Dr. Maria Faina Lucero-Diola is Assistant Professor of Public Administration, teaching courses in advanced methodology in administrative sciences, social development administration, Philippine administrative system, research methods, and social capital and civic environmentalism in governance among others. Her specializations include conflict and peace-building, development communication policy and planning (strategic planning), organization and management of civil society organizations and networks, rural and sustainable development, and social capital and governance.
Her academic interests primarily focus on voluntary sector management and civil society and public administration relations. She is the former Director for the Center for Leadership, Citizenship, and Democracy (CLCD) and previously served as Director of the Publications Office at the UP-NCPAG and ex-officio Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Journal of Public Administration (PJPA).
Dr. Diola has also worked and was posted overseas in two countries — as visiting researcher at the Fisheries Research Institute , a government organization in Keelung, Taiwan from 1988 to 1990, and from 1994 to 1999 as writer-editor and Specialist in International Relations at the Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), a major networking non-government organization in Tokyo, Japan. In Japan she volunteered for Filipino NGOs and other Japanese NGOs especially those working on development and environmental issues for the latter. Dr. Diola was a visiting professor at the College of Politics and Governance (COPAG), Mahasarakham University, Thailand in 2013.
In April 2009, Dr. Diola graduated with the degree of Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) at the UP-NCPAG, garnering the dean’s award for academic excellence, being the top of the graduating class. In 1988, she graduated from UP at Los Baños (UPLB), with a Master of Science degree in Development Communication (cognate in Social Forestry) while teaching agricultural extension and communication from 1983 to 1985. In 1982, she finished her Bachelor of Science degree in Development Communication (major in Development Journalism; minor in Horticulture) also at the UPLB. In recognition of her academic excellence in her degrees, she was elected member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture in 2007 and 1992, respectively.
Dr. Diola has worked in the development communication and rural development fields for 32 years and in the field civil society development in Asia for 23 years, having been extensively involved in various capacities and consultancies/contract work in research, strategic planning, project management, monitoring and evaluation, training, donor relations and development communication tasks. Over the years of her work life, she was engaged with different sectors of society, including non-government organizations in different Asian countries, government agencies, local leaders, the academe, multilateral development institutions, such as the Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN, farmers’, women, and youth organizations, as well as indigenous peoples. She was an internationally-hired consultant by the European Commission and was also consultant, and project manager for environment-related projects through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the World Bank, the USAID and the UNDP.
- Doctor of Public Administration, University of the Philippines
- M.S. Development Communication, University of the Philippines
- B.S. Development Communication, University of the Philippines