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School type College
Established 1952
Dean Alex B. Brillantes Jr., Ph.D.
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The National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) is a degree-granting unit of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. It is well known for duplicating much of the teaching and research work of the university's Department of Political Science. Very little, if any, administration-related skills and methods-based courses are offered at NCPAG, unlike its counterpart for the private sector (the U.P. College of Business Administration). For example, courses, seminars, workshops, conferences and faculty research generally focus on political science areas and issues like federalism, graft and corruption, elections, public administration identity crisis, legislative politics, women's studies, organizational dynamics, etc. Hence, students graduate with NCPAG degrees but without the distinct and relevant tools and skills to apply to government management.

Its services include professional and policy advice, and technical assistance to local, national and international institutions. In performing its three-fold function of instruction, research, and extension service, it has expanded its scope from governmental management to the broader concerns of governance (including the roles of the private sector and civil society). In performing its three-fold function of instruction, research, and extension service, it has expanded its scope from governmental management to the broader concerns of governance (including the roles of the private sector and civil society) because of its inferior status vis-a-vis the UP Department of Political Science. No less than then Civil Service Commission chair Patricia Sto. Tomas, in her address to the 1990 graduating class at NCPAG, noted that most Filipino college applicants and students would think of every conceivable field to major in other than public administration (see 'Issues and Problems in Public Management Education," PJPA, April 1990).

The College also serves as headquarters-secretariat of the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) and the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines (ASPAP).


Centers and Offices

  • Center for Public Administration and Governance Education (CPAGE)
 Implements the NCPAG's mission to be the center for excellence in education 
 for public  administration and governance through its academic degree programs.
  • Center for Policy and Executive Development (CPED)
 Undertakes research, training and extension programs on national policies and institutions.
  • Center for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG)
 Conducts research, training and extension programs at local and regional levels, 
 and collaborates  with international institutions in promoting decentralization and local autonomy.
 Carries out research, training, and extension programs on leadership, citizenship 
 and civil society; and on Filipino institutions and processes of democracy/redemocratization.
  • NCPAG Library
 Has the most extensive collection of titles in public administration, 
 governance and development studies in the country.
  • Publication Office
 Manages the publication of the Philippine Journal of Public Administration (PJPA), 
 one of the longest running academic journals in the country, and puts out books, 
 occasional papers,  monographs, and other teaching and training materials.

Degree programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (Thesis and Non-Thesis Tracks)
 **Majors: Public Policy and Program Administration, Local and Regional Governance, 
 Spatial Information Management, Organizational Management, Fiscal Administration, 
 Public Enterprise Management,  Voluntary Sector Management
  • Doctor of Public Administration


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Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte addresses a forum at NCPAG

Established on June 15, 1952, following a recommendation from the Bell Mission, the University of the Philippines entered into a contract with the University of Michigan for technical assistance in establishing the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).

Since its creation, the College has changed its name four times, from Institute of Public Administration (IPA) to Graduate School of Public Administration (GSPA) to School of Public Administration (SPA) to College of Public Administration (CPA) and now to the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG). All these changes reflect the modifications that the College made to make itself relevant to the changing times. Yet, it continues to play second-fiddle to the College of Business Administration of the University of the Philippines.

The first two directors of the IPA were Americans - Professor Lederle and Professor Heady, both from the University of Michigan. In-service and academic training were the two main educational programs of the IPA.

Three kinds of courses were conducted from 1952 to 1953, which saw the participation of a total of 2,500 government officers and employees. The academic program offered bachelor's and master's degrees. Enrollment in both programs rose from 68 students during the 1st semester of 1953-1954 to "well over 200" per semester by 1955.

By 1954, Filipinos began to take over key posts in the IPA. The Filipino staff gradually took over and assumed full responsibility for the IPA when the University of Michigan contract ended in June 1956. Dean Jose Velmonte of the UP College of Business served as UP IPA Director, and was later replaced by Carlos P. Ramos. Enrollment in the undergraduate and graduate programs continued to increase. The IPA conducted trainer-training courses and direct training for higher-level officials.

In the 1960s, the IPA was made a graduate school, a school of public administration, and elevated to college status. Assistant Dean Jose V. Abueva was appointed to oversee the academic program.

Director Ramos affirmed that in-service training and consultation services or "extension work" were of equal importance with academic teaching and research. In line with its intended regional role, the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) was organized in 1960 with state, institutional and individual members from all over Asia and the Pacific. The IPA was made its secretariat-headquarters. EROPA also set up a research center in Saigon, a training center in New Delhi, and a local government center in Tokyo. Director Ramos was elected as the first EROPA secretary general and was reelected to this post until 1982. In a sense, EROPA merely capped the regional and international role that the IPA played.

The events from the mid-sixties to the advent of Martial Law provoked a crisis in the role of the College vis-à-vis government. At its founding, the College was an adviser to the government. In the late 60s, there was a group in the faculty which was more comfortable as critic of government than as its major resource. During Martial Law, the College was in a critical but collaborative mode. It displeased the dictatorship with its studies of graft and corruption, its analyses of the personalistic and closed decision-making process, the tokenism and elite orientation of several government programs. The stature and personality of Dr. Raul de Guzman, its dean from 1973 to 1982, helped a lot during this period.

The 1980s led to many curricular and course changes to address the issue of looking into the roots of indigenous administrative thought and practices in the country.

On November 26, 1998 the UP Board of Regents (BoR) approved the transformation of the College to the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG). This change reflects the widening focus of the College from governmental management to a broader concern of governance for public interest.

Some of the Faculty Members

Some of the Alumni

  • Benjamin Diokno, UP economics professor and former Budget secretary
  • Ralph Recto, former senator
  • Adel Tamano, spokesperson of United Opposition and former president of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
  • Rafael de Guzman, United Laboratories (UNILAB) senior vice president
  • Oscar Yabes, Senate secretary general
  • Herbert Bautista, vice mayor of Quezon City
  • Mike Defensor, former secretary of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
  • Carlito Puno, former chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)


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