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Messages from the UP President


 

About COVID-19


Health Advisory

COVID-19 Test Kit

Experts’ Advice

 

UP-PGH Bayanihan Na! Operations Center


 

UP Resilience Institute EndCOV Dashboard


 

News, Memos, and Announcements


 

Information on Constituent Universities


 

Resources on Remote Learning, Teaching, and Working

 

 


26 March 2020—Message from UP President Danilo L. Concepcion to the PGH community

To the Staff and Administration of UP-PGH,

On behalf of our community at the University of the Philippines—indeed, on behalf of the Filipino people—let me thank you, first of all, for your courageous, selfless, and outstanding service in these very trying times. Our nation and our people are suffering from a devastating scourge, and those of you at the frontlines are performing a heroic and unenviable function. [Read full text]

 

20 March 2020—UP president addresses the university community

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. [Read full text]

 

20 March 2020—Actions on academic matters

 

11 March 2020—UP’s response to COVID-19

 


 

About COVID-19

 

Health Advisory

Novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Advice for the UP Community [Read full advisory] | [Download PDF version of infographics]

 

What to do while at home on enhanced community quarantine:

Home quarantine-1

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COVID-19 Test Kit

What does the NIH-PGC test kit contain?

What does the locally produced COVID-19 test kit contain? These are explained by Dr. Raul Destura of the University of the Philippines Manila National Institutes of Health and Philippine Genome Center to members of the media during the press conference on March 12. While the kit can be dependably used as it is, it does contain a component that allows for a quality control mechanism with the aid of the experts at the PGC.

For Dr. Cynthia Saloma of the PGC, the samples that will be derived from the kit will allow them to analyze the origin of the COVID-19 virus circulating among patients with the disease. It would also allow them to compare this with those found in other countries.

With the test kit and analysis, UP Manila Chancellor, Dr. Carmencita Padilla is confident of the University’s capability, as it does have the necessary equipment to get the job done.

[Video 2:15]

 

The Philippine Genome Center: Stockpiling for COVID-19 [Learn more]

10 March 2020—As the world grapples with the spread of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 or COVID-19, countries such as the Philippines are mobilizing its experts in preparation of its impact on its citizens.

Among those actively working to address the public health concern is the Philippine Genome Center of the University of the Philippines.

On February 13, 2020, its pharmaceutical partner, Manila HealthTek, Inc. released a photo of a locally-made test kit which is the product of efforts by experts at the PGC and the National Institutes of Health, UP Manila. [Read full story]

[Video: 2:15]

 

COVID-19: Dr. Raul Destura explaining the process of collecting samples

Collecting samples for COVID-19 is a risky and challenging task. In this video, epidemiologist Dr. Raul Destura of the National Institutes of Health, UP Manila and Philippine Genome Center, explains how it is carefully and properly done. According to Destura, a medical professional who intends to collect samples from a suspected patient should be wearing the following: Personal protective equipment (PPE); N95 mask; gloves; goggles or face shield; water resistant or waterproof laboratory gown

All of these must be worn, observing the proper donning and doffing so as to prevent the person collecting samples from patients from getting into contact with any contaminant from the kit. The equipment, he added, must also be disposed of properly, abiding by generally-adopted protocols.

[Video: 2:00]

 

120,000 UP-developed COVID-19 test kits available starting this weekend —DOST

30 March 2020—The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday announced that at least 120,000 locally-developed test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be available starting Saturday. [Read full story]

 

DOST: Locally developed COVID-19 test kits ready this week

30 March 2020—The field validation of the locally developed COVID-19 test kits funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and made by scientists at the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health (UP-NIH) is expected to be finished by April 1, DOST’s top official announced on Monday. [Read full story]

 

 


 

UP-PGH Bayanihan Na! Operations Center

 

UP PGH Bayanihan Na! Operations Center for patient queries and donationsUP PGH Bayanihan Na Operations Center

 

Bayanihan Na! UP-PGH launches COVID-19 Ops Center

31 March 2020-155-200 is the number to call. And it’s open 24/7. The UP-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) launched its Bayanihan Na! COVID-19 Operations Center on March 30 to answer queries related to COVID-19, including how to volunteer and donate. [Read full story]

 

UP officials discuss the establishment of UP PGH Bayanihan Operations Center

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. [See photo story]

 

Isang Pagsaludo sa mga Intern ng Philippine General Hospital

UP PGH Bayanihan Na Operations Center

 

 


 

UP Resilience Institute EndCOV Dashboard

 


 

News

BREAKING: FDA approves UP-developed COVID-19 test kits for commercial use

3 April 2020—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday that it has approved the test kits developed by the University of the Philippines-National Institute ofHealth (UP-NIH). [Read full story]

 

UP-developed COVID-19 test kits ready for rollout

3 April 2020—The COVID-19 testing kits developed by scientists of the University of the Philippines (UP) have completed field validation, and are now ready for mass production and usage. [Read full story]

 

The low-cost COVID-19 testing kit made by UP scientists is ready for rollout

3 April 2020—A number of testing kits, which can do up to 26,000 tests, will be distributed for field implementation from April 4 to 25. Currently in production are testing kits that can accommodate up to 120,000 tests. [Read full story]

 

DOST to study use of virgin coconut oil as coronavirus treatment

2 April 2020—The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is conducting clinical studies on the possible benefits of virgin coconut oil for patients with moderate to severe cases of COVID-19 and patients under investigation (PUIs). [Read full story]

 

DOST gives PGH medical devices that reduce contact between COVID-19 patients, frontliners

2 April 2020—The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has delivered 106 units of RxBox, a device capable of simultaneously measuring an individual’s vital signs, to the Philippine General Hospital. [Read full story]

 

UP launches web portal, map for COVID-19 responders

2 April 2020—The University of the Philippines COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team created the web portal http://endcov.ph/ to provide the public with vital information for fighting the coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 in the country. [Read full story]

 

UPD food tech students produce ginger-calamansi concentrate for PGH and Lung Center frontliners

2 April 2020—Meghan Sevilla and Sofia Tagle, 4th year BS Food Technology students from UP Diliman’s College of Home Economics (CHE), formulated and produced a ginger-calamansi concentrate called Lucal. Lucal can easily be consumed when mixed with warm or cold water. [Read full story]

 

DOH pins hope on UP-NIH-developed ventilators

1 April 2020—DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire hopes that the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health can soon come out with their locally produced ventilator that is now still in the pipeline. [Read full story]

 

UPLB prepares 80% ethyl alcohol for frontliners

2 April 2020—The University of the Philippines Los Baños Institute of Chemistry (IC-UPLB) produced ethyl alcohol to be given to the frontliners fighting against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). [Read full story]

 

U.P. researchers develop coronavirus dashboard tracker

2 April 2020—The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI), in collaboration with the UP Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH), developed a dashboard that tracks the spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines. [Read full story]

 

UP-produced Covid-19 testing kits ready for deployment, says Nograles

2 April 2020—IATF spokesperson Karlo Nograles announced that the government has allocated 57.2 million pesos for the production of locally-produced COVID-19 testing kits developed by the UP NIH and Manila HealthTek Inc., saying in a press briefing on Tuesday that field validation of the said kits has already been completed and will be rolled out by April 4. [Read full story]

 

DOST allots P53.2-M to fund development of UP COVID-19 test kits

1 April 2020—DOST has allotted P53.2 million as funding for the development of the COVID-19 test kits by the University of the Philippines National Institute of Health in response to the pandemic, a report submitted by President Rodrigo Duterte to Congress states. [Read full story]

 

UPD College of Science responds to COVID-19

1 April 2020—The UP Diliman College of Science (UPD-CS) expressed its appreciation for its constituents who are actively helping the country respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. [Read full story]

 

UP-PGH begins operating as COVID-19 referral center

1 April 2020—Preparations have been completed, and on March 30, the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) begins operations as a COVID-19 referral center. [Read full story]

 

How the UP-developed COVID-19 test kits aid hospital work

1 April 2020—Test kits are essential for rationalization in hospital work. This is what University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) Director, Dr. Gerardo Legaspi said in a press conference on March 12. This, he said, allows them to provide their patients proper advice when they consult them about their health. [Read full story]

 

UP scientists making ventilators as coronavirus cases mount: health dept

1 April 2020—Scientists from the University of the Philippines are designing a more affordable ventilator that will help patients with the novel coronavirus breathe, the health department said Wednesday as cases of the respiratory disease continued to climb. [Read full story]

 

New Clark City polyclinic ready for PUIs

31 March 2020—Isolation rooms set up at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital Polyclinic inside the New Clark City are now ready to take in persons under investigation (PUI) for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), who display mild symptoms, Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan said in a statement. [Read full story]

 

Bayanihan Na! UP-PGH launches COVID-19 Ops Center

31 March 2020—155-200 is the number to call. And it’s open 24/7. The UP-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) launched its Bayanihan Na! COVID-19 Operations Center on March 30 to answer queries related to COVID-19, including how to volunteer and donate. [Read full story]

 

LOOK: UP-PGH launches COVID-19 operations center

30 March 2020—The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital on Monday launched its operations center for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns. [Read full story]

 

PGH debuts 24/7 COVID Bayanihan Operations Center hotline

30 March 2020—The University of the Philippines Manila-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) on Monday launched a dedicated 24/7 hotline number for its Bayanihan Operations Center that covers cases related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). [Read full story]

 

UPV chemists formulate alcohol to aid hospitals in this COVID-19 pandemic

28 March 2020—Chemists composed of students and alumni of UP Visayas are currently making alcohol to be donated to hospitals and frontliners. [Read full story]

 

UP personnel to receive emergency allowance

28 March 2020—The UP Administration has announced the release of an Emergency Allowance amounting to P5,000.00 each for all UP faculty and Professors Emeriti who are in active service as of March 17, 2020; research, extension and professional staff (REPS); administrative staff, whether regular, permanent, temporary, UP contractual/casual or substitute; and Contract of Service (COS) and Job Order (JO) workers who are rendering full-time service. [Read full story]

 

Announcement on the release of UPCAT 2020 results

28 March 2020—The University of the Philippines Office of Admissions is postponing the release of the UP College Admissions Test 2020 results, which was originally scheduled on 30 March 2020. Please wait for further announcement. [Read full story]

 

Salin sa Filipinong mga terminolohiya kaugnay ng COVID-19

28 March 2020—Halaw sa salin ni Prof. Eilene Antoinette G. Narvaez mula sa Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, UP Diliman. [Read full story]

 

UP employees get financial aid early

27 March 2020—The University of the Philippines has released additional financial support for its members in light of the enhanced community quarantine implemented in Luzon. [Read full story]

 

UP Visayas lends RT PCR Machine to WVMC for COVID-19 Testing

27 March 2020—The University of the Philippines Visayas through its Philippine Genome Center, transferred its RT Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine to the Western Visayas Medical Center for COVID-19 testing to complement the existing PCR machine of WVMC. [Read full story]

 

SOS for stranded students

27 March 2020—The UP community in each constituent university banded together to give donations and other forms of assistance for UP students who have been stranded in campus and off-campus housing by the enhanced community quarantine. [Read full story]

 

Free Online Biosafety Training for Laboratorians who will be handling SARS-CoV-2

27 March 2020—The National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity (NTCBB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), UP Manila is offering a free Online Biosafety Training for Laboratorians who will be handling SARS-CoV-2 on March 30 to April 3, 2020. [Read full story]

 

UP-PGH to continue treating non-COVID-19 patients even as a COVID-19 referral center

26 March 2020—The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) will continue serving non-COVID-19 patients even while operating as a COVID-19 referral center as designated by the Department of Health (DOH). [Read full story]

 

The bayanihan spirit burns bright in the University of the Philippines

26 March 2020—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. [Read full story]

 

Your 3-D Printer might help save lives in the COVID-19 crisis

25 March 2020—UP’s College of Engineering is working on several initiatives to help solve problems brought about by the coronavirus. Here’s how you can help. [Read full story]

 

Dr. Raul Jara: The Blueprint of a Great Teacher

24 March 2020—On Tuesday, Dr. Raul Jara, a renowned cardiologist and an influential teacher, passed away because of COVID-19. We are republishing this piece, originally written in 2013 and updated in 2019, as a tribute to the legacy of Dr. Jara, with permission from the author. [Read full story]

 

CALL FOR DONATIONS: FabLab is in need of materials to produce PPEs

24 March 2020—FabLab UP Cebu is receiving so many requests for face shields that it is producing. We are producing these for free to the medical frontliners of Cebu. Design work for other types of personal protective equipment (PPE) is also in the pipeline. [Read full story]

 

UP-PGH preparing to operate as COVID-19 referral center

24 March 2020—The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital has been designated by the Department of Health as one of the three COVID-19 referral centers in NCR, with the concurrence of UP President Danilo L. Concepcion and UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla. [Read full story]

 

UP Cebu FabLab creates face shields for frontliners against COVID-19

23 March 2020—A team of faculty members and staff at the University of the Philippines Cebu FabLab has designed and started 3D-printing face shield frames to contribute to the much-needed supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19. [Read full story]

 

UP Mindanao Proposes a Diagnostics Program for Free COVID-19 Testing in Davao Region

23 March 2020—The University of the Philippines Mindanao is proposing a diagnostic program that can give free testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Davao Region. [Read full story]

 

In Memoriam: Former UP Asian Center Dean Aileen SP Baviera

21 March 2020—Dr. Aileen San Pablo-Baviera, UP political science professor, former Dean of the UP Asian Center, and one of the country’s foremost experts in international relations and Asian and China studies, passed away at 3:55 a.m. on March 21, 2020, at San Lazaro Hospital. She was 60 years old. [Read full story]

 

‘China always rose to the front and center of my work’ | Dr. Aileen Baviera (1959–2020)

21 March 2020—Dr. Aileen S.P. Baviera, Professor and former Dean of the UP Asian Center, passed away on the early morning of 21 March 2020. She was 60. [Read full story]

 

UP-PGH is designated as COVID-19 referral hospital for NCR

20 March 2020—The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) has been designated by the Department of Health as one of its COVID-19 referral hospitals for the National Capital Region in line with UP’s mandate as a public service university. [Read full story]

 

Salaries of UP lecturers, teaching assistants and fellows to be released early

20 March 2020—In light of the lockdown of Luzon and provinces in other regions, the UP System administration, through Memorandum No. OVPAA 2020-40 dated March 20, 2020, instructed the constituent universities (CUs) to process the early release of salaries due to lecturers and to teaching assistants (TAs) and fellows (TFs) up to April 15, 2020. [Read full story]

 

Protocols carried out as 2 UP faculty members undergo test for COVID-19

11 March 2020—The University of the Philippines is strictly carrying out protocols following a recent case of two faculty members being declared patients under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus disease. [Read full story]

 

Memos and Announcements

Memorandum No. OVPAA 2020-38 & 39 on Suspension of Classes in All UP Constituent Universities (except Open University) and Lifting of Deadline for Dropping and Filing of Leave of Absence for Second Semester AY 2019-2020 and Addendum

Memorandum from OVPAA: Academic Contingency Plan in Light of COVID-19

Memorandum No. TJH-2020-15 on Payment of the First Tranche of the Annual Incentive Grant (AIG) for the Faculty, REPS and Administrative Staff for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020

Memorandum No. NGY 20-49 on Guidelines on Release of the First Tranche of Rice Allowance for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020


 

Information on Constituent Universities

Constituent Universities’ Weekly Bulletins (Updates as of 31 March 2020)

Constituent Universities’ Weekly Bulletins (Updates as of 24 March 2020)

 

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Open University  [Website] | [Social Media]

Mindanao  [Website] | [Social Media]

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Resources on Remote Learning, Teaching, and Working

 


 

Tributes

Members of the UP Concert Chorus (UPCC) Batch 90s who are in different countries pay tribute to their co-UPCC alumnus, Dr. Raul Jara, and other UPCC alumni-frontliners.