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FMDS Research Ethics Committee Gears Up for DOST- PHREB Accreditation

The UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies – Research Ethics Committee (FMDS-REC) conducted a planning and training activity on 16-17 November 2016 in preparation for its accreditation to the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (DOST-PHREB).

The creation of a fully accredited research ethics committee is in line with FMDS thrust to ensure that the research conducted by its students and academic staff protects the rights of its human participants, the research activities undertaken are ethically sound, and the research is done in a way that serves the interest of society as a whole.

In the two-day activity, a writing workshop was done for the revision of the ethics Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual. The SOP manual was initially consolidated by Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Chair of the FMDS-REC and the Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH) Programs; and Ms. Donna Mari Handa, Project Staff of both D/MIH and Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) Programs. Among the topics in the SOP discussed are as follows: (1) Selection and appointment of Members; (2) Management of initial submissions and resubmissions; (3) Review of progress, final, and early termination reports and protocol amendments; (4) Expedited review; (5) Full review; (6) Preparing for a meeting; (7) Communicating REC decisions; (8) Managing active files; and (9) Archiving of terminated, inactive, or completed files. During the write-shop, it was suggested to make the REC accreditation university-wide and not only for the FMDS-REC. Thus, selection of REC members should ensure representation from the three faculties of studies in the university.

The activity is still in the initial stage of finalizing the SOP manual. As agreed in the writing workshop, a second wave of activities will be conducted sometime in January 2017 to finalize the SOP manual which is a primary requirement for PHREB accreditation.

Ms. Alvie Simonette Alip, UPOU Research and Publication Committee (RPC) Member, discussed the role of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA) in UPOU ethics review while Ms. Bettina Evio, FMDS-REC Member (External), shared her experiences in reviewing manuscripts of students for ethical approval.

Present during the workshop were Ms. Alip; Ms. Evio; Mr. Larry Cruz, FMDS-RPC Member; Asst. Prof. Queenie Ridulme, FMDS-REC Member and MAN Program Chair, and Prof. Sheila Bonito, FMDS-REC Vice Chair.

FMDS REPS bags Best Presenter award at 2nd ASEAN University Conference on Public Relations and Communication (APRC2016)

Ms. Jeniffer F. De Pasion, University Extension Associate I under the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) was awarded the Best Presenter in the 2nd ASEAN University Conference on Public Relations and Communication (APRC2016) with the theme "One Vision, One Identity, One Community: Fostering Public Relations Network For ASEAN Communities" held on 18-20 November 2016 at EDC Hotel and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Kedah, Malaysia.

Her paper entitled “The Use of Blogs and Comics as a Student Support Communication Tool for Incoming Online Students,” which she ca-authored with Assoc. Prof. Joane V. Serrano, Ms. Paula Grace M. Muyco and Mr. Christian C. Guevarra, discussed the use of blogs and comics as communication tools for incoming online students, specifically in supporting and engaging them to maximize their online learning experience. Furthermore, the results of the study helped FMDS in designing appropriate communication tools and student support strategies targeted to those without prior knowledge about online learning.

Meanwhile, other faculty and staff members of UPOU also presented papers during the conference. Along with Ms. De Pasion, Ms Anna Elizabeth Cañas-Llamas of UPOU Information Office also won the Best Presenter Award for her paper entitled “Communicating with Perspective Students: Public Relations Media and Strategies of a University Information Office.”

APRC 2016, where UPOU serves as a partner institution is the second conference organized by Universiti Utara Malaysia under The Institute of Public Relations Malaysia Students Association – Chapter UUM (IPRMSA-UUM) and Student Development & Alumni Office (PPA), College of Arts & Sciences. The conference aims to provide a venue for ASEAN participants to discuss and share best practices in the fields of public relations and communication as well as develop positive intercultural relations among each other.

FMDS Faculty Member Receives Best Paper Award at Asia Engage Regional Conference 2016

Asst. Prof. Finaflor F. Taylan, Program Chair of the Diploma in/Master of Social Work and Diploma in Women and Development of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), won the Best Paper award for her paper entitled “Protecting and Promoting Child Rights through the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU)” during the 3rd Asia Engage Regional Conference 2016 held on 21-23 November 2016 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Her paper discussed UPOU’s engagement with UNICEF in offering MOOCs on Understanding the Child Better, the Legal Instruments for the Protection of Children, and Institutional Mechanisms for Child Right Protection and Promotion. The paper also described how the multimedia learning materials developed also led to the creation of open educational resources on child rights protection and promotion while creating a community of practice of child rights workers and advocates.

Associate Professor Consuelo DL. Habito of FMDS also presented her paper entitled “Advancing Cross-learning and Artistic Creativity among Woodcarvers in the Philippines.”

The 3rd Asia Engage Regional Conference 2016 with the theme “Universities in an Integrating Regional Communities Engagement with Government, Communities, Industries and Civil Society” aimed to bring together diverse practitioners from the academe, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and foundations that are passionate about university-community engagement for regional development.


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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