UP is moving forward into the “next normal” of a COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world, and getting ready to explore new prospects, platforms, and possibilities for remote and blended remote and face-to-face teaching and learning, with a series of initiatives, preparations, webinar-workshops and dialogues for the next two months.

Physical distancing or “social distancing” prevents the spread of COVID-19, but it is a challenge to enforce in highly dense communities such as those in the Philippines. An upcoming webinar by the UP CIFAL, scheduled on July 3, Friday,will focus on this particular challenge in the fight against the pandemic.

UPCAT qualifiers enrolling in UP can expect the “new normal” of remote learning

For this year’s successful UPCAT qualifiers who will be enrolling in UP, their first taste of university life will be that of the “new normal”: remote teaching and learning, with the possibility of blending remote and face-to-face meetings. A memorandum issued by the UP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs lays down what this year’s crop of UPCAT qualifiers can expect for the coming academic year.

“No personal and technical data breach happened.” This is the finding of the University of the Philippines Cebu Data Privacy Officer following an investigation in response to reports of an alleged data breach in the local student evaluation on teaching (SET) system, which led to a list of names and login credentials of UP Cebu students being posted online.

COVID-19 famously targets the lungs, but it doesn’t stop there. Dr. Elizabeth Montemayor, Vice President of the Philippine Nephrology Society, discusses the way COVID-19 attacks the kidneys, rendering patients with kidney problems especially vulnerable to the virus.