UP National College of Public Administration and Governance

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UP Diliman-National College of Public Administration and Governance
UP-NCPAG. Paglingkuran ang Sambayanan
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Type National college, degree-granting unit of the University of the Philippines Diliman
Established 1952
Dean Dr. Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza
Location Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Website www.ncpag.upd.edu.ph
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The National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), a degree-granting unit of the University of the Philippines Diliman, is the first school of public administration in Asia and the top educational institution in the said academic field and practice in the Philippines. It provides professional and policy advice, and technical assistance to local, national and international institutions apart from its primary mandate to provide formal education in public administration and governance education.

The College also serves as headquarters-secretariat of the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) and the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines (ASPAP).


UP-NCPAG traces its roots to the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), which was established in June 15, 1952 after the University of the Philippines entered into an agreement with the University of Michigan in the United States to aid the former in providing technical assistance in the field of public administration as part of the Bell Mission's recommendations. For its first four (initially two) years, the IPA was under American leadership.[1]

The IPA was the first of its kind not only in the Philippines, but also in Asia.[2] In its first two years of operations, the IPA had conducted three kinds of courses with the participation of 2,500 government officials and employees. Later, undergraduate and master's degrees in Public Administration were offered.[3] From 68 students in First Semester 1953-1954, enrollment in these academic programs increased to about 200 every semester by 1955.[2]

In 1968, the Doctor of Public Administration program was instituted. The undergraduate program was also phased out that year, only to be restored in 1987. The following year, a diploma program was opened, enabling administrators to pursue specialized courses in public administration without going through the master's degree.[3]

The College changed its name four times. From the IPA, it became the Graduate School of Public Administration, the School of Public Administration, and the College of Public Administration. The current name, the National College of Public Administration and Governance, was approved by the University of the Philippines Board of Regents in its 1126th meeting on 26 November 1998.[2][3]

In 2004, the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines officially recognized UP-NCPAG as the most outstanding school of public administration in the country.[3]

Two academic units of the University, the School of Urban and Regional Planning and the Center for Integrative and Development Studies, trace their roots to UP-NCPAG.[3]

Degree programs[edit]

  • Bachelor of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (Thesis and Non-Thesis Tracks)
    • Majors:
      • Public Policy and Program Administration
      • Local and Regional Governance
      • Spatial Information Management
      • Organizational Management
      • Fiscal Administration
      • Public Enterprise Management
      • Voluntary Sector Management
  • Doctor of Public Administration

Centers and offices[edit]

Center for Public Administration and Governance Education[edit]

The Center for Public Administration and Governance Education (CPAGE) is in-charge of the academic programs offered by the college: the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration (BAPA), the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) programs. Its director also serves as the College Secretary and Director of Studies.

Center for Policy and Executive Development[edit]

The Center for Policy and Executive Development (CPED) is a policy think tank, research and consulting arm of NCPAG. CPED has been extensively involved in capacity development initiatives and institution building programs in the country as well as among developing countries in the region. The Center provides public institutions, non-government organizations, public corporations, and other local institutions and international organizations with the necessary professional expertise in dealing with issues of public policy, executive and administrative development, and governance. CPED has designed and implemented training courses as well as developed instructional materials for national and local governments, non-government organizations and international government agencies.

Center for Local and Regional Governance[edit]

The Center for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG) has been at the forefront of research, consulting services and facilitated learning on local governance and devolution in the country since 1965. Emerging from the Local Government Center (LGC) created through Republic Act 4223, CLRG has expanded its scope to include regional governance, urban and metropolitan management and federalism. It collaborates with local and international institutions in promoting decentralization and in publishing materials for the benefit of PA students, teachers and researchers as well as local government practitioners and other stakeholders. Today, at least 3,000 local government officials graduate from CLRG programs each electoral term while national government agencies, international donor organizations, CSOs, corporations, and individual local governments continue to engage the services of the Center.[4]

Center for Leadership, Citizenship, and Democracy[edit]

The Center for Leadership, Citizenship and Democracy (CLCD) undertakes research, training, and consultancy on the issues, problems, and processes of leadership and citizenship. Its efforts are guided by the vision of a society striving to be peaceful, democratic, just, and humane. It grants leadership and research fellowships, organizes public lectures, and publishes books resulting from the lectures and other studies.

NCPAG Library[edit]

The NCPAG Library provides bibliographic and information support to the curricular, research and extension programs of the College. It serves primarily the needs of its students, faculty and research staff. Its book collection consists of over 38,000 volumes in the field of public administration and related subject fields. Its periodical collection consists of over 300 titles and maintains linkages with over fifty local and foreign exchange partner institutions. A special collection of Philippine government publications consisting of over 20,000 pieces of administrative and statistical reports, research studies, periodicals, handbooks and manuals, and general descriptive information on the functions and activities of the different agencies of the Philippine government is likewise maintained. The Library also serves as a supplementary source of materials in the social sciences to students, faculty and researchers of other UP units. It also accommodates government and private researchers, as well as graduate students from other schools, under certain conditions.

Publications Office[edit]

Manages the publication of the Philippine Journal of Public Administration (PJPA), one of the longest running academic journals in the country. The Office also publishes books, occasional papers, monographs, and other teaching and training materials.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Reyes, Danilo R. (2003), "Public Administration in the Philippines: History, Heritage and Hubris", in Bautista, Victoria A.; Alfiler, Ma. Concepcion P.; Reyes, Danilo R.; et al., Introduction to Public Administration in the Philippines: A Reader. (2nd ed.), Quezon City: National College of Public Administration and Governance, pp. 38–65, ISBN 9789718567371 
  2. ^ a b c http://www.up-ncpag.org/ncpag/history.php
  3. ^ a b c d e "NCPAG at 53", Annual Report 2005 (PDF), Quezon City: National College of Public Administration and Governance, 2006, p. 6, retrieved 2012-10-15 
  4. ^ http://localgov.up.edu.ph/who-we-are.html
  5. ^ a b c http://www.up-ncpag.org/main/news/ncpag-news/34-news/253-ncpag-at-60-filipino-leadership-and-governance-towards-nation-building.html

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