CPAf has new assistant to the dean

“It will provide me an opportunity to serve CPAf along with its constituents.”

This is what Dr. Nico Jayson C. Anastacio is looking forward to as the new Assistant to the Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf). Effective Jul. 19, he is expected to spearhead the planning of some  CPAf activities and oversee the implementation of programs initiated by the Office of the Dean. He will also provide assistance in the review, preparation, and consolidation of College reports. Moreover, he will work with the College coordinators and unit directors to address matters that need attention and/or action.

Dr. Anastacio started his career at CPAf in 2016 as a university researcher under the Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies. Since then, he has served as a consultant, project leader, study leader, and project staff in several research projects on ecotourism, gender, climate information services, ecosystems valuation, and renewable energy.  He has also served as a resource speaker in some learning events and has been very active in producing publications. He has articles in the Journal of Ecosystem and Development, Asian Journal of Water Environment and Pollution, Journal of Advanced Research in Dynamical and Controlled Systems, Journal of Human Ecology, Journal of Public Affairs and Development, and Taiwan Water Conservancy. In 2018, Dr. Anastacio was given the Best Practice Award by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. He was also awarded with the John Dillon Fellowship by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) this June 2021. 

Dr. Anastacio earned both his bachelor’s (Agricultural Economics) and master’s (Environmental Science) degrees from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Recently, he obtained his doctoral degree (Development Studies) also from UPLB. He received the Student Leadership Award during the 2021 CPAf Recognition Rites for his outstanding and exemplary leadership in initiating innovative learning activities not only for CPAf students but the whole CPAf community. 

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Therese O. Pardo
University Research Associate at CPAf