ILONGGA Dr. Neda June Daguro-Salazar is the first Filipino college counselor to work in a federal educational institution for higher learning in the UAE. She holds a doctorate degree in psychology and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas. She is trained and certified in two specialized therapeutic intervention: 1) Reality Therapy and Choice Theory from the William Glasser Institute and 2) Emotionally Focused Therapy. A licensed guidance counselor in the Philippines and certified industrial and organizational psychologist, she is one of the founding members and vice-president for internal affairs of the Filipino Educators, UAE. She holds membership in American Psychological Association and American Counseling Association.
Molder of Dreams
Dr. Daguro-Salazar has been working in the world of education for the past 29 years as a counselor, educator, researcher, and consultant. Nine years of these have been with the Higher Colleges of Technology, a federal educational institution of higher learning with 17 campuses all over the UAE, two campuses (one for men and the other for women) for each of the Emirate.
“From 2008 to 2014, I was the College Counselor at Ras Al Khaimah Women’s College. From 2014 to present, I am college faculty at Sharjah Colleges, ranked as assistant professor. Since I am currently a teacher, my work involves planning, preparation and execution of the planned lessons, activities and assessments. I also need to strongly consider professional development pursuits and activities to further strengthen my core competencies.”
“As an OFW here, one of my bragging points, if I may, is that I was hired straight from the Philippines. I came together with my family in 2008. I love teaching and counseling. I love to serve, inspire, nurture, and facilitate people development. I love shaping the minds and heart. I want to be remembered as “molder of dreams.”
Born on June 9, 1963 in Dingle, Iloilo, Dr. Salazar is the only child of David Luntao Daguro, a businessman-farmer and Nena Dagoon-Daguro, an Elementary Public School Teacher.
She graduated at Dingle Elementary School as an Outstanding Student in 1976. She finished her secondary education at Dingle Agricultural and Technical College as Valedictorian of Class 1980.
She pursued higher studies and earned the following degrees:
∙ BS Natural Science major in Zoology-Botany, University of the Philippines in the Visayas, 1985
∙ BS Psychology, University of San Agustin , 1987 with Honors
∙ MA in Education, major in Guidance and Counseling, Adventist University of the Philippines, 1991 Cum Laude
∙ Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of Sto. Tomas, 2000 Summa Cum Laude
In 2012, she was honored as Most Distinguished Alumni of Iloilo State College of Fisheries, Dingle Campus (Formerly Dingle Agricultural and Technical College).
She got married to Naphtali Salazar, a music teacher by profession, on March 29, 1992.
“I have two sons Nap Justin (23, BS in Psychology, University of St. La Salle, Bacolod) and Nap Jedaiah (18, BS in Nursing, Central Philippine Adventist College). Both are graduating from college in 2018.”
Through vibrant ideas
“For the past seven years, I am the alumni president of my high school alma mater. And I have spearheaded great and notable projects for the school. Through my leadership, we have generated millions of funds and were able to build a beautifully designed Balay Alumni which can be used as laboratory for HRM students, and cater to the needs of the college and the alumni. For me it is a great achievement since we started without a single centavo. But through vibrant ideas, we were able to spark excitement and enthusiasm from the alumni who gave hundreds of thousands and even millions. And for the first time in the history of the town we were able to hold our high school grand reunion attended by thousands of alumni from across the world.”
Toughest, most challenging
“One of my greatest achievements in life (toughest, most challenging) was finishing my doctorate degree and receiving the recognition as summa cum laude in March 2000. The process wasn’t an easy feat at all since I was working full time as Human Resource Director, was teaching at the graduate school, and raising two very young sons (4 years and 1 year old).
“Most of my achievements are in the academic realm. I also take pride in the fact that I was appointed to key positions at a relatively young age — HR Manager at age 32 and Dean of the Graduate School at 36.
Salazar, now 54, recalls: “Looking back in my early 20’s right after graduation, I wrote in my journal 10 life-long goals. I have achieved all the nine by God’s will and blessings except for one, which is to write a book. Hopefully, soon.”