Learning Facilitators


Melinda Dela Peña-Bandalaria
University of the Philippines
Open University

Dr. Bandalaria is the current Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University at Los Banos, Laguna. She joined as full time faculty in this organization in 1994, months before it developing course materials; teaching courses; doing research and extension programs in this mode of teaching and learning. She’s now heavily involved in implementing her uLearn Project which offers courses based on Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) framework. This is in line with her advocacy of promoting open access to quality education and industry-academe partnership. She is also currently involved as Education Integration Expert in the following projects: one is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and aimed at offering courses as MOOCs for the massive training of talents for the Business Process Management Industry; and the other is being funded by UNICEF-Philippines which aimed at offering MOOCs on Child Rights Protection and Promotion. Her formal training is in development communication and distance education. She obtained all her academic  degrees from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos (UPLB) and a Certificate in Distance Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. She has published numerous papers on distance education/online learning/MOOCs and has presented research papers in various conferences, local and international. Her expertise is also being tapped by the following organizations: Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company; SMART Telecommunications; Development Academy of the Philippines; UNILAB Foundation; and the training arm of the Philippine Army (TRADOC). Dr. Bandalaria is also the Chair of the Philippine Community eCenter Network, a multisectoral organization which promotes access to the Internet and digitized contents for all Filipinos.


Pia CornagoPia Charmaine Cornago
Senior Lecturer
School of Library and Information Studies
University of the Philippines

Ms Cornago has a Bachelor’s Degree (2003) and a Master’s Degree (2007) in Library and Information Science both from the University of the Philippines. She obtained her Professional Librarian License from the Board for Librarians (BFL) of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in November 2003.

She had worked as Manager for Library Services at READ@Academy (Resources for Education And Development @ Academy of Singapore Teachers) in Singapore, Ms Cornago was instrumental in providing quality information resources and services to Ministry of Education (MOE) teachers all over Singapore, thus, supporting the professional and personal development of MOE teachers and assisting in their pursuit of excellence in the education service. She had organized teacher training seminars, created online videos, conceptualized the website, designed publishing materials and other activities which resulted in increased patronage of READ@Academy. Along with attaining the intended goals of the seminars, she had also refined organizational, people and training skills of her team as Head of Library Services.

As Country Manager in the Philippines for The Library Corporation (TLC) with main headquarter in West Virginia, she continues the same passion for supporting the professional and personal development of her colleagues in the profession and assisting in their pursuit of excellence in the education service. She is in constant search for ways of improving services accorded to clients of integrated library systems, as well as troubleshooting related concerns. After her inclusion to the marketing team of TLC, the number of clients was doubled all over the Philippines.

As a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies, she adapted the concept of Blended Learning in 2014 to teach Library Management and IT Courses to graduate students. She took courses at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) in their Master of Distance Education (MDE) program. Fostering leadership skills among her students, she emphasized the need to expand into areas which will extend their capabilities. The gist of the message to her students, “Remember why you are doing what you’re doing.”