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.
CPAf researchers presented draft terminal reports of the various Progress and Process Monitoring Services (PPMS) research projects in exit conferences called by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office IV-A. Officials from DAR Provincial and Regional Offices and representatives of concerned Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) attended the conferences. The PPMS projects were based at the Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC) of CPAf.
A two-year research on “Developing Strategies towards More Resilient Fishing Communities Amidst Climate Change: The Case of Major Lakes in Luzon” started on January 4, 2017 with funding from the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and is conducted through the UPLB Foundation Inc., Dr. Miriam R. Nguyen, University Researcher of the Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC), CPAf leads the project.
True to its name, the college is fortifying its public services to development partners and major clientele through social media. Dubbed as CHATS for RDG, the CPAf’s Helpdesk on Advisory and Technical Services for Rural Development and Governance intends to make CPAf closer, more responsive, and relevant to the needs of its partner institutions and communities.