New head for KMO

Ms. Samantha Geraldine G. De los Santos now heads the Knowledge Management Office (KMO) of CPAf starting May 1, 2021.

As KMO Head, Ms. De los Santos will lead the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all activities pertaining to the KM program agenda of CPAf. At present, KMO manages the college library; computer laboratory; college publications (i.e., refereed journal, newsletter, and magazine); and college database.

Ms. De los Santos, recipient of CPAf’s Outstanding Junior Researcher Award in 2018, is a University Researcher at the Community Innovations Studies Center of CPAf. For 10 years now, she has been involved in research proposal writing, data gathering, data processing and analysis, and report writing and presentation. She led projects on organizational assessment as well as studies on business development services and gender and development. She was also involved in research projects related to climate change, environment and natural resource economics, and supply chain analysis.

Moreover, she served as resource person in class seminars, lecture-seminar for fishing communities, and strategic development planning for agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations. She also co-authored publications such as monograph, book chapter, journal article, and policy brief. She has also been a regular contributor of the college newsletter and magazine.

Having been involved in various research and extension projects, Ms. De los Santos believed that “research and extension projects are perfect avenues to prepare one to plan, coordinate, implement, and manage.”

“Not only do you take interest in the outcome of your project, but you also dive into the process of taking your project from nothing to something. You also get to experience managing resources properly, including human resources, efficiently,” she explained.

Prior to joining CPAf in 2013, Ms. De los Santos had a short stint as Project Development Officer at the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (former Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship) of UPLB.

Ms. De los Santos is a graduate of BS Agricultural Economics at UPLB. In 2020, she completed her MA in Sociology also at UPLB.

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