, as a trend-setter in public and corporate governance, made him what he
is today.This, I believe, must be looked into by the University of the Philippines leadership in celebrating the Centennial in assessing the roles of her
alumni and by extending them due recognition in the real world of service in whatever capacity to the community, domestically and internationally.Before he assumed his post as WMSU president, bickering, factionalism, vindictiveness and other challenges often pestered democratic governance not because of the doing of his predecessor but of the latter's seemingly uncontrollable followings and their rivals that resulted in the underdevelopment of the more than a century-old institution.
Modesty aside, it was during my incumbency as University Student Council
president when Dr. Gonzales
was welcomed by the students which forged a strong administration-students partnership in development.
Importantly, through the help of broad-minded stakeholders in the academe, student leaders, and other members of the WMSU family, he
successfully maximized the meager resources, utilized the potentials of the highly politicized university, and moved on as a unified vibrant institution of higher learning.
After having developed WMSU
, and other academic communities, notwithstanding the crisis he
family experienced due to the abduction of her
only daughter (a special child) who was released through the help of his
friends, religious and community leaders from various sectors after 40 days in captivity, Doc Eldy accepted the challenge of aspiring as a Philippine legislator.His
political trounce---due to lack of time and financial preparations---in the popularity contest in the recently concluded midterm elections to represent the newly instituted 1st district of Zamboanga for the Philippine Congress
is seen by some as a loss of WMSU
, and the countless people who believed in him.But I disagree.