Jose Endriga is both a scholar and educator with significant contributions to social science, mainly public administration. He was able to serve as a former Dean at his Alma Mater’s National College of Public Administration and Governance. Similarly, he held different administrative positions such as the Dean of the School of Development Management in UP Visayas; Director of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies; Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in UP Visayas; Director of the Leadership, Citizenship, and Democracy Program in the UP College of Public Administration; and Vice President for Public Affairs. He has also served as a member of the Editorial Board and Editor in Chief of the Asian Review of Public Administration (ARPA).
He studied at the University of the Philippines in 1958 where he gained his Bachelor of Arts in History, graduating cum laude. Continuing his interest in the same field, he acquired a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. However, with the intention of expanding his expertise, he studied at Cornell University in 1974 and obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Similarly, from 1980 to 1981, he took up special studies on policy analysis at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
With this ample background and given that he was a Fulbright-Hays awardee and a member of several professional organizations promoting history, political science, and public administration, he established quite the contribution in these fields through his works. In 1970, he published an article regarding friars’ land settlement in the Philippine Journal of Public Administration. Published in the same journal, he released an article regarding graft and corruption in 1979. In 1983, he published a case study on administrative reform in the International Journal of Auditing. On the other hand, he wrote articles focused on the Philippines’ civil service and its system in 1985 and 2001. Accordingly, these various research contributions have highlighted Endriga’s main field of interest and specialization, the Philippine Administrative System.