Investiture of Chancellor Liza D. Corro

‘Always serve the country’ —Corro

“I vow to uphold academic excellence and steer the University of the Philippines Cebu in its mission of delivering quality education, research, and service to the country and the global community.”

These were the words of lawyer Liza Corro, the last dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu as she was officially installed as the school’s first chancellor in a ceremony on Monday, April 3, 2017.

UP president Danilo Concepcion, in the presence of the university’s Board of Regents vested Corro with an academic collar and a medallion—marks of honor and excellence in the investiture rites held in UP Cebu’s Performing Arts Hall in Lahug, Cebu City.

He also gave her a mace, a symbol of the authority of her office.

“I hope our energy, motivation, and desire to serve our country will never wane,” the chancellor said in her acceptance speech.

“Yes, sometimes, we might commit mistakes along the way, or there will be obstacles more difficult to deal with, but I hope we’ll never lose the spirit of public service that brought us here in the first place.”

The ceremony was a culmination of UP Cebu’s ascension to the status of eighth constituent unit of the Philippines’ national and premier university along with Manila, Diliman, Los Baños, Visayas, Baguio, Mindanao, and Open University.

The Board of Regents granted UP Cebu this status in 2016, 99 years since it opened.

Representatives of various sectors in the UP Cebu community read messages for Corro during the rites witnessed by former UP president Alfredo Pascual and at least 250 guests from academia, the government and industries.

Van Owen Sesaldo, head of UP Cebu’s information technology center said Corro helped the administrative staff build teamwork through different activities that enabled them to “collaborate, talk and work together efficiently.”

“It’s the little things that you do that make us, in the administrative unit, feel valued,” said Sesaldo, who spoke for the administrative, research, extension and professional staff.

Justine Raphael Luis Balane, former student council chairperson delivered a wish list to the chancellor that included a workshop for fine arts studnets, a review of rental fees and protocols for the use of school facilities, disclosure of plans for sports facilities and more funding for gender equality advocates.

Balane also said students want the chancellor to hear them out in her first week in office.

The chancellor is meeting student representatives on April 6, 2017.
Prof. Tiffany Adelaine Tan, UP Cebu School of Management dean spoke for the faculty.

She complimented the the chancellor for moving forward and challenging the good with the best.

Speaking for the alumni, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said UP does not just aim for scholastic excellence, but also for social responsibility.

“UP belongs to the people. Therefore we, her offspring, belong to the people,” Davide said.

“For this reason, we owe the people and the Philippines, a constant service.”

He also said he hopes UP Cebu will collaborate with the provincial government in sustainable development programs.

Corro said she will rise to the challenge.

Corro assailed the poor public servant as a stereotype, saying public servants are dedicated to their profession as she sees them in the UP system.
“We hope to harness the very best of modern technology in extending public service in order to tackle bureaucracy,” she said.
“It is our hope to become the data science center wherein they can provide all useful and complete information that can be easily accessed and used as a tool for public service.”

FIRST MACE. Prof. May Christina Bugash, UP Cebu's registrar places the school mace on stage at the investiture of Chancellor Liza Corro. The mace is a traditional symbol of authority (JOURNALISM 135 PHOTO/ALYANA KAYE BACARRA, UP Cebu Mass Communication student)

FIRST MACE. Prof. May Christina Bugash, UP Cebu’s registrar places the school mace on stage at the investiture of Chancellor Liza Corro. The mace is a traditional symbol of authority (JOURNALISM 135 PHOTO/ALYANA KAYE BACARRA, UP Cebu Mass Communication student)

WRITER RUTHY VALDEZ, UP Cebu Mass Communication student, EDITING BY UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE