Two affiliate faculty members and two students from the Diploma in Land Use Planning (DLUP) Program of the University of the Philippines Open University-Faculty of Management and Development Studies (UPOU-FMDS) were among the 739 passers out of the 1,739 examinees in the Environmental Planner Licensure Examination as announced by the Professional Regulation Commission on 13 June 2017. Engr. Joan Pauline P. Talubo, Asst. Prof. Christine Joyce B. Mendoza, Ms. Rosalina S. Quitalig, and Ms. Mae S. Ortiz took the examination on 7-8 June 2017.

Engr. Talubo and Asst. Prof. Mendoza are currently faculty members at the Department of Community and Environmental Resource Planning (DCERP), College of Human Ecology (CHE), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). They also handle courses under the Diploma in Land Use Planning Program at the UPOU. Ms. Quitalig, on the other hand, is a Project Evaluation Officer at the Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Government of Samar. Ms. Ortiz currently works as a Planning Officer at the Local Government Unit of Villareal, Samar.

The EnP Exam is conducted once a year in compliance with the Republic Act 10587 or The Environmental Planning Act of 2013. The Act ¬aims to regulate the practice of environmental planning by making sure that planning practitioners are competent and qualified to practice their profession. The law states that by 2018, only registered and licensed environmental planners will be allowed to head planning groups, departments, and divisions, including the government planning offices of provinces, cities, and municipalities.

FMDS congratulates EnP. Talubo, EnP. Mendoza, EnP. Quitalig and EnP Ortiz on their accomplishments.

The full list of 2017 EnP exam passers can be viewed here.


On 20 June 2017, the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) Cultural Committee and the UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), officially launched the month-long wood carving competition and exhibit titled Ugat. In her opening message, UPOU Chancellor Melinda dela Pena Bandalaria noted that UPOU is a warrior working for environmental protection and that by making the advocacies known to the rest of the world, UPOU exhibits the spirit of being genuinely for the people.

Ugat features the works of wood carvers from all around the Philippines -- Ifugao, Palawan, Laguna and Pampanga -- as a means of showcasing not only the beauty of Filipino arts and crafts, but also bringing awareness to a bigger issue at hand --environmental degradation. Wood is a very important resource not only to our country, but to the entire world. Despite this, it is a down heartening reality that there is lack of importance given to it. Through the works of wood carvers from Paete, Laguna; Guagua, Pampanga; Hungduan, Ifugao; and Sofronio Española and Narra, Palawan, the beauty and functionality that trees have to offer and the need of preserving it is emphasized. The Filipino people are the ugat or the roots of the beauty that blooms from wooden crafts. Therefore, the people of this nation should also become the root cause of environmental empowerment and preservation.

In line with promoting environmental awareness, Dr. Armand Palijon, an urban forester from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) conducted a talk regarding tree nurturing, where he discussed the basics of raising and maintaining trees, and preventing and treating pest infestation.

At the end of the talk, the best works from the relief category titled Deutschland Rust by Bayani Ray Acala, Ingit by Luisito Cayanan, and The Dwellers by Felix Baldemor were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively, and the works Immipuggo by Raymundo Dong-e was awarded 1st place, Kwento Mo, Kwento Ko Rin by Luisito Cayanan gained 2nd place, and Putok sa Buho by Felix Baldemor placed 3rd for in the round category.

Ultimately, the event was able to bring people to consciousness of their actions and the probable implications these may have to the world around us. As stated by Dr. Melinda Bandalaria, being a hero in this modern age does not require much, any act geared toward saving the environment is in itself an act of heroism. (Lorena Jean Saludadez)

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) of UP Open University recognized its course completers and top learners in the Continuing Education Program (CEP) Closing Ceremonies held on 17 June 2017 at the Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium, UPOU Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.

A total of 127 from 10 courses have complied with all the requirements for completion. Sixty learners received certificates for having completed their courses with distinction and high distinction. Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos, FMDS Secretary to the Faculty, facilitated the awarding of the certificates.

Lean management expert, best-selling author, and international speaker Mike Grogan inspired the completers during the closing rites. Mr. Grogan is enthusiastic about motivating Filipinos to become more proactive and productive. He believes that Filipinos are the greatest human potential in the world. In his inspirational message, he emphasized, “The greatest history is not in the past, but is in the future. This is the generation that will build the first world Philippines.”

The following top learners/course representatives also delivered their messages on behalf of their classmates: Maria Jezreel Cathereen P. Marchan, Introduction to Electronic Commerce (eCom); Allenie Anne J. Santiago, New Enterprise Planning (NEP); Pauline Marie R. Quinto, Personal Entrepreneurial Development (PED); Chrisren G. Morata, Simplified Accounting for Entrepreneurs (SAfE); Mae A. Valdez, Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Policies, Plans and Investments toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (CCA&DRM); Jenny Lyn C. Pascua-Likigan, Organic Agriculture (OA); Runelita N. Panganiban, Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (RCRANRM); Apryll O. Apostolides, Caring for the Child with Special Needs (CCSN); Billie Kim P. Nucum and Oscar R. Reyes II, Financial Management in Nursing Practice (FMNP); and Jar-Aisa J. Isnain, Research Utilization in Nursing Administration (RUNA). They were introduced by the following Course Coordinators present in the event: Mr. Ramon Manuel T. Nisperos (eCom and NEP); Ms. Tricia C. Ascan (SAfE); Prof. Raymundo M. Lucero (OA); Mr. Chito L. Patiño (RCRANRM); and Dr. Marie Grace A. Gomez (CCSN).

The course representatives shared their experiences as learners in their respective courses. They stressed how flexible and convenient distance education is for some of them who are unable to attend a traditional classroom set-up due to work and/or family obligation. They also expressed their gratitude to the whole FMDS-CEP Team, their Course Coordinators, classmates, family, and friends. Offshore representatives of CCSN, RCRANRM and RUNA had their messages video-recorded.

Dr. Primo G. Garcia, FMDS Dean, delivered the opening remarks while Mr. Larry N. Cruz, FMDS-CEP Program Development Associate, gave the closing remarks. Ms. Jeniffer F. De Pasion-Guevarra, University Extension Associate, served as the Master of Ceremonies.

The UPOU's Multimedia Center, in collaboration with the UPOU's Information and Communication Technology Development Office made the event available online via live streaming at UPOU Networks.

UP Open University (UPOU) Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) held a Webinar entitled “OER in UPOU” on 09 May 2017 as the second in the Open Educational Resources (OER) Series in support of UPOU’s flagship program “Innovation in Teaching and Learning” (Innovate) under the UPOU Strategic Plan 20116-2019.

Dr. Sheila Bonito, OASIS Director and Ms. Carmelita Orias, OASIS University Researcher, presented part of the results of a study conducted under the International Development Research Center (IDRC) entitled “Impact of OER on Cost and Quality of Course Materials in Post Graduate Distance Education Courses in the UPOU.”

Dr. Bonito introduced what Open Educational Resources (OER) are, saying that OER was first introduced in 2000 in a conference hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and is defined as “digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research.” She mentioned that UPOU started raising awareness on the use of OER in 2011. In 2012, UPOU shifted to developing resource-based course modules from textbook-like modules. That same year, UPOU drafted its own policy and strategies on the use of OER. In 2014, this OER Impact Study under the IDRC Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) was launched, aimed to look into the cost and quality of course materials development.

Ms. Orias discussed the extent of use of OER in UPOU. Their study looked into the number, types and sources of OERs used, as well as the licenses, manner of usage and the learning activities involved in the use of OER. The study involved sampling 535 modules in 48 courses representing the education, health and development studies disciplines offered by UPOU in AY 2015-2016. The study found that 87% of these modules use OERs, with majority of the OERs coming from the Internet, but still employing print materials like books, book chapter and journal articles. Copyrighted materials have the highest usage in all three disciplines, and most of the learning activities that were designed for the resources were “reading/viewing/answering study questions.” The study also found that 12 of the 48 courses use copyright materials in the course materials, 14 of the 48 courses use mostly OERs and materials without copyright licenses, and 22 of the 48 use a combination of public domain and copyrighted materials. The next steps recommended as a result of this study is the possible provision of OER repositories to UPOU course authors, increase awareness of creative commons license and encourage the use and sharing of OER among UPOU faculty members and students.

This webinar was preceded by the Webinar on Open Educational Practices in 27 March 2017, done in celebration of the open education week by Hon. Patricia Arinto, UP Faculty Regent and Former Dean of the UPOU Faculty of Education. Videos of the webinars are available at (Anna Cañas-Llamas)

Dr. Melinda dela Pena. Bandalaria, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), and Dr. Shyue-Ling Wang, President the National University of Kaoshiung (NUK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 18 May 2017 in NUK Campus, Kaoshiung, Taiwan.

The partnership between the two universities shall include collaborative programs on faculty exchange, degree or course development for overseas Filipino workers (OFW), NUK as UPOU testing/learning center in Taiwan, development and offering of massive open online courses (MOOCs), resource persons/training program on business analytics, among others.

Officials from UPOU and NUK present during the agreement signing were Dr. Jean A. Saludadez, UPOU Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration; Dr. Grace J. Alfonso, UP Professor Emeritus; Dr. Hsing-Lung Lien, NUK Vice President; Dr. I-Hsien Ting, Dean of NUK Division of International Affairs; and Ms. Tiffany Huan, Coordinator of Academic Exchanges. Also present was Dr. Tim Wu, Shu-Te Chair Professor. (Luisa A. Gelisan, Multimedia Center)

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), led by Chancellor Melinda dela Pena Bandalaria, held an orientation on open and distance eLearning (ODeL) and about UPOU with overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on 16 May 2017. After the orientation, the UPOU team also held discussions with OFWs regarding specific concerns about studying through ODeL.

The event, organized by Ms. Irenne Ng of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), was participated in by Filipino engineers and operators. Ms. Ng said that MECO wants to help OFWs pursue higher studies for their career advancement in Kaohsiung. Being a UPOU alumnus herself, Ms. Ng said that UPOU gives working people opportunity to pursue their studies while still busy with work.

Other members of UPOU present at the orientation were Vice Chancellor Melinda F. Lumanta; Vice Chancellor Jean A. Saludadez; UP Faculty Regent and UPOU Professor Patricia B. Arinto; UP Professor Emeritus Grace J. Alfonso; UPOU Registrar Aurora Lacaste, and Assistant Professor Rameses de Jesus. The orientation for OFWs is just one of the academic undertakings that the UPOU group pursued in Kaoshiung. (Luisa A. Gelisan, Multimedia Center)

The 2016 PLDT Infoteach Outreach Program was concluded with the conduct of the PLDT Home/Fibr Broadband Quiz Contest on 8 June 2017 in Event Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. This program aims to provide Digital Literacy Training Program to public high school teachers and students.

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) became a partner of this program in 2012. Since then, the program was able to cover 557 schools, 109 municipalities and trained a total of 18,566 individuals all over the country.

In her message, Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, UPOU Chancellor, emphasized that “We consider each of these individuals as seeds of social transformation which the collaborating agencies have sown in the Philippine soil and whose ripple effects can influence its surroundings and immediate environments.

For this program, UPOU designed the training curriculum which, according to Dr. Bandalaria “focuses on four major items under Digital Literacy, namely: 1) learning to use the tools responsibly; 2) responsible use of digital spaces and resources or be a responsible netizen including compliance with the relevant laws and legal provisions; 3) other 21st century skills like leadership, communication, environmental concern; and 4) use of digital skills for lifelong learning which is along the line of Education Agenda 2030 of the Sustainable Development Goals.” This program is UPOU’s ePublic service which serves as bridge for lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Now on its fourth phase, the UPOU continues to contribute to efforts in achieving national development by providing greater access to quality education for Filipinos worldwide. (Emely M. Amoloza-FICS)

UP Open University (UPOU) is offering a short-term fellowship program to three (3) faculty and students from different universities in the Philippines and abroad to provide a platform for capacity building and establishment of sustainable partnerships as well as fostering knowledge exchange on Open and Distance e-Learning (ODeL). This fellowship will carry the theme “ASEAN Education in the Era of Openness” and will run from 01 to 30 November 2017.

UPOU will cover the fellows’ accommodation, living expense allowance, transportation to and from the airport and within the campus. UPOU will also provide the fellow with office space with telephone and internet access, and access to the University Library. The fellows are expected to share information about their institution to UPOU staff and students, present a research proposal, conduct the research proposed, present the findings of the research, and submit a report on the research findings to UPOU. At the end of the Fellowship Programme, the fellows are also required to submit a report which outlines their experiences.

To apply, a curriculum vitae, a proposal on the research to be carried out during the fellowship, and a letter of recommendation from the head of recipient institution should be submitted by 04 August 2017.Successful candidates will receive notification via email by 25 August 2017.

Access the rest of the details of the UPOU Exchange Fellowship here. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +63 49 536 6014.

A Memorandum of Agreement signing was held between the University of the Philippines Open University (represented by Chancellor Melinda dP. Bandalaria) and its partners (represented by Dr. Koji Nakamura of United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability) at the Office of the Chancellor Conference Room at 2 in the afternoon last 19 May 2017.

Present as witnesses (from left to right) are Dr. Rizalita Edpalina of Kanazawa University, Ms. Maripres Sarinas, Dr. Consuelo dL. Habito, and Dr. Joane V. Serrano of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies.

This agreement is the second phase of the project Human Resources Development Program for the Sustainable Development of the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Designated Site - Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT) – a project between UP Open University (UPOU), Ifugao State University (IFSU), Ifugao GIAHS Support Committee and Provincial Government of Ifugao funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The project will launch its second phase this coming 28 June 2017 at Ifugao State University, Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao.


The three researches published in the fifth volume of UP Open University (UPOU) Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) eJournal, Journal of Management and Development Studies (JMDS), were featured at the FMDS Research Forum on 23 May 2017 at the Audiovisual Room of UPOU in Los Baños, Laguna. These were the three of the nine researches that made it to publication after a series of top-notch peer-review process.

Dr. Primo Garcia, Dean of FMDS, banked on the importance of disseminating research results as part of UPOU’s tripartite function. “Research is important in solving a lot of problems in the society… It is important that we make our voices, experience and stories as Filipinos and as Asian, be heard.” He congratulated the authors for their scholarship, and welcomed everyone, including participants watching online via

The first to share his research was Asst. Prof. Patrick C. De Leon from the UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga. His research, entitled “Assessing the Citizen's Charter Formulation and Implementation at the Bureau of Customs Port of Clark and the Clark Development Corporation,” was a study on the compliance of the two agencies with the information requirements on their Citizen’s Charter as stipulated by the Anti-Red Tape Act (RA 9485); the formulation and implementation of the Citizens’ Charter; and the compliance with the service standards. According to his research, both agencies failed the compliance assessment and his recommendation is for both agencies to supply complete information on their Citizen’s Charter, consider the needs and participation of their clients in the revision of their Citizen’s Charter; and publish their Citizen’s Charter in both English and Filipino language, or in any local dialect, to be more inclusive.

Mr. Rodmyr Datoon from Nagoya University in Japan, shared his research entitled, “Rural Industrialization and the De-Feminization of Rice Farming, the Case of a Village outside the Freeport Area of Bataan.” He presented the changes that the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) caused in the town of Mariveles, Bataan, where the first SEZ in the country was established. He specifically recorded the changes in the involvement of women in the livelihood of the community. The establishment of the SEZ provided women with an option in livelihood, but labor policies prevented them from having a long-term careers. The establishment of SEZ also affected the farming practices of the community to shift to broadcast method of farming where fewer labor is necessary, resulting to older women being unable to return to farming, and unable to earn a living.

The last speaker was Mr. Arthur Lagbas from the Integrated Research and Training Center of Technological University of the Philippines and a graduate of the FMDS Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management (MENRM). His research on “Socio-Economics, Health Profile, Environmental Problems, and Perception of a Fishing Community in Panukulan, Polillo Island, Quezon, Philippines” was a description of the profile and environmental problems of a small barangay in the Polillo Island, Quezon. His study found that the community was highly dependent on natural forest, coconut and rice farming and fishing, but threats to the environment like illegal logging and dynamite and cyanide fishing exists. The problems affecting the community include the lack of safe drinking water, the lack of irrigation facilities for farmers, damaged roads, and lack of supplemental and alternative livelihood sources. The study also found that the community is supportive of plans and activities to improve their environmental condition, which indicates that community-based coastal resources management projects will be successful in the community.

Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Editor in Chief of the FMDS and Associate Professor at the UPOU FMDS and Director of the UPOU Information Office and Multimedia Center, closed the forum by thanking all the speakers and inviting everyone, especially those that were viewing the forum online via, to submit their researches for publication to the Journal of Management and Development Studies, the official scientific journal of FMDS which started in 2012 as the FMDS Research Bulletin.

Ms. Jeniffer de Passion-Guevarra was the forum’s emcee and moderator. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)

The UP Open University (UPOU) has earmarked 20 June 2017, University of the Philippines’ (UP’)109th Founding Anniversary, to celebrate World Wood Day 2017. The UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) is spearheading this celebration with the UPOU Cultural Committee, in cooperation with the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), with funding from the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCAA).

Following the World Wood Day 2017’s theme, “Roots (Ugat),” the celebration will be done in three parts – a tree-planting activity to start the day at 8am; the wood carving competition by carvers from Paete, Laguna, Betis and Guagua, Pampanga, Hunduan, Ifugao and Narra, Palawan; and a Wood Forum on “Tree Nurturing” at 1 PM. All these activities will be held at Pook Ugnayan, UPOU Community Hub, UPOU, Los Baños, Laguna.

The exhibit, punctuating the wood carving competition, will feature all entries, and will run from 20 June to 20 July 2017 at Galeria Sinag, UPOU Community Hub. This will be launched at 11 AM with performances from Mr. Ebe Dancel, frontman of the band Sugarfree and composer of the Awit Awards 2016 Song of the Year “Bawat Daan,” and local UPOU talents like the Tempo Band and the V-Force Dancers.

These events are open to the public to achieve the event’s aim of promoting a strong sense of nationhood and pride in being Filipino through culture and arts; fostering regional participation in culture and arts; and expanding awareness and appreciation for the wood art in the host community.