UPV increases priority of relief to its affected communities

| Written by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo

Photo from the UP Visayas Facebook page


While the University continues to deliver public service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UP Visayas (UPV) has decided to give more priority to the sectors that have been affected by its work and class suspensions. These include its students and employees as well as those who rely on the UPV community’s patronage: tricycle drivers, food vendors, and laundry service providers, among others.

UPDanay and UP, Magbubunga Tayo!, UPV’s donation drive and relief fund campaign, respectively, will be putting more of its resources to intensify support for the aforementioned sectors in its Miagao, Iloilo City, and Tacloban campuses.

Undergraduate students, for example, will receive food subsidies varying at P150, P120, or P100 per day at the UPV Employees Cooperative (UPVEC), depending on their financial capacity. A viand serving costs between P20 to P30 and a serving of rice costs P10 at the UPVEC.

All UPV personnel, including job orders and contract of service employees, were granted full salaries for the month of April.

The University remains the recipient of cash and in-kind donations from alumni, faculty, staff, and private individuals and organizations. Activities to help the greater community such as alcohol production, training programs, and information campaigns continue to be conducted.

Recognizing the importance of mental and emotional well-being in a time of crisis, UPV Tacloban’s Division of Humanities has launched “Paghilom, Paglaom (To Heal and To Hope): Arts for Healing at the Time of COVID-19.” All resources are uploaded on Facebook.

The program includes “Pasundayag Paghilom: Songs and Poetry Performance Video Series” featuring members of UP An Balangaw, a performance group, as well as their friends and family. Watch the performances here.

“Paglantaw ha Sidawan: A Poetry and Photo Exhibit” showcases the works of BA Communication Arts students who underwent the Siday Writing Workshop of the Division. Sidawan combines “siday” (poem) and “ladawan” (image). Explore the exhibit here.

“Ato! Pag-arnis! Basic Arnis Moves on Video” features basic moves of arnis, which is also known as Kali or Eskrima. The initiative aims to promote physical activity during home quarantine. View the videos here.