The National College of Public Administration and Governance concluded its month-long anniversary celebration with a special program to honor and recognize its many institutional partners.
The celebration was held on 30 June 2014 at the NCPAG Assembly Hall. NCPAG bestowed recognition to 47 government, non-government and private organizations and institutions, which have partnered with the College in its programs and projects in the last five years.
Dean Maria Fe Villamejor Mendoza emphasized the important role played by development partners in carrying out NCPAG’s mission to promote good governance. “The College has been fortunate to have been able to get the support and work with different partners, and it is because of these partnerships why we succeed in our many efforts to promote good governance and maintain our position as the premiere institute of public administration in the country,” said Mendoza.
Among those present to receive the award was Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte. NCPAG and the Office of the Vice Mayor partnered in the recently concluded QC Youth Summit.
In her response, Belmonte thanked the NCPAG and expressed her desire to continue working with the College. “We thank the NCPAG for supporting us by way of helping us organize events and giving technical advice and sharing its knowledge. Our proposals submitted to Congress are usually taken with high regard because it carries the guidance of NCPAG,” stated Belmonte.
The occasion also served as an opportunity for the College to share its plans in the next years. Dean Mendoza presented two infrastructure projects in the pipeline: a hostel and seminar and training facility and the NCPAG Learning Commons, a learning resource center and library.
Another undertaking unveiled in the program was the “Assessment of the Achievement of DENR’s Critical Service Targets through a Client Satisfaction Survey,” which is a partnership between NCPAG and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
DENR Assistant Secretary Michelle Go and Dean Mendoza signed the memorandum of agreement.
NCPAG’s anniversary celebration themed “62 Years of Exemplary Public Administration in the Service of the Nation” formally opened on 2 June 2014 with a flag raising ceremony in which NCPAG alumnus Engr. Catalino Davis of PAGASA served as guest speaker. Engr. Davis likewise gave a lecture on disaster risk reduction and management at the NCPAG Case Room on 10 June 2014.
A thanksgiving mass was held on 16 June 2014 followed by a service recognition and loyalty awards for NCPAG faculty and staff.
Outreach and civic activities were conducted on June 17 and 18. Tree planting took place on the 17th and was followed by gift-giving and feeding program at the East Avenue Medical Center on the 18th.
The anniversary celebration was also packed with forums and special lectures. “Ready to Rumble: Are LGUs Prepared for ASEAN Integration?” was organized by the Center for Local and Regional Governance on June 19.
Dr. Wolfgang Drechsler of the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance in Estonia presented a paper entitled “Max Weber at 150: From Weberian Public Administration to New Public Management and Back?” in a lecture organized by the Center for Public Administration and Governance Education on June 23. The second leg of the NCPAG Research Colloquium took place on the same day.
YouLead: A Youth Leadership Training Seminar with the theme “Youth Participation in Governance,” held also on the closing day of the anniversary celebration, was spearheaded by the NCPAG Student government.
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