November 15, 2016

MANILA – The election of Danilo “Danicon” Concepcion as new president of the University of the Philippines is “well-deserved,” said Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.

21st President, University of the Philippines (Photo source: http://www.up.edu.ph/)

The senator, a UP alumnus, congratulated the new UP president over the phone.

According to the UP website, Concepcion is the current Dean of the UP College of Law. A consistent honor student, Concepcion finished Agricultural Engineering at the De La Salle-Araneta University in 1979, summa cum laude, and later topped the Board Exam. He studied law at UP, graduating cum laude in 1983 and was a topnotcher in the Bar Examinations given that year. Concepcion received his Master of Laws degree from the University of London in 1986 as a scholar of the British government.

He was appointed Associate Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1996 and served until his resignation in 2000 to become President of the De La Salle-Araneta University. He returned to UP in 2002 to become Associate Dean of the UP College of Law, Head of the UP Law Center, and Director of the Institute of Judicial Administration until May of 2006. He has also served as the UP Vice-President of Legal Affairs.

Pangilinan was principal author of the New UP Charter, which allows the university to generate income through the use of its resources and assets — which could be used to improve its curricula and salary system. Passed into law in 2008, the law also provides tax incentives on donations to the University as a means to raise more resources from the private sector.