by Nahorld Sacay, Frontliner

After four months of being the new director of UPDEPP, Doctor Grace Gorospe-Jamon was introduced as the 9th director in her affirmation ceremony held yesterday.

Director Jamon has made her oath in front of the public and was administered by UP Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan.

The new executive committee of UPDEPP was also affirmed and introduced; with Prof. Ana Marie C. Alfelor-De Jesus as the new deputy director, Prof. Rosanne Marie G. Echivarre as the Program Secretary and Graduate Program Coordinator, Prof. Marcial V. Bermudo as the BM program coordinator, Prof. Manuel Gerardo M. Duran as the Business Economics Program Coordinator, and Prof Cristabel F. Tiangco as the Applied Psychology Program Coordinator.

Director Jamon expressed her gratitude to the people who have been with her during her first four months being the director, especially the public and private partners who have been helping the college make better programs for the students.

“There’s so much that I want to say, but the last is where do I see UP in Clark? The way forward I think is simply doing exactly what we always did, to improve and make good our teaching, to make sure that we serve the community, and to make sure that we churn out researches that all the locators and stakeholders here can make use of for their own industries,” Director Jamon said.

She also added that the college is gearing up towards strengthening its programs, especially the college’s Master of Management Program where they plan to add up specializations in different kinds of fields such as the Ecozone Management, Tourism, Disaster Risk Management.

“Amidst the rapid economic growth in Central Luzon, I hope that UP Pampanga will take up the challenge of pushing for inclusive growth, I hope that we will make a difference in the lives of people in the region, especially the disadvantaged,” Chancellor Tan pointed out as he foresees the college boast the first graduates from indigenous people groups around the region.

Chancellor Tan also challenged the current UPDEPP administration to make sure that there will be new generations of leaders that will improve the college and someday make UPDEPP the University of the Philippines Central Luzon.

Present in the event were Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Nestor Castro, Vice Chancellor for Administration Virginia Yap, and invited guests from Clark Development Corporation, Pampanga Provincial Government, K-Mas Management System, San Miguel Corporation, Systems Plus College Foundation, CNK International Academy, and the Diliman Information Office. The director’s family were also with her when she took her oath.

​Performers from Terak UP, UP Filipiniana Dance Group, and UP College of Music also graced the celebration with Kapampangan-themed performances."

Frontliner is the official campus paper of the University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga.