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#Y4IRT project conducts two panel sessions at ICSHE Conference

The team members of the Youth for Ifugao Rice Terraces (#Y4IRT), a project of The UP Open University (UPOU) Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), presented their research at the International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (ICSHE). The theme of the said conference was “Envisioning Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures: Celebrating diversity, pursuing integration, and developing livable communities.” The conference tackled four thematic areas: (1) Health, Aging, and Demographic Change; (2) Sustainable Cities and Landscapes; (3) Food and Water Systems; (4) Communities in Transition: Implications for rural resilience, biodiversity, and tourism.

The project team members from UPOU, Ifugao State University (IFSU), University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), and Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) spearheaded two panel sessions for the conference entitled Sustainable Development and Open and Distance e-Learning and The Use of ICTs and e-Learning in Preserving Indigenous Knowledge. Four studies were presented per panel session. The first panel session was moderated by Dr. Joane Serrano, Project Leader of the #Y4IRT project. On the other hand, the second panel session was moderated by Dr. Consuelo Habito, Senior Team Member of the #Y4IRT project. The complete list of the studies that were presented in the conference follows:

Panel 1

  • Digital Literacy in Remote Areas: the case of Ifugao
  • Mainstreaming sustainability and conservation of IRT through academe and community partnership and networking
  • E-learning and online media as tools for Ifugao Rice terraces conservation as perceived by selected Ifugao youths
  • The Role of Social Media in Promoting the Conservation of Indigenous Knowledge in Ifugao

Panel 2

  • Potentials and challenges in teaching Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices through Blended Learning
  • Using ICTs to preserve Indigenous Knowledge: The Case of a Youth Capacity Building Project in the Philippines
  • Strengthening tourism practices in Ifugao through the use of blended learning for an Indigenous Youth Capacity Building and Exchange Program in the Philippines
  • Digitized Education for the Ifugao Youth: E-Learning as a tool for preserving Indigenous knowledge

ICSHE was held on 28 November to 01 December 2017 at Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) located in Los Banos, Laguna. This was the first time that the ICSHE conference was held in the ASEAN region. The conference brought together global and regional practitioners, researchers, policy makers, experts, and academics in an event to discuss contemporary research and practices in promoting a just and sustainable future. (JPBorce)

FMDS-UPOU has two new projects under the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI)


Two new UP Open University (UPOU) projects submitted to the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) were approved for implementation. The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), through the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), has been a member of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative since 2012.

For the Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) 2017 Project , 23 applications were submitted to the SDM Secretariat and only six applications were selected that are deemed most promising for the implementation and promotion of the concept of the Satoyama Initiative. FMDS-UPOU’s submission is “Contextualization of the Instructional Materials for the Training of Youths toward Conservation of Ifugao Rice Terraces as a Satoyama Landscape” in partnership with the existing project of UPOU in Ifugao which is the Youth for Ifugao Rice Terraces. This project aims to contextualize through translation the instructional materials for the training of youths toward conservation of Ifugao Rice Terraces as Satoyama landscape. The said project will run from January 2018 to January 2019.

For the IPSI Collaborative Activity, which are activities undertaken by two or more members of IPSI, UPOU’s project is “Development and sharing of multimedia learning resources for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Satoyama.” This is a collaborative activity between UPOU and Kanazawa University (KU). UPOU and KU have collaborated in various projects related to the conservation and sustainable development of Ifugao Rice Terraces since 2013.

IPSI is comprised of 202 member organizations committed to supporting socio ecological landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) for the benefit of biodiversity and human well-being through the implementation of their respective activities. (NDSAlazada)

UPOU faculty, staff, and students participate in the 2017 APRU Global Health Conference

UPOU faculty and staff at the 11th Annual Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Conference

UP Open University (UPOU) participated in the 11th Annual Workshop of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Conference held on 16-19 October 2017 at Novotel Hotel, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines and organized by the University of the Philippines (UP) System.

This year’s theme, “Environmental Exposures & Cancer in the Pacific Rim,” aimed to promote collaboration and exchange of latest research and knowledge among health experts and practitioners, researchers, and policymakers in relation to prevention of cancer and other non-communicable diseases, environmental health, and occupational health.

Two pre-conference workshops were held. The first one tackled drug and substance abuse in the Philippines. The invited speakers were Mr. Benjamin Reyes from the Philip-pine Dangerous Drugs Board, who talked about The State of the Drug and Substance Abuse in the Philippines; Mr. Joselito Pascual from UP Manila, who discussed Psycho-tropic Drugs and Mental Health; and Mr. Patrick Louis Angeles from NoBox Transitions Foundation, who discussed Approaches to Addressing the Drug and Substance Abuse Problem: Learning from the Experiences of Other Countries. Speakers during the second workshop were Asst. Prof. Naruemon Thabchumpon from Chulalongkorn University; Mr. Marc Schenker from University of California, Davis; Ms. Mellissa Withers, APRU Program Director from University of Southern California; Ms. Maruja Asis from Scalabrini Migration Center, Philippines; and Prof. Veronica Ramirez from University of Asia and the Pacific. They all talked about migration and health in the Pacific Rim.

Dr. Curtis Harris, the invited keynote speaker from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, also talked about “Precision medicine strategy: Environment and human cancer.” The work-shop concluded with a field trip featuring the UP Campus and the National Museum of Fine Arts.

The Faculty of Management of Development Studies (FMDS), led by Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH) Program Chair and 2017 APRU Global Health Conference Local Organizing Committee Member, was one of the participating institutions that helped in facilitating the event. UPOU’s Multimedia Center, including Ms. Luisa Gelisan, UPOU Networks Program Development Associate (PDA), provided video coverage for the conference. Staff members from the Information Office and FMDS lent administrative support. Some students from the D/MIH Program also participated in the conference.

APRU, of which UP is a member, is a consortium of leading research universities located in countries and regions in the Pacific Rim. It aims to foster collaboration between member universities, thereby contributing to the economic, scientific and cultural advancement in the region. (JRBagos)


DMSW Comprehensive Exam

This is a gentle reminder for DMSW Comprehensive exam takers who finished all 39 units (MSW) and 33 units (DSW) last 1st semester AY 2018-2019. You should be enrolled for residency this 2nd semester before taking the exam on May 6, 8, and 10, 2019.

Please get in touch with the Program Chair as soon as possible or before May 1, 2019.

 FMDS Comprehensive Examination Dates (2nd semester 2018-2019)

Diploma in Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (May 6, 2019)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency , Leadership and Management (May 8, 2019)

Master of Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (May 6, 2019)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency, Leadership and Management (May 8, 2019)
  • Area of Specialization (May 10, 2019)

Master of ASEAN Studies (July 5, 2019)

Master of Arts in Nursing

  • Content (July 16, 2019)
  • Methodology (July 18, 2019)

Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management

  • General Field (May 29 , 2019)
  • Major Field (May 31, 2019)

Master of Public Management

  • General Field (May 28, 2019)
  • Public Policy and Program Administration (May 30, 2019)
  • Local Government and Regional Administration (LGRA) and Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (June 1, 2019)

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