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DOUS conducts its First Gender and Development Training

DOUS conducted it first Gender and Development (GAD) Training last November 21 and 22, 2016 held at Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio City. The training was spearheaded by the DOUS Director, Dr. Ophelia RL A. Cardenas who is the University GAD Chairperson GAD in the university.

The training was participated by the DOUS faculty and staff which centered on Gender Sensitivity. Among the trainers were the competent DOUS faculty and staff namely; Buenaventura Caluscusin, Ana Maria Demot, Meljo Apilado, Jonald Cerrera and Ces Myra Mabalot. The training enable the participants to become more sensitive and open-minded as to gender concepts.

Pandayan Sa Barangay Project: CSC PAGASA AWARDEE

The Pandayan sa Barangay Project of the Naragsak Team, headed by Meljo Z. Apilado of DMMMSU Open University System, was adjudged as one of the CSC PAGASA Regional Awardees during the 116th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary Region 1 last September 15, 2016 held at Hotel Ariana and Restaurant, Bauang, La Union. The project was highly endorsed by the city government of San Fernando particularly the Office of Strategy Management for its impact to the beneficiary families of Barangay Mameltac, City of San Fernando, La Union.

The group was astounded, and at the same time challenged upon receiving the award because CSC endorsed it to the national level and soon be validated again by the national validator. The group felt proud of the outcome of the project and as a way of thanking everyone, they pledged to continue what they have started for the people behind their success specially their beneficiaries.

Mr. Carrera attends International Conference in Thailand

Last September 21- 23, 2016, SEAAIR held its 16th Annual Conference in Suan Dusit University, Bangkok, Thailand with the theme “Academic and Social Engagement in Higher Education”. Out of hundred entries all over the world, only sixty (60) passed the peer review screening. Mr. Jonald F. Carrera, one of the faculty members of DMMMSU-Open University System hurdled the screening and selection process in the paper presentation. With his masterpiece entitled “Pedagogical Practices of Tutors at DMMMSU-Open University System”, which likewise suits the conference theme and was applauded by the audience and even more proud that he represented his university across the globe. Mr. Carrera encourages every faculty of the university to conduct researches essential to internationalization, social responsibility, inclusivity, education and climate change leading towards sustainable development and global competitiveness.

The South East Asian Association for Institutional Research can trace its roots to a meeting held on September 5, 2000 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting was organized by Dr. Raj Sharma, the founder and inaugural president of the Australian Association for International Research, and a group of senior academics from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. The group decided to form the Interim Management Committee and organize a conference the following year in different South East Asian Countries.

The first conference of SEAAIR was held on October 24, 2001 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kuching, Malaysia. Dr. Zoraini Wati Abas was elected the first president of the Association. The second conference was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since then, SEAAIR has held international conferences with different themes each year. The aim of SEAAIR is to make advances in research so that there is better understanding, planning, and operations in post-secondary education in the region. It also encourages academics to conduct comparative research for the development of education in South East Asia (http://www. seaair2016.dusit.ac.th/index. html)

DOUS participate in AAOU 30th Annual Conference

Some DOUS faculty recently participated in the 30th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) in Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria on Oct. 26 to 29. Dr. Ophelia Cardenas, Director of the DOUS, led the group of participants composed of Dr. Luzviminda Salamanca, Head of Instruction, Prof. Priscilla Abellera, Head of Research, and Ms. Ces Myra Mabalot, Head of Quality Assurance. With the theme, “Open Education in Asia: Changing Perspectives”, the conference was participated in by various administrators, faculty members, researchers, and staff of different open universities throughout Asia. Open education, according to Tony Bates, refers to Education for All or EFA, which meant providing universal primary education for all. In addition to opening access to courses and programmes, open education now includes open educational resources (OER), open access research, open textbooks, and open data.

Experts in open and distance e-learning from various parts of the globe discussed various topics on learning analytics, open publishing, massive open online courses or MOOCS, digital learning, and various issues and topics under open education. In parallel paper presentations, the DOUS faculty members were further exposed to the best practices of open universities and institutions and the use of technology in distance education, aside from having the chance to network with other participants. The upcoming president of the AAOU, Dr. Melinda Bandalaria, Chancellor of UP Open University, announced that the next AAOU Annual Conference would be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on September 2017. As an associate member of the AAOU, DOUS would be represented in the upcoming conference.

DOUS Alumni Association Activities/Update

The DOUS Alumni Association contributed to the success of the recent 20th Founding Anniversary of their alma mater. Led by their energetic and magnanimous president, Mario C. Ortega, they participated in some of the activities scheduled for the special event.

Mr. Ortega presided in series of meetings of the association and passed important resolutions beneficial to DOUS. Together with some of the alumni officers, he also joined other meetings conducted by the DMMMSU director for Alumni Affairs, Dr. Mario Mendoza. The alumni officers of the university campuses and unit in those meetings called by Dr. Mendoza, the group drafted the Constitution and By- Laws of the University Alumni Federation and scheduled a date for the re-organization and reelection of university alumni officers. During those meetings, the different alumni associations also made a report of their recent activities, plans, and projects. On January 17 next year, the university will hold a simultaneous celebration of Alumni Day in relation to the University Day celebration on January 11, 12, & 13, 2016.

DOUS Celebrates 20th Founding Anniversary

DOUS celebrated its 20th founding anniversary last October 22, 2016 with the theme "20 Years of excellence in providing open and distance e-learning". the celebration recognized the humble beginning of the Open University System as an academic institution of DMMMSU from where it was before to where it is right now.

This year’s Foundation Day was an enjoyable and unforgettable one. As a head start to the much-awaited celebration, an exhilarating zumba exercise was held that made the participants and attendees feel the rush and adrenaline. After that, a thanksgiving mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Victor Francis Julaton was held.

Subsequently, the opening program immediately took place. DOUS Alumni President Hon. Mario Eduardo C. Ortega as well as Mr. Prince Michael Del Rosario, who is the topnotcher of the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in March 2016, a product of DOUS delivered their respective messages of gratitude to DOUS and an inspirational message to inspire students and stake holders of the institution.

During the program, Welcome and Opening Remarks was delivered by Prof. Joseph A. Padua, DOUS FAD President.

Every year, this important date in the University’s calendar is marked by the State of DOUS Address, which was delivered by Dr. Ophelia RL A. Cardenas – DOUS Director. She narrated on how the DOUS started way back in the year 1996 highlighting its noble achievements. During the presentation, an inspirational message was also given by the University President, Atty. Benjamin P. Sapitula.

Another important tradition of the Foundation Day celebration is the induction of the incoming SBO Officers for the school year 2016-2017. Their roles require them to be leaders for the prefect body and to serve as role models for all the students of DOUS.

The Founding anniversary celebration was filled with fun and excitement. Activities such as Poster Making contest, English and Iloco writing contests, DOUS Got talent and Mr. and Mrs. DOUS 2016 search were held.

Last October 18, 2016, the DOUS also conducted its medical and dental activity where free consultation and medicine were given. It was participated by the medical and dental group of the University. DOUS clients were depressed residents of Brgy. Sto. Rosario, Aringay, La Union and Brgy Catbangen, City of San Fernando, La Union.

A big salute is due to all the men and women behind this event. We are looking for another year of excellence and quality education. See you again next year as we celebrate the 21st Founding Anniversary of our beloved DOUS.

DOUS is optimistic about its future and look forward to exceed the challenges ahead.

To God be the glory.