During the COVID-19 pandemic, knowing your enemy is crucial. The UP Alumni Association’s upcoming eKapihan, “Understanding COVID-19: Its Prevention and Treatment”, will feature Dr. Gerardo B. Abenes, who will discuss the global pandemic and its economic impact on the Philippines.
Author: Andre DP Encarnacion
During a pandemic, accurate public health information on COVID-19 is a necessity. But with most of the information on the viral disease and the government’s response published only in Filipino and English, how do we make sure that people in the different regions and those belonging to different ethnolinguistic groups can access this information? Enter the UP Department of Linguistics and the Language Warriors PH project.
UP Diliman held its very first virtual commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 on July 26, led by 28 summa cum laude graduates, and with the theme of “Maglingkod, Magmalasakit, Manindigan”.
UP Baguio made UP history recently when it held its very first online commencement exercises for the Class of 2020, with “Making a Difference” as a central theme.
For many UP students, finding a source and sense of support in these difficult times is a necessity, especially when it comes to the technology and resources needed to keep up with the “next normal” of remote and blended learning. To support its Iskolar ng Bayan, UP launched the Kaagapay sa Pagaaral ng mga Iskolar ng Bayan or #KaagapayUP project, with the aim of helping UP’s financially challenged students acquire the resources to engage in the remote and blended learning solutions instituted by the University in response to COVID-19.
The global pandemic is taking a toll on people’s mental and emotional well-being. To respond to the need to provide the UP community and UP’s partner communities with adequate psychosocial support, the UP Ugnayan ng Pahinungòd launched the Committee on Psychosocial Emergency Services (UP CoPES) to better coordinate and harmonize the psychosocial aspect of Pahinungòd’s volunteer services.
The UP Badminton Association of Diliman, aptly nicknamed UP BadAss, is scoring points for its support of the local Itneg Community of Namarabar, Penarrubia, Abra. Together with Abra Indigo Manila, the organization is selling face masks created by the community using natural dyes and patterned after designs of Itneg embroidery, part of the proceeds of which will be used to help cushion the community from the ravages of COVID-19. To purchase or to see more designs, visit: https://facebook.com/UPBadAss.
Former NEDA Secretary and UP School of Economics Professor Emeritus Ernesto M. Pernia weighed in on the topic, “COVID-19 and the Economy” at the UP Alumni Association’s KapihanngBayansa UP program.
For the University Archives of UP Diliman, the concept of data privacy is nothing new. Read about how the designated memory-keeper of the University handles data privacy under the DPA.
While spine surgeries used to be very long, risky, and bloody affairs, this need not be the case today. According to spine surgeon Dr. Rafael Bundoc of the University of the Philippines General Hospital (UP PGH), minimally invasive spine surgeries are now on the rise. With these advanced techniques, patients of UP PGH can go back to their homes and jobs after a few hours of rest and avoid the costs that come with long hospital stays.