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Associate Professor Rolando T. Bello is CPAf’s Dean for 2018-2021

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Article by Stoix Nebin S. Pascua

Associate Professor Rolando T. Bello receives a gavel symbolizing the turnover of responsibility in the deanship of CPAf from Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas and Dr. Josefina T. Dizon during the Turnover Ceremony for New CPAf Dean on August 17, 2018 at CPAf Rm. 303-304. Dean Bello’s term started on August 1, 2018 and will end on July 31, 2021. This is his second appointment as CPAf Dean, the first was on December 1, 2003-November 30, 2006. On the other hand, Dr. Cardenas became dean from January 29, 2016 to December 31, 2017 while Dr. Dizon was appointed as officer-in-charge (OIC) from January 1 to July 31, 2018.

In his acceptance message, Dean Bello likened the turnover ceremony as riding in a CPAf train destined for a long journey where people board and disembark at specific train stops. He said that deans start their terms and end their tour of duty, while new graduate students attend their orientation and eventually receive their diplomas. Quoting a wise saying from Hawaii, pupukahi i holomua, which means united as we move forward, Dean Bello added that people should not be dependent on the train engineer (i.e., the dean) for the train to get somewhere. For Dean Bello, the CPAf train is a complex system of hardware and software, of people and material that must work in harmony so as not to get off the track. Lastly, he recognized the efforts of the previous dean and OIC for making the train ride as smooth and comfortable as possible. “And by the grace of the Almighty and with your unwavering support, I say, full speed ahead!” Dean Bello said.

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