New prexy to steer PSU to­wards proac­tive lead­er­ship in EAGA for re­siliency, saus­tain­able dev’t

Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By PDN Staff

After sev­eral years of va­cancy, de­lay and post­pone­ments on the se­lec­tion, Dr. Ra­mon M. Docto is now the 8th Pres­i­dent of the Palawan State Univer­sity. This after the Board of Re­gents con­vened and made the se­lec­tion at the Park Inn by the Radis­son Davao, yes­ter­day, July 6.

In an exclusive in­ter­view with Palawan Daily News, Dr. Docto ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to all his sup­port­ers.

“Thank you so much to all of my sup­port­ers, espe­cially to the Palawan State Univer­sity, the Board of Re­gents, my fam­ily cir­cle, friends, and of course, our God Almighty,” Dr. Docto said.

Docto en­vi­sions PSU to be “[A] proac­tive state univer­sity in the East Asia Growth Area that pro­vides ex­cel­lent and rel­e­vant higher ed­u­ca­tion for re­siliency and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.” To achieve this, he wants to fo­cus on four ar­eas: Pur­sue aca­demic ex­cel­lence, Sus­tain re­search, ex­ten­sion and pro­duc­tion cul­ture, In­ten­sify re­sources gen­er­a­tion and ex­pand link­ages, and Strengthen the ex­ter­nal cam­puses op­er­a­tions.

The stu­dents and the fac­ulty and staff of the Univer­sity have ex­pressed their ex­cite­ment upon learn­ing the news that Dr. Docto has been se­lected.

Last month, after the sup­pos­edly sched­uled date of the se­lec­tion was post­poned, fac­ulty and staff con­ducted a prayer vigil.

There were five can­di­dates for the pres­i­dency that in­cluded Dr. Docto, Dr. Hanli Taha, Dr. Pa­trick Re­gionel, Dra. Ga­bi­lyn Orilla and Dra. So­nia Bon­agua.

Dur­ing the BOR’s se­lec­tion, Dr. Orilla, Dr. Re­gionel, and Dr. Docto earned 1,3,4 votes re­spec­tively on the first round, and Dr. Re­gionel and Dr. Docto had 3 and 4 votes each.

On Mon­day, July 9, the 57-year-old Dr. Docto will as­sume his first day of pres­i­dency for the next four years. He was born in Cauayan, Ne­gros oc­ci­den­tal and was the ETEEAP di­rec­tor prior to his elec­tion as PSU pres­i­dent. He holds BS Gen­eral Science, MA in Ed­u­ca­tional Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Ph. D. in En­vi­ron­men­tal Science.

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