Members of the UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (UPERDFI) were in full force as they attended the general members meeting last May 17, Wednesday, at the NEC Executive Board Room. In attendance were three former and current cabinet secretaries—former DPWH Secretary Rogelio ‘Babess Singson, former DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro, and current DOST Secretary Fortunato “Ka Boy” dela Peña. During the meeting, the Chairman of the Board, Pete Maniego was re-elected while Emilio “Lilit” Tumbocon was elected as the new President, replacing Alfonso “Tito” Aliga. The Board created a new position, Executive Director, and appointed Tito Aliga as the first Executive Director. He also takes over the concurrent position of Aura Matias as Corporate Secretary, while former Dean Matias was re-elected at UPERDFI Treasurer. Chato Calderon was re-elected as Vice President, while Dean Rizalinda de Leon was appointed VP for Operations.
(Seated from left to right) Chato Calderon, Aura Matias, Babes Singson, Ka Boy De la Peña, Estrella Alabastro, Rizalinda De Leon, Edith Atienza
(Standing from left to right (Roger Buendia, Rod Salazar, Bing del Rosario, Pete Maniego, Jun Berba,Tito Aliga, Ronnie Nolasco, Roger Murga, Ji Reyes, Alex Sy, Dan Peckley)