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MPM Program Conducts Field Visit to LGU and Seminar on Federalism

The Master of Public Management (MPM) has successfully concluded its first activity under the UP Academic Program Improvement (API) project entitled: “Planning and Training to Establish Collaboration with the Local Governance Resource Institutions through Externship of Faculty Members in relevant sites” on 15-17 February 2017. The program was organized in collaboration with the Nueva Vizcaya State University, Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Office and Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Tourism Office.

The activity aimed to make the faculty members and staff grounded and updated on what is going on in the field through the first-hand insights and experiences and to establish collaboration with local governance resource institutions towards the enhancement of the delivery of the courses under the Program.

There were 13 Faculties-In-Charge (FICs) and staff members who participated in the three-day activity which included a courtesy call and interview with Hon. Carlos M. Padilla, Governor of Nueva Vizcaya; a visit to the local government unit-managed Lower Magat Ecotourism Park; and a “Let’s Talk It Over” cum Public Forum on Federalism and Local Governance.

The courtesy call and interview with Governor Padilla provided the participants a glimpse on thirteen-point agenda of the province labelled as PRAYERS N FAITH: Protect the environment; Reform the provincial government; Agriculture and food safety; Youth and sports; Education and skills training; Rural development and electrification; Social services, safety and security; Networking for development; Farm-to-market roads and infrastructure; Arts and culture; Indigenous people; Tourism; and Health and housing services. The faculty members were given the opportunity to ask questions about the relevant issues in the province such as mining.

The visit to the Lower Magat Ecotourism Park showcased how the provincial government maintained and further developed the park after its management was transferred from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to the provincial government of Nueva Vizcaya.

The activity was highlighted by the conduct of the “Let’s Talk It Over” cum Public Forum on Federalism and Local Governance at the Nueva Vizcaya State University. This was participated in by over a hundred students and local government officials. This was also accessed by graduate students from Ateneo de Naga through webstreaming via the UPOU Networks. Dr. Danilo Dela Rosa Reyes of UP-National College of Public Administration and Governance, Dr. Benjamin N. Muego of Ateneo de Manila University – Loyola Schools, and Governor Carlos M. Padilla served as resource speakers.

FMDS Student Orientation goes Live!

Following the success of the first Online Student Orientation in the First Semester AY 2016-2017, the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) thru its Secretary to the Faculty conducted the Online Student Orientation via Facebook Live for Second Semester AY 2016-2017 on 21 January 2017.

Hosted by Asst. Prof Rita C. Ramos, the Secretary to the Faculty of FMDS, and Ms Jeniffer F. De Pasion-Guevarra, FMDS Student Support Staff, the online student orientation via Facebook Live is a venue for students to raise inquiries and clarify information which are not included in the orientation materials sent to them prior to the live orientation. Some of the Program Chairs, Faculty-In-Charge, and Learning Center Coordinators also joined the Live Orientation addressing concerns raised by the students.

The Student Orientation via FB Live got a total of 1527 views with over 300 comments and students’ queries. Students who attended the live orientation also commented that FB Live is a good venue for them to post queries which are answered real time, making them feel less worried and more guided.

FMDS makes use of the advantages of Social Media such as Facebook Live in its mission to serve the global community of learners, reaching out to more students around the globe.

FMDS conducts FIC Orientation for Second Semester AY 2016-2017

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) conducted the two-day Faculty-In-Charge (FIC) Orientation for the Second Semester AY 2016-2017 on 17-18 January 2017 at 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 and as an Academic Productivity Improvement initiative of FMDS, FIC Orientation is conducted every semester to orient new FICs and update continuing FICs about new approaches, technologies and other improvements in teaching via distance mode.

Dean Primo G. Garcia discussed Principles of Online Teaching and Learning and Facilitating Learning and Building Community of Learners. Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos, Secretary to the Faculty of FMDS, discussed the Roles of FIC and other Administrative Matters, Assessment in Online Learning and Myportal: The Learning Management System. Overview of Course Site and Updating the Course Content were discussed by Assoc. Prof. Joane V. Serrano while Asst. Prof. Aurora V. Lacaste shared about Designing Learning Activities and Preparing the Course Guide. Mainstreaming Gender was discussed by Asst. Prof. Finaflor F. Taylan, Director of UPOU’s Office of the Gender Concerns.

For this semester, FMDS invited Engr. Edison Sevillo of UPOU Multimedia Center to teach about New Technologies for Instruction. He taught the FICs on how to use software such as Screencast-O-Matic and Office Mix that they may use to improve their course materials.

FMDS aims to continue to follow its commitment to adhere to the highest standards of academic excellence, service, and social responsibility by conducting regular activities such as FIC Orientation.


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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