The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Toronto (UPAAT) makes history with its first virtual council elections held on July 6-12 and its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 18.
UPAAT welcomes new council members
With preparations starting as early as March, the Commission on Elections headed by Marie Chris Rosali with Agnes Manasan and Rose Nagallo as members, released the guidelines for the elections which was originally set to take place at the North York Civic Centre. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UPAAT President Alice Herrera announced the postponement of the elections and AGM which is annually held in April “as a response to the government’s call to help flatten the curve of the virus infections and protect the vulnerable populations of Toronto.”
Members agreed after an online survey that the elections will be held online. The Membership Committee headed by Pat Ramirez assigned six-digit unique codes to Active Members which were used during the online ballot elections designed by the IT Committee headed by Alfredo Natal, Jr. The casting of votes ran for seven days.
Three new members were proclaimed during the AGM to join the incumbent council: Maria Roseni Mendoza-Alvaro, Gretchen Mangahas and Anna Florence Ponce de Leon. Meanwhile, Natalie Therese Bisnar-Wong and Joseph Redoblado were re-elected to continue serving the association in achieving UPAAT’s objectives:
1. To maintain meaningful engagement with the University and its constituencies, in support of
2. To mobilize alumni based in the GTA to foster stronger bonds among its members and to
pursue their common interests and goals for their mutual benefit;
3. To pursue progressive initiatives that shall contribute to the national development in the
4. To participate positively in Canadian political, social and economic affairs for the benefit of
the mainstream society and, particularly, the local Filipino community.
Herrera, who is the incumbent president and has actively led UPAAT, will continue to take the lead along with new officers for 2020-2021 who were elected during the virtual council meeting held on August 16. These are:
Vice President Finance - Tess Michelle Maquiso-Montojo
Vice President External – Maria Roseni Mendoza-Alvero
Secretary - Jannet Tagaza
Assistant Secretary - Natalie Therese Bisnar-Wong
Treasurer - Vanessa Paglicauan
Auditor – Anna Florence Ponce de Leon
Public Affairs & Communications Officer - Joseph Redoblado
The council has consistently guided the association that has grown over the years with the dedication and support of the past councils and the active participation of members.
Ad Hoc Committees to better serve members and community
Ad Hoc Committees were created in addition to the already existing Standing Committees to widen the reach of the services of UPAAT. Committees are currently planning and organizing for activities and events for this year. The council is encouraging UPAAT members to contribute their talents and skills to the association’s committees to achieve our shared goals. If interested, please email the council at: firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate which committee you wish to be a member of.
University Relations Committee
Chair: Alice Herrera
Ensure that all financial assistance programs are properly defined and is responsible for determining and administering assistance
Coordinate with the offices of the University of the Philippines and evaluates the financial assistance programs
Chair: Pat Ramirez
Campaign and recruit members as well as define the rules governing the exercises of rights and privileges of members
Plan and adopt collection of fees, contributions; investigate and recommend remedial action regarding incidents and behaviors that may be prejudicial to the interest of UPAAT
Assets and Archival Committee
Chair: Jannet Tagaza
Ad Hoc Committees
Finance and Fundraising Committee
Chair: Michelle Montojo
Socials and Events Committee
Chair: Diana Roldan
Education and Awareness Committee
Chair: Mayrose Salvador
Promotions and Publications Committee
Chair: Gretchen Mangahas
Policy and Guidelines Committee
Chair: Alice Herrera
Identify and develop policies and guidelines around the governance of UPAAT
Review, enhance and expand the by-laws of UPAAT
Chair: Alfredo Natal, Jr.