The University of the Philippines (UP) launched its “Pook Aralan” learning hub in Butuan City last April 20 via Zoom. The learning hub is the second “Pook Aralan” under the Tabang sa Iskolar ng Bayan program, which offers free use of computers, internet, and printing services for all nearby UP students for a limited period.
The hub is strategically situated in front of the Agusan National High School and the Social Security System office in Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, on AD Curato Street. At least 12 UP students can avail themselves of online learning-related services and facilities for the second semester.
The first “Pook Aralan,” located in Bato, Leyte, was launched on March 14 and will serve UP students until July.
According to UP Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Office of Student Development Services (OSDS) Director Richard Philip Gonzalo, the “Pook Aralan” project hopes to assist students in continuing their studies after Typhoon Odette hit. The “Pook Aralan” also provides the University a template for helping its students in remote areas, especially after typhoons and other calamities hinder them from continuing studies under the blended learning mode.
UP Los Baños Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) Janette Silva said the students affected by recent typhoons and challenges due to the pandemic were glad to avail UP’s assistance through these projects. The OVCSA helped in conducting the feasibility study for this project.
UP Padayon Public Service Office Director Jeanette Yasol-Naval said the Pook Aralan would ease the students’ burdens amid the pandemic and calamities. UP will also launch more learning hubs to respond to students’ needs.
Establishment owner and Pook Aralan manager Michael Urgel expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be of service to the University. He assured us that the learning hub will always be a safe space for students.
The OSDS administers the project in partnership with the UP Padayon Public Service Office, the UP System Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, the UP Foundation, the concerned units of UP constituent universities, and owners of the chosen sites.
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