RCTQ welcomes new Deputy Director; Senior Manager for Projects, Planning and Linkages
Former Director IV of the Department of Education – Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) Ms. Maria Lourdes Pantoja is joining RCTQ as fulltime Deputy Director. She will support the RCTQ Director in ensuring the provision of research-based policy recommendations on basic education focused on the area of teacher and school leader quality to relevant government agencies, and in leading RCTQ research and administrative teams to deliver outstanding outputs.
Ms. Pantoja is joined by Ms. Krupskaya (Kay) Añonuevo who will serve as Senior Manager for Projects, Planning and Linkages. Ms. Añonuevo will lead in the development and implementation of a strategic planning framework for RCTQ; establish/strengthen links with relevant agencies and institutions to facilitate RCTQ research programs, projects, or activities; and act as the point person for linkages with partners and stakeholders.
Pillar of DepEd’s human resources bureau
As the pioneering Director IV of the BHROD, Ms. Pantoja helped form the five divisions of the Bureau. She led the implementation of the rationalization program at the DepEd central office. She also helped implement the Results Based Performance Management System (RPMS) as mandated by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC). She helped integrate the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) into the different DepEd human resource systems.
At DepEd, Ms. Pantoja also helped establish the framework for the career progression of teachers, introduced the concept of talent management system, and started the training program for non-teaching positions.
Prior to her stint with the BHROD, Ms. Pantoja was Director III of NEAP, where she consolidated the Human Resource Development (HRD) divisions that came from different units into one division at the central office, structured the NEAP central office, and established the competency-based framework as a guide to developing different training programs for DepEd personnel.
Before joining the government, Ms. Pantoja held various positions at Nestlé. She was Assistant Vice President and was later Vice President for Human Resource Development at Nestlé Philippines. She then moved to become Management Development, Training, Internal Communication, Organizational Development Manager at Nestlé Middle East regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She later moved to Switzerland as Management Development Manager at Nestlé S.A. Vevey for Zone Asia, Oceania, and Africa (AOA), supervising 25 MD managers from different markets. Part of the function was organizational development (OD).
Ms Pantoja finished BSc in Commerce major in Marketing Management at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)/JRC and finished a short program on Strategic Human Resource Management at Harvard University.
Extensive involvement in NEAP transformation
Ms. Añonuevo first worked with RCTQ as part of the of the Australia-supported Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST) Teacher Development (TD) team (2015-2017) where RCTQ was a research partner. The TD team supported RCTQ in the refinement of the PPST and its tools. She was also part of the NEAP Transformation Study Team and was a NEAP Transformation policy consultant and a NEAP resource person.
Ms. Añonuevo also previously worked as a consultant of UNE SiMERR to support RCTQ in providing technical assistance focused on NEAP transformation.
During her time at the USAID-supported ABC+ Program (2019-2020), she worked on teacher professional development and institutional strengthening, including reinforcing PPST in various teacher development initiatives.
A mindfulness and self-care advocate, Ms. Añonuevo started out teaching Psychology to undergraduates (University of the Philippines, Department of Psychology). After doing her Masters in Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich, Germany, she was able to broaden her teaching experience; she continued to teach undergraduates, but also taught high school students and teachers/graduate students.
When she first joined the development/education sector, she was involved in projects on leadership programs; the professional development of teachers, including Learning Action Cells (LACs); inclusive education; and industry-linked equivalency programs.
Ms. Pantoja and Ms. Añonuevo start with their new roles with RCTQ this July 2021. RCTQ welcomes them warmly to the team!https://www.rctq.ph/?p=3068https://www.rctq.ph/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2021.07-Pantoja.Anonuevo-1024x557.jpghttps://www.rctq.ph/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2021.07-Pantoja.Anonuevo-150x150.jpgFeature