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Home >> Certificate Programs >> Certificate in Local Development Planning

Program Description

       The certificate program is offered on-line to develop skills of LGUs and other interested persons in developing municipal and barangay plans. It is designed to be easily understood by students even without any background in development planning or in formulating local development plans. The module lessons are components of an LDP, and arranged in a progressive manner, i.e., the earlier lessons serve as foundation of the later modules.

The certificate program can also be credited for a post-baccalaureate degree for students who are planning to strengthen and enrich their academic career.

Program Structure

The DLGM is a degree offering of the CLSU Open University and will be coordinated by the Department of Rural Development and Development Communication. These programs will be offered in collaboration with the Departments of Social Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences), Agribusiness Management (College of Agriculture), Accountancy (College of Business Administration and Accountancy), and Environmental Management Institute.

The subjects are basic and general courses in local governance. As a requirement for the diploma course, students with no experience have the option to take apprenticeship to be guided by a lead faculty tutor. A seminar paper is required for those with experience on local governance. In both cases, a paper is to be presented before a panel of tutors.
First Semester Course Title
LGM 701 Introduction to Local Government Management*
LGM 705 Local Legislative Process
LGM 706 Local Economic Development
Second Semester
LGM 703 Project Development and Management
LGM 707 Resource Generation and Utilization
LGM 708 Advocacy and Social Marketing
LGM 797a Apprenticeship (for students without work experience)
LGM 797b Special Problem


Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelors degree or its equivalent from a recognized educational institution
  2. Passing an interview to conducted by the Open University.
  3. Computer literate particularly internet and website surfing
  4. Submission of:
    • Original or authenticated school Transcript of Records
    • Proof of experience in a LGU issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government or the LGU chief executive
    • Two letters of recommendation from former professors or from past and/or present supervisors


  • Prospective enrollees should pass the admission requirements and complete the degree program in 3 years for DLGM.
  • Activities / exercises contained in the modules can be submitted to the tutor(s) personally or through the OU website.
  • The final report of case study analysis or apprenticeship should be presented before a panel composed of OU tutor/professors.
  • The degree programs adopt the existing CLSU numerical grading system with 2.0 as the minimum grade credited to the courses.
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