ST. Robert’s International Academy launched last November 25, 2011 in Marriot Hotel, Pasay City its Technopreneur’s department to be officially called Dr. Emmanuel T. Santos Technopreneur’s College (DETSTC).
A TESDA and DepEd registered institution, St. Robert’s now brings to the Ilonggo market three departments each offering innovative courses in just a span of three years. The two other departments were named Dr. George D. Sorio Special Business High School and the Dr. Bernadette Cruz-Rosales Kiddie Kollege for Creative Arts.
The Technopreneur’s College (DETSTC) will offer innovative courses in IT and Entrepreneurship via a TESDA certification. Said TESDA courses will be ladderized leading to BS courses in tandem with San Beda College in Manila. This will afford Ilonggo students a Bedan diploma at practically half the price.
The launching was held during the 38th National Management Congress of the Philippine Council of Management where Dr. Emmanuel T. Santos served as President Emeritus while Dr. Robert F. Galindez served as Director for the Jr. Philcoman from 1990-2000. Dr. George D. Sorio and Dr. Bernadette Cruz-Rosales were also present during the presentation of the dedication marker to Dr. Emmanuel T. Santos. Madam Dancel Sorio, and Prof. Mary June Galindez, Chair and Administrative Director respectively, along with Dr. Robert Galindez, President of St. Robert’s were also present.
Meanwhile, Principal Olliver Tiania confirmed that six Robertines from the GDS Special Business High School will represent the Philippines in the International SAGE Exposition to be held in San Francisco, USA in July 2012. To be showcased before a global panel of judges are entrepreneurial projects conducted during the year.
Principal Aprilyn Sablon of the BCR Kiddie Kollege for Creative Arts also announced the forthcoming production of “Mulan” participated by the Robertines from both departments.
The Robertines also participated in the various competitions like the PRISAA and the Panda Rockets bagged the Championship of the Bracket B in the ISSA Basketball tournament. Dr. Robert F. Galindez, president of St. Robert’s beams with pride and is confident that the Robertines will soon carve a niche in entrepreneurship and creative arts.
St. Robert’s International Academy was issued Government Permit for Pre-Elementary level (N1, K1 & K2), Elementary (Grades 1-6), and High School (1st year to 4th year). Entrance examinations will start in January 2012. For further information, please contact 3381161 / 5099238./PN
The St. Roberts International Academy (SRIA) on Monday evening launched its latest addition to its two other program offerings, the Dr. Gregorio Sorio Special Business High School.
The special business high school is in addition to its existing TechVoc Department and University Extension programs.
The department was named after Dr. George Sorio, one of the program investors who is also the owner of the third biggest call center business in the Philippines, the Cyber City Teleservices.
“Probably this is momentous and probably the first ever special business high school. We do have special Science high schools, high school for the arts, maritime high schools. I know of an entrepreneurial school in Manila but somebody from the Department of Education (DepEd) confirmed my impression that there is no special business high school yet in the Philippines,” SRIA president, Dr. Robert Galindez said.
Galindez explained that the school will also be adopting the “full high school curriculum but on top of that would be courses on business and entrepreneurship.”
“We will provide a lot of exposure to students in the world of business, especially in the areas of corporate communication, information technology, accounting, management entrepreneurship and values education on top of the traditional high school curriculum,” he added.
Other ancillary services with professionals as overseers will also be integrated such as frequent field visits to businesses and workplaces and participation in local and international competitions.
“When we start in June by November or December we will bring our team already to Cape Town for the World Cup,” he added. He said that he is capable of bringing a team to the international event.
Starting June this year, the school hopes to accommodate some 100 students using the “open admission but strict retention policy.”
Galindez added that students who graduated from their elementary schools as valedictorian or salutatorians will avail scholarships although they looked forward to find philanthropist who can shoulder grants to poor but deserving students. (PNA)
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Dr. Robert F. Galindez shares his secrets to success
Some believe that life is dependent on fate, yet there are some who are so inspired that they are driven to believe they can make their own destiny. If there are those who enjoy their situation of having all the resources they need, there are also those suffering from lifelong lashes of poverty. There are even people who cannot go to competent schools where they can pursue good education. These are the harsh realities of life. But one strong decision can change everything.
A man who made his decision and has made a difference particularly the reversal of poverty, is Robert F. Galindez, Ph.D. He pioneered the concept of IT-based education service, provider of graduate schools in the Philippines. He is the seventh among twelve in the Galindez family. With the financial challenge his family was going through, he had to attend public elementary school in the seventh class municipality of Looc, Romblon and had to wear hand-me-downs from older siblings.
He is the son of the late Virgil Galindez, then administrative officer of Looc National High School. Though they were not wealthy, they were blessed with the gift of intellect and were taught the importance of values. Segundina, the mother, imbedded these values in their hearts by staying at home.
“I had to excel to forgo the handovers and get new ones.” He said as he started to climb the ladders of success and receive honors in elementary and high school. He then took a competitive exam and became Romblon’s lone GSIS scholar at De La Salle-Araneta University Foundations in Manila and finished AB Economics. After which, he proceeded to take his M.A. in Management at the same institution. He also pursued a doctorate degree at the International Academy of Management and Economics in Makati City.
Climbing the Ladder to Success
His passion for learning and education made him principal of several schools in Quezon City. With his education, he became the dean of Romblon College at 23, making him the youngest to hold that kind of position in Southern Tagalog during his time and even in the present.
SIFE Country Consultation on August 2004. L-R Dr. Robert, Thomas Payne – VP for University Relations, SIFE World Headquarters & Dr. Ramon Ricardo Roque – Deputy Secretary General, House of Representative & Chairman of National Board
His brilliance made him one of the most sought-after administrator. He successfully managed the academic and research operations of the schools were he served as Dean and Director. Dr. Galindez also has an extensive teaching experience having taught for 19 years in both undergraduate and graduate business programs in various colleges and universities in the Philippines. It includes St. Paul’s University (Iloilo City), University of San Agustin (Iloilo City), International Academy of Management and Economics (I-AME, Makati City), Philippine Christian University (PCU, Manila City), and Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation (Lucena City).
His dream of being an educator did not stop there. His management experiences are equally impressive. He is currently the President and CEO of St. Robert’s International Education and Management Center, Inc. (SREMC Inc.) and St. Robert’s International Academy (SRIA).
Wacky father & sona, L-R: Dr. Robert, Francis Mari & JohnTrebor
SREMC Inc. provide professionals an easier way to finish their M.A. and doctorate degrees while SRIA is for undergraduates who would want to work abroad. It’s geared towards a world-class and God-centered learning. It also offers Diploma courses in Computer Science and Network Administration (CSNA), Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Management (HRTM), Business and Entrepreneurial Management, International Caregiver Course. Dr. Galindez also envisioned it to become the Don Bosco of Iloilo City. It is recognized in countries abroad through Education and Examinations International (EEI). SRIA’s office is at Magalona Building, 58 Ledesma Street and 2/F RGB Building, 19 Jalandoni Street, Iloilo City. They can be contacted thru 337-5599 and 509-9238.
While SREMC, is an affiliate of prestigious universities in Manila. The I-AME, PCU and Philippine Women’s University (PWU) where he holds positions. He’s the Asscociate Director to I-AME, Dean of Extension Programs to PCU and the local Administrator for PWU. SREMC is in Rm.231 2/F Marymart Shopping Mall, Valeria St., Iloilo City.
Having such responsibilities, 24 hours is not enough for Dr. Galindez. He starts working at 6am till 9pm. As a hardworking person he’s affiliation are not only in the Philippines but also in numerous universities and organizations abroad.
He’s the present President to Student’s in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Philippines and has held the position since 2000. His significant involvements on the SIFE programs are also recognized not only in the Philippines but also worldwide. Dr. Jens Mueller, the Management Director of SIFE Asia, commended his participation to the organization.
As president, he established the second-largest worldwide SIFE program in the Philippines, with more than 300 student-teams involved. He is also acknowledged by all SIFE member countries as an effective communicator and is highly respected in the academic community of several thousand SIFE University faculty members around the world.
Other than the position in SIFE, he is currently the Education and Examination International’s Chief Representative for the Philippines. It is a specialist organization established to provide education and examination services to students and institutions of higher learning across international boundaries.
Dr. Galindez also serve as the Research Director of Colegio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and College Dean Colegio de San Jose in Iloilo City. He holds the same position in Romblon College in Odiongan, Romblon. He was also a principal to AMA Computer Institute University in Project 8, Quezon City.
With these involvements, Dr. Galindez has been with CEO’s and president of various world acclaimed companies. He would normally travel to Europe, Asia and the U.S. almost three to four times a year. His hectic schedule would also mean meeting Howard Belton, Chairman CEO of Uniliver Philippines. Or Robert Shipling who holds the highest position of the same company. At times, these meetings are also with Tom Mouser, the Chairman of KMPG. It is a top Auditing and Consulting Center recognized here and abroad, or the President and General Manager of Ristoll Meyers Suibb, Roger Dallas.or Warner Manning of HSBC.
“I could just go directly to the offices of these people without arrangement from their secretaries, because they know me.”
Dr. Galindez’s influence over so many people has always been supported by prayers. Though he has filled the gaps in education, pioneering IT-based education services in the Philippines, he remains humble. He is a very responsible father to sons; John Trebor (9) and Francis Mari (8). Both kids are attending Sta. Maria Catholic School-Ateneo de Iloilo. And a good husband to his wife, Mary June Alcon (40). She is the current Executive Vice President for Graduate Schools of SREMC Inc.
As the President and CEO to SRIA, he also initiates the International Benchmarking Tour to Kuala Lumpur this September 22 to 24. This is open to SRIA’s faculty, staff and students. The tour’s major activity is the academic round table discussion with students and faculty of Olympia University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He also believes that this activity is also an answer to its SRIA’s commitment to becoming “world-class”.
Inspiring as it is, Dr. Galindez shares to the youth: “Hardwork, passion for education and learning. Education prepares you for the big battle and in terms of expertise there should be passion. Then include hard work and so much prayer.”
There is indeed a better way to live if we make a decision. In Og Mandino’s book ‘The Choice’, it said: “Man or woman, whatever your state is – you have a better way to live. All you need is to make a choice and act on it.”