UPOU to offer master’s program in R&D Management

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) is offering the newly approved Master of Research and Development & Management (MR&DM) program in the First Semester of AY 2021-2022. Applications for admission are now being accepted.  For inquiries or questions about the online program, visit https://fmds.upou.edu.ph/academics/post-bac/master-of-research-and-development-management/ or message us at http://facebook.com/UPOUDRDM/.

The MR&DM is a 36-unit fully online graduate program designed to develop knowledge and skills in effective leadership of government and private R&D organizations and research funding institutions.

The UP Board of Regents (BOR) approved the MR&DM program proposal at its 1356th BOR Meeting held on 26 November 2020.  

DepEd, CCC conduct webinar on climate education for secondary teachers

December 11, 2020 – The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS), and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), marked another milestone as they conducted the first free webinar for secondary teachers to advance climate education in the entire country.

A handful of renowned people in the field of climate action graced the “Climate Science Master Class for High School Teachers” to share about climate education via Zoom and Facebook Live last November 24, 2020, as part of the activities for the 4th National Climate Change Conference (NCCC) and the 13th Annual Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week.

The Master Class featured lectures and discussion by the National Panel of Technical Experts, the government’s lead technical advisory body on climate science and technology, and oriented the high school teachers on the knowledge materials that DepEd-DRRMS and its partners are developing to help teachers effectively unpack learning competencies on climate change and promote climate action.

Mr. Jerome E. Ilagan, Chief of the Policy Research and Development Division of the CCC, affirmed that the idea of making climate education accessible to more students across the country is a priority.

With this in mind, they organized the said webinar to integrate climate education in many basic learning areas like Math, English, Filipino, Araling Panlipunan, and others.

One of the key speakers, DepEd-DRRMS Dir. Ronilda R. Co, informed the participants that they have plotted three ways to make climate education happen with the means of references such as creating a Microsite on Curated Resources for Teaching Climate Change as an online website, developing handbooks and self-learning modules, and producing the KALIKHASAN: Likha at Lakas ng Kabataan Para sa Kalikasan: a creative sourcebook on using theater for climate change education and action.

“[By means of this,] we want to generate the best from the youth, we want to hear their critiques,” she stated, remarking how the youth are engaging efforts to make a difference in these trying times.

Furthermore, the proposed handbooks consist of the following topics: The Science of Climate Change, Climate and Disaster Risk, Impacts of Climate Change on Human Beings, and Solutions to Climate Change.

The teacher-participants were also exposed to informative topics like the roles of greenhouse gases in global warming, ocean acidification, mitigation and adaptation, climate change on the health, responsibilities in climate change, biodiversity as well as other topics to consider.

Meanwhile, a total number of 1,100 participants joined the Zoom session while its Facebook streaming garnered 46,800 viewers.

The CCC Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director Emmanuel M. De Guzman expressed his high hopes for the project that is about to materialize.

“Together, let us pave the way for a new generation of Filipinos fully aware and knowledgeable of the various dimensions of the climate emergency and fully committed to usher[ing] a brighter, safer, and more secure future for the Filipino nation,” he remarked.

This Master Class is part of the activities of the Department’s celebration of the 4th NCCC which went full-digital this year. More information about the conference can be found on https://bit.ly/4thNCCC.


This article was written and prepared by Erin Consebido (Student-Journalist) and Abigail Mirabel-Agapay (School Paper Adviser) from Liliw National High School, Division of Laguna who are graduates of DepEd-DRRMS and AYEJ.org’s Green Beat Initiative: An Online Environmental Journalism Training.

Imus National High School unveils solar panels for education, environmental sustainability

December 10, 2020 – To introduce sustainable energy for the future of learners, the Imus National High School (INHS) formally launched its solar panels through the Legacy Projects of the City Government of Imus and the Green School Program (GSP).

“Nangangako ako na when the results are in and if we discover and we have the evidence that when we create green schools, learners will learn better, we will use resources more efficiently walang dahilan na hindi natin ipamalita sa ibang sangay, sa ibang DepEd offices sa CALABARZON at sa buong bansa na ang gawain katulad nito ay dapat na tinutularan,” Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said.

Led by INHS Principal Arturo Rosaroso, Jr., INHS and GSP held previous projects such as improvised water harvesters, greening, and recycling projects that led to the granting of solar panels.

“Ito na ang realisasyon ng isang pangarap.  Pangarap lamang ito noong simula, pangarap kung saan gusto po nating ipakita, hindi lamang dito sa ating paaralan kundi pati [na rin] sa ating lungsod na ang mga nanunungkulan at ang buong mamamayan ng Imuseño ay mayroong totoong pagmamahal, pagbibigay importansya, at pangangalaga sa ating kapaligiran,” shared City Mayor Emmanuel L. Maliksi.

Spearheaded by Maliksi, the said grant was in partnership with Manila Electric Railroad and Light Company (MERALCO) under the Imus City Legacy Projects which aims to create a clean and green city.

“Sa Imus, kaalinsabay sa pag-unlad ay ang pangangalaga sa kalikasan, kasama ito sa pinahahalagahan natin. Hindi lang ito basta proyekto kundi mga programa na magiging Legacy Project na iiwan ng ating lungsod para sa susunod pang mga henerasyon,” Imus City Vice Mayor Arnel Cantimbuhan added.

In response to the harmful effects on the environment and the increasing expenses of the school, INHS has switched to environmental-friendly alternatives to sustain its increasing energy demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the citizens of Imus to use more electricity to cope with the new normal of education.

“The school program aims [to] create a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources, and money. This is the process where [schools] pursue knowledge and practices with intentions of becoming more environmentally friendly and more economically responsible,” INHS Principal Rosaroso emphasized.

With the continuous support of the City Government of Imus and Schools Division Office (SDO) of Imus City, DepEd, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Principal Rosaroso has hoped that the project will encourage the youth to contribute to creating more sustainable approaches in the environment.

“[I] want our learners to realize that despite the pandemic, schools [should] not stop pursuing education sustainability and that they should not stop learning,” Rosaroso noted.