Dr. Cristeta F. Gapuz
July 19, 2011. a day to remember in SRDI’s history.. turn-over ceremony of SRDI directorship from Dr. Ricardo C. Briones to Dr. Cristeta F. Gapuz as Officer In-Charge (OIC) of SRDI.
The fateful event was personally attended by the president and witnessed by SRDI staff together with key officials like the former VP for Research, Development and Extension, Dr. Florentina S. Dumlao, VP for Administration, Dr. Diosdado B. Bangug, Campus Chancellor, Dr. Jaime I. Manuel, Jr. and Director for Extension, Dr. Antonio E. Madrid.
Dr. Briones then was expected to take an early vacation until his retirement on June 2012. But barely a month later after his dramatic exit and just when we were about to “take off” and implement the changes that our OIC had laid out came his surprisingly sudden but silent come-back. In fairness, we need not contemplate on that issue anymore but the point is, it aborted our momentum to some extent. However, despite those delays, the new SRDI administration finally accelerated forward. Dr Gapuz was designated as OIC Director on trust and confidence, effective June 17, 2012 , by the newly-elected University President, Atty. Benjamin P. Sapitula.
On June 26, 2012, Dr. Gapuz met with the President and the Institute Section Heads and presented her plans- SRDI’s thrusts and direction with emphasis on its legal basis (RA 7359) matched with strategies to meet such future directions. Strategies include continuing resource generation by coming up with project proposals to be submitted to various funding agencies (CHED, PCARRD, DA-BAR, etc.); reiterating for the whole Institute to build upon capability and right/proper attitudes without forgetting our basic responsibilities as government employees.
Another strategy is having systems and procedures especially for our extension division – creating specific guidelines on project in-charge and farmer-cooperator’s extent of roles and responsibilities; specific guidelines for the delivery system for our technologies to our farmer-clienteles. For infrastructure, prioritization of projects should be based on availability of budget. Likewise, for the Accounting office they should come out with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for systematization in terms of sales and other financial matters.
With the strategies/plans clearly laid out in front of us, everyone is encouraged to do his/her share to meet our goals. A plan, no matter how good is difficult to implement without our cooperation.
The OIC, during her first general meeting with all staff, expressed her appreciation for the improved compliance to SRDI and DMMMSU memos, notices and issuances that served to further motivate everyone. Such compliance is clearly an indication showing not only our willingness to embrace the new setting but also an expression of respect to our new “big boss” as well as her programs and plans.
It is indeed a positive sign of good or improved attitude, thus productivity. The important thing is that, at least we have now a clearer view of our future direction to guide us.
More challenges will come but let us remain inspired, as the Holy Bible says, no matter how heavy our cross may be remember to carry it with HOPE, FAITH and LOVE.