UP launches online public service television network TVUP

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The TVUP website.

The TVUP website.

On November 24th, the University of the Philippines launched TVUP, its online public service television network at the Executive House in Diliman, Quezon City.

“TVUP is an internet television (online broadcast) network that is owned and operated by the University of the Philippines that delivers content for educational purposes. It will participate in generating open educational resources (OER) to be made public by producing its own materials and collecting other content from existing sources,” said TVUP Executive Director Grace J. Alfonso.

“The network aims to spark movement to help foster a well-informed audience by providing content that is professionally-produced and curated, generating new knowledge in the form of academic texts, inventions, concepts, skills, scientific innovations, and creative works in the digital media form,” Alfonso added.

“This ideal has been something that the men and women in the UP administration have been fighting for since my term began in 2011. It is a responsibility mandated by Republic Act No. 9500, which has radically changed UP’s role in the nation and the world,” said UP President Alfredo E. Pascual in his message.

“As a research university, UP is expected to create, apply and disseminate groundbreaking knowledge. As a regional and global university, we are called to forge friendships and make an impact beyond the borders of our nation. And, finally, as a public service university, it is our sworn duty to ensure that the excellence displayed by our mga iskolar ng bayan be channeled to honor and uplift the lives of the people of this country. The launch of TVUP is something that allows our University to fulfill these three (3) functions in potentially revolutionary ways. While UP is no stranger to utilizing technology to magnify its public service efforts – with the success of DZUP, and online efforts like UP sa Halalan offering credible and intellectual insights for the past two elections – TVUP offers our scholars a new and broader service platform,” Pascual continued.

According to the TVUP editorial board, there are ten programs that have been officially listed by UP, namely: Financial Sense, a financial literacy program; Kalusugan ay Karapatan, which will tackle health and wellness topics; Batas at Bayan, which will explore Philippine law through fictional stories; Kasaysayan at Kapangyarihan, which will demystify Philippine history; The Platform, a program which will discuss national issues and concerns; Philippine Art and Culture, which will explore and analyze art in the Philippines; Science Innovators, which will highlight innovations by UP scientists; Documentaries: The Story of the Filipino, which will feature documentaries by students and filmmakers of the UP Film Institute; Maikling Pelikula, which will showcase outstanding and award-winning short films by UP; and Musikahan, which will present acts by UP trained groups such as the UP Madrigal Singers, UP Singing Ambassadors, and the UP Concert Chorus. Users may access TVUP programs by visiting www.tvup.ph.

For photos of the event, please click through the album below.