Michael A. Tumanut

Dr. Michael A. Tumanut is an Associate Ptumanutrofessor at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He teaches courses in research methods (undergraduate and graduate levels) and local government and regional administration among others. His specializations include decentralization and autonomy, local government innovations and reform, territorial reform (consolidation and fragmentation), metropolitan government, inter-local cooperation, and sister-cities arrangement.

He is the author of “A Veto Players Analysis of Subnational Territorial Reform in Indonesia”, an article published at the Asian Politics and Policy Journal. He is a co-proponent with Dr. Kristoffer Berse of the research project entitled “Analysis of Sister-City Relations in the Philippines: Implications on Disaster Risk Management and Local Economic Promotion”, which was funded by the UP Center for Integrative Development Studies in 2015. Dr. Tumanut also authored the “Transformation of Dalaguete, Cebu: Evidence from the Social Integration of the Low and the Weak (SILAW) Program” published by the Center for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG).

He is currently serving as the Director of the NCPAG Publications Office.


  • PhD, Kobe University, Japan
  • Master in Political Science, Kobe University, Japan
  • Diploma in Federalism, Constitutionalism and Democratic Governance (with distinction), University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Master of Public Policy (with merit), Australian National University, Australia
  • BA in Psychology, University of the Philippines


  • E-mail:  matumanut@up.edu.ph