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UPOU-FMDS Lecturers Awarded by Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc.
Two UP Open University (UPOU) lecturers from the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) were awarded a Plaque of Recognition for their service to the public by the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) on October 10, 2018 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. PASWI is a national organization for professional social workers in the country which advocates for total human development.
Dr. Melba L. Manapol currently teaches SW 210 Social Administration and Development in the Diploma in/Master of Social Work (D/MSW) program of FMDS. Besides serving as lecturer, she is the Chairperson of the Social Work Department and a Professor at Ateneo de Davao University and the National Association for Social Work Education, Inc. (NASWEI) President.
Dr. Manapol’s public service leadership includes serving as resource person for Case Management Training for CSSDO, DSWD, Child Caring Agencies in Visayas and Mindanao, offering consultancy work for Strategic Planning and Project Review for Handicap International, MONKASPED and Compostela Valley Seniors Citizen Organization, module developer and trainer for capability building of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers and paraprofessionals on Case Management for the Protection of Children in Emergencies, trainer for Community Based Psychosocial Support Healing and Recovery Program at Bai Mai Surin Refugee Camp in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. She was also a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Social Work and Human Service Practice.
Dr. Manapol finished her Bachelor of Science in Social Work at Ateneo de Davao University and her Master of Social Work degree at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She earned her PhD in Educational Management also from Ateneo de Davao University.
Dr. Nicamil K. Sanchez taught SW 220 Social Work Theory and Practice for the D/MSW program of FMDS. Besides serving as a lecturer, he is also the CEO for Philippine Consortium for Social Welfare and Human Dev.
Previously, he has served as a social worker for the Philippine National Red Cross and as a social welfare officer for DSWD. He likewise taught at the University of the City of Manila, University of the Philippines Diliman, and at the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
As the National President of ACU Postgraduate Association, he has spearheaded “Book for A Cause,” which saw the donation of more than 20,000 books to daycare and rural schools in Payatas Quezon city, Basey Samar Elementary school, University of Southern Philippines, Panabo Elementary school, Western Mindanao State University, and University of Southern Philippines. He also organizes feeding programs in various day care centers. In his current post at the Philippine Consortium, he donates to charitable institutions for every business transaction.
Dr. Sanchez took his Bachelor of Science Major in Social Work degree at the University of the City of Manila and his Master in Public Management degree at the Development Academy of the Philippines. He took up post graduate studies in Gerontology and Geriatrics at the University of Malta European Centre of Gerontology and Geriatrics and was an academic visitor at the Oxford University Institute of Population Ageing in United Kingdom. Dr. Sanchez received his PhD in Social Work from the Australian Catholic University – Canberra Campus. PMMuyco
Writeshop held in preparation for UPOU Master of R&D Management Program
UP Open University’s Diploma in R&D Management (DR&DM) program gathered experts in research and development (R&D) management for a writeshop to upgrade and update its current Diploma in R&D Management (DR&DM) program and propose a Master’s program in the same field. Held on 10-11 September 2018, DR&DM faculty members under the UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies met in Los Banos, Laguna to review the program in the light of the expressed needs of its target learners and recent developments in the field.
Attending the workshop were Dr. Melinda Lumanta, Dr. Jean Saludadez, Dr. Primo Garcia, and Dr. Rogelio Cuyno from UPOU; Dr. Danilo Cardenas and Dr. Noel Catibog from the Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD); Dr. Susan Bacud, Dr. Ana Quimbo, Dr. Jaine Reyes from UP Los Banos, and Asst. Prof. Glen Imbang from the UP Diliman Technology Management Center.
Dr. Jaine Reyes, Program Chair for the UPOU DR&DM program, explained the rationale and mechanics of the writeshop. According to Dr. Reyes, the MR&DM Writeshop was held to define how the program and courses under it will be administered. Dr. Reyes also recounted the needs assessment of potential R&D managers tackled at the DR&DM One-Day Symposium on 05 September. She also explained the learner preferences, interests and needs that led to the proposal for the development of master’s program in R&D Management.
Part of the writeshop was a discussion about the revision of existing courses under DR&DM and the institution of new courses for the Master’s program. The participants grouped themselves according to the areas of studies to develop the outlines and proposed content of the revised and new courses. Areas of studies included (1) Regulatory Environments, Compliance, Ethical and Legal Issues; R&D Leadership and Organizational Structures, Relations, and Processes in R&D Systems; and Finance Administrative and other Support Systems for R&D; (2) Creativity in R&D; Strategic R&D Management; (3) Intellectual Property Rights Management in R&D Organization; Technology Commercialization; Technology Forecasting and Evaluation; (4) Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in R&D Management Studies; (5) R&D Project Planning and Management; S&T Policy Analysis; S&T Policy; and (6) Problem Solving and Decision Making in R&D Management.
As a result of the writeshop, the participants agreed to submit a proposal for the revision of the DR&DM program and institution of the MR&DM program to be submitted to existing university channels for approval. This initiative is supported through a project funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD). ACLlamas
DLUP Graduates of UPOU Eligible to take EnP Licensure Exam
The Professional Regulatory Board of Environmental Planning of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has confirmed that graduates of the Diploma in Land Use Planning (DLUP) program are eligible to take the licensure examination for Environmental Planners (EnP).
The DLUP program is one of the programs offered by the Faculty of Management and Development Studies of the University of the Philippines Open University (FMDS UPOU). The program which was first offered during the 2nd Semester of the Academic Year 2015-2016 mainly caters to the needs of local government planners, including those at the municipal, city and provincial levels that now have to take on more extensive planning responsibilities as these are devolved to the Local Government Units (LGUs) under the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991. DLUP courses are handled by Planning Practitioners from the industry who are appointed as Senior Lecturers and also by affiliate faculty members from the School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) of the University of the Philippines Diliman and the Department of Community and Environmental Resource Planning of the College of Human Ecology (DCERP-CHE) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. DLUP courses cover topics such as the history, concepts, theories, and principles of environmental planning, environmental planning processes, methods/techniques and strategies, and environmental plan implementation, legal aspects, and administration which are included in the scope of the EnP licensure exam.
The said examination is held yearly in compliance with RA 10587 or the Environmental Planning Act of 2013 which aims to regulate the planning profession by ensuring that practitioners are qualified and capable enough to take on their professions in the field of planning. Since 2017, eight DLUP students have already passed the EnP exam, namely: Ms. Rosalina S. Quitalig, Ms. Mae S. Ortiz, Ms. Kristine Carmen D. Diones, Ms. Marlyn S. Lazaro, Mr. Andrew Ian B. Dormitorio, Mr. Marc Louie M. Almario, Ms. Shiela Beatriz L. Barroga, and Mr. Joshua Federick J. Vitaliz.
With the eligibility of DLUP graduates to take the exam, the Program hopes to contribute to the increase in the number of registered environmental planners in the country. Those who are interested to take DLUP for this coming 2nd semester AY 2018-2019 may still apply for the Program until 26 October 2018.
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)