracin, Chief Operating Officer Roberto M. Lavina and Chief Strategy Officer Victor J. del Rosario, among others. PHINMA partners Johnny T. Herandez and John Edward P. Hernandez, President and Assistant Operations Manager of Victory Liner Inc., were likewise present during the event. The investiture rites were followed by a reception that featured the best in Iloilo, with exhibits by Noel Cabalfin, Tito Nobleza and Jakie Penaloza, three of Iloilo’s top visual and fashion artists, as well as rousing performances by the internationally acclaimed Kabayao Family of Musicians and the renowned Guimaras Dance Troupe.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be given a chance to fulfill the vision of PHINMA of making good, solid education available to our fellow Filipinos, specifically in a community as full of promise and bright expectations as Iloilo,” said Dr. Salazar. “With this trust and confidence vested upon me by both PHINMA and the Iloilo Community, and with a shared commitment among all members of UI, I anticipate success in making the University of Iloilo-PHINMA one of the best universities in the province and in the region.”
“As UI enters a new era, our primary goal is to align its processes with PHINMA’s objectives. UI is now undertaking a comprehensive campaign to improve the school’s curriculum and develop our teaching and non-teaching employees through continuous learning and competitive salary schemes. We are providing adequate infrastructure and technology that will aid in training and learning processes, as well as improve operations,” Dr. Salazar continued.
Dr. Salazar, a Fordham University Master’s Degree holder and an American University Doctorate Degree holder, is the president of the PHINMA Education Network and is concurrently the president of the three other schools under it, namely Araullo University in Cabanatuan, Cagayan de Oro College and University of Pangasinan. He is also the President of the Philippine Business for Education, a foundation that exists to nurture a consensus and sustained advocacy in education reform.
Philippine Investment Management (PHINMA) is a 100% Filipino-owned firm that provides property and shelter, energy, financial services, roofing services, and now, education, through its subsidiaries.