The UP SURP is located along E. Jacinto St. and Magsaysay St. The three-story building is the MINUTE Building which hosts the Office of the Dean, Faculty Rooms, Office of Research and Publication, Office of Training and Extension Services, Library and the Office of Graduate Studies, and Office of College Secretary, while the Pre-Fab building serves as classrooms for the students.

 Since June 2000, the UP SURP 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.).

 UP SURP also offers the Master of Science in Regional Development Planning (MSRDP) 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 Dina C. Magnaye, who exercises general supervision and control. She is assisted by the College Secretary, Asst. Prof. Carmelita R.E.U. Liwag, who takes charge of administrative matters related to the academic personnel and the Administrative Officer, Ms. Eva S. Elona, 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. Karen Ann B. Jago-on, Director of Graduate Studies; Dr. Ma. Shielah G. Napalang, Director of Research and Publications Division; and Asst. Prof. Kristine F. Aspiras, Director of Training and Extension Services Division.

 At present, the School has seventeen (17) full-time faculty members, thirteen (13) lecturers, five (5) research and extension personnel, and twelve (12) administrative staff.


  • Conduct graduate courses to produce professional development planners.
  • Conduct training courses, seminars, and workshops in planning for national and local governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and other development organizations.
  • Conduct research with particular emphasis on settlement development, estate planning, public works, transportation planning, and environment and natural resource planning.
  • Prepare and publish information and educational materials, texts, and training aids oriented to national, regional, and local needs.
  • Provide technical assistance to requesting national and local governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and other development organizations.
  • Establish a reference service and central repository of documents, books, journals, reports, plans, research data, bibliographies, and other knowledge products.
  • In general, perform such other activities to assist in developing national, regional, and local plans and programs comprehensively.