OSA sisters and administrators from ASAS (Association Schools of the Augustinian Sisters) member schools across the country gathered at the Villa Consuelo Retreat House in Novaliches on May 20-22 for the ASAS Summit 2019 with the theme: “ASAS Educators: Called to Live Out the Augustinian Identity at the Threshold of the 4th IR.”

The LCUP representatives present in the conference were Sr. Editha Zerna, OSA, Ph.D., University President; Dr. Alvin Nuqui, VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate School; Dr. Enrico Rosales, VP for Research and Dean of CASE; Dr. Divina Ann Eusebio, VP for Extension and Linkages; Ms. Marissa Ventura, VP for Finance and Administrative Services; Ms. Ruth Malabiga, HR Director; Mr. Alejandro Vistan, Quality Management Systems Director; and Dr. Olivia Almario, BED Principal.

The three-day summit kicked off with a welcome message by Councilor on Apostolate Sr. Maria Garcia, OSA followed by a brief overview by ASAS Superintendent Sr. Emila Lacuarta, OSA. Meanwhile, Superior General Sr. Niceta Vargas, OSA delivered the keynote address.

The first day of the conference centered on the challenges that the educational landscape is facing in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution. In his lecture, keynote speaker Dr. Ignacio Cordova, Jr. challenged the ASAS member schools to develop competent and future-proof graduates who can adapt in a society where technology is the prevailing factor.

The second day was highlighted with a talk on Data Privacy by the guest lecturer, Atty. Faustino Madriaga, Jr., Legal Counsel of the Madriaga Law Office. Atty. Madriaga discussed the applications of data privacy in the field of education and social media, as well as the consequences of mishandling sensitive personal information.

Activities to promote the cause for Venerable Mo. Consuelo’s Beatification were deliberated on the last day. The ASAS participants agreed upon plans to further educate students on the life and ministry of Mo. Consuelo and to encourage regular prayers for her beatification in the campuses.

Afterwards, Sr. Joan Infante, OSA delivered a report on the overall synthesis of the summit while Sr. Myrna Concepcion, OSA conducted the call to action.

A closing liturgy was held thereafter and certificates were awarded to the participants as a conclusion to the event.

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