Region 1 Medical Center and PSU OUS Mulls Advance HR Development Collaboration

The Regional Medical Center Director, of the Deparment of Health (RMC DOH) DR. JOSEPH ROLAND O. MEJIA and the Executive Director of the Pangasinan State University OPEN UNIVERSITY SYSTEMS (PSU OUS), Dr. Marie Claire Briones, Lingayen, Pangasinan, plan for collaborating for the advance and further professional development of Key Officials of the RMC DOH in the areas of Advance Public Afministration and Management in both the Doctorate and Master’s Curricular degree Programs.

Also present in that conference were Dr. RAMON BAUTISTA ( PSU Board of Regent), DR. SALLY JARIN, DR. PHILLIP G. QUERODA, DR. RANDY VENTAYEN and DR. JOSEPHINE D. REYES of the Pangasinan State University Open University Systems.



To impart sustainability and social responsiveness to various communities, the Pangasinan State University-Open University Systems (PSU-OUS) through the initiative of Master in Development Management Major in Public Management-Section B students under the subject FDM 201: Principles and Processes of Development Management of Dr. Marie Claire Briones, conducted an Outreach Program at Haven for Women, Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City last July 2, 2022.

The center is a temporary shelter for women who are victims of any form of abuse and violence. There are 19 residents assisted by 7 employees in the center. The activity was implemented with the supervision of the DSWD Field Office 1 resident staffs under the Leadership of Center head, Ms. Hiyasmin Joy N. Rabelas and in partnership with the Union of Sual Power Plant Employees (USPPE).

After the preliminaries, an orientation for the group was provided by resident psychologist Ms. Venus Marie C. Untalasco. She discussed the vision and mission of the center as well as its goals, programs and services with the very purpose of providing the organizers the proper knowledge about the clients in dealing with them considering all confidentialities of their cases.

Simultaneously, the other activities such as hair cutting services, fun games and distribution of snacks for the residents happened. Afterwards, the organizers resumed gathering the residents and started with the gift giving activity, followed by an inspirational message from Dr. Briones and a response message from one of the residents.

The outreach program aimed to promote socialization as well as physical, mental, and spiritual healing and recovery among the women survivors of abuse and their dependents. A social engagement for their immediate and total recovery was carefully observed. At the end of the program, a partnership between the PSU-OUS MDM Public Management Students and the Haven was encouraged to ensure that the goal for general healing and support to each client is achieved.

PSU-OUS continues to demonstrate the University Core Value on social responsiveness through its outreach programs for various members of the community.

Gender And Development(GAD)


The Gender and Development Unit and the Open University Systems spearheaded a Sitio Mapita Livelihood Training Project on May 18, 2022 at eight o’clock in the morning until twelve o’clock in the afternoon. The GAD extension activity was conducted at the Mapita Integrated School, Sitio Mapita, Aguilar, Pangasinan with the 4Ps beneficiaries as participants.

Resource speakers included Dr. Jeff G. Pereyras, a Solar Power Installation and Maintenance Trainer, Dr. Manuel DG. Micu, Jr., a Farming Machineries Repair and Maintenance Trainer, and Ms. Jennie B. Fernandez, a Fisheries Technologist.

Dr. Pereyras talked about the basic principles of electricity, solar power including its benefits, solar power systems, parts, accessories and their individual functions and solar power installation and maintenance with hands-on activities.

Dr. Micu shared general maintenance and repair tips on taking adequate care of farming equipment and machines to prevent problems such as rusting and clotting, oil leaking and splits.

Ms. Fernandez gave actual demonstration on deboning a milkfish and facilitated the active engagement of the participants in removing milkfish bones and spines in order to increase the value of the product.


PSU-OUS MDM Students Unveil Policy and Program for Economic Recovery

Gov. Guico highlights P’sinenses as best resources for development.
“The best resources are actually the people”, a pronouncement from Gov. Ramon “Mon-Mon” Guico III, during the Roundtable Discussion with the Governor himself and the students of the Master in Development Management (MDM) of Pangasinan State University – Open University Systems spearheaded by Professor Marie Claire Briones, held at the Conference Room, Capitol Building on August 4, 2022.

In the said activity, the MDM students unveiled their policy recommendations to address economic endeavors that the Province is facing. The economic sector of Pangasinan is continually affected by the damage of COVID-19 pandemic resulting in job and income losses for many Pangasinenses. MDM students presented the Sustainable Economic Framework from the United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) which serves as a blueprint for economic recovery.

As part of the proposed policies and programs in agricultural sector, the establishment of irrigation systems powered by solar energy as well as its free access is highlighted. Currently, 56.98% of the agricultural land is covered by irrigation systems. Governor Guico conveyed positive note stating that a further study on the water source must seek consultation with experts and be undertaken, following a science and evidence-based activity for decision making and program planning.

Moreover, in the review of MDM students on the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) 2018-2027 showed that there were underdeveloped Economic Zones and Industrial Estates which were continuously hampered by lack of vital infrastructure support and facilities. Gov. Guico said that the economic infrastructure project is making connecting highways which entails opportunities for recreation that can later on be opened for investment centers, increase job growth, and attract more local and foreign investors in the province of Pangasinan. In fact, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed an Ordinance creating the Pangasinan Investment Center which is synonymous with the proposal of establishing an Investment Office that will be responsible for investment generation and public private partnership.

“Healthy people, and healthy community will lead to a good economy,” mentioned Gov. Guico as the Roundtable Discussion ended, affirming his statement that the best resources are actually the people. The group emphasized that enabling active participation and engagements between the government and the citizens will attract investors, and prioritizing important projects will further uplift the economic sector.



PSU – Open University Systems kicks off its 25th Silver Founding Anniversary Celebration through an extension activity, the “Oplan Sagip Mata”, on March 31, 2021 at Region One Medical Center, Dagupan City.

The said activity was launched in partnership with R1MC and PSU-OUS Alumni Association. Present in the activity are Dr. Monina Monica Posadas – R1MC Department Head of the Ophthalmology and Eye Center, Dr. Ramon Bautista – PSU-OUS Alumni President, and PSU-OUS officials headed by Dr. Marie Claire Briones – Executive Director, and Dr. Phillip Queroda – Deputy Director for Academics, Research and Extension. Also present are the first batch of beneficiaries from PSU – Lingayen Campus who have undergone free eye check-up and consultation.

The activity was divided in series of scheduled phases to secure that the health and safety protocols are strictly implemented and will accommodate selected teaching and non-teaching personnel from nine campuses of PSU.