The Tarlac State University and the ASEAN Legal Alliance, a Singapore-based network of more than 150 lawyers in 10 countries in the ASEAN region, have entered into a memorandum of understanding for “mutually beneficial outcome in relation to international arbitration and international dispute resolution.”
TSU President, Dr. Myrna Q. Mallari, and Professor Steve K. Ngo, chair of ALA’s arbitration and international dispute resolution practice group, signed the MOU on September 18 at the TSU main campus in Tarlac City.
The president said the MOU “is a good thing for the university” and expressed gratitude to Prof. Ngo for “considering TSU.”
Atty. Jose I. dela Rama, Jr., the Dean of the TSU College of Law who introduced Prof. Ngo to the university, said that with the MOU signing “we’re making history.”
The MOU aims to establish cooperation between TSU and ALA in terms of joint training programs on international arbitration and dispute resolution, student internships and faculty visits, and research and publication, among others.
The signing was made possible through the efforts of Atty. Dela Rama and Dr. Louella F. Ona, Vice President for International Linkages and External Affairs.
According to its website (aseanlegalalliance.net), the ALA network has the following members: Cheok Advocates and Solicitors (based in Brunei Darussalam); HML Law Firm & Consultants (Cambodia); Fitrisyah Winata & Partners (Indonesia); Lao Law & Consultancy Group (Laos); Yeoh Mazlina & Partners (Malaysia); U Min Sein Law Offices (Myanmar); Lex Alliance Advisory Limited (Myanmar); De Guzman San Diego Mejia & Hernandez Law Offices (Philippines); Aquinas Law Alliance LLP (Singapore); Apisith & Alliance Ltd (Thailand); and Indochine Counsel (Vietnam). [OPAI]
To encourage graduates of the Tarlac State University to perform even better in government licensure examinations, President Myrna Q. Mallari has created a committee to review the incentives being given by the university for outstanding performance in these examinations.
The university has a history of graduates passing their government licensure examinations with flying colors, but Dr. Mallari is hoping TSU’s performance will improve even more through incentives to top-performing board takers.
In a memo dated August 23, 2018, Dr. Mallari also instructed the committee do benchmarking activities in other schools and institutions to come up with the most competitive incentive packages.
Dr. Edwin Caoleng, Dean of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), and Dr. Agnes M. Macaraeg, Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS), will serve as co-chairpersons of the committee.
The other members of the committee are: Dr. Theodore Timpac, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE); Dr. Miriam Galvez, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology (CET); and Mr. Ronnie Dungo, an executive assistant at the College of Education.
In 2016, two TSU Education graduates – Richard C. Macapulay (Bachelor in Secondary Education) and Mark P. Castillo (Bachelor in Elementary Education) – ranked first in their respective LET examinations. In the same year, Liana Carla C. Luzong, a CCJE graduate, placed sixth nationwide in the Criminology board exam while Melody S. Paraon (BEED) and Rose Ann S. Tubay (BEED) landed in 10th place in LET. [By Maria Adelaida D. Calayag]