From its creation in 1998, the then-College of Public Affairs (CPAf) has made its mark in the field of development and governance studies. Through the years, CPAf has produced a significant number of graduates and a body of knowledge along institutional, policy and governance issues in the rural sector, in general, and in the agriculture and natural resources sectors, in particular.
Under a new name and a strong, dynamic “one-faculty-one-college” structure that helps strengthen and sustain its established innovations, the College of Public Affairs and Development now aims to offer more relevant academic programs on development and governance studies.
Dr. Agnes C. Rola was appointed as member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture or Centro Internationale Agricultura Tropicale (CIAT) effective 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2017. Based in Cali, Colombia, the CIAT is composed of 12 BOT members of which Dr. Rola is the only member originating from Asia.
Dr. Aser B. Javier and retired Professor Dr. Mimosa C. Ocampo of the Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD) discussed governance, development, and microfinance during the Well-being Special Lectures for Overseas Training Program in the Philippines. The half-day event was held at the Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University in Japan last 5 December 2014.
Dr. Rowena dT. Baconguis and Dr. Maria Ana T. Quimbo of the Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD) were conferred UP Scientist I during the awarding ceremonies at the Executive House in UP Diliman last 16 December 2014. The two CPAf faculty members are 2 out of 10 UPLB faculty who received this distinction with an appointment from CY 2014 to 2016.