Photo of the indoor working and study space in The Hatch Hub.Image from Mr. Jules Guiang.

In this time of pandemic and “the new normal”, when education is compelled to shift to remote and online learning, several iskolar ng bayan need help and support to complete their studies at UP. Here is how one UP alumnus has found a way to be a kaagapay to UP students by sharing what he has: a cool, affordable learning space.

Amidst COVID-19 troubles on the ground, the nation continues to find hope in space in an event dubbed “Our Place in Space: What’s Next for the Philippines Space Sector”, organized by the UP-led STAMINA4Space Program.

A summary of the work done by LWPH volunteers with sources mostly coming from the Department of Health and the World Health Organization. Photo courtesy of LWPH.

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.

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.

UP Diliman Ugnayan ng Pahinungòd’s psychosocial support program poster. Source: UP Diliman Facebook page (facebook.com/OfficialUPDiliman/)

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.

Some of the designs being sold at the UP BadAss page made by the Itneg community. Visit https://facebook.com/UPBadAss to see more. Photo taken from UP BadAss page.

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.