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UPOU Faculty and Staff present papers at the 5th RP-Japan International Workshop - GIAHS Twinning for Sustainable Development at Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

On 3-5 February 2019, faculty and staff of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) attended the 5th Republic of the Philippines - Japan International Workshop – Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Twinning for Sustainable Development held at Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.

The participants from UPOU were Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Information Office Director and Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP) Technical Working Committee Member; Dr. Consuelo dL. Habito, Environment and Natural Resources Management Program of Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS-UPOU MENRM) Program Chair; Dr. Sherry B, Marasigan, faculty of Education - UPOU Affiliate Faculty; Asst. Prof. Aurora V. Lacaste, University Registrar; and Ms. Luisa A. Gelisan, Multimedia Center Director.

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

Dr. Habito, a member of the #Y4IRT project, discussed “The Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and e-Learning of Ifugao Youths.. Her study aimed to identify the digital literacy level, social media usage and perception of the respondents on e-learning. Her study showed that , most of the respondents are generally knowledgeable in using basic/ common digital tools like computers and tablets, and are familiar with the use of search engines, browsers and photo editing programs. As for social media usage, respondents use Facebook, Google and Youtube respectively.

Dr. Serrano shared about “Developing Learning Resources for a Tablet-based Youth Capacity Building Program: Initiatives, Constraints, and Potentials.” She discussed the views of the developers and stakeholders of the learning resources. The course writers/developers stated that it fosters collaboration, innovation of ideas and validation of concepts. With regards to the use of tablets for capacity building, stakeholders pointed out that it can facilitate learning and can be easily disseminated, but constraints like other responsibilities and the possibility of being distracted by other applicatons should be noted.

Director Gelisan presented “Ifugao Youth’s Views on the Use of Video Ethnography to Promote and Preserve their Cultural Heritage and Identity.” One point raised after the presentation was the effectivity of video in the transfer of information about cultural heritage and identity. Through videos, body languages and facial expressions are seen. This discussion became an avenue for the other stakeholders like Ifugao State University to consider the use of videos.

“A Glimpse of the Ifugao Rice Terraces Culture: Through the Eyes of the Urban Youth” by Dr. Marasigan is about documenting the experiences of urban youths in the #Y4IRT exchange program, making sense of the Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT) culture and understanding their perceptions on conservation and preservation of IRT culture. The activity was seen by the urban youths as a good exercise to appreciate what they have in life after being in Ifugao and their insights provided an opportunity for the Ifugao youth to appreciate the Rice Terraces.

Lastly, “Challenges and Considerations in the Implementation of a Collaborative Project” was presented by Asst. Prof. Lacaste. This study is about the collaborative project between UP Open University and UP Rural High School called a Capstone Project.

Attendees of the workshop were faculty, staff, students, researchers and local government representatives from Kanazawa University (KU), UPOU, IFSU, United Nations University (UNU), UNU 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 participate in the 5th Philippines-Japan Forum on Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program held at IFSU

On 24 January 2019, faculty and staff from UP Open University (UPOU) participated in the 5th Philippines-Japan Forum on Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP) held at Ifugao State University (IFSU), Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao.

The participants from UPOU for the said conference were: Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Information Office Director and ISMTP Technical Working Committee Member, Dr. Merites M. Buot, UPOU Affiliate Faculty and Session Presenter, Ms. Alvie Alip, UPOU University Researcher and PhD student of the United Nations University in Japan, Ms. Noreen Dianne S. Alazada, Youth for Ifugao Rice Terraces Project Research Assistant and Ms. Janele Ann Belegal, Satoyama Development Mechanism Project Research Assistant. Presenters from various Ifugao government offices, ISMTP alumni, and Japanese representatives of the Noto Satoyama-Satoumi Meister Training Program (NSSMTP) were also present.

The program was formally opened by the President of IFSU, Dr. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon, who delivered her welcome remarks and forum overview. The president emphasized on the need to strengthen collaboration, expand IFSU’s network to better address the issues related to the Ifugao Rice Terraces as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Site (GIAHS) and to further realize common aspirations to attain sustainable development.

This was followed by a message of support by the provincial Governor, Hon. Pedro G, Mayam-o, who stated his continued support for the program.

Dr. Joane V. Serrano delivered the UPOU Chancellor’s message that highlights the continued support of UPOU to the project and the need for evaluation of accomplishments, targets, and associated impacts to those involved in the project including the collaborators. The message is also an expression of gratitude to the project in providing another dimension to UPOU as a cyber-university. Dr. Bandalaria reiterates that “it serves as a platform for the convergence of digitization and the conservation of the Philippine culture and national heritage – with the university putting on its hat as a public service university and as a research university.”

Dr. Serrano also served as one of the forum chairperson and discussant during the Forum Plenary of the conference. The forum was an avenue for all the legislators, partners and stakeholders of the project to discuss ways on how to mainstream GIAHS and satoyama concepts, come up with recommendations regarding the sustainability of the ISMTP, the commitment, roles, and contributions of the academe, LGUs, the Ifugao-GIAHS Sustainable Development Committee and the Japanese collaborators in the third phase of the project, as well as the discussions in relation to the conduct of the Ifugao Satoyama Assessment.

The ISMTP together with the Youth for Ifugao Rice Terraces (#Y4IRT) are projects under the UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies (UPOU-FMDS) in partnership with Ifugao State University, Kanazawa University, the Ifugao provincial LGU and the LGUs of Banaue, Kiangan, Hungduan, and Mayoyao. The project is now on its second phase and currently has 22 trainees for its second batch. NDSAlazada

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 1 December 2018 at the Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium, UPOU Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.

A total of 176 completers from 10 courses have received their certificates of completion during the ceremonies. FMDS recognized 67 of these learners with distinction and 32 with high distinction. The awarding of certificates was facilitated by Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos, FMDS Secretary to the Faculty.

Entrepreneur and CEP alumna Cherrys O. Abrigo was the guest speaker for the ceremonies. Abrigo finished the Organic Agriculture Course under the FMDS in December 2016 and is now the owner of a environmentally conscious enterprise, Sierreza Zero-waste and Artisan Cafe. At the ceremonies, she recounted her experiences from being a student volunteer with the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, to being a successful and experienced figure in the corporate world, and returning to community service with her learnings from her previous work as well as the lifelong learning that she continues to pursue, with FMDS among others. In her speech, Abrigo emphasized the importance of passion towards one’s work and the conscious consideration of the larger community in one’s endeavor.

The ceremonies also included messages from the top learners who completed with the highest distinctions in their respective courses. The representatives for the Health and Social Development Cluster who delivered their messages were:

  • Irish Mae C. Chiu, CCSN
  • Leona Paula L. Macalintal and Dave P. Calubaquib, FMNP
  • Ruby Jean P. Sabremonte, RUNA

For the Environmental Cluster, the top students who represented their respective courses were:

  • Marie Antoinette F. Bangabang, CCA&DRM
  • Cassandra R. Soto, OA
  • Elvie A. Ochoa, RCRANRM

Lastly, the representatives for the Entrepreneurship Cluster were:

  • Kathrina A. Hernandez, eCom
  • Ria Katrina Ixara Instrella, NEP
  • Christopher P. Cheng, PED
  • Marlyn B. Pedro, SAfE

The course representatives shared their experiences as learners in their respective courses. 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.

Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos 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)


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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