Dilangalen takes over as Cotabato state college after ex-president goes on the lam


The state-run Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST) in Arakan, North Cotabato, has a new school president.

Engr. Ali Dilangalen, Ph.D. assumed office Tuesday, replacing erstwhile school president Dr. Samson Molao who is now hiding after anti-narcotics operatives raided his “President’s Cottage” inside the school campus that yielded guns and illegal drugs in January last year.

Dilangalen was the head of CFCST extension in Pikit, North Cotabato.

Dilangalen was chosen from among five applicants who underwent a series of interviews from a panel of officials from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and representatives from Congress, faculty and students and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

“The biggest challenge for me is the dwindling student population,” Dilangalen said in an interview.

Dilangalen said he will also address the problems facing the school’s faculty, some of whom are being complained by students for frequent absences.

On his first day in office, Dilangalen met with the members of the school board, faculty and students to solicit their support. (PNA)