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CPAf 18th Annual Recognition Rites held

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The College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf) recognized 38 candidates for graduation during its 18th Annual Recognition Rites held last June 23, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. at CPAf Rooms 303-304. This year’s graduating class include 4 PhD, 10 MS, and 24 Master with five foreign students from the First and Second Semesters of 2016-2017 and Mid-year of 2016. The Master in Development Management and Governance (MDMG) has the highest number of graduating students (15) followed by the Master in Public Affairs or MPAf (9).

Awards were given to outstanding students for academic excellence, and best dissertation, thesis, and field study. Ms. Annica V. Quakenbush and Ms. Jaime Angeli A. Gutierrez received the Academic Excellence Award. Ms. Quakenbush, who took MS Community Development, got the highest general weighted average (GWA) with 1.081. She delivered her valedictory address through a recorded video since she already went home at Grand Rapids, Michigan in USA after completing her degree. Ms. Gutierrez, on the other hand, finished MDMG with a GWA of 1.17.

The Best Dissertation Award was given to Ms. J.P. Roma D. Domingo, PhD Community Development, who studied the “Stakeholders Convergence Towards Sustainable Community-based Enterprises under the One Town One Product (OTOP) Program in La Union, Philippines.” Ms. Carla O. Melodillar, MS Extension Education, received the Best Thesis Award, titled “Participation in Farmer-Scientists Training Program and Adoption of Corn-based Technologies in Bondoc Peninsula, Quezon Province, Philippines.” The Best Field Study entitled “The Local Economic Development (LED) Enabling Environment Cases of Selected Local Governments in Aichi Prefecture, Japan” was awarded to Ms. Marjorie D. Resuello, MDMG.

Pins and certificates were handed to each of the graduating class. Afterwards, they were inducted as members of the CPAf Alumni Association.

The guest speaker, Dr. Ma. Esmeralda C. Silva, inspired the graduating students when she shared that “life is a never-ending series of choices. Wherever we are in our lives at this moment is a product of choice.” She also reminded them to be humble and to accept that they do not know everything. “Even though you have achieved so much in your life, whether it is in terms of graduate degrees or professional accomplishments, there is still so much we all need to discover and learn,” she said. Dr. Silva challenged them to teach and mentor others because every moment is a teaching moment. She added that “we must take advantage of any opportunity to influence someone to be more critical and more discerning as one of the ways we can help in shaping the future generation of better citizens.”

Dr. Silva is a CPAf alumna who finished MPAf majoring in Strategic Planning and Policy Studies in 2001. She is now an Associate Professor of the Department of Health Policy and Administration, College of Public Health in U.P. Manila. (by Melanie P. Maullon and Stoix Nebin S. Pascua)

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