NCPAG kicks off research colloquium for undergrads

UP-NCPAG ends the academic year 2013-2014 with the launching of the NCPAG Research Colloquium or the NRC. Four groups of students under the Public Administration (PA) 199.2 classes (Research Methods in Public Administration 2) of Dr. Faina Diola (three groups) and Dr. Ebinezer Florano (one group) presented their research studies on 27 March 2014 at the NCPAG Case Room.


The NRC is an offshoot and expansion of the NCPAG Graduate Research Colloquium (NGRC), which was conceived and organized by the NCPAG Publications Office in 2013. According to Publications Office director Dr. Diola, the colloquium aims to provide a venue for interaction among students, faculty and staff to incite exchanges on current and emerging issues in public administration praxis and discourse-formation in the College.


In her welcome remarks, Dean Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza disclosed the College’s plan to organize a research congress to showcase the research studies of public administration scholars. She, along with Dr. Diola, thought of “an exercise to drumbeat the interest of our scholars and thinkers.”

“We thought it best to expand the NGRC to all PA researchers and engender a culture of research on issues, challenges and solutions to PA, governance, and development concerns,” Dean Mendoza said.

Two of the research papers presented dealt with the capacity of local government units in disaster preparedness and risk reduction management. One group made a case study on an early public-private partnership arrangement that was utilized to build a marketplace. Another group assessed the one-town-one-product program in developing micro, small, and medium enterprises in selected local government units.

dsc_0519_editCenter for Policy and Executive Development (CPED) director Dr. Florano; Mr. Maynard Matammu, CPED development management officer and NCPAG lecturer; and Mr. Novel Bangsal, special projects service director of the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department of the House, served as reactors and provided the students some suggestions and recommendations to improve their research studies.

Dr. Florano pointed out that the students as researchers should highlight their studies’ relevance and contributions not only to knowledge but also to the greater good of the society.

Mr. Matammu commended the studies’ comprehensiveness when it comes to the amount of data the students gathered for their researches. Mr. Matammu, however, advised the students to maximize the data they collected through improvement in data presentation to better inform their studies’ analysis. Mr. Bangsal, on the other hand, stressed the importance of data in research, while highlighting the significance of design in methodology.

dsc_0462_editThe students welcomed the comments and recommendations of the reactors and acknowledged the strengths and weaknesses of their researches that were raised in the discussion. As adviser of the three class, Dr. Diola defended the research design of the undergraduate students, pointing out that the details if the research design are in the full paper and that the challenge for students, aside from doing exemplary work, is to present the whole research study within the given time slot.

A number of public administration students from the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) attended the inaugural colloquium. The Publications Office invited public administration students from other schools to take part as audience to facilitate exchanges among the public administration scholars throughout the country.


The research papers presented in the first NRC were following:


Assessment of the Adaptive Capacity of LGUs for Disaster Risk Reduction Management: the Case of Cavite City, Noveleta, and Rosario, Cavite
By Christian Bernard A. Bernardo, Aldo Justino S. Delos Angeles, Ryan Russell A. Esponilla, Moyna Ferina J. Rafanan, and Alaric Alexander J. Topacio


Application of Critical Success Factors in Public-Private Partnerships in the Philippine Context: Case Study of the Marketplace, Mandaluyong City
By Jaimie Katrina L. Barrera, Joebert Kenneth E. Borja, Jan Ariane A. Calibara, Jhosel V. de Lara, Paul McKey Eugenio, and Norbert Peter R. Indunan


Tuyo, Puto, at Kape: An Assessment of the Effectiveness of the One Town, One-Product Program (OTOP) Management Systems in the Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
By Angelica DR. Atadero, Charmen A. Balana, Jouvani I. Dollesin, Alexandre M. Lucas, and Jonathan James G. Ramos


Flood Preparedness at the Local Level: Assessing the Organizational Capacity of the Cities of Marikina and Pasig
By Kessica Bersamin, Joshua Angelo Caringal, Patrick Shane Diaz, and Jan Mikhail Solitario


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