Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismolgy (PHIVOLCS) in Quezon City, April 5, 2017.  Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato T. De la Peña officiated the Oath Taking Ceremony of the new PSHS System Executive Director, Ms. Lilia T. Habacon.

Also present during the Oath Taking:  Dr. Carol M. Yorobe, Undersecretary for S&T Services of DOST and Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Executive Director (OED), PSHS System, together with members of the OED.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Habacon is the Campus Director of PSHS Central Luzon Campus (PSHS-CLC) in Clark, Pampanga.

She graduated with honor in J.P. Rizal Elementary School, and she finished her secondary education with a Special Award in Math from U.P. Rural High School.

In 1978, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines (U.P.) Los Baños where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics.  Under scholarship, she pursued her Master’s Degree in Statistics in UP Diliman, and finished in 1983.

Ms. Habacon started her professional journey in education in 1978 when she worked as an Instructor in UP Los Baños.  Twelve years later (1990), she became an Assistant Professor in the same institution.  Then, she held the position of Vice Chancellor for Administration in UP Los Baños.

In 2002, she became the Administration Department Head of SEAMEO SEARCA (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture).  Later on, she worked as the Executive Director of the National Book Development Board in 2004 to 2005, then as Human Resources Manager of AVRCD – The World Vegetable Center in Taiwan from 2007 to 2008.

In 2010, she became the Campus Director of PSHS-CLC.  As a member of the PSHS System Executive Committee, one of Ms. Habacon’s most recent accomplishments is spearheading the preparation of the PSHS System Quality Management System Manual, which is a prelude to the ISO certification.  (afrsantos)