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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).

Prof. Eilene Antoinette G. Narvaez. Photo from a UP Forum Roundtable Discussion in 2017. []

Prof. Eilene Antoinette G. Narvaez of the UP Diliman Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, a member of the Filipinas Institute of Translation, recently worked with Google for the Filipino terms related to COVID-19.

Hey, teachers! Are you ready to create video lectures for your online classes? UP Open University (UPOU) offers three tutorials to help you out! Produce better quality materials by learning how to optimize the use of your smartphone as video recorder, make use of proper lighting and set design, and manage audio and noise in recording.

As with many things, the COVID-19 pandemic thas thrown into stark clarity the good, the bad and the ugly of social media usage. UP Visayas takes on “The Boon and Bane of Social Media” and how we can manage both in a webinar on Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m.

If you are parents or teachers of K-12 students who feel apprehensive about the planned shift in education delivery due to the pandemic, UP Open University’s (UPOU) webinar may help you cope with the upcoming changes in teaching and learning.

Screenshot of Dr. Celso Bate's slide in "Rehabilitation for Critical Care Survivors of COVID-19", showing examples of simple exercises that may be done early in the rehabilitation of a critical care patient who is confined to his bed: clockwise from top left, diaphragmatic breathing, lifting of both arms, knee flexion, knee extension, dorsiflexion, and sitting.

“Think of [it like] a marathon,” physiatrist Dr. Celso Bate described the recovery of critically ill patients—those who had prolonged ICU confinement and acute respiratory distress syndrome. The rehabilitation strategies for those patients are useful guides in the recovery of critical COVID-19 patients, as rehab protocols have yet to be established for this novel disease.

Screenshot of Ma. Rita Villanueva-Tamse in "Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?". The replay of the webinar can be viewed here. (

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.

Dr. Chito Permejo, a cardiology intensivist at the Philippine Heart Center, said the off-label use of pharmacologic therapies to treat COVID-19 in patients with cardiac issues must be done with caution. He discussed this and many more in “COVID-19 and the Heart”, the eighth episode of UP’s STOP COVID DEATHS webinar series streamed on June 12.