NCPAG turns 63

The National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines (UP NCPAG) turns 63 today, June 15, 2015.

To celebrate its founding anniversary, UP-NCPAG is holding a special lecture entitled “The State of Penal Administration in the Philippines: Prospects for Reforms by Dr. Raymund Narag, Assistant Professor at the Southern Illinois University. The lecture will be held at the NCPAG Assembly Hall at 2:30pm.

An alumnus of NCPAG, Dr. Narag is currently a visiting professor at the College. He received his PhD degree from Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice in the United States as a Fulbright scholar. Dr. Narag’s research interest delves on understanding community-based processes that mitigate the proliferation of crime and delinquency.

Also part of the celebration is the launching of knowledge products and a simple recognition program for retirees and individual achievements of faculty and staff, which shall follow shortly after Dr. Narag’s lecture.

To be launched are the latest issues of the Philippine Journal of Public Administration and the third edition of the Introduction to Public Administration in the Philippines: A Reader.

NCPAG started as the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) on June 15, 1952, a unit of the University attached to the original campus in Padre Faura, Manila. The institutionalization of in-service trainings and capacity building for civil servants was part of the recommendation of the American Bell Mission in the early 1950s. The Bell Mission Report paved the way for the establishment of the Institute.

Through the years, the College has grown into an “institution” in the area of public administration in the Philippines. Its efforts and accomplishments in knowledge generation and dissemination are appreciated and valued by government agencies, local government units, other public schools in the country, and civil society.