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.
The CED 299 or Graduate Seminar class, under the supervision of Drs. Josefina T. Dizon and Ruth A. Ortega-Dela Cruz, organized a forum on “Shadow Education: Concept and Practice” last May 19, 2016 at CPAf. Dr. Ronald A. Gonzales, chairman of the Philippine Association for Teachers and Educators (PAFTE) in Region IV-A, served as the resource speaker. Participants were public and private school teachers and students from Laguna.
In preparation for the upcoming college-wide planning workshop, the Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC) conducted a workshop last May 19-20, 2016 at the Splash Suites, Tagaytay City. Regular CISC staff attended the activity. Led by CISC Director Blanquita R. Pantoja, the discussion focused on identifying what has the Center achieved so far from the identified targets during the 2015 planning workshop, and revisiting UP system targets and how the Center can help in achieving these targets.
The Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies (CSPPS) of CPAf leads in the impact evaluation of the closed fishing season policy for sardines in Zamboanga Peninsula. This study started in March 2015 and will end in September 2016. It is a multidisciplinary study which covers biological, social, household, industry, institutional, and governance dimensions.