Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), is now serving as a member of the Governing Board of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC). She was appointed as the representative of the Philippines, effective from 7 November 2022, and will run until 6 November 2025.
As Governing Board member, Dr. Bandalaria will take part in determining policies for the operation of SEAMOLEC and approving the annual programs and budgets of SEAMOLEC within its five-year development plan. In addition, her task includes making annual evaluations and reviews of SEAMOLEC’s programs and budget, for recommendation to the SEAMEO Council, and approving the nominations of the SEAMEO Director, among others.
SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) is one of the 26 Centres under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) focusing in the field of Open and Distance Learning (ODL). The goal of SEAMOLEC is to undertake relevant programs that are responsive to current national and regional needs through the utilization of open and distance learning system.