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CPAf positions itself into the 21st century, celebrates 21st Founding Anniversary

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by Stoix Nebin S. Pascua

With the theme “CPAf at 21: Positioning Itself into the 21st Century,” the College celebrated its 21st Founding Anniversary on February 2 at CPAf Rooms 303-304. UP President Danilo L. Concepcion was the guest speaker. About 200 faculty, REPS, staff, and students, together with UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Graduate School Dean Jose V. Camacho, Jr., and other University officials, attended the event.

In his speech, the 21st UP President said that in order for CPAf to position itself into the 21st century, the College should take the lead in addressing problems not only of the country but also of the region.

According to President Concepcion, CPAf should continue reviewing its curriculum and program of activities so that those programs will find solutions to problems. He thus encouraged College to renew [its] commitment [to its] mission to apply transdisciplinary approaches in developing human and institutional capacities in the areas of local development policy, governance, and community development consistent with the guiding principles of UP and the academic traditions of UPLB, while taking into account the demands of globalization.”

Furthermore, President Concepcion challenged CPAf to increase enrollment of foreign students, stretch utilization of limited resources, and seek partnership with industries. “This is how CPAf embraces its responsibility to serve the Filipino people in the 21st century and beyond,” he added.

Dean Rolando T. Bello, in his welcome message, shared that CPAf has the second most number of foreign students in UPLB who came from as far as Sri Lanka, Liberia, China, and Afghanistan, and from ASEAN neighbors such as Lao PDR, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Timor Leste, among others.

In light of the efforts on internationalization, Dean Bello said that the College will be home to the first visiting professor from Arizona University beginning August this year. Furthermore, with the Graduate School Dean Camacho, Jr., initial talks have been done to bring in, contingent on their availability, Dr. Toru Nakanishi from the University of Tokyo; Mr. Susumo Itoh, former JICA chief country representative; and Dr. Saturnino M. Borras, Jr., professor of agrarian studies at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague. They will serve as resource persons on various topics on development and governance.

The latest engagement of the College is with the Department of Finance – Philippine Tax Academy to have their middle-level personnel take up Master in Development Management and Governance of CPAf. Dean Bello anticipates that this will expand to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Customs, and the Bureau of Local Government Finance. A visiting professor, Atty. George FD Cummings, certified customs specialist and certified export specialist, will be providing valuable inputs in the development of the curriculum.

“I envision having more foreign graduate students, bringing in prominent faculty from foreign universities, and offering graduate programs designed for middle-level personnel of various government agencies,” Dean Bello shared.

Other highlights of the program include launching of three publications on Palayamanan and water policy in the Philippines. Five CPAf retirees were also awarded with plaques of appreciation. Likewise, 26 CPAf personnel who have served the College for 11, 15, and 21 years received certificates of appreciation as loyalty awardees.

Lastly, Dr. Jaine C. Reyes received a plaque of appreciation in recognition of her dedicated service as KMO Head from July 1, 2016 to July 31, 2018.

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