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DMSW Comprehensive Exam

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.

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 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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