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Pantoja appointed as CISC Director for second term

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Dir. Blanquita R. Pantoja, University Researcher III,  has been appointed as Director of  the Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC) of CPAf for her second term,  effective June 1, 2016 until  May 31, 2019.  

Prior to her appointment, Dir. Blanquita R. Pantoja presented her 3-year accomplishments as CISC Director and her plans last May 23, 2016 in a forum held at CPAf.  Dir. Pantoja was the  only nominee for the director position. A  Her first term ended  in May  2016. 

For the last three years, Dir. Pantoja reported 29 research projects funded by various organizations and agencies, and two in-house research projects  undertaken by CISC. Fourteen research projects of CPAf faculty  were also  based at CISC. The Center also sponsored a roundtable discussion and forum on agrarian reform and two seminars on technology development and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.  She also reported accomplishments in  manpower recruitment, facilities improvement, and equipment acquisition.

Dir. Pantoja explained that the CISC programs and activities are anchored on the Center’s mandate and program areas such as community education, communities in transition and community-based strategies for sustainable development. In continuing her services as Center Director, besides research studies and extension activities, she will give attention to infrastructure development projects (i.e., CISC building renovation), additional equipment to be acquired, and human resource recruitment program.

Serving the University as researcher for over 20 years, Dir. Pantoja has proven her track record in research management with her experiences as project or study leader of at least 25 researches.  She also held managerial position prior to her appointment as CISC Director. She was the Chief of the Agrarian and Rurban Institutions and Legislation Division - Institute of Agrarian and Rurban Development Studies (IARDS) of CPAf from August 2001 to December 2010. She was also the Research and Extension Coordinator of IARDS from September 1998 to January 2007.  Aside from serving as CISC Director, she is the College Research Coordinator. (by Francisca O. Tan)

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