University of the Philippines Los Baños
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 10:58

First CPAf dean enjoins constituents to be critical of global, economic issues


Dr. Levi S. Cabanilla, first and founding dean of the College of Public Affairs and Development, as he addresses the college during their 20th anniversary.


Dr. Liborio S. Cabanilla, first dean of the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), enjoined its constituents to be aware and critical of the important events and phenomena which directly impact on development.

Speaking at the CPAf 20th founding anniversary celebration, Dr. Cabanilla, who served as its guest speaker, enumerated these issues, including the unavoidable process of economic transformation that every economy undergoes; the “merry-go-round” of economic thought; and the “close-open-close again” waves of globalization.

He also encouraged collaboration among researchers and across disciplines, highlighting its necessity amid complex, new, and emerging global issues.

CPAf’s 20 years of existence, Dr. Cabanilla noted, has been characterized by remarkable growth. This milestone, he said, is an opportunity for the College to assess what it had achieved, what else it could achieve, and how it would go about achieving it.

The event also served as a venue to launch the book Building Resilience of Farming Communities: Science, Technology and Governance Innovations in Bicol, Philippines. The book is the final output of the USAID-funded project “Water Security under Climate Risks: A Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Agriculture Sector (Bicol Agri Water Project or BAWP).” The BAWP Team, led by Dr. Agnes C. Rola, also received the CPAf Outstanding Research Team award during the same program.  

Other awardees are Dr. Rowena DT. Baconguis, Outstanding Teacher; Dr. Josefina T. Dizon, Outstanding Faculty Researcher; Guinevere T. Madlangbayan, Outstanding Senior Researcher; Samantha Geraldine G. De Los Santos, Outstanding Junior Researcher; Dr. Myra E. David, Outstanding Extensionist;  and Ernesto L. Del Rosario, Outstanding Blue Collar Personnel.

Dr. Baconguis and Dr. Maria Ana T. Quimbo were also recognized for their recent UP Scientist appointment. Dr. Virginia C. Cardenas, on the other hand, was honored for her service to CPAf as its immediate past dean and as a faculty member.

The members of Dr. Cardenas’ executive committee who had also ended their terms and her fellow retirees, Dr. Aser B. Javier and Leo G. Baroña, were also given certificates of recognition during the program. (AGBPeralta)