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UPD has five new directors


(Center) Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma and the newly appointed officials: (from left) Dr. Johnrob Y. Bantang,
UP Computer Center director; Prof. Gerardo O. Lucena, Housing Office acting director;
Prof. Jose Danilo A. Silvestre, OICA director; Prof. Maureen Anne Araneta, UPDIO director; Prof. Mario Carreon,
team leader of the UMT; Prof. Mary Delia G. Tomacruz, University Theater administrator, and
Prof. Ruben D.F. Defeo, former OICA and UPDIO director and University Theater administrator.

(November 26)— Five new directors were introduced to the public by UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma on November 15 at the Office of the Chancellor.

Saloma appointed College of Architecture (CA) Professors Danilo A. Silvestre (former CA dean) and Maureen Anne Araneta as the new directors of the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA) and UP Diliman Information Office, respectively, effective November 2, 2012 until March 1, 2014.

The Chancellor also appointed Professor Mary Delia G. Tomacruz, College of Home Economics professors and former Vice Chancellor for Administration, as the University Theater Administrator for the same period.

Appointments of National Institute of Physics (NIP) assistant professor Dr. Johnrob Y. Bantang as the UP Computer Center (UPCC) director; and College of Arts and Letters Assistant Professor Gerardo O. Lucena as the Housing Office (HO) acting director were renewed by the Chancellor effective June 1, 2012 until May 31, 2013. College of Engineering Assistant Professor Mario Carreon’s appointment as team leader of the UPD Utilities Management Team was renewed effective September 1, 2012 and will end on August 31, 2013.

Silvestre served as CA dean from 2007 to 2010 and as advisory board member of the OICA Board from 2007 to 2011. He was also the vice chairperson of the UPD Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for UPD Infrastructure Projects from 2007 to 2011. He earned his BS Architecture degree, magna cum laude, in April 1979 and his Master in Architecture in Community Architecture degree in April 1991, both from UPD.

In addition to being a CA professor, Silvestre has 31 years of professional experience as a licensed architect and 16 years as a licensed environmental planner. He has been a member of the United Architects of the Philippines since 1985 and of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners since 1996. He was the principal architect/planner and managing partner of the architectural firm DA Silvestre & Associates since 1984.

Araneta started teaching in the University as a lecturer at the CA in 2007 and rose from the ranks to Assistant Professor in 2009. She obtained her degree in BS Architecture (cum laude, 2002), Diploma and Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning (2003 and 2008, respectively) from UPD.

On top of her teaching duties, she became a member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the UPD BAC for the Procurement of Furniture and Equipment in 2010. In the same year, she served as resource person of the BAC for the Procurement of Infrastructure. In 2011, Araneta served as Program Development Associate for the Office of the Chancellor and also became a committee member of the Designed Environment Committee. In 2012, she worked as committee member of the UPD Integrated Access Management System and various other working committees under the leadership of Prof. Virginia C. Yap, vice chancellor for administration.

A faculty of the College of Home Economics Department of Hotel Restaurant and Institution Management, Tomacruz earned her AB Social Sciences (Economics-History) in UPD and her Master of Management (Business Management) in UP Manila. She is also a candidate for a Doctor of Business Administration.

Tomacruz was appointed Officer-in-Charge of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs from May to July 2004. She was appointed as Vice Chancellor for Administration in 2005 and served her term until April 2011. Her specialization in project development and management landed her consulting projects in various groups and organizations such as the Canadian Coordinating Agency (CCA), National Economic Development Authority-Public Investment Staff (NEDA-PIS), Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS now DepEd), and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Meanwhile, prior to the renewal of his appointment, Bantang served as the UPCC director from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. He also served as the Information Management Committee vice chairperson from June 2005 to May 2007 and as the Systems and Network Administrator from June 2002 to May 2007 at the NIP.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science (Applied Physics), Master of Science in Physics and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics from UPD. He joined the University as Instructor 3 at the NIP in June 2000 and rose from the ranks to Assistant Professor 6 in June 2010.

Lucena, a professor at the CAL Department of Arts Studies, first assumed post as HO acting director on June 2, 2011 as a replacement of Prof. Elvin R. Ebreo whose appointment ended on May 31, 2011. He was a curator at the Vargas Museum from 1999 to 2000. He is also a member of CAL’s website, faculty development, academic personnel, graduate studies, and research, publication and creative work committees.

He obtained his degree in BA Humanities and M.A. Art History from UPD. In 1999, he earned a Diploma in Museum Studies in Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan.

Also present during the oath taking was Prof. Ruben D.F. Defeo, outgoing administrator of the University Theater and UP Diliman Information Office (DIO) and OICA director. Prof. Defeo served four chancellors as DIO beginning with Dr. Claro T.  Llaguno in 1997. He held concurrently the three positions since 2007 until his retirement on November 2, 2012.—H.C.P.