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Massive Open Online Course on Inter-Local Cooperation (MOOCS on ILC)

The MOOC on Inter-Local Cooperation was developed by FMDS in partnership with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) – Decentralization Program. Offering MOOCs is in line with UPOU’s  mission to provide wider access to quality higher education.


MOOCS on Inter-Local Cooperation is specifically designed to further improve and enhance the capacity of Local Government Units (LGUs) to coordinate and work with other LGUs in achieving a common goal.  At the end of the course, it is expected that the participants will have a better understanding and appreciation on the importance of Inter-Local Cooperation among LGUs.


The course comprised four (4) modules, namely: Introduction to Inter-Local Cooperation; Legal Ingredients; Institutional Ingredients; and Financial Ingredients.  


In Module 1, the background on ILC, its legal bases and the critical ingredients to sustain it will be explained to the participants.  A diagnostic tool will enable the participants to identify the missing critical ingredient in their ILC. The module 1 will be held on June 1-27, 2015.


Module 2 will identify the legal bases of ILC. Participants will learn how to prepare a memo of agreement, a legal basis for ILC. They will also understand how to use joint resolutions in ratifying agreements and decisions. Harmonizing policies among LGUs and other legal instruments to build and sustain alliances will also be discussed in this module, that will be held on July 6-32, 2015.


In Module 3, participants will learn the different steps in forming and formalizing an alliance, understand the various models of existing alliances and select which is most appropriate for them, and make sure the Local Chief Executives are actively involved  so that the alliance may be sustained.  They will also learn to make Manual of Operations. Module 3 will be held on August 3-28, 2015.


Module 4 will be held from September 7 to October 2, 2015. Participants will be taught how to look for ways to sustain the alliance financially.


Local government units, non-government organizations that collaborate with LGUs as well as individuals and groups working with government service are invited to attend these ILC modules.

Dr. Herwig Mayer is  the course writer. Thehe first MOOC of FMDS, it was launched last 19 March 2015, 2:00 pm at the  Audio Visual Room, ICTO bldg (formerly NCC bldg), CP Garcia ave, Diliman, Quezon City.



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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