In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this webinar on Thursday, 16 April 2020, 16:00 (Manila time), will bring together experts from Shanghai, Jeju, Manila and Newcastle to share their views on the crisis from various perspectives on public health policy, economic impact, cybersecurity threats, and communication management and aims to address the most important questions pertaining to these topics.

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As I said in a previous letter, we find ourselves in extraordinarily challenging times, facing down a pandemic and an enhanced community quarantine meant to contain this pandemic. Unfortunately, some of the hardest hit economically by the order to work from home are our administrative staff and non-UP contractual personnel.


Dear members of the UP community: I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to you all for your amazing response to this crisis—a global situation the likes of which we have not seen in our lifetimes. We have been forced to suspend classes, work and all other campus activities, and to stay inside our homes and practice social distancing, all to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to keep our healthcare system from being dangerously overwhelmed. For some of us, the effects of these measures on our finances, work, and social lives, and on our mental and physical health, have been devastating.

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Dear members of the UP community: As you all know, our national government has placed all of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine. Regions south of Luzon are also undergoing similar safety measures within their localities. All of these is part of our government’s effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

The Philippine Genome Center building (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

In our effort to continually protect the PGC skeletal work force during this national health emergency, we will accept PPE donations, such as N95 masks, surgical masks, disposable impermeable laboratory gowns and caps, face shields, and shoe covers to replenish our supplies.