As one of its four-fold functions, the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP-SURP) through its Training and Extension Services Division is mandated to provide capability- building/training in areas related to urban and regional planning. As the only graduate school of planning in the Philippines, the School supplements its graduate education program with extension programs in research, consultancy and training.

   Through its Training and Extension Services Division, the School has conducted innumerable capability-building programs for all levels of governments from the national down to the municipal level, the private sectors, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Among the more memorable contributions of UP-SURP are the conceptualization and implementation of the national, regional, and provincial physical framework planning process.

   The School has also assisted numerous cities and municipalities in the preparation of their comprehensive land use plans and zoning ordinances. The UP-SURP has likewise developed the methodological framework for the local development investment programming process. The long and extensive experience of the School in education and training, research and extension, backed up by a pool of varied and faculty staff expertise is the strongest assurance of client satisfaction. The School’s core competencies in training are as follows:

Urban Planning
   In the area of urban planning, the School has developed a track record of administering training programs on the following aspects of urban growth management:
  • Urban redevelopment
  • Metro-area development planning
  • Open space planning and management
  • Housing
  • Zoning preparation and administration
  • Land use planning
  • Infrastructure and utilities planning
  • Site planning
  • Planning tools and techniques
  • Transport planning
  • Logistics planning
  • Participatory planning techniques

Regional Planning
   In regional planning, it has designed and administered training programs on the following specialized fields:
  • Rural settlements planning
  • Landscape evaluation
  • Coastal zone planning
  • River basin planning
  • Industrial estate planning
  • Land consolidation
  • Regional planning
  • Regional transport planning
  • Integrated area development planning
  • Resource management and development
  • Watershed planning and management