UPAAA launched a fund drive for the displaced residents of towns around the
erupting Taal volcano. Contributions from within the Board of Directors and the UPAA Houston as of February 17, 2020, paid for donations in-kind that were delivered to an evacuation center in Lipa, Batangas. Other donations were given to UP Diliman where volunteers have sorted relief goods. Funds were earmarked for both immediate and long-term needs of evacuees, as well as, for the four-legged victims in Batangas.
View slide show of UPAAA's relief activities:
For pets and livestock victims of the Taal Volcano eruption, UPAAA alotted $1,000 from the donated relief funds. Check was handed by Ms. Nelsie Parrado to Dr. Dave Villela of the Philippine Veterinary Medicine Association
Strategic Plan for UPAAA
by Carol Colborn, UPAA Arizona
Member, UPAAA Board of Directors
It is a bold move but it goes to show how the leadership of the UPAAA is embarking on a new growth trajectory. Last May 15, at its Board Meeting via Zoom, the Board of Directors approved the Strategic Plan that clarifies its aspirations for the next ten years. Led by the Strategic Planning Committee composed of President Daisy Rodriguez as ex-officio member and Carol Colborn (Chair), Joy Celo (Co-Chair), Nelsie Parrado (IPP), Nits Caccam (PP), and Liza Reyes (Secretary), the Plan lays down the following goals:
Steady growth in individual and organizational members networked in the US, North America, and the world.
A focus on educational, charitable, cultural, and other meaningful programs.
Sustainability in giving back to our Alma Mater and home country with time, talent, and treasure.
A sound financial foundation.
A strong and positive community voice.
There are many states (and even other countries) that are currently underserved where many UP alumni have chosen to migrate. They will benefit from a network that continues to strengthen ties to the University of the Philippines even if we are far from the Philippine shores. The current and future leadership of UPAAA will endeavor to have these noble aspirations guide and inspire all individual and organizational members outside of the Philippines. These are very exciting times for the UPAAA. The path is clear.