No task is too big nor too small in UP’s fight against COVID-19. This is the rallying spirit behind the various UP Bayanihan efforts that range from science and technology to humanitarian efforts, leading the way in social responsibility for its students and staff.

In our effort to continually protect the PGC skeletal work force during this national health emergency, we are accepting PPE donations, such as N95 masks, surgical masks, disposable impermeable laboratory gowns and caps, face shields, and shoe covers to replenish our supplies and at the same time share these donations to the NIH, PGH, and UP Health Service.

With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to a stalwart member of our community, UP political science professor and former dean of the UP Asian Center, Dr. Aileen SP Baviera. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to her bereaved family, friends and colleagues.

UP President Danilo Concepcion, UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla, and UP Philippine General Hospital Director Gerardo Legaspi discuss the establishment of a formal system and structure to facilitate the University’s reception of support for its frontline workers. While UP has the financial capability to readily procure personal protective equipment for its health and medical personnel, the challenge has been on the supply end.

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Classes, both residential and online and alternative learning activities in the UP System (except the UP Open University) are suspended until 14 April 2020 while the University assesses the situation and decides on how best to facilitate learning and manage academic requirements in the time of COVID-19.

Last March 14, 2020, the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges gave out a directive to pull-out medical interns out of all NCR hospitals. However, over 100 interns at the Philippine General Hospital volunteered to go back on-duty to help the patients and the remaining health care workers in the hospital.

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As the national university, the University of the Philippines is mandated to take the lead in the nation’s quest for true, equitable and sustainable development by harnessing the expertise of its academic and scientific community to address the nation’s most pressing problems, one of which is the COVID-19 outbreak.