New council members elected during the first virtual elections to lead UPAAT with new committees
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