Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta administers the oath of office to the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) for 2020-2021 on November 25, 2019 at the En Banc Session Hall, Supreme Court, Padre Faura, Manila.
The officers are: (from left) Dean Ma. Soledad Margarita Deriquito-Mawis of the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Trustee at Large; Dean Evergisto S. Escalon of the Western Leyte College of Ormoc City, Inc., Trustee for Visayas; Dean Domnina T. Rances-Lao of the Ateneo de Naga University and Dean Lilybeth T. Sindayen-Libiran of the Saint Louis University, Trustees for Luzon; Dean Emerito I. Enginco of the De La Salle-Lipa, Trustee at Large; Dean Manuel P. Quibod of the Ateneo de Davao University, Treasurer; Dean Ramon Edison C. Batacan of the Rizal Memorial Colleges, Trustee for Mindanao; Dean Zacarias D. Bedona, Jr. of the Central Philippine University, Vice President for Visayas; Dean Hernando S. Perez, Jr. of the University of Batangas, VP for Luzon; Dean Jose Maria G. Hofileña of the Ateneo de Manila University, VP for National Capital Region; Dean Gemy Lito L. Festin of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Secretary General; Dean John Paolo Roberto A. Villasor of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, Executive Vice President; Dean Marisol DL. Anenias of the Universidad De Manila, President; and Dean Joan S. Largo of the University of San Carlos, Chairman.
Composed of 112 law schools, the PALS was created to be “a primary driving force to uplift the standards of legal education in the Philippines that meet both global standards of excellence and at the same time serve as a catalyst for both the economic and human development in Philippine Society, and to unite Philippine law schools into a cohesive force to achieve those high standards of legal education and training, to push the frontiers of legal research and development and to promote a system of legal aid and apprenticeship for the benefit of the poor and marginalized members of the society.”
The association is legal education’s formal representative to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA), the Supreme Court Committee on Legal Education and Bar Matters, and the Legal Education Board (LEB). (Caption by Darylle Evie Mae C. Catabay; Photo by Francisco S. Gutierrez)