Nakapauli na sila. They have gone home. Twenty-three Negrense students of UP Visayas (UPV) stranded in Miagao and Iloilo City were brought home to Negros Occidental on May 5. This was facilitated by the UPV Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense; Office of the Governor, Negros Occidental; and the Office of the Mayor, Bacolod City.

Continuing from Policy Note No. 1 ( 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.

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As of 20 April, there are 52 confirmed cases in Region VI Western Visayas, with age range of 21-94 years old, median age of 52 years, and most affected age group of 41-50 years old. The most affected are the male gender with 31 cases (69%). Eight cases have recovered while seven cases have died (DOH).

The UP Philippine Genome Center-Visayas Satellite Facility (PGC-VSF) has lent its reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine to the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) to strengthen the hospital’s capability in testing patients for COVID-19.

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.