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UPOU Faculty and Staff present papers at the 4th Philippines-Japan International Workshop - GIAHS Twinning for Sustainable Development

On 5-6 February 2018, faculty and staff of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) attended the 4th Philippines-Japan International Workshop – Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Twinning for Sustainable Development held at Noto Airport, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.

The activity started off with a keynote presentation from Dr. Osamu Saito, Academic Director/Academic Program Officer of United Nations University - Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IASS and UP Open University Visiting Professor regarding the role of sustainability science for building a resilient and sustainable society. Dr. Koji Nakamura, Project Leader of Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP) and also a UPOU Visiting Professor, shared about the future plans for the next batches of ISMTP as well as the future collaboration between various institutions with the aim of sustaining the project for the next years. This was followed by the presentations from the Japanese speakers focusing on collaboration between region and academic organization and the next set dwelling on activities of local practitioners.

The presentations from the UPOU team focused on sustainable development in relation to projects that the university has been involved in since 2012 like the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP), the Youth for Ifugao Rice Terraces (#Y4IRT) and the UPOU-UP Rural High School Capstone Project. These were:

  • Strengthening Conservation and Sustainability of the Ifugao Rice Terraces through Academic and Community Partnerships presented by Assoc. Prof. Consuelo Habito
  • Communicating Sustainability: Narrative of Youth’s Involvement in Sustainable Development presented by Assoc. Prof. Joane V. Serrano and Noreen Dianne S. Alazada
  • Use of Video Ethnography in Documenting Ifugao Culture and Farming Practices presented by Ms. Luisa Gelisan; and
  • Incorporating Philippine Biodiversity in Capstone Projects of Senior High School Students: A Step Towards Education for Sustainability presented by Asst. Prof. Aurora Lacaste.

Another participant of the conference was Ms. Alvie Alip, a university researcher of UPOU and is currently a student at UNU-IAS. Ms. Alip presented a paper on Building sustainable learning communities: The Ifugao Rice Terraces, Philippines Case Study.
Attendees of the workshop were faculty, staff, students, researchers and local government representatives from Kanazawa University (KU), UP Open University, Ifugao State University, United Nations University, United Nations University Operating Unit Ishikawa / Kanazawa (UNU-OUIK), Noto Prefecture and Suzu City. The workshop was organized by Kanazawa University and the Ifugao-GIAHS Support Committee (IGSC). NDSAlazada

UPOU Faculty and Staff present gender and sustainable development researches at the 1st Japan Philippines Student Summit Project (JPSS)

On 9 February 2018, University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) faculty and staff presented researches on gender and sustainable development at the 1st Japan Philippines Student Summit Project (JPSS) held in International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan.

The forum was organized by UPOU and the JPSS Project Team led by Dr. Allen Kim, Associate Professor of Sociology at the International Christian University.

The Gender, Sustainability, and Indigenous Traditions in the Philippines: A Japan-Philippines Student’s Summit Pre-trip Forum was formally opened by Prof. Allen Kim followed by a short introduction of speakers from UP Open University and participating students from International Christian University (ICU). The paper presentations consisted of the following topics related to Gender and Environmental

  • Gender and Sustainable Development: The Ifugao Perspectives by Dr. Joane Serrano
  • The Role of Women in the Palawan Woodcarving Tradition of the Philippines by Dr. Consuelo Habito
  • Women and Preservation of Traditional Agricultural Knowledge: Experiences in Ifugao, Philippines by Asst. Prof. Aurora Lacaste, Prof. Joane V. Serrano, Noreen Dianne S. Alazada, Paula Grace Muyco
  • Ifugao Youths’ Views on Ifugao Rice Terraces and their Roles in the Conservation by Luisa Gelisan

The event is the first collaborative activity between UPOU and the JPSS Project. NDSAlazada

[UPDATE] UPOU-FMDS inks agreement on ‘Insulin plant’ research project

UPDATE: UPOU has severed its affiliation with CoopHub and OFW Credit Cooperative.

Dr. Felix Librero, UPOUFI President; Dr. Oscar J. Tayko, BSP Credit Surety Fund Chairman/CEO;
Ms. Karina G. Zobel, Coophub Chairperson; and Dr. Primo G. Garcia, FMDS Dean sign the
Memorandum of Agreement for the research project entitled, "
Effect of Costus igneus
on Obesity and other Metabolic Disorders in Diet-Induced Obese Male ICR Mice”


Aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3—ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages—the research project “Effect of Costus igneus on Obesity and other Metabolic Disorders in Diet-Induced Obese Male ICR Mice” led by Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Program Chair for the Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH), was formally launched in an agreement signing ceremony between UPOU and its partners held on 25 January 2018 at the UP Open University’s Community Hub, Los Banos, Laguna.

Costus igneus, commonly known as fiery costus, step ladder or spiral flag
is referred also as “insulin plant” because of its anti-diabetic properties.

Most studies on Costus igneus that were done in India, reported its therapeutic potentials particularly its anti-diabetic properties. This research will explore the health benefits of Costus igneus, locally known as “insulin plant”, in combating obesity, a major global concern that accounts as one of the causes of several metabolic disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in the Philippines. It specifically aims to profile the plant and determine its effect on metabolic disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia, among others.

The Memorandum of Agreement for the research project was signed by Chancellor Melinda dP. Bandalaria for UPOU, Ms. Karina G. Zobel for Coophub, and Dr. Felix Librero for UPOU Foundation, Inc. (UPOUFI). Present as witnesses were Dr. Primo G. Garcia, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) and Dr. Oscar J. Tayko, Chairman/CEO of BSP Credit Surety Fund.

This research project is Asst. Prof. Oruga’s dissertation for her PhD Degree in Human Nutrition, major in Public Health Communication at UP Los Baños. Her adviser and co-principal investigator, Dr. Wilma Hurtada, and her research assistant, Mr. Von Kevin Alag were also present during the MOA signing. (JRBagos)


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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