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 CPAf research team led by Dr. Maria Ana T. Quimbo participated in the Southern Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET) Communicating for Influence Writeshop and Gender Mainstreaming Workshop last August 24 -25, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Together with Dr. Quimbo were Ms. Dulce D. Elazegui of the Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies and Ms. Samantha Geraldine G. De los Santos of the Community Innovations Studies Center. They were part of the SUMERNET-funded research on the “Adaptation Pathways for Climate Resilient Development: Selected Cases in Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Philippines.”
“What could hinder farmers from adopting new rice technologies that would increase farm productivity and income?” This question was answered through the paper of Dir. Blanquita R. Pantoja presented during the 2016 International Symposium on Economics and Social Science - Summer Session in Kyoto, Japan last July 10-16, 2016. Dir. Pantoja is the director of the Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC) of CPAf.
Titled “Land Tenure, Technology Adoption, Income and Productivity in Catubig and Las Navas, Northern Samar, Philippines,” the paper was based on the results of the socio-economic survey conducted on 206 households, which covered the farm activities and income of the respondents in 2012.
A seminar entitled “Stunted Growth, Stunted Development: Addressing the Chronic Problem of Child Malnutrition in the Philippines” was held at CPAf last August 30, 2016. It was organized by the Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies (CSPPS) as part of its policy seminar series. Dr. Elma P. Laguna, assistant professor at the UP Population Institute in UP Diliman, was the resource speaker. Representatives of local government units (LGUs) in Laguna and Batangas, including barangay health workers (BHW), barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), municipal/city nutrition action officers, and members of the academe, including students, researchers, and professors attended the seminar.