Dr. Jose M. Andaya is the former Campus Director of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) CALABARZON Region Campus for 8 years. During his term, he made sure that quality PSHS education is given to all the deserving students of the region. To date, the PSHS-CALABARZON Region Campus is one of the best performing campuses among the 16 campuses of the PSHS System in terms of their buildings, facilities, performance, and the achievements of their students. Before becoming the Campus Director, he also worked as a Chemistry teacher at the PSHS Main Campus in Diliman, Quezon City, for 25 years.
He graduated from the Centro Escolar University (CEU) with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and finished his Teacher Training Program on Chemistry Education as a Monbushogakusho Scholar at the Shizuoka University (Shizudai) of Japan. He also has an MS Chemistry, Masters in Public Management, and Doctor of Technology degrees from Centro Escolar University (CEU), Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU), and Technological University of the Philippines (TUP), respectively. As a professional, he has repeatedly served as a resource person for Chemistry-related topics for seminars and trainings for Chemistry and Science teachers. He has published several researches and books such as the “Conceptual Science and Beyond – III” Chemistry textbook and Laboratory Manual which both had won the NBDB Quality Seal Award from the National Book Development Board (NBDB).
As a Chemistry educator, his service can be said more significant because of his burning passion to have Filipino students join the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). For a country to become a member of the IChO, a Chemistry educator representative of the country must first observe the annual actual Olympiad for two consecutive years. With the help of the PACT, the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies(PFCS), and the PSHS System, Dr. Andaya took the initiative to observe the IChO from 2015 to 2016, and became the country coordinator of the Philippine team. In 2017, after 48 years, the Filipino students are now finally able to join the IChO and raise the Philippine flag at the Olympiad stage, bringing numerous medals home each year.