The semester that was, the semester ahead: UP reports on academic roadmap for AY 2020-2021

UP reports on how it dealt with the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 on teaching and learning in the first semester; and how it will move on to the second semester armed with lessons learned and insights gained.

Ugnayan ng Pahinungod opens national volunteerism celebrations

A webinar by the UP System Ugnayan ng Pahinungod shows how a higher educational institution institutionalizes volunteerism.

Two journalists, an arts community advocate, a development communicator,an education innovator, and a producer-writerof hit television shows are this year’s six outstanding alumni of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UPCMC) who will receive the coveted Glory award.

UP is participating as a collaborating organization in the 18th MAP International CEO WebCon 2020, which will focus on “A Whole New World: Reigniting the Stalled Global Economy”. This will be held on September 15, 2020, Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. via ZOOM.

The UP Visayas is gearing for the implementation of continuing education programs in the province of Antique in line with the UP Extension Campus this 2020 in the town of Pandan in Antique. It will cater to higher education institutions and state universities and colleges in the area.

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.