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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.

UPOU holds Symposium for R&D Managers and Practitioners

Research and Development (R&D) managers and practitioners convened in a one-day symposium organized by the Diploma in Research and Development Management (DR&DM) program of University of the Philippines Open University’s (UPOU) Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).

Titled “R&D Management: Discipline and Practice,” the symposium aimed to determine the application of R&D Management theories from the practices of incumbent research managers and to convene DR&DM students, alumni, and other R&D practitioners in industries and government institutions. It was part of UPOU’s preparation for the institution of the proposed Master of Research and Development Management (MR&DM) program.

Two sessions made up the whole-day symposium. The event formally opened with the welcome message of UPOU Chancellor, Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria and the opening remarks from DOST-PCIEERD OIC Director, Engr. Raul C. Sabularse. Both of them expressed their delight to be part of the event and the development of the MR&DM program, especially since according to Engr. Sabularse “R&D management is important to effectively and efficiently manage resources available”.

Three experts were featured for the morning session. Dr. Carlos Primo C. David, Professor at the UP Diliman National Institute for Geological Science (NIGS) spoke about “Impact Science: Managing R&D to Maximize Impact.” He focused on the importance of repurposing R&D based on the impact it will make to the society and shared about a research project conducted in Laurel, Batangas that resulted to the establishment of a waterworks which supplies clean water to over 150 households.

The next speaker was Dr. Eufemio Rasco, Jr. from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), who spoke as a practitioner of R&D Management. Dr. Rasco shared lessons for top level R&D managers and mid-level managers which he learned from his 43 years of practice. Some important lessons he mentioned were to continue learning, and create partnerships and mentor others.

The last speaker for the morning session was Director Edison D. Cruz, the Executive Director of the UP DIliman Technology Management Center (TMC). He introduced Technology Commercialization and discussed about the different strategies to link R&D and with the industries, and what factors should be considered for corporations to adopt R&D innovations.

Two guest speakers were featured during the afternoon session. To get an appreciation of Research Management as a field of study and understand the disciplinal bases of Research Management, Dr. Melinda F. Lumanta, faculty member of the DR&DM program and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UPOU, presented about harnessing creativity for research productivity in Research Management.

Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, Program Chair of the UPOU DR&DM program and Director of the Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD), presented her study on “Profiling R&D Management Learners and Practitioners: A Market and Needs Assessment.” She shared the history of R&D Management and tackled the preferences and interests of R&D Management learners including their interest in the coming implementation of the MR&DM program.

Open fora followed for both the morning and afternoon sessions where participants were able to share their thoughts and obtain answers to their questions. Many of the participants expressed their interest in the implementation of the MR&DM program and eagerly shared their thoughts through a survey done by the UPOU DR&DM program. On behalf of the FMDS Dean, Dr. Primo Garcia, Dr. Jean A. Saludadez, faculty member of the DR&DM program and UPOU Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, formally closed the event and thanked everyone who took part in the symposium, especially the speakers who generously shared their knowledge about the discipline and practice of R&D Management.

This event was held on 05 September 2018 at the UPOU Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium in Los Baños, Laguna, and was web streamed live over ACLlamas

FMDS Gives Updates on Palliative Care Nursing thru Let’s Talk It Over (LTiO)

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) through the Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) program, headed by Asst. Prof. Queenie R. Ridulme, Program Chair conducted the Let’s Talk it Over: Updates on Palliative Care Nursing on 06 July 2018 at the Seminar Room, College of Nursing, University of the Philippines Manila with livestreaming via

L-R: Asst. Prof. Queenie Ridulme (MAN Program Chair), Dr. Ayda G. Nambayan (Guest Speaker), Dr. Sheila Bonito (Dean, UP College of Nursing) and Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos (FMDS Secretary to the Faculty)

Dr. Primo G. Garcia, Dean of FMDS officially opened the program through a video message. Dr. Sheila R. Bonito, Dean of the UP Manila’s College of Nursing and also a regular faculty member under UPOU’s Diploma in/Master of International Health and Master of Arts in Nursing programs welcomed everyone who attended the lecture.

Dr. Ayda G. Nambayan (Guest Speaker) of The Ruth Foundation gives updates on Palliative care nursing in the Philippines

Dr. Ayda G. Nambayan, Training Consultant from The Ruth Foundation for Palliative and Hospice Care shared her expertise on topics about Palliative Care in Nursing, Palliative Care in the Philippines, Challenges and Opportunities, and Leadership and Research Opportunities in Palliative Care. According to Dr. Nambayan, the academe plays an important role in promoting palliative care nursing by incorporating it into the curriculum and adding more information on palliative and end-of-life care in books and other resource materials.

Staff and nurses from the Philippine General Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, College of Nursing of UP Manila, Major Danilo Atienza Air Base Hospital, and Master of Arts in Nursing students and alumni joined the LTiO as well as the discussion during the open forum.

The MAN program continues to conduct activities like LTiO to provide venue for providing information and updates in the field of nursing. JFDePasion-Guevarra


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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