Written by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo
Lawyer and former University of the Philippines (UP) Alumni Regent Gladys SJ. Tiongco has returned to the UP Board of Regents (BOR) following her November 14 appointment by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. UP President Danilo L. Concepcion administered her oath of office on November 25. Tiongco replaced UP Los Baños alumnus Francis C. Laurel.
The BS in Foreign Service (1967) and Bachelor of Laws (1971) alumna was the first and, thus far, the only woman president of the UP Alumni Association (UPAA). In September 2010, she assumed the UPAA leadership and, consequently, the post of alumni regent when then UPAA President Alfredo E. Pascual took a leave of absence to run for and eventually become the 20th UP President. She represented the alumni in the BOR until 2012.
When Tiongco was at the helm of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Davao Chapter, she was recognized as an Outstanding President by the IBP. She also served as commissioner of the IBP Committee on Bar Discipline. She was a governor of Soroptimist International of the Philippines and a federation director of Soroptimist International of the Americas, later receiving Outstanding Leadership Awards from the organization. Tiongco was a legal officer of the Southern Philippines Development Administration, a legal officer and corporate secretary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), a legal officer of MinDA subsidiaries, and a corporate secretary of the National Electrification Administration. As a UP student, she served as a councilor and treasurer of the University Student Council.
Tiongco will serve a two-year term and may be reappointed by Malacañang. Republic Act No. 9500, or The UP Charter of 2008, provides for the appointment by the Philippine president of three BOR members “who have distinguished themselves in their professions or fields of specialization.” Two of these appointees should be UP alumni.
(With information from the Office of the Secretary of the University and of the Board of Regents)