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UPOU-FMDS inks agreement on ‘Insulin plant’ research project

Dr. Felix Librero, UPOUFI President; Dr. Oscar J. Tayko, BSP Credit Surety Fund Chairman/CEO;
Ms. Karina G. Zobel, Coophub Chairperson; and Dr. Primo G. Garcia, FMDS Dean sign the
Memorandum of Agreement for the research project entitled, "
Effect of Costus igneus
on Obesity and other Metabolic Disorders in Diet-Induced Obese Male ICR Mice”


Aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3—ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages—the research project “Effect of Costus igneus on Obesity and other Metabolic Disorders in Diet-Induced Obese Male ICR Mice” led by Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Program Chair for the Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH), was formally launched in an agreement signing ceremony between UPOU and its partners held on 25 January 2018 at the UP Open University’s Community Hub, Los Banos, Laguna.

Costus igneus, commonly known as fiery costus, step ladder or spiral flag
is referred also as “insulin plant” because of its anti-diabetic properties.

Most studies on Costus igneus that were done in India, reported its therapeutic potentials particularly its anti-diabetic properties. This research will explore the health benefits of Costus igneus, locally known as “insulin plant”, in combating obesity, a major global concern that accounts as one of the causes of several metabolic disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in the Philippines. It specifically aims to profile the plant and determine its effect on metabolic disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia, among others.

The Memorandum of Agreement for the research project was signed by Chancellor Melinda dP. Bandalaria for UPOU, Ms. Karina G. Zobel for Coophub, and Dr. Felix Librero for UPOU Foundation, Inc. (UPOUFI). Present as witnesses were Dr. Primo G. Garcia, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) and Dr. Oscar J. Tayko, Chairman/CEO of BSP Credit Surety Fund.

This research project is Asst. Prof. Oruga’s dissertation for her PhD Degree in Human Nutrition, major in Public Health Communication at UP Los Baños. Her adviser and co-principal investigator, Dr. Wilma Hurtada, and her research assistant, Mr. Von Kevin Alag were also present during the MOA signing. (JRBagos)

FMDS conducts FIC Orientation for Second Semester AY 2017-2018

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) conducted the Faculty-In-Charge (FIC) Orientation for the Second Semester AY 2017-2018 on 19 January 2018 at the Audio Visual Room, UPOU Headquarters, UP Open University, Los Baños, Laguna.

As part of the Faculty’s thrust to enhance the learning experience of its students through faculty development, FMDS conducts FIC Orientation every semester to orient new FICs and provide updates for continuing FICs on new techniques, approaches, technologies and other teaching methods via the distance mode. The FIC Orientation also serves as a venue for continuing FICs to share their stories and experiences in online teaching.

Dr. Primo G. Garcia, Dean of FMDS discussed topics on Introduction to Open and Distance e-Learning, Online Learning Activities and Facilitating Online learning and Building Community of Learners. Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos, Secretary to the Faculty of FMDS, discussed the Roles of FICs and other Administrative Matters, Assessment in Online Learning and Basics of MyPortal.

To acquaint the FICs with new technologies in teaching via distance mode, Ms. Ellaisa Ruth B. Veluz, Research Assistant under the Diploma in Research and Development Management (DR&DM) showed some video samples used by different programs of FMDS in the previous semesters such as videos produced with the assistance from FMDS and UPOU Multimedia Center and videos produced using different soft wares such as ScreenFlow and Screencast-O-Matic. Ms. Veluz also shared basic lecture on the use of Facebook Live. Ms. Paula Grace M. Muyco, Research Assistant of Diploma in/Master of Social Work (D/MSW) and Diploma in Women and Development (DWD) shared basic lecture on the use of Powtoons, online software which the D/MSW and DWD programs used for creating promotional and welcome videos. (JFDePasion-Guevarra)

FMDS partners with DOST-PCIEERD for “Master of Research and Development Management” project

The Diploma in Research and Development Management (DR&DM) program of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) partnered with the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) to implement the “Master of Research and Development Management (MR&DM)” project.

The project aims to upgrade the current DR&DM program into a ladderized multi-entry and multi-exit online and distance e-learning master’s program to cater to the growing demand for research and development (R&D) managers in universities, line government agencies, laboratories, and private industries to keep abreast with knowledge and skills in R&D management.

Moreover, the project aims to identify the needs of R&D personnel, practitioners, and managers in the country, review the current DR&DM program in relation to recent developments in the field, propose a ladderized master’s degree in R&D Management, and and develop course modules for the master’s program after the proposed curriculum is approved by the University.

The project will run for nineteen (19) months--with 7 months dedicated to curriculum development, and 12 months for course material development. Dr. Jaine Reyes, DR&DM Program Chair, coordinates the project. (Ellaisa Ruth Veluz)


FMDS Comprehensive Examination Date Schedule (2nd semester 2017-2018)

Diploma in Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (May 14, 2018)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency , Leadership and Management (May 16, 2018 )

Master of Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (May 14, 2018)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency, Leadership and Management (May 16, 2018 )
  • Area of Specialization (May 18, 2018)

Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management

  • General Field (May 29, 2018)
  • Major Field (May 31, 2018)

Master of Public Management

  • General Field (May 28, 2018)
  • Public Policy and Program Administration (May 30, 2018)
  • Local Government and Regional Administration (LGRA) and Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (June 1, 2018)

Master of Arts in Nursing

  • Content (June 5, 2018 )
  • Methodology (June 7, 2018 )

Master of ASEAN Studies (July 6, 2018)

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