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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.

UPOU-FMDS Lecturers Awarded by Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc.

Two UP Open University (UPOU) lecturers from the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) were awarded a Plaque of Recognition for their service to the public by the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) on October 10, 2018 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. PASWI is a national organization for professional social workers in the country which advocates for total human development.

Dr. Melba L. Manapol currently teaches SW 210 Social Administration and Development in the Diploma in/Master of Social Work (D/MSW) program of FMDS. Besides serving as lecturer, she is the Chairperson of the Social Work Department and a Professor at Ateneo de Davao University and the National Association for Social Work Education, Inc. (NASWEI) President.

Dr. Manapol’s public service leadership includes serving as resource person for Case Management Training for CSSDO, DSWD, Child Caring Agencies in Visayas and Mindanao, offering consultancy work for Strategic Planning and Project Review for Handicap International, MONKASPED and Compostela Valley Seniors Citizen Organization, module developer and trainer for capability building of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers and paraprofessionals on Case Management for the Protection of Children in Emergencies, trainer for Community Based Psychosocial Support Healing and Recovery Program at Bai Mai Surin Refugee Camp in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. She was also a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Social Work and Human Service Practice.

Dr. Manapol finished her Bachelor of Science in Social Work at Ateneo de Davao University and her Master of Social Work degree at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She earned her PhD in Educational Management also from Ateneo de Davao University.

Dr. Nicamil K. Sanchez taught SW 220 Social Work Theory and Practice for the D/MSW program of FMDS. Besides serving as a lecturer, he is also the CEO for Philippine Consortium for Social Welfare and Human Dev.

Previously, he has served as a social worker for the Philippine National Red Cross and as a social welfare officer for DSWD. He likewise taught at the University of the City of Manila, University of the Philippines Diliman, and at the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

As the National President of ACU Postgraduate Association, he has spearheaded “Book for A Cause,” which saw the donation of more than 20,000 books to daycare and rural schools in Payatas Quezon city, Basey Samar Elementary school, University of Southern Philippines, Panabo Elementary school, Western Mindanao State University, and University of Southern Philippines. He also organizes feeding programs in various day care centers. In his current post at the Philippine Consortium, he donates to charitable institutions for every business transaction.

Dr. Sanchez took his Bachelor of Science Major in Social Work degree at the University of the City of Manila and his Master in Public Management degree at the Development Academy of the Philippines. He took up post graduate studies in Gerontology and Geriatrics at the University of Malta European Centre of Gerontology and Geriatrics and was an academic visitor at the Oxford University Institute of Population Ageing in United Kingdom. Dr. Sanchez received his PhD in Social Work from the Australian Catholic University – Canberra Campus. PMMuyco


 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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