The Center for Policy and Executive Development (CPED) is a specialized center of the University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) that was established in 1968 as an Administrative Development Program (ADP) to pursue middle-management training and related extension programs. The ADP was transformed into a Center (ADC) in January 1977 and as a Center for Policy and Administrative Development (CPAD) on 31 July 1986. The CPAD was organized by the College to focus on and expand its research, education and training, and technical assistance activities in public policy and management in the light of the fundamental changes taking place in the government and country.
On 26 November 1998, CPAD became the CPED when the College of Public Administration was transformed as University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance.
The Center is a premier policy think tank and research and consulting office of UP NCPAG. It has been extensively involved in capacity development initiatives and institution-building programs in the Philippines and other developing countries in the region. It provides public institutions, non-government organizations, public corporations, and other local institutions and international organizations with the necessary professional expertise to deal with public policy issues, executive and administrative development, and the challenges of governance. CPED has designed and implemented training courses and developed instructional materials for national and local governments, non-government organizations, and international government institutions.
CPED mobilizes experts, practitioners and scholars from a wide range of professions and disciplines to undertake research and provide training and technical assistance on public policy, public finance, organization and management, executive and human resources development, project development and management, and corruption and integrity, among others.
CPED is a duly recognized and accredited training institution by the Civil Service Commission of the Republic of the Philippines.