Friday, July 8, 2016
USJ-R’s partner companies agreed to grant discounts to the school’s alumni — from grade school to the graduate school — granted that they present their active alumni card identification upon transaction.
This developed after USJ-R Alumni Association, Inc. president Engr. Belmore Mejares signed an agreement with Union Galva Steel Corporation and Alota Optical last June 29 and with Crown Regency Hotels and Resorts on July 7 for discounts in their products and services.
“The purpose is to tap different corporations to become our partners who would give us support,” USJ-R Vice President for Business and Finance Rev. Fr. Vicente Ramon Jr., OAR said.
Fr. Ramon, who is also the alumni liaison officer, also signed as witness to the agreement. “Our alumni could become their valued clients in the future,” he added.
Engr. Adonis Yap represented Union Galva Steel in the agreement signing. He is the senior marketing manager of the company based in Tayud, Consolacion which engages in manufacture and distribution of pre-painted galvanized roofing and other galvanized steel products.
Alota Optical was represented by Dr. Sergio Alota, its owner and proprietor who is also an optometrist. Alota Optical has a clinic at 138 Mall located along Colon Street in Cebu City.
Richelle King, marketing and communications manager, and Mr. Hitesh Sampat, group general manager in Cebu, signed the agreement on behalf of Crown Regency Hotels and Resorts. The agreement bound branches located in Cebu including hotels on Osmeña Blvd. in Brgy. Guadalupe and on Mactan Island; and those in Davao, Boracay and Makati.
Engr. Yap said Union Galva Steel entered into the agreement with USJ-R because they wanted to create a network with Josenian alumni and at the same time support the association’s different initiatives. Engr. Yap graduated from USJ-R in 1985 with a degree in civil engineering.
Engr. Mejares said Josenian alumni can get their alumni cards from the alumni office at the main campus. They are also offering a lifetime alumni membership for those who would want to save themselves from the hassle of renewing their cards every year.
Engr. Mejares said the agreement signing was a result of their benchmarking activities in big schools in Manila.
“We found out that most of these big Manila schools have partner organizations,” he said. “This could be one of the reasons why they have such a strong alumni support, and we wish to replicate that.”
He revealed that the alumni association is working on adding more companies into their partners. He said the alumni have been a big help in the university’s scholarship programs, sports development and community outreach.
To strengthen alumni relations, Mr. Mejares said they would establish satellite chapters of the alumni association with their own set of officers in different key areas in the country.
Text and photos by Ioannes P. Arong
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