Pres. Mar P. De Asis bringing new horizon to UEP
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe; not only follow, but also lead”- Anatole France
This is the trademark of leadership of President Mar P. De Asis –dreaming, believing, accomplishing through unity and faith in God. He has been using this leadership style and has produced positive results into this great institution- the only comprehensive state university in Region 8, the University of Eastern Philippines. His leadership has impacted so much into the university as well as its personnel and clientele.
The University is healthy financially. Pres. De Asis is able to utilize the vast resource of the university- land. The University is one with the largest land area in the country at 1,500 hectares, more or less. Through his leadership those barren lands before were utilized and made productive through rice, coconut, vegetable, and livestock production.
Pres. De Asis has also introduced many income generating strategies like the white beach, business arcade, rentals from houses inside the campus, water refilling station, and many more. Perhaps, his experience as a bank employee before has helped him a lot in the successful pursuit of revenue generation.
This strategy is timely as the national government has frozen increase into the budget to state colleges and universities, with the instruction to SCU heads to tap their resources to generate income. Such strategy has contributed huge cash to the university. Every year, Pres. De Asis is able to give extra cash gift and allowances to more than 1,000 employees and faculty of the university, to their great delight and excitement.
Pres.De Asis ,a lawyer,has also displayed some sort of dignified leadership. He is the master of himself. Even when I was under him in the College of Law, I did not hear him utter negative words to others. He may dislike others, but he is very civil in confronting them. He has also showed a kind of leadership founded on dignity and wisdom. With this, he has gained respect not because he is feared of, but because he is well loved by the UEP family.
In all speeches, he would always emphasize the importance of unity, dreaming, and making every one believe that everything can be done. According to William James,” In any project, the important factor is your belief. Without belief there can be no successful outcome”. Guided by self-respect & self-confidence, the president has continued to lead the university with clear and doable vision and mission.
Another noteworthy character in him is that he is a prayerful University President. While Pres. De Asis emphasizes the importance of believing in oneself to accomplish great things, he always invokes God’s intercession through meaningful prayers in all university undertakings.
Hence, as the university celebrates its 93rd founding anniversary on June 20, 2011, all persons who have been part of this great institution and the succeeding generation as well may feel secure, that through the leadership of Pres. Mar de Asis, the university is in good hands. The university is doing great in research, instruction, finance, and extension.
By: Atty. Ricardo E. Amos
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