by RONALYN BANAKEN
Former Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo is presented with a copy of his Doctor of Humanities certificate by Dr. Rebecca Miranda,
UB’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. Secretary Romulo was conferred by UB back in 1987 with the honorary degree.
Former Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo recently launched a visit to the University of Baguio (UB), sitting down with the University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Rebecca Miranda.
Secretary Romulo – who served as secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2011 – was conferred an honorary degree by UB in 1987. It was one of his earliest conferments. “It’s one of my first doctorates. That’s why I treasure this,” he said, after being presented with a reproduction of the certificate. He was also shown a copy of the program during the ceremony.
The former senator – who held office from 1987 to 1998, during which time he served as Majority Leader for five years – expressed his admiration for UB’s initiatives in education. He conveyed his appreciation for the University’s efforts in elevating the Filipino education to a global scale, commending UB’s lead move on the ASEAN 2015 agenda. (He sat as the chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN in 2007).
UB has already started making preparations for the ASEAN integration in 2015, gearing up for the phenomenal event which will encompass free trade of human capital, goods and services.
An alumnus of the University of Madrid in Spain, Secretary Romulo served as the Minister of Budget during former President Corazon Aquino’s presidency. He also served as the Secretary of Finance and Executive Secretary under now-Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term.