The Adventure of Institution Building (Part III)
Our close contact with educators in the field of economics eventually led to our being in the vanguard of values education or character formation in the Philippine educational system. With the leadership of one of the products of our Master of Arts in Economics Education program, Dr. Antonio Torralba, we launched the first Master of Arts in Values Education program which attracted hundreds of teachers from all over the Philippines and reached its fullest development in the public educational system under the leadership of the late Brother Andrew Gonzalez who, as Secretary of Education, gave the strongest support to the program. Many of the graduates of this masteral program were promoted to high positions in the Department of Education as regional or division superintendents. This is one program of which I am most proud to have been one of the founding fathers. I would like to cite the crucial role of the late Dr. Emil Antonio Jr. for his spearheading the revival and development of the economics education program in the early years of the new millennium. Emil, one of the earliest products of the Industrial Economics program, became the best ever economics educator produced by our university. I will make sure that his memory will be kept alive always by our continuing to invest in the training of economics educators at the high school and college levels. I never refuse an invitation to speak or lecture in activities organized for economics educators, especially in regions outside Metro Manila.