Alicia B. Celestino


Prof. Alicia Bachini Celestino is an Assistant Professor at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) of the University of the Philippines Diliman. She teaches courses in introductory public administration, Philippine administrative thought and institutions, public policy and program administration, public personnel administration, local and regional governance, and local and regional finance among others. Her specializations include executive-legislative agenda formulation, land use planning, local and regional governance, local fiscal administration, organization studies, Philippine administrative system, and urban and regional planning.

Prior to joining the faculty ranks, she was University Researcher IV at the Center for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG). She is the author of Decentralisation in the Philippines: Past Attempts, Present Efforts and Future Prospects and the Handbook of Local Fiscal Administration in the Philippines. She has also conducted research on local education finance and governance.

She is the current Director of the Center for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG).


  • Ph.D. Urban & Regional Planning (in progress), University of the Philippines
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Master of Public Administration, University of the Philippines
  • B.S. Commerce, University of Santo Tomas