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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


FMDS Holds Closing Ceremonies for Continuing Education Program Completers

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) recognized its course completers and top learners in the Continuing Education Program (CEP) Closing Ceremonies held on 16 June 2018 at the Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium, UPOU Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.

A total of 119 completers from 10 courses have received their certificates of completion during the ceremonies. FMDS recognized 58 of these learners with distinction and 26 with high distinction. The awarding of certificates was facilitated by Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos, FMDS Secretary to the Faculty.

Entrepreneur and CEP alumna Heidie Ricca Cruz-Del Rosario was the guest speaker for the ceremonies. Ms. Del Rosario finished the Introduction to Electronic Commerce Course under the FMDS in December 2015 and is now the owner of a growing clothing brand, Half The Price (HTP). At the ceremonies, she recounted her struggles as a mother that led to the creation of her online clothing shop. From selling pre-loved clothes and RTW, her enterprise is now selling its original clothing lines to over 50 thousand followers on Instagram. Ms. Del Rosario has also been expanding her business with currently two offices and over 70 employees. In her speech, Ms. Del Rosario emphasized the importance of perseverance, which got her through the challenges she encountered when she was simultaneously starting her business and studying at UPOU.

The ceremonies also included messages from the top learners who completed in their respective courses. The representatives for the Health and Social Development Cluster were: Cristina Marie P. Tulio, Caring for the Child Special Needs; Jan Patrick S. Arrieta and Drexel Heinz M. Cruz, Financial Management in Nursing Practice; and Rame John L. Mina, Research Utilization in Nursing Administration.

For the Environmental Cluster, the top students who represented their respective courses were: June Vincent Manuel Gaudan, Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM); Haydee D. Lasco, Organic Agriculture; and Ronald V. Gomeseria, Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.

Lastly, the representatives for the Entrepreneurship Cluster were: Marco C. Suaze, Introduction to Electronic Commerce; Mary Scheree Lynn V. Herrera, New Enterprise Planning; Cezca Angelica J. Dimala, Personal Entrepreneurial Development; and Florabel L. Apolonio, Simplified Accounting for Entrepreneurs.

They emphasized the advantages of the flexible and convenient open and distance learning offered in UPOU. They also expressed their gratitude to the FMDS-CEP Team, their Course Coordinators, classmates, family, and friends.

Dr. Primo G. Garcia, FMDS Dean, delivered the opening remarks while Mr. Larry N. Cruz, FMDS-CEP Program Development Associate, gave the closing remarks. Ms. Jeniffer F. de Pasion, University Extension Associate, served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Completers who could not physically make it to the event remained connected with the ceremonies through the UPOU Networks live streaming. This service was provided by the UPOU’s Multimedia Center in collaboration with the UPOU's Information and Communication Technology Development Office. The UPOU’s Information Office, on the other hand, provided assistance in the photodocumentation of the event. ACDelValle


 FMDS Comprehensive Examination Dates (1st semester 2019-2020)

Diploma in Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (October 21, 2019)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency , Leadership and Management (October 23, 2019)

Master of Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (October 21, 2019)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency, Leadership and Management (October 23, 2019)
  • Area of Specialization (October 25, 2019)

Master of ASEAN Studies (TBA)

Master of Arts in Nursing

  • Content (January 5, 2020)
  • Methodology (January 7, 2020)

Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management

  • General Field (October 17 , 2019)
  • Major Field (October 18, 2019)

Master of Public Management

  • General Field (October 21, 2019)
  • Public Policy and Program Administration (October 23, 2019)
  • Local Government and Regional Administration (LGRA) and Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (October 25, 2019)

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