HAU Renews Partnership with ABC’s for Global Health

University News

July 20, 2022

The University renewed its partnership with ABC’s for Global Health through the signing of memorandum of understanding on June 24, 2022. Signing for HAU were its OIC - University President Mr. Leopoldo Jaime N. Valdes along with the OIC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Al Biag who was then Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences (SNAMS), the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Dr. Janette Rodriguez, and the Director of the Institute for Christian Formation and Social Integration Ms. Norilyn M. Pineda. Likewise, Dr. Julieta Gabiola and Dr. Arthur Gallo signed on behalf of ABC’s for Global Health in their capacities as CEO/Founder and Chief Medical Officer respectively.
Also present in the event were the Assistant to the President Ms. Edna Marriza Santos who delivered the Statement of Purpose; Dr. Leslie Medina, Chairperson of the Communication Program of SAS, who served as the emcee of the MOU signing ceremony; Prof. Noriel Calaguas, Chairperson of the Nursing Program, who read the details of the MOU, as well as then Graduate Program Coordinator and currently OIC Dean of SNAMS Dr. Precious Jean Marquez, who served as the emcee of the Memorial Lecture that followed. In addition, HAU-OCES representatives Ms. Shirley Mae B. Marcos, OCES Head, along with her staff Ms. Emee Rose L. Balilu, Ms. Rowena Cabigting, and Mr. Christopher Reguindin likewise graced the event together with ABC’s staff and students from St. Louis University, Our Lady of Fatima University, and 13 students from various schools in the USA.
The assembly which included guests from the United States was warmly welcomed by Mr. Valdes who expressed his appreciation of the mutual initiative of Holy Angel University and ABC’s for Global Health to be of service to the neighboring marginalized communities while engaging students in meaningful application of their lines of expertise. Messages of commitment were delivered by Dr. Al Biag of HAU-SNAMS, Dr. Janette Rodriguez of HAU-SAS, and Dr. Julieta Gabiola of ABC’s for Global Health.

Forged back in 2016 through the leadership of the late Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo, the partnership, as mentioned in the Statement of Purpose delivered by Ms. Santos, was “founded on HAU and ABC’s common value for societal responsibility that helps in forming our learners' conscience, excellence which translates to quality education and that is instrumental to our students' competence in their respective fields of specialization, and compassion that is rooted in the value of Christ-Centeredness and which is inculcated among our students through their engagement in service learning and community extension, among other means.”
The alliance is deemed to benefit not only the two parties in agreement as program implementers, but also the students who will be provided with meaningful formation and training in their respective fields of specialization. Through the programs to be implemented under the partnership, the learners will gain enriching experiences in the actual field while the end beneficiaries — the underserved neighboring communities, especially those situated in the upland areas in Pampanga — will be given improved access to basic health services.

Following the ceremonial MOU signing, a Memorial Lecture in the form of a webinar on humanism dubbed as “Servitude: A Way of Life” was delivered by no less than ABC’s founding CEO Dr. Julieta Gabiola in honor of the late Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo as a gesture of appreciation towards the highly esteemed former Holy Angel University President whose leadership was instrumental in the forging of HAU and ABC’s partnership. The webinar was attended by HAU employees, guests, and students.
ABC’s visit to the university culminated in a campus tour facilitated by HAU ambassadors led by SHTM faculty member, Dr. Felipe Pablo IV.
It is hoped that the meaningful partnership between the two parties may serve as a gateway to better opportunities in providing improved formation and worthwhile learning experiences to the students as well as in discovering new channels for the delivery of services to the community.