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.
Hon. Maria Leonor G. Robredo, Representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur, kicked-off this year’s CPAf anniversary celebration with a lecture on “Ethics in Governance for Development” held at the SEARCA Drilon Hall last 4 February 2015. Her speech highlighted the role of students in calling for change.
Hon. Mayor Caesar P. Perez of Los Baños, Laguna joined the CPAf anniversary celebrations on 4 February 2015 with a lecture on leadership and local governance. With audience consisting of CPAf faculty, staff, and students as well as barangay and municipal officials in Los Baños and other municipalities in Laguna, he candidly shared his journey in leadership.
The Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC) hosted the seminar “Achieving Policy Reforms for Sustained Agricultural Growth and Food Security” held last 10 February 2015, drawing guests from UPLB units as well as various local government units of Laguna and Batangas. Dr. Victor Bruce J. Tolentino, Deputy Director-General for Communications and Partnerships and Secretary to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Board of Trustees, served as resource person where he shared his experiences in agriculture policy and planning.