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FMDS Conducts Closing Ceremonies for Continuing Education Completers
FMDS-CEP Course Completers with DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, Dean Primo G. Garcia, Program Development Associate
Larry N. Cruz, Secretary to the Faculty Rita C. Ramos, and CEP Course Coordinators and Staff
The Faculty of Management and Development Studies of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU-FMDS) recognized its course completers and top learners in the Continuing Education Program (CEP) Closing Ceremonies held on 03 December 2016 at the Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium, UPOU Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.
A total of 151 from 11 courses have complied with all the requirements for completion. Seventy-three learners received certificates for having completed their courses with distinction and high distinction. Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos, FMDS Secretary to the Faculty, facilitated the awarding of the certificates of completion/recognition.
Mr. Larry N. Cruz, FMDS-CEP Program Development Associate and Dr. Primo G. Garcia, FMDS Dean together with Mr. Ramon
Manuel T. Nisperos, eCom and NEP Course Coordinator, award the certificate of completion/recognition to one of the
CEP course completers
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña was the guest speaker in the closing ceremonies. When he was still the Director of the University of the Philippines-Institute of Small Scale Industries (UP-ISSI) in the mid-1990s, Secretary de la Peña was instrumental in initiating Personal Entrepreneurial Development (PED) and New Enterprise Planning (NEP) -- the two longest running non-formal courses of UPOU. In his inspirational message, he emphasized the importance of self-motivation and self-improvement not only in one’s studies but also in creating a progressive society. Thus, he challenged the learners to share their knowledge and blessings for the benefit of the country. He added that the government is always there to help them accomplish that mission.
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña gives his inspirational message to the CEP course completers
The following top learners served as course representatives who delivered their messages on behalf of their classmates: Joseph A. Pagtananan, Introduction to Electronic Commerce (eCom); Antonio E. Entrata, Jr., NEP; Liana Arianne P. Escanio, PED; Dianne Mae S. Guan Hing, Simplified Accounting for Entrepreneurs (SAfE); Jay Albert A. Ocampo, Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Policies, Plans and Investments toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ICCA&DRM); Emilio B. Climaco, Organic Agriculture (OA); Pauline C. Capistrano, Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (RCRANRM); Jonathan Louis G. Fajardo, Living in Harmony with Nature (Satoyama); Minerva Conchita L. Tan, Caring for the Child with Special Needs (CCSN); Analie R. Grayda, Financial Management in Nursing Practice (FMNP); and Billie Kim P. Nucum, Research Utilization in Nursing Administration (RUNA). They were introduced by the following Course Coordinators present in the event: Mr. Ramon Manuel T. Nisperos (eCom and NEP); Ms. Tricia C. Ascan (SAfE); Dr. Ricardo T. Bagarinao (ICCA&DRM); Prof. Raymundo M. Lucero (OA); Dr. Marie Grace A. Gomez (CCSN); and Ms. Bettina D. Evio (FMNP).
The course representatives shared their experiences as learners in their respective courses. They stressed how flexible and convenient distance education is for some of them who are unable to attend a traditional classroom set-up due to work and/or family obligation. They also expressed their gratitude to the whole FMDS-CEP Team, their Course Coordinators, classmates, family, and friends. Two of the messages were delivered via video from Singapore (Liana Arianne P. Escanio, PED) and Australia (Dianne Mae S. Guan Hing, SAfE).
Dr. Primo G. Garcia, FMDS Dean, 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.
The UPOU's Multimedia Center, in collaboration with the UPOU's Information and Communication Technology Development Office made the event available online via live streaming at upounetworks.net.
The FMDS-CEP Team with Guest Speaker Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.
DOST Secretary Inspires Completers in CEP Closing Rites
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña gives his inspirational message to the CEP course completers
”If we are to ever progress as a nation, I sincerely believe that we will need many more people like you,” Professor Fortunato T. de la Peña, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), told the 151 course completers in his inspirational message in the Continuing Education Program (CEP) Closing Ceremonies held by UPOU’s Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) on December 03, 2pm, at the Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium, UPOU Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.
Sec. de la Peña was instrumental in initiating the two longest running continuing education (non-formal) courses of UPOU—Personal Entrepreneurial Development (PED) and New Enterprise Planning (NEP)—which had touched the lives of over a thousand lifelong learners. He was the Director of the University of the Philippines-Institute of Small Scale Industries (UP-ISSI) when PED and NEP courses were conceptualized, developed, and delivered via distance education mode in the late ‘90s under the then School for Distance Education (SDE) of UPOU in UP Diliman. He also served as the first Course Coordinator of both courses when they were initially offered under the then Faculty of Management Sciences (FMS) of UPOU in 2002.
Expanding ICT application
At the start of his message, he noted how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) had broadened its applications. From Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), it has extended to highly technical and relevant scientific, technological, and creative realms. “My dear graduates, you are all shining testaments to the fact that ICT goes far and beyond BPO,” he stated.
A well-deserved praise
Sec. de la Peña also commended the course completers in his speech. He said that their achievement is worthy of praise as they have acquired skills that would help them in their chosen careers.
Bedrocks of a progressive society
Despite the diversity of the learner’s courses and motivations in taking up the course, he underscored that all of them share a common denominator—they are motivated and they all took the opportunity for self-improvement in UPOU. According to him, self-motivation and self-improvement, the two traits which he believes the learners possess, are the bedrock of a progressive society. Thus, he challenged them to share their knowledge and blessings for the benefit of the country and the Filipino people.
Government as primary arm in national development
He also emphasized that the government or the DOST, in particular, is always there to help the learners accomplish their mission. As Sec de la Peña said, the government has pledged to provide much greater support for the people who join them at the forefronts of national development.
CEP-related DOST programs
Sec. Dela Peña also shared some of DOST’s programs/services which are in line with business/entrepreneurship, agriculture, and rural development. These are the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), OneStore, and innovative packaging assistance which all assist small businesses and start-ups; and the Smart-Agri Program and Food Innovation Centers located nationwide which help increase agricultural productivity especially in the rural areas. Completers of CEP can take advantage of these programs as they pursue their business or social development initiatives.
DOST: Producing high-quality science and engineering graduates
The abovementioned DOST programs would not be successful without the experts behind their implementation, Sec. de la Peña stressed. Thus, before ending his speech, he also took the opportunity to introduce two of the DOST’s key agencies which are known in producing high-quality science and engineering graduates. These are the Science Education Institute and the Philippine Science High School. Both offer high school, undergraduate, and graduate degrees.
After his message, FMDS Dean Dr. Primo G. Garcia, assisted by FMDS-CEP Program Development Associate Mr. Larry Cruz, awarded Sec. dela Pena a certificate of appreciation and tokens from the university as a way of thanking him for gracing the event.
Mr. Larry N. Cruz, FMDS-CEP Program Development Associate, and Dr. Primo G. Garcia, FMDS Dean, award the certificate and
tokens of appreciation to the guest speaker—DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña
FMDS-UPOU Lecturer Elected as New President for the National Association for Social Work Education, Inc (NASWEI)
Dr. Melba L. Manapol, UP Open University (UPOU) lecturer from the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), was elected President of the National Association for Social Work Education, Inc (NASWEI) for 2016 to 2018 succeeding Dr. Lolita D. Pablo of Centro Escolar University. NASWEI is an organization composed of social work schools in the country which advances transformative and responsive social work education in the Philippines.
Dr. Manapol currently teaches in the Diploma in/Master of Social Work program of UPOU specifically SW 253 Supervision in the Social Services. Besides serving as lecturer, she is the Chairperson of the Social Work Department and a Professor in Ateneo de Davao University.
Before being elected as President of NASWEI, Dr. Manapol’s public service leadership includes serving as resource person for Case Management Training for CSSDO, DSWD, Child Caring Agencies in Visayas and Mindanao, offering consultancy work for Strategic Planning and Project Review for Handicap International, MONKASPED and Compostela Valley Seniors Citizen Organization, module developer and trainer for capability building of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers and paraprofessionals on Case Management for the Protection of Children in Emergencies, trainer for Community Based Psychosocial Support Healing and Recovery Program at Bai Mai Surin Refugee Camp in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. She was also a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Social Work and Human Service Practice.
Dr. Manapol finished her Bachelor of Science in Social Work in Ateneo de Davao University and her Master of Social Work degree in University of the Philippines Diliman. She earned her PhD in Educational Management also in Ateneo de Davao University.
FMDS Comprehensive Exam Date Schedule 1st semester 2017-2018
Diploma in Social Work
Human Behavior & Social Environment (October 24, 2017)
Social Welfare Policies and Research (October 26, 2017)
Master of Social Work
Human Behavior & Social Environment
Social Welfare Policies and Research
(October 24, 2017)
Social Work Profession and Practice
Social Agency , Leadership and Management
(October 26, 2017)
Area of Specialization (October 28, 2017)
Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management
General Field (October 27, 2017)
Major Field (October 28, 2017)
Master of Public Management
General Field (November 6, 2017)
Public Policy and Program Administration (November 8, 2017)
Local Government and Regional Administration(LGRA) & Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (November 10, 2017)
Master of Arts in Nursing (January 9 and 11, 2018)
Master of ASEAN Studies (January 12, 2018)