Dr. Manuel Agulto is a leading advocate of eye health in the country. He is a physician, researcher, academician, leader and administrator. He embraced all these roles with excellence. He is an exemplary alumnus of the UPCM and has achieved prominence and made a significant impact on the lives of others through his profession and accomplishments to the university. He has been a distinguished teacher and mentor, a clinical specialist, and renowned researcher in ophthalmology (as glaucoma specialist).
He held key positions in various hospitals and ophthalmologic societies. He became the concurrent DOVS Chairman and PERI Director. His major accomplishments include the facilitation of the SOJR building construction, as the national eye center of the country. He was involved in the development of the SEAGIG Asia Pacific Glaucoma Guidelines which became the reference for the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.
He was elected as the 8th Chancellor (2011) of UPM. His accomplishments include the development of an operational efficiency program of the university system, the establishment, renovation and preservation of historic buildings and forging of international ties abroad.
He was a recipient of numerous honors and research awards. His life and career was devoted to patient care, teaching and research.