The newly-installed SPSPS Dean of the School of Law in his inaugural address laid down a road map where his action plans will be anchored during his term as he intends to develop an environment and culture of integrity, honesty, respect and fairness in the Law School.
This kind of environment, according to him, will produce well-rounded individuals who share the passion for the knowledge of law.
He will also develop a thoughtful and systematic documentation of the Law School’s financial and administrative performance in order to promote transparency and to ensure the support and cooperation of all stakeholders of the school.
The CPA-lawyer Dean, Atty. Raymundo S. Gallardo who earned a Master’s equivalent in International Tax Program from the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA in 1995 is the managing partner of Gallardo, Songco and Associates Law Office. He took up his Bachelor of Laws from Ateneo de Manila and finished his Accountancy Degree at the University of the East in 1981.
Included in his road map is the provision of top quality legal education by inviting lawyers from Manila who are specialists in their respective fields to conduct special lectures on bar examination subjects and seminars on special topics to be given by these top-notch legal luminaries in the country. These lectures and seminars will be offered for free to SPSPS law students and for a fee to students from other law schools.
Dean Gallardo also vowed to persist in providing quality educational facilities including the law library reference materials and the provision of innovative teaching method. “I intend to review the content of our own library and update it as well”, he added.
He will also move for the enhancement of the admission process in the Law School by incorporating additional essay-type questions to provide insights on the students’ ability to express themselves wisely during oral arguments using the English language.
The school should also adequately screen the applicants to raise the standard of the admission process. This will help the school obtain a passing percentage in the bar examinations higher than the national passing percentage.
Dean Gallardo, who has been actively involved in international tax treaty negotiations with the People’s Republic of China, Sweden, Thailand, Czech Republic and Turkey, is considered to be an expert in Taxation, a bar subject perceived by many as one of the most difficult in the bar examinations.
Included in his key areas of experience and expertise are: Tax advisory and advocacy, tax audit/tax compliance, international taxation, international expatriate services and corporate consultancy, expertise in the application of tax treaty provisions, and his being a lecturer and instructor in Taxation.
The new dean also writes a column “Thinking Taxes”, with the Philippine Star. His paper, “61st Regular Session on Tax Administration, Taiwan” was recently adjudged “Best Written Paper.”
Atty. Gallardo’s impressive qualifications in the field of Taxation started when he joined the Bureau of Internal Revenue in 1983 as a Revenue Examiner, then he became the Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Revenue District officer, Chief International Tax Affairs Division, Head Revenue Executive Assistant, Large Taxpayers Group until he became the Head, Individual Taxpayers group in 2002.
Even in his private practice as a lawyer, his affair with Taxation continued until the present time.
He admitted that to put into fruition the ambition of SPSPS to produce more lawyers and to increase the passing percentage of the students are the greatest challenges that he will embrace during his term as dean. However, with the commitment and involvement of all the faculty members of the School of Law, the ambition can be attained.
As Dean Gallardo reminisce how he was convinced to accept the post offered him by the SPSPS President Erwin Vincent G. Alcala, his personal friend and colleague, “Deep in my heart at that very moment I was at peace with my decision.” According to him such decision was influenced by a text message sent by the president which partly said: “We don’t grow when things are easy we grow when we face challenges.”