UPD faculty, REPS win PFPA award*

Three UP Diliman (UPD) faculty members and a research, extension, and professional staff (REPS) recently received recognition from the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA) at the 11th PFPA Distinction and Excellence Awards.

Violeta V. Bautista, PhD was honored with a distinction award in the Government Service category, while Alyssa M. Peleo-Alampay, PhD, Manolo G. Mena, PhD and Geomilie S. Tumamao-Guittap were honored in the Academe / Research and Development category.

Bautista (third from left) with Carmona (left) and Monsada (rightmost). Photo from the PFPA Facebook page

Established in 2005, the PFPA Distinction Award gives recognition to the outstanding achievements and contributions of Filipino professionals to their respective professions, either local or abroad.

Bautista is a professor at the UPD Department of Psychology. A strong advocate of mental health, she established the UPD Task Force for Psychosocial Services or PsycServ in 2017. Bautista received several awards from her peers, including the UPD Gawad Tsanselor para sa Natatanging Lingkod Komunidad in 2019.

Peleo-Alampay is a professor at the UPD National Institute of Geological Sciences. She also serves as UP assistant vice president for academic affairs (quality assurance). In 2020, the Professional Regulation Commission bestowed upon Peleo-Alampay the Outstanding Professional of the Year in the field of geology.

Peleo-Alampay (fifth from left) with Carmona (third from left) and Monsada (rightmost). Photo from the PFPA Facebook page

Mena is a professor emeritus at the UPD College of Engineering. He is also an academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Department of Science and Technology. Mena owns patents in various fields of engineering here and in the United States.

Mena (third from left) with Carmona (left) and Monsada (second from right). Photo from the PFPA Facebook page

Tumamao-Guittap is a university researcher and a senior lecturer at the UPD School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Tumamao-Guittap. Photo from SURP website

PFPA President Adores C. Carmona and immediate past president Federico A. Monsada handed over the medals and certificates to the awardees.

According to the PFPA website, the PFPA was established in 1978 and is the umbrella organization of all professional associations in the Philippines, consisting of four councils: the Philippine Technological Council, the Council of Professional Health Associations, the Council for Business and Management Professionals, and the Council for Built and Natural Environments.  Each council has professional associations as members.

It envisions itself to be “the premier organization for Filipino Professionals promoting recognition of qualifications and harmonizing skills towards nation building,” stated on the PFPA website.

The awarding ceremony was held on Feb. 25 at the UP Ang Bahay ng Alumni.

*This is an updated version of the article published on Mar. 14.