OVPAA Officials

Maria Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is headed by Vice President for Academic Affairs Maria Cynthia Rose B. Bautista. A Professor of Sociology, she is former Dean of UP Diliman’s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Executive Director of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, and Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education. Bautista served on the advisory or governing boards of institutions such as the Philippine Institute of Development Studies, Philippine Social Science Council, Human Development Network, Asian Scholarship Foundation and the NUS Asian Research Institute. She chaired the UNESCO National Commission’s Social Science and Humanities Committee and the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework Task Force, and sat in the Executive Committee of the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network.

Bautista obtained her BA degree in Sociology from UP Diliman (magna cum laude) and later earned her MS and PhD degrees in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her awards include the National Academy of Science and Technology’s Outstanding Young Scientist and Outstanding Publication Awards, the Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service and the National Research Council of the Philippines’ Achievement Award for the Social Sciences.

Alyssa M. Peleo-Alampay, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Academic Assessment and Development System)

Dr. Alyssa Peleo-Alampay is currently Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Academic Assessment and Development System) of the University of the Philippines System in charge of quality assurance. She was Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Curriculum and Instruction) from July 2014- March 2019. Dr. Peleo-Alampay has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Science and as Deputy Director for Academic Affairs of the National Institute of Geological Sciences in UP Diliman.

Dr. Peleo-Alampay is a Professor of Geology at the National Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. in Geology at the University of the Philippines and her Ph.D. in Earth Science at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, USA. Dr. Peleo-Alampay is a Balik Scientist Awardee of the Department of Science and Technology and awarded as one of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service in 2007.

Evangeline C. Amor, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Curriculum and Instruction)

Professor at the Institute of Chemistry of the College of Science specializing in Natural Products and Organic Chemistry. Her research interests include isolation and structure elucidation of bioactive (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, anticancer) compounds from Philippine plants; structure-activity relationship studies; mutagenicity and clastogenicity studies on medicinal plant preparations; and, enzyme inhibition studies.

She earned her Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science and bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry from UPD in 2003, 1998 and 1989, respectively. She did a research fellowship at the Center for Advanced Sensor Technology, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Maryland, United States from September to December 2006, funded by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. She was recognized as UP Scientist I from 2012-2014 and awarded by the National Research Council of the Philippines with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

She held the following administrative positions in UP Diliman prior to being appointed Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs on April 2, 2020: Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from July 2017 – March 2020, University Registrar from May 2011 – April 2015, and College Secretary of the College of Science from May 2006 – April 2011.

Carla B. Dimalanta, D.Sc.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Research)

Dr. Carla B. Dimalanta is a Professor at the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) at the University of the Philippines – Diliman. Her field of specialization is Exploration Geophysics and her research interests include the application of geophysics to investigations of mineral and energy resources, ophiolites, arc-continent collision, crustal growth, tectonic evolution of the Philippines, among others. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Geology from the University of the Philippines. She did post-graduate studies at the University of Tokyo in Japan and obtained her Doctoral of Science in Earth and Planetary Sciences degree in 2001. She received the Outstanding Young Scientist award in 2003 from the National Academy of Science and Technology, the National Research Council of the Philippines Achievement Award (Earth Sciences) in 2006, the Gawad Tsanselor para sa Natatanging Guro of UP Diliman in 2010, the NAST Quisumbing Medal for Outstanding Research and Development Award for Basic Research in 2018 and was recognized as one of the 2018 Outstanding Filipinos by the Metrobank Foundation.

Mary Delia G. Tomacruz, DBA
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Resource Management)



Imee Su Martinez, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Internationalization)

Imee Su Martinez is a Professor of the Institute of Chemistry University of the Philippines-Diliman. Her research interest is surface chemistry, characterizing molecules at interfaces using surface-specific techniques. The systems that she is presently studying are ionic liquids for various applications, molecularly imprinted polymers (MIP), lipid layers, self-assembled monolayers (SAM), and marine biological samples. She became a UP Scientist in 2019, and holds a One UP Professorial Chair. Her advocacy and extension work are on the peaceful and ethical use of Chemistry, sitting as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). She served as the Director of the Office for International Linkages (OIL) Diliman from 2017 to 2019, before joining the OIL System as Deputy Director in 2020. She is currently the Director of OIL System, and the AVP for Internationalization under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Richard Philip A. Gonzalo
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Student Affairs)

Richard Philip A. Gonzalo is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and the Director of the University of the Philippines (UP) System Office Student Financial Assistance.

AVP Gonzalo coordinates student affairs programs across the campuses of the University. Since 2013, he has initiated reforms in Student Affairs Management in UP. AVP Gonzalo was a member of the Technical Working Group that formulated several Student Financial Assistance Guidelines for the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UNIFAST) Board. He currently represents UP in the ASEAN University Network (AUN) Student Affairs Network.

AVP Gonzalo has extensive experience preparing Tourism Development Plans for Local Government Units. He has worked with the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) in preparing Tourism Project Evaluation Guidelines, and has assisted the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) on Culture-based Development and Governance initiatives. He currently teaches Destination Development courses in the UP Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT). His research interests include Tourism Development, Gender and Tourism, and Tourism Investment Planning. He has also initiated extension projects on Disaster and Crisis Recovery in Tourism for the UP AIT.

AVP Gonzalo is a Certified Public Accountant. He completed his B.S. Business Administration and Accountancy and M.S. Finance in the UP College of Business Administration. He is presently a Doctor of Social Development candidate in the UP College of Social Work and Community Development.

Heads of Offices under the OVPAA

Teresa E. Tadem, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Integrative and Development Studies

Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem is Executive Director, Center for Integrative and Development Studies, University of the Philippines (UP CIDS) and Professor of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD). She obtained her Ph.D. in Politics and Public Administration from The University of Hong Kong in 1997. Other administrative positions she held were as Director, Third World Studies Center, Chair, Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman and UP CIDS Deputy Director for Research and Monitoring, 1997-2000. Professor Tadem was also President of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA), 2011-2013 and Vice-President of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC), 2012-2014. Her academic awards include the 2018 NRCP Achievement Awardee for the Social Sciences (Division VIII); Phi Kappa Phi 85th Anniversary Awardees for Excellence, January 16, 2019; Conferred the UP Scientific Productivity Award: UP Scientist II by the UP Board of Regents, 2018 and the Natatanging Guro sa 2009 Gawad Tsanselor Award (2009 Most Outstanding Teacher Chancellor Award), UP Diliman. Professor Tadem was also a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University from April-October 2010 and Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University, from November 2010 to March 2011.

Nathalie Lourdes A. Verceles, DSD
Director, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

Nathalie Lourdes A. Verceles, DSD is Assistant Professor at the Department of Women and Development Studies (DWDS) in the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), UP Diliman. She has previously served as Chairperson of the DWDS (2013-2016) and Director of the Doctor of Social Development Program of the CSWCD (2017).

Dr. Verceles earned her Doctorate in Social Development (2014), M.A. in Women and Development Studies (2003), and B.A. in Philosophy (1987) from UP Diliman. She also has a B.Sc. (Honours) in Economics (1990) from the University of London. She has published and presented numerous papers on feminist economics.

Francisco N. de los Reyes
Director, Office of Admissions

Prof. Francisco N. de los Reyes teaches at the undergraduate and graduate degree programs of the UP School of Statistics (UPSS) where he obtained his B.S. (Statistics) and M.S. (Statistics) degrees. His interests are in statistical quality control, spatial statistics and multivariate theory. He was formerly Director for Undergraduate Studies, Director for Extension Services and College Secretary at the UPSS.

Prof. de los Reyes is a published academic and was a statistician for various researches in government, industry, academe and training institutions. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Societies for academic excellence and Grand Champion of the 2017 SAS Philippines Analytics Competition (Faculty Division). He was awarded the Sunlife Brilliance Professorial Chair for Statistics in December 2017 and the UP Centennial Professorial Chair in 2020. Prof. de los Reyes was awarded the Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging Guro 2020. He was appointed Director of the Office of Admissions effective 1 July 2020.

Cynthia Palmes-Saloma, Ph.D.
Director, Philippine Genome Center

On 15 August 2017, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents approved the appointment of Dr. Cynthia Palmes-Saloma as the Executive Director of the Philippine Genome Center (PGC).

Dr. Saloma was the project leader behind the establishment of the DNA Sequencing Core Facility (DSCF) of PGC making her one of the pioneers of the executive committee. The youngest among the four (4) founding ‘mothers/marias’ of PGC, Dr. Saloma joined Dr. Amelia P. Guevara, Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion and Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla in brainstorming, formulating strategies, inspecting international genome institutes in order to create and establish the Philippine Genome Center in 2009. Since then she has served as PGC’s program director for DSCF until August 2016.

She finished her bachelor of science degree in Fisheries from the University of Philippines Visayas with magna cum laude honors in 1987. Afterwards, she took a bachelor of science degree in Molecular Biology in Nagoya University, Japan in 1993. Two years after she received her master’s degree in Medical Science from Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine. Then in 1998, Dr. Saloma got her doctor of science in physiology from Osaka University Graduate School of Science.

Concurrent to her PGC appointment, she is also a Professor 9 on her second term as director of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB) in UP Diliman. She is also the principal investigator and head of NIMBB’s Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory. Dr. Saloma is also the Chair of the UP Diliman Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. She is married to former UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar P. Saloma and they have two daughters, Cristina and Carmel.

Luis G. Sison, Ph.D.
Director, Technology Transfer and Business Development Office

Luis Sison is a professor at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute of the University of the Philippines Diliman, Director of the UP System Technology Transfer and Business Development Office, and the Program Leader of the UPSCALE Innovation Hub. He was Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development of UP Diliman from 2006 to 2011 during which he established the Technology Transfer Office. He was awarded the Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning by UP in 2015, and his course on innovation and technopreneurship got the Silver Award for Teaching Delivery at the 2016 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards. He was a visiting researcher at the University of California Berkeley as a Banatao Fellow. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. EE degree from Purdue University and a B.S. EE degree from UP Diliman. His research interests are biomedical instrumentation and education technology.

Kyung Min Bae, Ph.D.
Officer-in-Charge, UP Korea Research Center

Kyung Min Bae, PhD is Assistant Professorial Fellow at UP Department of Linguistics where she has been teaching since 2010. She obtained her PhD at UP College of Education in July 2020 with her dissertation entitled “Professional Identity of Non-native Teachers of Korean as a Foreign Language as Basis for a KFL Teacher Education Program Framework”. Dr. Bae has been contributing to the development of Korean language education in the Philippines by training Korean language students and in-service teachers. She is also actively engaging in academic initiatives in promoting Korean Studies in the Philippines.

Jose Neil C. Garcia, Ph.D.
Director, UP Press

J. Neil C. Garcia teaches creative writing and comparative literature at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he serves as Director of the University Press and a Fellow for Poetry in the Institute of Creative Writing. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism. Between 1994 and 2014, he coedited the famous Ladlad series of Philippine gay writing. Other important anthologies that he edited are Aura: the Gay theme in Philippine Fiction in English, published in 2012, Bright Sign, Bright Age: Critical Essays in Philippines Studies, 2017, and the forthcoming Busilak: New LGBTQ Poetry from the Philippines. He is the director for the Philippines of Project GlobalGRACE: Global Gender and Cultures of Equality, a world-wide research and arts consortium sponsored by the Research Councils of the United Kingdom and Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently at work on “Likha,” his seventh poetry book.

Edna E.A. Co, Ph.D.
Director, UP CIFAL Philippines

Dr. Edna E.A. Co is a professor of Public Administration at the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), where she served as Dean from 2010 to 2013. She was a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester and Visiting Lecturer at the City University of Hong Kong, Department of Social and Public Administration. Dr. Co serves as Advisory Council member of the Civil Service Commission of the Philippines and is a consultant to several national and international development organizations and international political foundations. She has authored works on governance, democracy and democracy assessment, citizen participation, and policy reform.