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 Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies (CSPPS) of CPAf organized its first policy seminar for 2017, entitled “Federalism, Local Governance, and the Agriculture Sector in the Philippines” last February 13 at CPAf. The event was co-sponsored by the Sekiguchi Global Research Association (SGRA). Representatives from different academic and research institutions, and various local government units attended the said activity.
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.