Philippine Affiliation: Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet
U.S. Affiliation: Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA
Diligence, commitment, and love for continuous learning are her tools in achieving her goals. She finished her Bachelors degree in Agriculture major in Plant Pathology as well as her Masteral degree in Plant Pathology at Benguet State University. Currently, she is serving her alma mater as Instructor I. In line with the verticalization and continuous educational advancement in higher education, the graduate school program in the United States of America is timely for her faculty development in terms of teaching advances and research capability enhancement. She believes it is her singular opportunity to have an experience in a graduate school program from an advanced country.
It is her utmost aspiration to pursue graduate school after more than 10 years of experience in the Agriculture sector as Science Research Specialist in the Highland Agriculture Resources Research and Development Consortium (HARRDEC, 2005 – June 2010) and Department of Science &Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR, July 2010-June 2012) where she served as technical staff in the coordination of research activities of the Integrated Strawberry R & D program involving the academe, Bureau of Plant Industry, and the Municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet. Moreover, she also had facilitated the implementation of the banner program of DOST in the region on Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). She had worked as Project Development Officer III at the special project of the Department of Agriculture-Caraballo and Southern Cordillera Agriculture and Development Program (DA-CASCADE, 2002-2004) funded by the European-Union. Her first job after graduation involved management of a golf course where she served as junior supervisor.
With these experiences, she had learned project implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects such as R & D projects, Annual-In-House Review of on-going and completed researches of State Universities & Colleges (SUCs) & Regional Government Agencies implementing researches (DENR-ERDS, BPI, DA-CIARC) and various Consortium coordinated researches; techno-transfer programs; Agricultural trainings and capability enhancement of LGU staff and farmers, as well as implementation of Technology Research Extension & Education (TREE) sites project of DA-CASCADE; and golf course maintenance. Furthermore, she had gained hands-on knowledge in the different semi-temperate crops and turf grass disease management practices.
Modesty aside, her civil service eligibilities are being a licensed Teacher (passed LET 2010), Licensed Agriculturist (passed LEA 2008), and Civil Service Eligible for Honor Graduate, PD 907. She is also a current member of Plant Pathology Society and Inang Lupa Movement (NGO in Agriculture). She has two unpublished research works on Biological Control of Chrysanthemum White Rust and Efficacy of Microbial Agents against Lettuce Leaf Spot. The latter research output was presented in the 3rd Asian Conference on Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGR) and other Microbials as poster entitled: “Plant Growth Performance of Lettuce (Lactuca Sativa L.) and Severity of Cercospora Leaf Spot (Cercospora Longissima) as Affected By Microbial Agents”. It is her high hope that the study grant will surely equip her in teaching and research work in Benguet, and in nearby provinces in the Philippines .
As to her personal background, she is 38 years old, married to Gil Gomez Calderon and they have three children Czyra Driz, Ia, and Io Virgil.