As the country’s leading academic institution in open learning and distance education, the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) [Please tag account] adheres to the philosophy of open education and has been a staunch advocate of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and open access courses. Since 2010, there are at least 700 learning resources uploaded on the UPOU Networks. The UPOU Networks can be accessed via https://networks.upou.edu.ph/.

Screenshot of the UPOU website. [https://www.upou.edu.ph/home/

To help iskolar ng bayan through “the new normal” by providing for their remote learning needs, the UP Open University (UPOU) launched its own UPOU-Kaagapay+ program on September 1, in consonance with the UP System’s Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral ng mga Iskolar ng Bayan Fundraising and Resource Generation Campaign (Kaagapay UP).

Photo from the screenshot of UP Diliman’s “109th Pangkalahatang Pagtatapos”.

In this challenging time of a pandemic, the University of the Philippine continues to fulfill its mandate as the country’s national university to serve the people by opening its educational and informational resources not just to members of the UP Community but to the general public as well. Here is a list of UP resources that can be accessed online.

Screenshot of Ma. Rita Villanueva-Tamse in "Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?". The replay of the webinar can be viewed here. (https://networks.upou.edu.ph/28622/ltio-who-takes-care-of-the-caregivers/)

Visibility and availability. These are high up on Ma. Rita Villanueva-Tamse’s list of what our nurses need from their administrators and leaders especially in times of crisis like the present—to know that their superiors are ready to listen to their concerns, help them navigate the changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and address their needs.

Screenshot of John Alex Melencio in "Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?"

Having been a COVID-19 patient, John Alex Melencio has pushed himself to become a better nurse. The UP Open University (UPOU) alumnus, who is a charge nurse and team leader at The Royal Brompton Hospital in London, UK, was one of three nurses who shared their COVID-19 stories in “Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?” that was streamed live on June 11 in UPOU Networks. It was organized by the UPOU Master of Arts in Nursing program.