By ROCAYA SUMNDAD OTICAL YAHYA
ILIGAN CITY – A former dean of the college of law of the main campus of Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City has recently assumed as the new chancellor of MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT).
Lawyer Alizedney M. Ditucalan replaced Chancellor Dr. Sukarno Tanggol whose term as head of the Institute ended in February this year.
Ditucalan bared his programs for academic year 2022-23 with his team that include five vice chancellors.
“We have many development plans to make for MSU-IIT in order to be known as a prestigious University not only in the country but also in the whole world,” Ditucalan said.
These include building more school buildings for the College of Medicine, Business School, and others, to be known as a modernized University, to help the youth and have more development for the City of Iligan, he added.
Ditucalan also plans to create another chancellor’s office to focus on student affairs and foreign services.
He also intends to open limited face-to-face (F2F) classes “as we have reached the status of Level 1.”
Chancellor Ditucalan appeals to all sectors of Iligan to support his administration, so that “we can achieved more development.”
Who is Alizedney M. Ditucalan?
According to his LinkedIn account, Alizedney M. Ditucalan is an experienced litigator and a legal scholar. He is the Managing Partner and handles the appellate practice of Subejano and Ditucalan.
He was dean of three campuses of the College of Law of MSU and a professor of competition law at the Graduate School of Law of San Beda University.
Ditucalan started his law practice as public attorney, which followed by his appointment as the University Chief Legal Counsel of the Mindanao State University System and the Director of the Legal Services Division.
He earned his Juris Doctor at Mindanao State University.
As Young Leader’s Program (YLP) scholar, he earned a Master of Laws in international economic business law at the Graduate School of Law of Kyushu University in Japan.
He also studied international law and competition law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium.
As the first Filipino long-term scholar of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), he pursued his Doctor of Laws writing on competition law in developing economies for his dissertation at the Graduate School of Law of Kyushu University. He is the first Filipino who pursued a doctorate in competition law.
Ditucalan is one of the very few Filipino lawyers specializing on competition law and has internationally published and lectured on this field of law. His latest publication is “The Philippine Competition Law Dilemma: US-EU Fusion and Tension (Research Handbook on Asia Competition Law, Van Uytsel, Hayashim and Haley, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020).
As legal expert, Ditucalan has attended, moderated, and presented papers in some of the leading international conferences on law. He was one of the five legal experts who spoke during 6th Asia Legislative Experts Symposium held in Seoul, Korea, which was attended by ministers, ambassadors, diplomats, legal scholars, and government officials across Asia. In 2018, he went to Harvard University, Georgetown University and Suffolk University as one of the Philippine delegations led by Chief Justice Bersamin for a learning visit on clinical legal education. (With Armand Apolinario)