Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pagpupugay sa Batch '08

Baunin ninyo ang karunungan, kasanayan at karakter na sama-sama nating nilinang sa pamantasan ng bayan. Ang apat na taon sa UP ay hindi katapusan ng pag-aaral. Bagkus, ito ay simula lamang ng pagpukaw sa inyong kruryusidad (curiosity) na matuto, lumaya at maging makabuluhan. Ito ay dahil mas maigting ang dialektika ng buhay sa labas ng pamantasan.

Sa malawak na lipunan, kung saan kabilang ang ating pagtatrabahuhan, ay masusubok ang ating kakanyahan at pagkatao. Dito rin mailalapat ang mga praktikal na aplikasyon ng development theories, development economics, development research at political economy of development na ating inaral at sinuri. Tuwiran man o hindi, ang mga asignaturang ito ay instrumental sa inyong pagiging mahusay, kritikal at responsableng propesyunal at mamamayan.

Ang Development Studies ay pag-aaral ng lipunan at pagbabago. Kaya inaasahang patuloy tayong magbabasa, mag-uusisa, at makikisangkot para patuloy na magkoon ng kabuluhan ang kurso sa ating personal at kolektibong buhay.

Batch ’08, isang karangalan na makasama kayo sa loob ng apat na taon. Hangad ko ang inyong tagumpay!

Acharon (social forestry, British accent)

Altavano (DS 100 silent film “”, Holy Cow)

Arnanta (saluyot, mushroom burger, reyna ng health advisory)

Baltazar (practicum sunduan ng mga magulang, Adam Smith)

Bautista (water color painting, mag-ateng malikhain)

Ciriaco (gayuma, DS 123 breast ironing, bridge)

Coronel (X-factor grand winner, medical tourism)

Marian (coconut AVP, temple visit invitation)

April (“J”, responsableng practicon coordinator, seryoso magmahal)

Daquis (151, corporate greed AVP)

Daradal (Jollibee, prinsesa ng Hagonoy)

De Guzman (Jollibee, Dr. De Guzman)

Del Rosario (law of power # 17, LP)

Detros (adobong sibuyas, prinsesa ng Mangabul)

Domagsang (awesome, Mrs. Domagsang, Econ121)

Domingo (DS 126 professor, LUOY, Sec. Anna De Lima)

Du (Sweet Valley, Dr. Du)

Duhaylungsod (supermodel, youtube sensation)

Fabros (Blessed Mary Grace, Pampanga to Aurora)

Fernandez (WB consultant, 1.0, Imelda Ganda)

Garcia (responsableng block head, footcare/footwear health advisory, J)

Gregorio (creative hand-outs, sustainable community)

Ingeniero (prinsesa ng Langkaan Dos, mahinahong boses)

Lapena (tahimik, mabait, relihiyosa, morg)

More (lightning rally stance, MCS valedictorian, face-off rebuttal, atmospherics)

Nartea (ANP, BPI binhi)

Gerald (optimist vs. pessimist view about global climate change, BPI binhi)

Michael (comprehensive concept maps, fontsize 5)

Peji (scarlet, jacobina, KPS, youtube sensation)

Reyes (concise project management book, toxic colonialism)

Rojo (7, prinsesa ng Puetro Prinsesa)

Sims (tahimik pero malalim, mutya ng Binangonan, advocate of labor reform)

Bejasa (hollow blocks, master lay-out artist)

Rendon (Nobody dance, Atty. Rendon)

Monday, May 28, 2012


  • I have a scheduled lecture series to a group of teachers this week about Education and Social Change (Tuesday), and Creative Approaches to Cooperative Learning (Wednesday). I hope it will turn out to be a dynamic learning experience for me and the participants.
  • My teaching load this semester in UP covers six different but interrelated subjects (see previous post). And as part of my continued effort to discover unconventional learning approaches, I will re-institute the system of cross-reporting wherein students are assigned to report to another section or year level. The first attempt was carried out by the group of Padilla, Domagsang and Ciriaco while the second one was executed by the tandem of Bumanglang and Somera. Both groups covered financial literacy as subject matter.
  • Through text and e-mail, I consulted several DSS alumni about the set of specific job skills that they want to be incorporated/reinforced in the training of students. Here's the partial list:
-effective presentation, business plan writing, 5S (Ms. Reburiano)
-tariff analysis, position paper writing (Ms. Caranto)
-informative but laymanized newsletter writing (Mr. Tenorio)
-mock interviews (Ms. Bejasa)
-professional business correspondence writing, voice workshop (Ms. Gagarin)
-international business ethics, financial literacy (Ms. E. Buenaventura)
-forum organizing (Ms. Tayag)
-incident report writing (Mr. Mateo)
-round table discussion (Ms. Morano)
-briefer writing (Ms. M. Flores)
-focus group discussion, facilitating public fora (Ms. Galang)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

BA Development Studies Briefer

Development Studies defined
Development Studies is a multi-disciplinary field of study that includes an understanding of the economic, political, social, technological and cultural aspects of social change especially in underdeveloped and developing countries. It contributes to policy-making by seeking solutions and strategies to address problems and obstacles to genuine human development. These issues are examined within a historical, comparative and international perspective, taking into account the countries' specific circumstances, history and culture (Simbulan, 2009).

Subjects in the curriculum include general education, foundations in Social Sciences, Politics and Governance, Economics of Development, Philippine Political Economy, International Political Economy, Project Planning and Management, Human Resource Development, and Development Research.  These subjects are handled with the use of various learning strategies such as lecture-discussion, public fora, field work, and cultural presentation, among others.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the course can find employment in government agencies or in international and local organizations which are concerned with development.  Examples of the employment possibilities for graduates are development research (e.g. NEDA, PIDS, IBON), policy formulation (Congress), project planning and implementation (UN, ADB), foreign service (DFA, FSO, CFO), banking and finance, media, and managerial positions dealing with development and community work (KMP, LGUs).  Graduates can also proceed to a career in law or join the teaching profession.

The Development Studies Program currently has five (5) full-time and six (6) part-time faculty members in its roster.

The faculty members of the degree program have multidisciplinary background which is instrumental in providing the students with a holistic perspective in theorizing and practicing development work. 

Prof. Roland Simbulan (Master in Public Administration - New York Univ)
Prof. Chester Arcilla (Doctor in Sociology - UP, ongoing)
Prof. Allan Joseph Mesina (Master in Environment Management and Development, Australia Nat'l Univ)
Prof. Ruth Shane Erive-Legaspi (Master in Business Administration - DLSU, ongoing)
Dr. Edberto Villegas (Doctor in Public Administration, UP)
Dr. Leothiny Clavel (Doctor in Philippine Studies, UP)
Prof. Silver Sevilla (Master in Economics units, UP)
Atty. Karol Sarah Baguilat (Bachelor of Laws, UST)
Atty. Mia Zorayda Wacnang (Jurisdoctor, Ateneo de Manila Univ)
Prof. Jeremy De Jesus (Master in Statistics - UP, ongoing)
Prof. John Ponsaran (Master in Public Management, UP)

PracticumThe Practicum Program is a 6-unit course which involves  6-weeks of community immersion and organizing in marginalized rural communities.  It draw its strength from the sustained and dynamic partnership with mass-based people's organization in various peasant, fisherfolk and indigenous people communities.  It is guided by the paradigm that the dialectical interaction between the academe and the communties is critical to pro-people, nationalist and scientific development work and scholarship.

Course highlights

DS 121 (Study of Philippine Underdevelopment)

Poverty concepts and theories
Poverty research
Poverty situationer by sector and region
Globalization of poverty
Anti-poverty programs of the government, business sector, civil society groups, and international organizations

DS 123 (Filipino Health and Society)
Health concepts and theories
Social health research
Health laws and institutions
Health situationer by sector and region
Health activism and health social movements

DS 126 (Politico-Administrative Institutions and Behavior)
Aquino watch
Legislating (under)development
Comparative local government
Organizational politics and administrative culture
Human resource development in the public sector
Election studies

DS 127 (Physical and Natural Environment and Development)
Political economy of food and agriculture
Political economy of environmental health
Political economy of human settlement
Political economy of disaster management
Political economy of sustainability

Econ 115 (Philippine Economic History)
Banking history and trends
Investing history and trends
Marketing history and trends
Retailing history and trends
Franchising history and trends

NSTP 1 (Education and Development)

Critical pedagogy
Sociology and Economics of education
Philippine education situationer
Comparative education
Globalization of education