Faculty of Management and Development Studies

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) is one of the three faculties of studies of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). It was established in 2004 when the then Faculties of Health Sciences and of Management Studies, both established in 1995, were merged.

As a collective of various disciplines spanning from the health to the environment to management and to the development fields, it deals with policy, program and development concerns related to environment and natural resources management, land valuation, research and development, nursing, international health, social work and public management. These thematic areas have become the teaching, research, extension and public service areas of the FMDS over time.

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The Values We Live By

In order to effectively translate the mandates of scholarship and service to the nation which are entrusted upon the Faculty, the FMDS adheres to the following mission and commitment statements:

Our Mission

To open doors to serve the global community of learners, scholars and workforce by providing innovative, responsive, interactive, effective, technology-maximizing and multi-disciplinary management and development studies programs.

Our Commitment

To adhere to the highest standards of academic excellence, service, and social responsibility.

Our Motto

We are informed by the following guideposts:

  • Enhance the old and sustain the best practices of the present
  • Trail blaze in new and unchartered but socially high impact areas
  • Explore ways to contribute to development

FMDS Faculty and Officials

Dr. Primo G. Garcia



Dr. Maripres U. Sarinas
Assistant Professor

Secretary to the Faculty


FMDS Program Chairs

Dr. Jean A. Saludadez

Program Chair, Graduate Certificate in/Master of ASEAN Studies


Dr. Consuelo dL. Habito
Associate Professor

Program Chair, Diploma in/Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management


Dr. Myra D. Oruga
Assistant Professor

Program Chair, Diploma in/Master of International Health


Dr.  Dina C. Magnaye

Diploma in Land Use Planning


Assistant Professor
Cesar Z. Luna

Diploma in/ Master of Land Valuation and Management


Dr. Jaine C. Reyes
Associate Professor

Diploma in/ Master of Research and Development Management


Dr. Emely D. Dicolen
Assistant Professor

Diploma in Women & Development / Diploma in/Master of Social Work

dwdpc@upou.edu.ph /

Assistant Professor
Queenie R. Ridulme

Master of Arts in Nursing


Assistant Professor
Juvy Lizette M. Gervacio

Master of Public Management