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FMDS celebrates World Social Work Day and National Women’s Month with LTIO Lecture Series

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) celebrated the World Social Work Day and National Women’s Month on 21 March 2017 with a Let’s Talk It Over (LTIO) lecture series entitled Kababaihan, Kalikasan, Komunidad, which discussed the role of social work to promote sustainable environments and communities and the role of women in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Two leading experts in women and development were invited to speak at the lecture series. Ms. Marita Castillo-Pimentel, the Director for Field Operations of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), presented DSWD’s tasks in terms of human capital development, improvement of the country’s social protection programs, and implementation of the responsible parenthood and reproductive health law. Director Pimentel also shared with the audience DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo’s phrase “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” meaning “From the Masses, For the Masses” which is central to the department’s promotive and protective programs characterized by maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo, serbisyong walang puwang sa katiwalian, at patas na pagtrato sa komunidad. She urged everyone to continuously harness women’s participation towards change and advocate for people-oriented and people-centered policies, programs and initiatives at various levels to promote sustainable communities living harmoniously with their natural environments.

Dr. Thelma R. Paris, an independent consultant and formerly a gender specialist for Climate Change in Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), discussed the roles of women and men in agriculture and climate change, particularly in in rice-based farming systems, impacts of climate change in agriculture and on rural livelihoods, coping mechanisms and vulnerabilities of men and women in the face of climate change risks, research on climate change, agriculture, food security and gender as well as climate smart agriculture and farming practices.

According to Dr. Paris, “the goal of reducing poverty and hunger, improving human health and nutrition, and climate resilience can be achieved if agricultural research institutions in partnership with extension agencies and NGOs will provide women and men equal access to opportunities and empower women to maximize their skills, talents and inputs for their benefit, their families, the society and the future generation.” Dr. Paris also serves as a faculty-in-charge for UPOU’s DWD program teaching Women and Work.

Thought provoking questions were raised during the open forum by the live and online viewers from overseas. The speakers and the audience engaged in a discussion of society’s perception of women empowerment, lessons learned in terms of improving women’s roles in preparing for and overcoming climate-related disasters as well as how can disaster risk reduction and management be gender sensitive. The forum provided insights on rethinking the concept of women's empowerment and gender roles and the interconnection of women, environment and community to further analyze and respond to the issues related to the said three concepts.

Held at the UPOU’s Audio-Visual Room with livestreaming via networks.upou.edu.ph, the event was organized by the Diploma in/Master of Social Work (D/MSW) and Diploma in Women and Development (DWD) programs of FMDS in cooperation with the Office of Gender Concerns (OGC) and is in line with the National Women’s Month celebration theme “We Make Change Work for Women.”

The World Social Work Day is celebrated every 3rd Tuesday of March to recognize the contribution of social work and push for the promotion of the social work profession and its significant role in development. This observance is jointly organized by the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the School of Social Work Geneva (HETS-Genève) and the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) where UP Open University is an institutional member through its D/MSW program under FMDS. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability” which relates to the 3rd pillar of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development. (Paula Grace Muyco)

UP Open University Renews its Institutional Membership to the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) renewed its annual institutional membership to the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) last 15 February 2017 as part of its efforts to widen UP Open University’s network through partnerships and linkages. Membership to the organization is seen as beneficial in learning about the current professional practice and trends in social work education thus enriching the faculty’s Diploma in and Master of Social Work curriculum.

The IASSW office is located at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano- Bicocca, Italy and is the global association of social work schools and social work educational programs at the tertiary level. It advocates for the development of social work education in the world, creates standards to improve social work education, boosts international exchanges, offers a venue for creating discourse on social work research, and conducts policy and advocacy activities to support human rights and social development. IASSW aims to engage social work educators in the whole world for the exchange of knowledge and expertise. IASSW has been granted consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as an NGO since 1947 and represented at the United Nations in Geneva. The association shares studies and research in social work through the International Social Work journal and conferences and seminars organized.

Besides IASSW, UP Open University through FMDS’ Social Work program is also a member of the Asia Pacific Association for Social Work Education (APASWE), the National Association of Social Work Education, Inc. (NASWEI), the Social Welfare Development Learning Network, and the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children-CALABARZON Region. Through these linkages, FMDS hopes to reach prospective Social Work students and contribute to the development of the Philippine social work curriculum through open and distance e-learning.

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.


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  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency, Leadership and Management (October 10, 2018 )
  • Area of Specialization ( October 12, 2018)

 

Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management

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  • Major Field (October 20, 2018)

 

Master of Public Management

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  • Public Policy and Program Administration (Novermber 14 , 2018)
  • Local Government and Regional Administration (LGRA) and Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (November 16, 2018)

 

Master of Arts in Nursing

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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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