ABOUT SURP
   The School is located along E. Jacinto St. and Magsaysay St. The three-story building is the MINUTE Building which hosts the offices of the Dean, Faculty Room, Office of the Research and Publications, Office of Training and Extension Services, Library and the Graduate and Administrative Offices, while the Pre-Fab building serves as classrooms for the students.

   Since June 2000, the U.P. School of Urban and Regional Planning has been offering the graduate Diploma, Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programs following the ladder structure. Courses taken in the lower degree (e.g. Diploma) are credited in the next higher degree (e.g. M.A.).

   SURP also offers the Master of Science in Regional Development Planning (MScRDP) as a joint offering of UP-SURP and the Technical University of Dortmund (TUDo) in Germany. This two-year program is aimed at regional and district development planning, with emphasis on rural areas. The first year of the program is spent at TUDo and the succeeding year at the UP-SURP.

   The School actively engages in research, either independently or in cooperation with government and private institutions.

   The School is very active in training and extension work, maintaining a working relationship with several government inter-agency planning committees. Much of its training and extension work helps improve the quality of planning at the national and local government levels.

   The School is headed by Dean Hussein Sinsuat Lidasan, who exercises general supervision and control. He is assisted by the College Secretary, Dr. Jun T. Castro, who takes charge of administrative matters related to the academic personnel and the Administrative Officer, Mrs. Luzviminda C. Rivera, who takes charge of administrative matters relating to non-academic personnel. There are three (3) directors who help in the policy formulation and program development, namely: Dr. David Leonides T. Yap, Director of Graduate Studies; Dr. Crispin Emmanuel D. Diaz, Director of Research and Publications Division; and Dr. Jose M. Regunay, Director of Training and Extension Services Division.

   At present, the School has nineteen (19) full-time faculty members, seven (7) lecturers, five (5) research and extension personnel, and eleven (11) administrative staff.
VISION
Strengthening further

 The SURP to be an institution of learning and excellence in research in planning in Southeast Asia, anchored on environmentally sustainable development and low carbon society, and guided with the Philippines’ national aspirations
MISSION
 To provide the means in meeting its vision, I do hope that within the term given to me, if I will be the one chosen to be the steward of The SURP, the following will be the tasks that I intend to do:

  Necessitate the review and improvements of the current academic programs of The SURP to be more attuned to development planning and in ensuring it to be at par with planning institutions not only in Southeast Asia but in Europe and the United States.

  Strengthen its graduate programs to ensure that its students will be properly equipped as professionals in planning, planning educators, responsive evaluators of development projects, estate planners, transport planners with consideration of not only in support of development and business but also in addressing the impacts of development projects.

  Strengthen the knowledge and skills of planners in the government, more importantly at the local level, in not only coming up with plans but also in furnishing their decision-makers proper information necessary for coming up with responsive policies that will result to strategies relevant in meeting their mandate for development and addressing impacts of development.

  Provide responsive practical capacity-building tuned to both the requirements of the public and private sectors and civil society organizations that are critical in the check and balance of planning.

  Review and eventually lay down a research framework that can guide The SURP in coming up with research and studies that not only will support its graduate programs but provide the planning tools in support of national development and inclusive growth. The research framework needs to include the new thoughts, tools for research and in meeting the complexities of development planning in ensuring inclusive growth and addressing climate change impacts/disaster risk reduction, and other urban problems such as traffic congestion, urban sprawl, air quality, and so on. The advent of ICT and recent applications for analysis, big data, among others are relevant directions for research.

  Ensure smooth transition from the immediate school administration, not only reviewing the programs and initiatives done but also to provide continuity in pursuing ICURP and how the new building of The SURP can be fully utilized by the future generations of The SURP.