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UPOU Faculty and Staff participate in the 5th Philippines-Japan Forum on Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program held at IFSU

On 24 January 2019, faculty and staff from UP Open University (UPOU) participated in the 5th Philippines-Japan Forum on Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP) held at Ifugao State University (IFSU), Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao.

The participants from UPOU for the said conference were: Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Information Office Director and ISMTP Technical Working Committee Member, Dr. Merites M. Buot, UPOU Affiliate Faculty and Session Presenter, Ms. Alvie Alip, UPOU University Researcher and PhD student of the United Nations University in Japan, Ms. Noreen Dianne S. Alazada, Youth for Ifugao Rice Terraces Project Research Assistant and Ms. Janele Ann Belegal, Satoyama Development Mechanism Project Research Assistant. Presenters from various Ifugao government offices, ISMTP alumni, and Japanese representatives of the Noto Satoyama-Satoumi Meister Training Program (NSSMTP) were also present.

The program was formally opened by the President of IFSU, Dr. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon, who delivered her welcome remarks and forum overview. The president emphasized on the need to strengthen collaboration, expand IFSU’s network to better address the issues related to the Ifugao Rice Terraces as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Site (GIAHS) and to further realize common aspirations to attain sustainable development.

This was followed by a message of support by the provincial Governor, Hon. Pedro G, Mayam-o, who stated his continued support for the program.

Dr. Joane V. Serrano delivered the UPOU Chancellor’s message that highlights the continued support of UPOU to the project and the need for evaluation of accomplishments, targets, and associated impacts to those involved in the project including the collaborators. The message is also an expression of gratitude to the project in providing another dimension to UPOU as a cyber-university. Dr. Bandalaria reiterates that “it serves as a platform for the convergence of digitization and the conservation of the Philippine culture and national heritage – with the university putting on its hat as a public service university and as a research university.”

Dr. Serrano also served as one of the forum chairperson and discussant during the Forum Plenary of the conference. The forum was an avenue for all the legislators, partners and stakeholders of the project to discuss ways on how to mainstream GIAHS and satoyama concepts, come up with recommendations regarding the sustainability of the ISMTP, the commitment, roles, and contributions of the academe, LGUs, the Ifugao-GIAHS Sustainable Development Committee and the Japanese collaborators in the third phase of the project, as well as the discussions in relation to the conduct of the Ifugao Satoyama Assessment.

The ISMTP together with the Youth for Ifugao Rice Terraces (#Y4IRT) are projects under the UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies (UPOU-FMDS) in partnership with Ifugao State University, Kanazawa University, the Ifugao provincial LGU and the LGUs of Banaue, Kiangan, Hungduan, and Mayoyao. The project is now on its second phase and currently has 22 trainees for its second batch. NDSAlazada

FMDS Holds Closing Ceremonies for Continuing Education Program Completers

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) recognized its course completers and top learners in the Continuing Education Program (CEP) Closing Ceremonies held on 1 December 2018 at the Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium, UPOU Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.

A total of 176 completers from 10 courses have received their certificates of completion during the ceremonies. FMDS recognized 67 of these learners with distinction and 32 with high distinction. The awarding of certificates was facilitated by Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos, FMDS Secretary to the Faculty.

Entrepreneur and CEP alumna Cherrys O. Abrigo was the guest speaker for the ceremonies. Abrigo finished the Organic Agriculture Course under the FMDS in December 2016 and is now the owner of a environmentally conscious enterprise, Sierreza Zero-waste and Artisan Cafe. At the ceremonies, she recounted her experiences from being a student volunteer with the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, to being a successful and experienced figure in the corporate world, and returning to community service with her learnings from her previous work as well as the lifelong learning that she continues to pursue, with FMDS among others. In her speech, Abrigo emphasized the importance of passion towards one’s work and the conscious consideration of the larger community in one’s endeavor.

The ceremonies also included messages from the top learners who completed with the highest distinctions in their respective courses. The representatives for the Health and Social Development Cluster who delivered their messages were:

  • Irish Mae C. Chiu, CCSN
  • Leona Paula L. Macalintal and Dave P. Calubaquib, FMNP
  • Ruby Jean P. Sabremonte, RUNA

For the Environmental Cluster, the top students who represented their respective courses were:

  • Marie Antoinette F. Bangabang, CCA&DRM
  • Cassandra R. Soto, OA
  • Elvie A. Ochoa, RCRANRM

Lastly, the representatives for the Entrepreneurship Cluster were:

  • Kathrina A. Hernandez, eCom
  • Ria Katrina Ixara Instrella, NEP
  • Christopher P. Cheng, PED
  • Marlyn B. Pedro, SAfE

The course representatives shared their experiences as learners in their respective courses. They emphasized the advantages of the flexible and convenient open and distance learning offered in UPOU. They also expressed their gratitude to the FMDS-CEP Team, their Course Coordinators, classmates, family, and friends.

Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos delivered the opening remarks while Mr. Larry N. Cruz, FMDS-CEP Program Development Associate, gave the closing remarks. Ms. Jeniffer F. de Pasion, University Extension Associate, served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Completers who could not physically make it to the event remained connected with the ceremonies through the UPOU Networks live streaming. This service was provided by the UPOU’s Multimedia Center in collaboration with the UPOU's Information and Communication Technology Development Office. The UPOU’s Information Office, on the other hand, provided assistance in the photodocumentation of the event. (ACDelValle)

Colloquium on Innovations and Trends in R&D Management

A 2-day colloquium on “Innovations and Trends in R&D Management” was held at the University of the Philippines Open University attended by research and development (R&D) managers and practitioners. The colloquium was organized by the Diploma in Research and Development Management (DR&DM) program of the University of the Philippines Open University’s (UPOU) Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) project “Supporting the Development of Partnerships in the STI Ecosystem” and the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, Emerging Technology Research and Development’s (DOST-PCIEERRD) Master of Research and Development Management (MR&DM) project.

The colloquium was part of the UPOU’s Academic Program Improvement (API) in the field of R&D management which aimed to identify the innovations and trends in R&D management and to convene DR&DM students and alumni and R&D practitioners from industries and government institutions.

Five sessions made-up the 2-day colloquium. On behalf of the UPOU Chancellor, Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalaria, the event was formally opened by Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Director for the Information office of the UPOU. Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, Program Chair of the DR&DM program, presented the “Research Upgrading & Performance Evaluation” project of NAST, the co-organizer in the colloquium, on behalf of Dr. Lourdes J. Cruz, National Scientist, NAST.

Two guest speakers were featured in the morning session titled “Transforming Challenges into Innovations in the R&D Organizations”. Dr. Franco Teves, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of Mindanao State University, spoke about “Transforming Challenges into Innovations in the Financial and Administrative System in the R&D Organization: The MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology Experience”. Dr. Teves talked about the challenges in R&D for a growing academic institution and how they were able to overcome these challenges through reforming research policies, improving research infrastructures, and incentivizing research. The second guest speaker, Dr. Arnel del Barrio, Acting Executive Director for the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), spoke about “PCC’s R&D Innovations in Creating Livelihood Opportunities for the Farmers”. In his presentation, Dr. Del Barrio talked about the Carabao Development Program, R&D priority areas, R&D management system, and the program outputs and impacts of PCC. Among the notable impacts were the additional income for the farmers and improved nutrition of the children, and sustained carabao population for utilization. The main points of the session were given by the discussant, Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco, an academician from NAST.

There were two sessions for the afternoon session. Two guest speakers presented in the session titled “Commercializing R&D Outputs and Technologies”. The first presenter was Engr. Danilo P. Manayaga, President and CEO of SECURA International Corporation, shared the business model of SECURA, an “agriculture-driven growth, food and energy security, and poverty eradication”. The next guest speaker was Mr. Philip S. Cruz, President of Herbanext Laboratories Inc. In his presentation, Mr. Cruz emphasized the importance of complementation between the academe and the industry. The second session for the afternoon titled “Professionalizing R&D Management” was delivered by Dr. Rogelio V. Cuyno, former UPLB Research Management Center (RMC) Director and UP Mindanao Chancellor and currently Faculty In-Charge (Professorial Lecturer) under the DR&DM Program. Dr. Cuyno discussed how the research management sub-discipline was conceptualized in the Philippines and the lessons in professionalizing R&D management in the Philippines. The discussant, Asst. Prof. Glen A. Imbang presented the main points of the two sessions.

There were two sessions for the second day of the colloquium. The first session titled “Ethical, Legal, and Policy Concerns in R&D Management” had two speakers. The first speaker was Dr. Marco Nemesio E. Montano, an academician from NAST, presented “Research Ethics”, which provided a brief background on the scientific method, publication and openness, and ethics. Dr. Montano also discussed the different types of scientific misconduct and ways to publish ethically. He concluded his presentation by sharing the ways on how the supervisors can promote research integrity. The second guest speaker, Atty. Lolibeth Ramit-Medrano, Director of Patents of Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, presented “Intellectual Property Management: Complementing Research and Development”. According to Atty. Medrano, the “use of IP not only complements R&D but it also ensures a more sustainable R&D program”, and that there are different IPOPHIL and government agencies that have different programs and initiatives in assisting universities, individuals, companies etc., from IP creation until commercialization.

The last session titled “Open and Distance e-Learning in R&D Management” had one speaker. Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, the Program Chair of the UPOU DR&DM program and the Director of the Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD) of the College of Public Affairs (CPAf) of UPLB, presented “An Open Arena for Innovations in Professionalizing R&D Management”. In her presentation, Dr. Reyes shared the history of R&D management, a brief introduction of ODeL, and the profiles of the students of the DR&DM learners, and of the potential learners of the proposed Master of R&D Management program. The main points for the two sessions on the second day of the colloquium were presented by the discussant, Dr. Susan T. Bacud, Faculty-In-Charge (Senior Lecturer) in the DR&DM program of UPOU.

Open forum followed for both the morning and afternoon sessions where the participants were able to share their thoughts and obtain answers and clarifications to their questions. Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, Program Chair of the DR&DM program formally closed the event and thanked everyone who took part of the colloquium, especially the speakers who shared their knowledge on the innovations and trends in R&D Management.

This event was held on November 14-15, 2018 at the UPOU Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium in Los Baños, Laguna, and was web streamed live over (MDCVelasco)


 FMDS Comprehensive Examination Dates (2nd semester 2018-2019)

Diploma in Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (May 6, 2019)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency , Leadership and Management (May 8, 2019)

Master of Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (May 6, 2019)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency, Leadership and Management (May 8, 2019)
  • Area of Specialization (May 10, 2019)

Master of ASEAN Studies (July 5, 2019)

Master of Arts in Nursing

  • Content (July 16, 2019)
  • Methodology (July 18, 2019)

Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management

  • General Field (May 29 , 2019)
  • Major Field (May 31, 2019)

Master of Public Management

  • General Field (May 28, 2019)
  • Public Policy and Program Administration (May 30, 2019)
  • Local Government and Regional Administration (LGRA) and Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (June 1, 2019)

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