School of Public Affairs & Governance

School of Public Affairs & Governance


Head: Acting Dean
Dr. Ferdinand M. Mangibin
Phone: +035 4201901 loc 364


The Silliman University School of Public Affairs and Governance believes in governance that looks into the heart rather than at the appearance of things or phenomena (1 Sam 16:7). The school maintains that no facts exist except those that are disclosed in the interpretation of what is already understood (Salazar, 2001). As Salazar aptly puts it, “We can have a million facts in our heads and still remain uneducated.”

For the SU-SPAG, the goal of real education is to enable students to stand in the truth that manifests in our existence, not just accumulate mere facts through a predefined theory for practical considerations. Facts do not give us true knowledge, since true knowledge can only spring from a system of knowing wherein one is able to learn. The sense of this education, which is fundamental in our search for truth and which one can learn in SPAG, is ensconced in the words of Martin Heidegger (1987):

But to know means: to be able to stand in the truth. Truth is the manifestness of the essence (i.e., existence). To know is accordingly to stand in the manifestness of the essence, to endure it. Merely to have information, however abundant, is not to know. Even if curricula and examination requirements concentrate this information into what is of the greatest practical importance, it still does not amount to knowledge. XXX The man who possesses such information and learned a few practical tricks, will still be perplexed in the presence of  reality, which is always different from what the Philistine means by down-to-earth; he will always be a bungler. Why? Because he has no knowledge, for to know means to be able to learn.

Heidegger’s thought process exposes the obsolescence of the calculative academics whose thought processes have matured in the existing performance measurement approaches that rely primarily on financial accounting measures which, according to Kaplan and Morton (1996), are “becoming obsolete.” In the Philippine setting, the same thinking process paves the “ground of thoughtlessness” in NEDA’s penchant for constructing arbitrary macroeconomic and financial performance indicators which have led Philippine governance to nowhere but backwardness.

As an agent of change in governance, the SPAG has redirected its learning thought processes to a transcendental mode of understanding reality for strategic decision-making in governance. In this approach to knowing, SPAG’S calculative learning mechanisms are grounded on meditative learning, which enables students to stand in the self-showing of what is there to learn from reality. This self-showing of reality nourishes the calculative thinking of the students to develop key result areas for strategic action in governance. Following the logic of transcendental knowing and strategic decision making, the school expects to develop a new set of graduates who can overcome over-reliance on the financial accounting measures that are used in existing governance. These performance measures only encourage the development of what Heidegger calls “flight-from thinking” that grounds the prevailing thoughtlessness (Heidegger, 1967). Thus, SPAG’s calculative thinking in terms of established balanced governance KRA (Key Result Areas) measurement approach to learning for good governance is a meditative thinking articulation that will give its students “a system to communicate and to align good governance to new strategies (see also KPMG-NN Institute, 1990).

Please refer to the University Admission Requirement

The School of Public Affairs and Governance accepts students from all tracks and strands.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Science of Foreign Affairs (BS Foreign Affairs)
  • Bachelor of Science of Public Affairs (BS Public Administration)

 Admission Procedure and Requirements

  1. Submit an electronic copy of Senior High School card/form 138 to the School of Public Affairs and Governance via email at [email protected].
  2. Senior high school average of at least 85%.
  3. Submit a one-page essay on why you want to enroll in the program
  4. After submitting the required documents, the applicant will receive an email from SPAG regarding the status of his/her application
  5. Qualified applicants may proceed with the enrollment process listed on the University website:

For inquiries, contact the following:
email: [email protected]
Telephone No: 4201901 local 364

Master of Public Health
Full On-Line Distance Learning
For School Year 2020-2021

School of Public Affairs and Governance (SPAG) is pleased to announce the Online Distance Learning (ODL) of Master of Public Health.

The program is a multi-disciplinary approach to public health problems and issues. The program deals with problems on the local, national, and international levels. Students are equipped not only to function in the government sector but also especially for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with public health interests.

The initial concentration emphasis is on Health Education, an essential ingredient to any health program. Emphasis will be on state-of-the-art theory and practice in health education in order to produce health behavioral change.

As to the development of the degree program progresses other concentration tracks will be added, such as microbiology/parasitology, epidemiology/statistics, public health administration, environmental health/ sanitary engineering, and public health nutrition.


  1. Go to SU Website-
  2. Click Graduate Program Applicants
  3. Accomplish all Application Requirements of the University Graduate Programs (in addition to the University Admission Requirements)
  4. Please email all your requirements to: [email protected]

Graduate Program Applicants

Application Requirements of the University Graduate Programs (in addition to the University Admission Requirements):

  1. Accomplished Graduate Programs Application Form
  2. Accomplished Reference Form
  3. Thesis / Dissertation Concept (Essay)
  4. Payment Receipt from the University Business and Finance Office
  5. Transcript of Records

MPH Curriculum request can be made through email at [email protected]  or through the MPH Coordinator at [email protected]

Chiu ,
Jenny L.
Rank: Instructor
  • PhD-
Indab ,
Jojema D.
Rank: Associate Professor
  • PhD-Social Science