Josefina V. Almeda, Ph.D. assumed the agency leadership through her appointment as Executive Director III of the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute on August 9, 2017. She came in determined to make the PSRTI a world class and premier advocate of meaningful research and training endeavors through the use of statistics.
Dr. Almeda has been an active partner of the then Statistical Research and Training Center, the predecessor of PSRTI, in the conduct of its research and training activities - where she was a most sought-after resource person of various statistical courses and consultant of research projects.
As Executive Director and agency head, Dr. Almeda has represented the PSRTI in several inter-agency and technical committees on price statistics, population and housing statistics, maternal mortality ratio estimation, longitudinal cohort study on the Filipino Child, population and housing statistics, and capability building of the Philippine Statistical System.
In the international scene, she is a member of the Advisory Group of the Global Network of Institutions for Statistical Training (GIST), Network of Training Institutions in the Asia and the Pacific (UNSIAP), Subgroup on Gender Statistics (UN Women), Expert Meeting for the Review of Training Resources for the Regional Programme for the Improvement of Economic Statistics, and Training of Trainers’ Workshop for Economic Statistics (UNESCAP).
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Almeda is a faculty (and presently, on secondment) of the UP School of Statistics (UPSS) Diliman, where she also served as College Secretary, Director of the Undergraduate Studies, and Technical Consultant for statistical projects of international and local organizations. She is a recipient of awards and grants from the Philippine Statistical Association, Fajardo Foundation, Department of Science and Technology, and the University of the Philippines. She also received the “2009 President’s Award for Innovation in Teaching” for enriching learning through evidence-based instruction from the University of the Philippines. She finished her MS and BS Statistics at UPSS and holds a PhD in Education with specialization in Research and Evaluation from the same university. Given these many responsibilities, Dr. Almeda still continues to teach in the graduate programs of the School of Statistics and College of Education of UP Diliman.
She is married with three children, who are all happily pursuing their own interests in life.