THE University of Iloilo is set to become a top university in the province under the leadership of Philippine Investment Management (PHINMA), a 100% Filipino-owned firm that provides property and shelter, energy, financial services, roofing services, and now, education, through its subsidiaries.
“Through professional management, strong industry ties, and a strategy that is highly focused on those courses and skills that best prepare our students for sustained employment, PHINMA achieves a fine balance between academic quality and affordability. This allows us to provide the high quality education needed to improve the lives of our fellow Filipinos who need it the most,” says Ramon R. Del Rosario, President and Chief Executive Officer of PHINMA.
As the prime mover of PHINMA, Mr. Del Rosario’s philosophy is backed by years of experience, having been extensively involved in both the public and private sectors. Aside from holding the highest office in PHINMA, he is also the Chairman of the Makati Business Club. Prior to this, he served as the Philippine Secretary of Finance from 1992 to 1993, and was the EVP and Chief Finance Officer of San Miguel Corporation from 1986 to 1989.
Bringing PHINMA’s daunting goals to fruition is quite a challenge. It takes strategic thinking, extreme dedication and boundless energy – the combination of which is found in PHINMA Education Network’s President and CEO, Dr. Chito B. Salazar. Dr. Salazar is an Ateneo de Manila Management Engineering Graduate, Fordham University MA degree holder, American University PhD degree holder, former Washington Sycip Policy Forum Executive Director, former Netherlands and UN Institute of Environmental Studies Consultant, and Philippine Business for Education Foundation President.
“Upon purchasing a school, our primary goal is to evaluate and modify its management to align with PHINMA’s objectives. We undertake a comprehensive campaign to improve the school’s curriculum. We provide ways to develop our teaching and non-teaching employees through continuous learning and competitive salary schemes. We provide infrastructure and technology that will aid our students in their learning and improve operational processes,” says Dr. Salazar.
It is a tough endeavor, but a fruitful one as demonstrated by the vast improvements seen with Araullo University – PHINMA, whose board passing rates have become consistently the highest in Nueva Ecija since its purchase six years ago. The same can be said of PHINMA’s second school, Cagayan de Oro College – PHINMA, who has been awarded the title as a Center for Development in Criminology by CHEd, and is touted to be the number one school of Criminology in Visayas and Mindanao. Now, with the purchase of its two newest schools, the University of Pangasinan and the University of Iloilo, PHINMA is another step closer towards making it possible for all Filipinos to improve their lives through Education.
Indeed, between Mr. Del Rosario’s expertise in Business and Dr. Salazar’s deep knowledge of the Academe, the Iloilo community can now look forward to a new and better option to advance in life through progressive, solid and affordable education at the University of Iloilo – PHINMA.