The Elections Committee has announced the results of the recent UPAAH online elections for the 2020-2022 term held between September 24 and October 2. Elected officers are Mylene Magno-Reyes, Vice-President/President-elect; Belle Paras-England, Secretary; Gloria "Glo" Aves, Treasurer; Dennis Bondocoy, Auditor; and Kit Zulueta-Furukawa, Public Relations Officer. To serve as Directors are Dr. Bertie Santos-Ocampo, Cornelio "CJ" Ancheta, Norma Domingo, Sheena Luz-Bonita, and Maria Asumpta "Maita" Milallos.
Per Article V, Section 2.2 of the UPAAH Bylaws, Tim Llena, who served as Vice-President/President-elect in 2018-2020, assumes the presidency for the next two years. The bylaws provide that "the vice president/president-elect shall understudy the position of the president until he/she succeeds to the presidency the ensuing year."
Sixty UPAAH members participated in the online election -- the highest voting participation in UPAAH history. To ensure an efficient, orderly, secured, and custom-designed election process, the Elections Committee employed a professional program -- ElectionRunner. The independent report of the election results can be viewed here.
The Elections Committee thanked all those who participated in the process as well as those who accepted the nominations to run for office. The committee was composed of Raymund Liongson, chair, and Divina Telan-Robillard and Alberto Jalalon as members.
The installation of the UPAAH Officers and Directors for 2020-2022 this year will be a unique ceremony. With the pandemic, a virtual installation is considered in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Now a new normal, virtual meetings, seminars, and ceremonies have dominated social and business communications and interactions.
Renewing and strengthening alumni connections on top agenda
Renewing and strengthening alumni relations will be on the top agenda of the organization in the next two years. This was expressed by Tim Llena, UPLB 1987 and incoming president of UPAAH.
"I like UP alumni of different class-years and generations in Hawaii to reconnect with one another and explore the best of what we can offer to the community as alumni of the premier university in the Philippines -- the University of the Philippines," says Llena.
"We are going to do this through regular and open communication using various media such as our newsletter (UP Ohana), the Internet (upaahawaii.org), social media (facebook.com/groups/upaahawaii), and virtual meetings."
Llena sees involvement in and service to the community as one way of bringing alumni together while giving back to the community.
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