By: Felmerie J. Sabino
“As you all go home today, may you take Allen with you.” Those were the parting words of the Dean of the College of Education and the Masters in Education (MAEd) Program, and wife of the late Dr. Allen Salas Quimpo during the tribute symposium held last December 16, 2015. The said event with the theme “Keeping the Flame of Leadership Excellence” was held at the Aklan Training Center and was attended by the students of Northwestern Visayan Colleges MAEd and Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Programs.
The symposium was organized in commemoration of the 1st death anniversary of Dr. Allen Salas Quimpo. It aims to celebrate his life and the legacies he built in the field of education, politics, and environmental advocacies. Present in the event were ASQ’s family, including his children Ma. Alma, Aileen, and Allan Angelo, President of NVC; Miss Rebecca Tandug Barrios, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Dennis R. Ibutnande, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice Education and MPA Program; and deans of different departments. Dr. Ernesto F. Servillon Jr, Schools Division Superintendent of Aklan was invited to talk about ASQ’s legacy in Education. However, he could not make it so Dr. Cherry Dalipe, Science Coordinator, discussed Dr. Servillon’s presentation.
ASQ’s legacy as an environmental warrior was tackled by Mr. Rodne Galicha, Project Director of the Climate Reality Project – Philippines. Both speakers shared the number of ASQ’s contributions to said legacies. Engr. Roger Esto, Head of Aklan Provincial Planning Office was supposed to share about ASQ’s contribution to the world of politics, but the symposium was cut short due to bad weather caused by TD Urduja.