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FMDS Pioneers Student Orientation via Social Media

The Faculty Secretary’s Office of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) held its very first Online Orientation for New Students on 20 August 2016. Making the most out of today’s technology and most popular social media site, the orientation was conducted using Facebook’s new live stream feature—Facebook Live.

The online student orientation via Facebook Live was a first for FMDS, which used to conduct its orientation face-to-face. Delivered using social media, the student orientation was made more accessible to students around the country and beyond. The said activity was organized for the newly admitted students as a venue to clarify points regarding the orientation materials, including academic and administrative policies, sent to them before the online student orientation.

The online student orientation was led by Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos, Secretary to the Faculty of FMDS, and Ms. Jeniffer F. De Pasion, FMDS Student Support Staff. There were also Program Chairs and Learning Center Coordinators who participated and helped answer some queries through the comments section.

The students who participated in the online student orientation commended FMDS’ efforts to make this orientation more accessible. It was very convenient for them as it took place real-time. Some students were able to participate and ask questions even when in transit or while relaxing by the beach. The students were also confident in asking questions unlike in previous face-to-face orientation where students were reluctant to ask or clarify points.

The online student orientation was also recorded so students can go back to and watch it. The online student orientation garnered 3,742 views and 780 comments.

FMDS Celebrates Recognition Day for Graduating Class 2016

140 bright minds from the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) of UP Open University celebrated years of hard work and commitment in the fields of management, health, development, and environment on 29 July 2016 at the Centennial Center for Digital Learning Building (CCDL). They were part of a graduating class of over 361 students from different parts of the Philippines and abroad who have recently completed UP Open University’s online baccalaureate and graduate programs.

Finishing a degree doesn’t end with the students’ last footfalls on stage, but with an added responsibility to serve the country better. Dr. Primo G. Garcia, Dean of FMDS, welcomed everyone with a challenge. He said that “it is now time to make what we have learned matter to the people who matter – the Filipino people.”

This sentiment was strongly echoed by the students and during his speech, Jabez Joshua Flores from the Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management program (MENRM), urged everyone to “use education as an opportunity for application, as a platform for action.” True enough, after the recognition program and the students were able to get to know each other better, a plan was created to develop a consultancy group composed of FMDS graduate students to share their knowledge and lessons learned during their stay at the university.

For Jerome Adriano, also a MENRM student, he sees that the most important lessons he learned were time management skills and determination as well as the value in enjoying the whole learning experience instead of drowning in grade consciousness, of being collaborative and not overly competitive as he believed that “the success of everybody is better than being on top of the heap.”

This success might be dressed with a shining medal while holding a crisp certificate or it might just be that proud look on their loved ones’ faces and the feeling that they’ve made it this far against all odds. No matter how many faces success wears, behind it are stories of perseverance, grit and ambition, constantly challenged and questioned by work and domestic responsibilities on top of academic requirements. Diploma in Research & Development Management (DR&DM) student, Paolo Hilado, credits this success to the significant people who gave their unyielding support, understanding and patience during their studies as they balanced work and family duties.

Former Dean of FMDS, Dr. Inocencio E. Buot, Jr. was also there during the recognition to support the students and give his inspirational message. He used the imagery of katakataka touted as the “wonder plant” in his speech. The plant is also known as siempre vivo translated from Spanish meaning -always alive. The plant has been used to symbolize the deep-seated patriotism that is forever growing in the country because of its ability to grow in any ground, even by just throwing a part of it into the soil. In UP, The katakataka is found at the base of the oblation statue and it carries the same meaning of patriotism for the country.

Just like the katakataka, the students of FMDS have been inculcated with a commitment to serve the people, take root and flourish anywhere and in any circumstance. Testament to this is Adriano’s plans to continue studying in UPOU for a PhD degree and pass his EnP Licensure Exam. Flores was accepted at UP Los Banos Graduate School for his PhD in Environmental Science and is now enjoying his 1st semester while still managing his organic farm, Cafe Antonio Restaurant, and teaching an online class on Personal Entrepreneurial Development under the FMDS Continuing Education Program. Hilado plans to engage in R&D projects that would greatly contribute to the country’s development through DOST or DOH and then pursue his doctorate degree after three to four years.

Both Paolo Hilado and Jabez Joshua Flores are recipients of the Chancellor’s List award together with Harvey John Garcia from the MENRM Program. Jerome Adriano, who is also from MENRM received the Dean’s List recognition together with Ronald John Autriz from DR&DM.

Dr. Jean A. Saludadez, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and Program Chair of ASEAN Studies delivered the closing message. Graduating students, professors, staff members, and guests shared lunch after the recognition rites.

FMDS Continuing Education Program (CEP) Course Coordinator Chancellor’s List Awardee

Mr. Joshua Jabez M. Flores, Course Coordinator for the Personal Entrepreneurial Development (PED) continuing education/non-formal course since July 2014 recently graduated from the University of the Philippines Open University(UPOU). He finished his Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management (MENRM) program major in Upland Resources Management under the Faculty of Management of Development Studies (FMDS) with a commendable general weighted average of 1.06. In recognition of his outstanding academic performance, he received the Chancellor’s List Award in the UPOU’s 20th Commencement Exercises held on 30 July 2016 at the UPOU Oblation Park in Los Baños, Laguna.

A home-grown and true-blooded Isklolar ng Bayan, he finished his secondary education at UP Rural High School and his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree at UP Los Baños. He was also a former student of UPOU’s non-formal/continuing education course on Personal Entrepreneurial Development in 2011, New Enterprise Planning and Organic Agriculture both in 2012, which he all completed with high distinction. He is one diligent and effective lifelong ODeL learner! His notable academic accomplishments are products of his enduring thirst and deep rooted passion for knowledge.

An advocate of organic farming and a certified permaculture designer, Mr. Flores is currently the Farmer Support Manager of Good Food Community, Inc. based in Quezon City and Kainos Farm in Calamba City, Laguna - initiatives committed to a sustainable environment and healthier society. Also an innate entrepreneur, he is a co-owner of the specialty coffee shop, Café Antonio Small Town Coffee Brewers, Inc. established in 2008 in Los Baños (formerly known as Café Antonio Coffee Corporation). He was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine (2008), The Philippine Daily Inquirer (2008) and NHK World(2009). He is also a professional barista with training from the Heny Sison Culinary School in Quezon City, Highlander Academy of Coffee in Singapore, and education units from the Specialty Coffee Association of America. He competed as a barista and coached other baristas in several national competitions since 2010 and was trained to become one of the sensory judges for the Philippine National Barista Championship in 2013.

Since 2007, he has been training college students, baristas, and fellow entrepreneurs. Mentoring and motivating his students to excel and succeed is his way of giving back to the community that helped, shaped and brought him to where he is now.

Mr. Flores was recently granted a DOST scholarship and is currently pursuing Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science at UP Los Baños.


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)


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