As with many things, the COVID-19 pandemic thas thrown into stark clarity the good, the bad and the ugly of social media usage. UP Visayas takes on “The Boon and Bane of Social Media” and how we can manage both in a webinar on Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m.

The good news: quarantine measures have managed to decrease local transmission and flatten the curve in Western Visayas. The bad news: a surge in imported cases in the region has led to testing backlogs and strained quarantine facilities. Given this, UP Visayas researchers and ThinkWell Philippines recommend more preparations for local transmission outbreaks in the LGUs, maintenance of minimum public health standards, and a review of the repatriation protocols in terms of testing, tracing and treatment.

UP Diliman Ugnayan ng Pahinungòd’s psychosocial support program poster. Source: UP Diliman Facebook page (facebook.com/OfficialUPDiliman/)

The global pandemic is taking a toll on people’s mental and emotional well-being. To respond to the need to provide the UP community and UP’s partner communities with adequate psychosocial support, the UP Ugnayan ng Pahinungòd launched the Committee on Psychosocial Emergency Services (UP CoPES) to better coordinate and harmonize the psychosocial aspect of Pahinungòd’s volunteer services.

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.