Dr. Catherine Roween C. Almaden graduated from UPLB in 2018Dr. Catherine Roween C. Almaden graduated from UPLB in 2018LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – Dr. Catherine Roween C. Almaden was named as the new President of Northern Bukidnon State College in February 2020.

Dr. Almaden took her PhD in Development Studies at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and was a recipient of the SEARCA PhD Research Scholarship for her study on "Multidimensional Indicators of Adaptive Capacity of Rice-farming Households to Address Varying Conditions of Salt-Water intrusion in Northern Mindanao, Philippines." She finished her MA in Economics in 2007 at University of San Carlos. She has been with Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan since 1998 teaching Macroeconomics, Economics of Development, Public Finance, Research in Economics, and Environment Economics. Dr. Almaden became the Dean of its Graduate School in 2019.

As a prolific researcher, Dr. Almaden has published numerous journal and book articles as well as textbooks in the field of economics, ecology, mining, and water supply. She also provides consultancy on these areas to national, regional, and international institutions.

The SEARCA PhD Research Scholarship provides financial support to qualified Southeast Asian PhD students whose researches are relevant to the priority thrusts of SEARCA. More information on the requirements and application procedures is available at https://www.searca.org/phd-research-scholarship