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Colloquium on Innovations and Trends in R&D Management

A 2-day colloquium on “Innovations and Trends in R&D Management” was held at the University of the Philippines Open University attended by research and development (R&D) managers and practitioners. The colloquium was organized by the Diploma in Research and Development Management (DR&DM) program of the 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) National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) project “Supporting the Development of Partnerships in the STI Ecosystem” and the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, Emerging Technology Research and Development’s (DOST-PCIEERRD) Master of Research and Development Management (MR&DM) project.

The colloquium was part of the UPOU’s Academic Program Improvement (API) in the field of R&D management which aimed to identify the innovations and trends in R&D management and to convene DR&DM students and alumni and R&D practitioners from industries and government institutions.

Five sessions made-up the 2-day colloquium. On behalf of the UPOU Chancellor, Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalaria, the event was formally opened by Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Director for the Information office of the UPOU. Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, Program Chair of the DR&DM program, presented the “Research Upgrading & Performance Evaluation” project of NAST, the co-organizer in the colloquium, on behalf of Dr. Lourdes J. Cruz, National Scientist, NAST.

Two guest speakers were featured in the morning session titled “Transforming Challenges into Innovations in the R&D Organizations”. Dr. Franco Teves, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of Mindanao State University, spoke about “Transforming Challenges into Innovations in the Financial and Administrative System in the R&D Organization: The MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology Experience”. Dr. Teves talked about the challenges in R&D for a growing academic institution and how they were able to overcome these challenges through reforming research policies, improving research infrastructures, and incentivizing research. The second guest speaker, Dr. Arnel del Barrio, Acting Executive Director for the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), spoke about “PCC’s R&D Innovations in Creating Livelihood Opportunities for the Farmers”. In his presentation, Dr. Del Barrio talked about the Carabao Development Program, R&D priority areas, R&D management system, and the program outputs and impacts of PCC. Among the notable impacts were the additional income for the farmers and improved nutrition of the children, and sustained carabao population for utilization. The main points of the session were given by the discussant, Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco, an academician from NAST.

There were two sessions for the afternoon session. Two guest speakers presented in the session titled “Commercializing R&D Outputs and Technologies”. The first presenter was Engr. Danilo P. Manayaga, President and CEO of SECURA International Corporation, shared the business model of SECURA, an “agriculture-driven growth, food and energy security, and poverty eradication”. The next guest speaker was Mr. Philip S. Cruz, President of Herbanext Laboratories Inc. In his presentation, Mr. Cruz emphasized the importance of complementation between the academe and the industry. The second session for the afternoon titled “Professionalizing R&D Management” was delivered by Dr. Rogelio V. Cuyno, former UPLB Research Management Center (RMC) Director and UP Mindanao Chancellor and currently Faculty In-Charge (Professorial Lecturer) under the DR&DM Program. Dr. Cuyno discussed how the research management sub-discipline was conceptualized in the Philippines and the lessons in professionalizing R&D management in the Philippines. The discussant, Asst. Prof. Glen A. Imbang presented the main points of the two sessions.

There were two sessions for the second day of the colloquium. The first session titled “Ethical, Legal, and Policy Concerns in R&D Management” had two speakers. The first speaker was Dr. Marco Nemesio E. Montano, an academician from NAST, presented “Research Ethics”, which provided a brief background on the scientific method, publication and openness, and ethics. Dr. Montano also discussed the different types of scientific misconduct and ways to publish ethically. He concluded his presentation by sharing the ways on how the supervisors can promote research integrity. The second guest speaker, Atty. Lolibeth Ramit-Medrano, Director of Patents of Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, presented “Intellectual Property Management: Complementing Research and Development”. According to Atty. Medrano, the “use of IP not only complements R&D but it also ensures a more sustainable R&D program”, and that there are different IPOPHIL and government agencies that have different programs and initiatives in assisting universities, individuals, companies etc., from IP creation until commercialization.

The last session titled “Open and Distance e-Learning in R&D Management” had one speaker. Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, the Program Chair of the UPOU DR&DM program and the Director of the Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD) of the College of Public Affairs (CPAf) of UPLB, presented “An Open Arena for Innovations in Professionalizing R&D Management”. In her presentation, Dr. Reyes shared the history of R&D management, a brief introduction of ODeL, and the profiles of the students of the DR&DM learners, and of the potential learners of the proposed Master of R&D Management program. The main points for the two sessions on the second day of the colloquium were presented by the discussant, Dr. Susan T. Bacud, Faculty-In-Charge (Senior Lecturer) in the DR&DM program of UPOU.

Open forum followed for both the morning and afternoon sessions where the participants were able to share their thoughts and obtain answers and clarifications to their questions. Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, Program Chair of the DR&DM program formally closed the event and thanked everyone who took part of the colloquium, especially the speakers who shared their knowledge on the innovations and trends in R&D Management.

This event was held on November 14-15, 2018 at the UPOU Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium in Los Baños, Laguna, and was web streamed live over (MDCVelasco)

MPM Program conducts another successful Learning Visit and Let’s Talk it Over in Roxas City, Capiz

The Master of Public Management (MPM) program of the University of the Philippines Open University’s Faculty of Management and Development Studies (UPOU-FMDS) conducted another successful learning visit and Let’s Talk it Over (LTiO) on 8-10 November 2018 in Roxas City, Capiz.

It was participated in by 18 UPOU faculty, staff and faculty affiliates. The learning visit kicked off with a courtesy call to its partner, Capiz State University (CapSU) represented by Dr. Nilo D. Delfin, VP for Finance and Administration. The delegation headed by Prof. Juvy Lizette M. Gervacio, MPM Program Chair was then toured around CapSU’s Food Innovation Center and Organic Agriculture Research & Development Program facilitated by Dr. Edna M. Nava.

The participants also had a courtesy call to Governor Antonio del Rosario where he shared the good governance practices of the province. Governor del Rosario emphasized the importance of grass roots leadership and how this plays a role in making constituents feel that the government is doing something for them.

In cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 6, the participants visited a10-hectare Coastal Rehabilitation Project in Barangay Madulano, President Roxas, Capiz on the second day of the learning visit. This project was awarded the Best Local Government Unit (LGU) Managed Coastal Rehabilitation initiative under the Mangrove and Beach Forest Plantation category of the National Greening Program in Region 6 (Western Visayas) in 2015. They were able to see how the Local Government Unit (LGU) and People’s Organization in the area helped each other for the success of their project. Barangay Captain Everado Cercado and DENR Staff Mr. Nonilon Molina answered questions from the delegates.

The activity capped off with another series of Let’s Talk it Over titled “Developments in Public Administration and Governance: Issues and Challenges” with Prof. Juvy Lizette M. Gervacio, Dr. Jocelyn C. Cuaresma, LTC Joey T. Fontiveros and Dr. Ma. Dorothee J. Villaruz as speakers. The CapSU community including students, university faculty and staff, and local officials attended the forum along with the UPOU students who joined through the live streaming.

The three-day activity gave the participants, especially the faculty members, an on-ground perspective on what is happening in Local Government Units and will add an experience they can reflect on and share with their students. The learning visit will further enhance their teaching capabilities and equip them further.

The videos recorded in this learning visit will be transformed into learning objects and will serve as learning material in the different course offerings of the MPM program.

The event is in line with the UP Academic Program Improvement project which generally aims to improve the syllabus and content of MPM courses.

The activity in Roxas City, Capiz is the fifth successful learning visit conducted by the MPM Program. The program is looking forward to more successful learning visits by next year.

MPM Program to hold Learning Visit and LTiO in Roxas City in November 2018

The UPOU-FMDS Master of Public Management Program (MPM) will conduct an observation tour/field exposure (learning visit) in Roxas City on 08-10 November 2018, in collaboration with Capiz State University (CapSU).

The activity shall involve visit to potential programs/projects and interview/dialogue with key informants in the Capiz Province and/or Roxas City government, and in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; documentation of the event that may form part of the MPM teaching-learning materials consistent with UPOU’s niche as an Open and Distance eLearning (ODeL) institution; co-creation of knowledge in collaboration with CapSU through the conduct of public forum dubbed “Let’s Talk it Over” (LTiO) lecture series; and meet and greet of Faculty In-Charge, staff and students to discuss online course delivery.

The LTiO, which will serve as the highlight and culminating activity of the learning visit, will be conducted on 10 November 2018 from 9am to 12nn at the Conference Room of CapSU Main Campus. Titled “Developments in Public Administration and Governance: Issues and Challenges”, topics to be discussed are as follows:

  • Knowledge Sharing and Co-creation through Learning Visits: The MPM Strategy by Asst. Prof. Juvy Lizette M. Gervacio
  • Dark Green Campus: Diffusion of Policies towards Environmental Sustainability in Universities by Assoc. Prof. Jocelyn C. Cuaresma
  • Cybersecurity in the Workplace by LTC Joey T. Fontiveros
  • Governance and Managing Resources of Institutions by Asst. Prof. Ma. Dorothee J. Villarruz

The CapSU community including faculty, staff, students, and local government officials are expected to attend the lecture, while UPOU students will be watching the LTiO via web stream at

The event is in line with the UP Academic Program Improvement project, which generally aims to improve the syllabus/coverage and subject matter/content of the MPM courses.

Similar event had been successfully conducted by the MPM program in San Fernando, La Union; Baguio City; Nueva Vizcaya; and Legazpi City, Camarines Sur.


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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