A UPLB scientist and member of the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team breaks down the epidemic wave of COVID-19 that swept over the country, and at what point can we say that we have reached the peak of that wave. Read more here.

As community quarantine measures are relaxed, more economic activities are being allowed at varying levels of capacity. In their Policy Note No. 7, the UP COVID-19 Response Team presents findings from their risk assessment of various job types, including proper phasing in of different jobs and manageable interventions to lessen the health risks at work.


In this Forecast Report No. 7, UP experts cite data analyses to show that the past enhanced community quarantine worked to reduce transmission and deaths due to COVID-19. However, in certain areas of the country, the risk level of the pandemic is still high. Read about the recommendations of UP scientists regarding the continuation of quarantine measures in some areas and the loosening of restrictions in others.

POLICY NOTE NO. 6 / 08 May 2020 Prevailing Data Issues in the Time of COVID-19 and the Need for Open Data

In this Policy Note, the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team recognizes the crucial need for accurate and relevant data about COVID-19 and the country’s resources in order to win the battle against an invisible enemy, and how to address the gaps in data-sharing and collection as soon as possible.

Continuing from Policy Note No. 1 (https://www.up.edu.ph/modified-community-quarantine-public-health-framework-in-reponse-to-covid-19-for-iloilo-and-western-visayas-after-april-30-data-analysis-and-recommendations/) and analyzing the updated number of cases, local incidence and public health data, this Policy Note No. 2 offers some recommendations for measures to keep the COVID-19 infection rates controlled and in decline in Western Visayas.

The novel coronavirus spreads through social interaction. The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response looks into the post-ECQ scenarios and how can we ease up restrictions on people’s mobility to minimize transmission and risks to our highly vulnerable seniors.

Elevate air pollution problem in post-ECQ “new normal” agenda – UPD scientist

A scientist from the University of the Philippines-Diliman Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology has called on all sectors to consider putting the issue and solutions to the air pollution problem in the higher agenda for a post-enhanced community quarantine (post-ECQ) “new normal” Philippines.

Air quality after ECQ far from ‘new normal’ expectations – UPD experts

Good air quality has been a silver lining during this time of enhanced community quarantine, but UPD experts warn that as the country moves into a post-ECQ scenario, clean air might not be part of the “new normal”.

COVID-19 FORECASTS IN THE PHILIPPINES: Sub-National Models for NCR and other Selected Areas

The next several weeks are full of uncertainty as we attempt to restore normalcy in our lives. Based on data obtained from the Department of Health (DOH), this report aims to provide insights on the implications of the decisions that we are going to make and the measures that could prove useful in our collective effort to overcome the challenges brought by the pandemic.