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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

FMDS conducts FIC Orientation for First Semester AY 2018-2019

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) conducted the Faculty-In-Charge (FIC) Orientation on 28 June 2018 at MC Theater, DICT Bldg., CP Garcia Ave., Diliman, Quezon City for Manila- and Diliman-based FICs and on 04 July 2018 at AVR, UPOU Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna for Los Baños based FICs.

Diliman and Manila-based FICs together with Secretary to the Faculty and Program Research Assistants of FMDS
Los Baños-based FICs with Secretary to the Faculty Asst. Prof. Rita Ramos and Program Research Assistants of FMDS

Topics on the Roles of FIC and Administrative Matters, Introduction to Open and Distance e-Learning, Selecting Online Resources, Facilitating Online Learning, Promoting Interaction, and Building Community of Learners, Assessment in Online Learning, Preparing the Study Guide, mainstreaming Gender in Online Teaching and Learning, and Basics of UPOU MyPortal were discussed during the orientation program. These topics were delivered through video-recorded lectures followed by open forum and sharing which was moderated by the facilitator. Asst. Prof. Juvy Lizette M. Gervacio, Master of Public Management (MPM) Program Chair, facilitated the discussion for the Manila and Diliman based FIC Orientation while Assoc. Prof. Consuelo DL. Habito, Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management (MENRM) Program Chair, served as facilitator for the Los Baños-based FIC Orientation. Aside from the face-to-face FIC Orientation, the topics and materials were also uploaded and made available online via MyPortal.

To acquaint the FICs with new technologies in teaching via distance mode, Ms. Ellaisa Ruth B. Veluz, Research Assistant under the Diploma in Research and Development Management (DR&DM) program shared basic lecture on the use of H5P, an open source program designed to allow learners and teachers to create interactive learning video materials.

Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos, FMDS Secretary to the Faculty, discussing about Roles of FICs and Administrative matters

FMDS conducts FIC Orientation before the semester starts to familiarize new FICs and provide updates to continuing FICs on new techniques, technologies and teaching method via distance mode. This is also part of the Faculty’s thrust to enhance the learning experience of its students through faculty development. The FIC Orientation also serves as venue for all FICs to share their thoughts, ideas, learning and teaching experiences in distance education. 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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