“We need to be self-reliant in testing, prevention, and treatment,” said UP Manila College of Medicine Dean Charlotte Chiong in “COVID-19 and the Heart” streamed live on June 12, the 122ndanniversary of Philippine Independence. The event was the eighth episode of UP’s STOP COVID DEATHS webinar series, where she was the guest speaker.

Screenshot of John Alex Melencio in "Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?"

Having been a COVID-19 patient, John Alex Melencio has pushed himself to become a better nurse. The UP Open University (UPOU) alumnus, who is a charge nurse and team leader at The Royal Brompton Hospital in London, UK, was one of three nurses who shared their COVID-19 stories in “Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?” that was streamed live on June 11 in UPOU Networks. It was organized by the UPOU Master of Arts in Nursing program.

UP-PGH nurse Angelique Rosete likened her COVID-19 experience to the viral meme, “batas ng classroom” (law of the classroom). She was one of three nurses who shared their COVID-19 stories in “Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?” that was streamed live on June 11 on UPOU Networks. It was organized by the UPOU Master of Arts in Nursing program.

True to the University as a public service institution, UP Open University (UPOU) will offer free online bridge courses in English and Mathematics for senior high school students, college freshmen, and all other interested individuals. It is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Education and Ugnayan ng Pahinungod of UPOU.

“Capacitating Oneself for the New Normal” emphasized the relevance of gender inclusion and appreciative resilience to psychosocial well-being in crisis response. Organized by the Social Work Program of the UP Open University (UPOU) Faculty of Management and Development Studies as part of UPOU’s Let’s Talk it Over online lecture series, the event was streamed on May 27 in UPOU Networks.

The UP Open University Oblation (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

The UP Open University continues to offer webinars that aim to empower and capacitate sectors affected by the pandemic. On public administration and governance education, it has an upcoming three-part webinar series. On the experiences and well-being of frontline workers such as nurses, an online discussion is scheduled as well.

The UPV Tacloban College (UPVTC) mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) core team noted the low turnout of respondents in its offering of online services in the current crisis. This was revealed in the inaugural episode of Pagsurumpay Online Talk Series on May 23, which focused on “Context, Opportunities, and Challenges for MHPSS in the time of COVID-19.”