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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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In order for the University of the Philippines to continue educating its students in the face of possible class suspensions following the confirmed local transmission of COVID-19, UP is rolling out a contingency plan consisting of blended learning and the use of online materials and platforms to alternate with and augment traditional classroom learning.

The UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) is hosting the second installment of the Mindanao: Fractured Promises, Continuing Challenges forum series on March 13, 2020 (Friday), 1:00–5:00 PM, at the UP CIDS Conference Hall, Lower Ground Floor, Ang Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

This March, in line with the celebration of the International Women’s Day, with the theme #EachforEqual, the institute will hold its 8th UPRI-NOAH TALK on March 6, 2020 at the College of Science Auditorium, College of Administration Building from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. With the theme “Women in DRRM,” discussions will revolve around how the featured speakers actively shape their communities through their CCA-DRR efforts.

It’s National Women’s Month with UPFI Film Center screenings this March. Films in exhibition spanning studio releases, full-length docus and student works all underscore the imperative of diversity and inclusivity that has propelled women to be masters of the house and craft of cinema.