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CPAf celebrates 19th Foundation Anniversary

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Themed “Public Service in Development and Governance,” the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf) celebrated its 19th Foundation Anniversary on January 31, 2017 at CPAf Rooms 303-304. Some UPLB officials, deans and faculty members of other colleges, CPAf faculty members and staff, and guests attended the said event. CPAf was established on January 29, 1998 during the 1116th meeting of the U.P. Board of Regents.

Highlights of the anniversary were the blessing of the Graduate Student Learning Lounge; launching of publications and the CHATS for RDG project; awarding of CPAf outstanding faculty and staff in the fields of instruction, research, and public service; giving recognition to CPAf faculty and staff for their exemplary and loyal service to the College; and awarding of sportsfest winners.

New learning lounge for graduate students

The renovation of the Graduate Student Learning Lounge was made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Dr. Samuel T. Mancebo, who provided partial funding. Dr. Mancebo is a former dean of CPAf from 2001 to 2003. The blessing was officiated by Rev. Fr. John Ferry B. Reveche, the Parochial Vicar of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish. Representatives from the Mancebo family were present during the blessing and accepted the Plaque of Appreciation from Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, the current dean of the college.

New publications on education, environment, and food security

Two books on education, environment, and food security were launched during the anniversary. The book “Celebrating BRAC School Culture: Evidence from the BRAC Learning Centers” was presented by Prof. Nelson Jose Vincent B. Querijero. According to him, the book documented the processes done by the BRAC Learning Centers in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the participation of those involved in its implementation. The book contains case studies on the experiences of the various stakeholders in the identification, establishment, implementation, and operation of the BRAC Learning Centers. BRAC or the Building Resources Across Communities is an international development organization based in Bangladesh. Book editors are Prof. Querijero and Dr. Merlyne M. Paunlagui.

The second book, titled “Environment and Food Security Interactions Amid Climate Change: A Multi-scale Analysis in a Philippine Watershed,” was relaunched during the anniversary. Dr. Agnes C. Rola presented the book as a compilation of studies in a project funded by the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS). She added that the book analyzed the impact of climate change on the environment, how the environment affects food security, and how the communities and households respond to these changes. The book also identified technological strategies that can be done to minimize the adverse effects of these interactions, including policy recommendations to achieve food security in communities within the watershed. Book editors are Dr. Rola, Dr. Zenaida M. Sumalde (College of Economics and Management), and Dr. Jose Nestor M. Garcia (College of Agriculture and Food Science).

New public service project

Also launched during the anniversary was the CHATS for RDG project or the CPAf’s Helpdesk on Advisory and Technical Services (CHATS) for Rural Development and Governance (RDG). Dean Cardenas explained that the CHATS for RDG seeks to make CPAf closer, more responsive and relevant to the needs of its development partners and major clientele - the LGUs, civil society and communities as well as local and international institutions. Furthermore, the project aims to promote the products and services of the College and increase awareness of potential partners and clients on what CPAf offers through the use of social media.

In response, Atty. Rommel A. Gecolea, Cabuyao City mayor in Laguna, commended the new project of CPAf, the CHATS for RDG. He also shared the current initiatives in his LGU, particularly efforts at public entrepreneurship. Mayor Gecolea expressed strong interest in working with CPAf on future development initiatives for Cabuyao City.

CPAf faculty, REPS, and staff awardees

CPAf faculty members, researchers, and administrative staff were awarded for their achievements and services to the college. Dr. Rowena DT. Baconguis received the One UP Professorial Chair in Rural Development and Capacity Building for Outstanding Teaching and Research in UPLB, and Loyalty Award; Dr. Bing C. Brillo, One UP Professorial Chair in Development Studies for Outstanding Teaching and Research in UPLB, UP Scientist 1 (2015-2017), and IGRD Deputy Director (January 4-December 31, 2016); Dean Cardenas, One UP Professorial Chair in Rural and Social Development for Outstanding Teaching and Research in UPLB; and Dr. Josefina T. Dizon, One UP Professorial Chair in Community Development for Outstanding Teaching and Research in UPLB, and UP Scientist I (2016-2018).

Likewise, Prof. Querijero received the One UP Professorial Chair Award in Development Management and Governance for Outstanding Teaching and Research in UPLB and Outstanding Teacher Award (Senior Faculty category); Dr. Maria Ana T. Quimbo, One UP Professorial Chair in Educational Research and Evaluation for Outstanding Teaching and Research in UPLB; Dr. Rola received the One UP Professorial Chair in Agricultural Economics for Outstanding Teaching and Research in UPLB, and UP Scientist II (2015-2017); Dr. Paunlagui, One UP Faculty Grant in Social and Rural Development for Outstanding Teaching and Research in UPLB and Outstanding Researcher Award (Senior Faculty category); and Dr. Vella A. Atienza, Assistant to the Dean (March 1-December 31, 2016).

Dr. Miriam R. Nguyen was given the Outstanding Researcher Award (Senior Research category); Ms. Eldy Z. Martinez, Outstanding Researcher Award (Junior Research category); and Mr. Danilo G. Reforma,Outstanding Administrative Staff Award (Blue Collar Personnel category). Ms. Cristeta A. Foronda and Ms. Susan S. Guiaya were also given recognition as retirees for their dedicated service to CPAf and UPLB. A Posthumous Award for Mr. Teodoro A. Pelegrina, Household Attendant II, was also given. Dean Cardenas and Awards Committee Chair Dr. Baconguis handed the plaques of recognition and appreciation to the awardees.

CPAf Sportsfest winners

The Green Team was the overall winner of the CPAf Sportsfest 2017 with five points over the Blue Team with three points. The sportsfest was held on January 24 at the UPLB Baker Hall. Activities during the event include volleyball, basketball, trip to Jerusalem, number relay, and some parlor games. The Green Team was awarded with a trophy while winners of the various sports also received a medal. Mr. Hadji C. Jalotjot, chair of the CPAf Sports Committee, announced the winners. (by Stoix Nebin S. Pascua)

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