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.
Professor Rolando T. Bello delivered his professorial chair lecture entitled "Is Small Still Beautiful? Quid Nunc for Smallholder Agriculture" last May 29, 2015 at CPAf. Discussant was Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Lucia Campomanes of the DAR Provincial Office-Laguna.
The 3rd Student-Faculty-REPS Research Conference of CPAf was held on May 12, 2015 featuring 14 researches, field studies and graduate theses. The conference supports the University's mandate to serve as a research university pursuant to RA 9500. The event promotes and encourages research collaboration among its staff and studentry as it provides opportunity for exchange of ideas on improvement of their researches, and for future research areas.
The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA, which was signed on 28 April 2014 by the Philippine and US governments is not in accordance with the Philippine Constitution. This was the argument presented by Atty. Herminio Harry L. Roque, resource speaker during the seminar conducted by the Community Innovations Studies Center of CPAf at the UPLB NCAS Auditorium last 6 May 2015.