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Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo’s Message to the UPD Community, 6 August 2020

Dear UP Diliman Community Members,


Our health care workers (HCWs) have spoken. As we enter an even more dangerous phase of the pandemic, they have appealed for a “time-out” — to give our health care system a breather and allow our HCWs to regain their strength. An urgent task during this time-out is to assess and recalibrate national and local responses to the pandemic.

Reflecting what is happening at the national level, UP Diliman (UPD) has also seen an increase in COVID-19 cases. As of August 6, 2020, a total of 55 active cases has been reported among our constituents and in our community. These cases include faculty, staff, students, and barangay residents, who are closely monitored by the UP Health Service – Public Health Unit (UPHS-PHU) and the UPD COVID-19 Task Force.

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Mensahe ni Tsanselor Fidel R. Nemenzo sa Komunidad ng UPD, 6 Agosto 2020

Minamahal na mga Kasapi ng Komunidad ng UP Diliman,


Ang ating health care workers (HCWs) ay nagsalita na. Sa pagpasok natin sa mas mapanganib na yugto ng pandemya, nag-apela sila para sa isang “time-out” – upang mabigyan ang ating sistema ng pangangalaga sa kalusugan (health care system) ng pahinga at makabawi ng lakas ang ating HCWs. Ang mahalagang gawin agad habang may time-out ay suriin at muling ayusin ang pambansa at lokal na mga pagtugon sa pandemya.

Habang pinagninilayan kung ano ang nangyayari sa pambansang lebel, nakita rin ang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 ng UP Diliman. Noong Agosto 6, 2020, naibalita ang kabuuang 55 aktibong kaso sa ating mga constituent at sa ating komunidad. Kabilang sa mga kasong ito ay fakulti, kawani, mag-aaral at mga residente ng barangay, na mahigpit na minomonitor ng UP Health Service-Public Health Unit (UPHS-PHU) at ng UPD COVID-19 Task Force.

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Office of the UPD Chancellor’s Statement on the Latest UPD COVID-19 Cases

Dear UP Diliman Community,

As of June 26, two more frontliners tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 16. They include health, laboratory and security personnel who were assigned at the Kanlungang Palma and the UP Health Service. Following protocols, they are now isolated, and active contact tracing is ongoing.

This is a pressing issue for UP Diliman, and I would like to assure the community that we are implementing stricter infection control measures to contain the outbreak and stabilize these facilities. As part of these control measures, disinfection, review of safety protocols, and testing of staff are now being undertaken.

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Message from Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo, 29 April 2020

Dear Members of the UP Diliman Community,


The novel coronavirus has given me an unusual welcome at the start of my term as Chancellor. Within a week, I had to form the UPD COVID-19 Task Force, composed of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, University Health Service personnel, students, staff and faculty from the different disciplines to plan and carry out our university’s community response to the pandemic.

The Task Force has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Diliman, coordinating with the LGU (local government unit) and barangay health officials, attending to the needs of residents, students and other personnel stranded in the campus, and issuing regular information bulletins through the UP Diliman Information Office.

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Message from Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo, 17 March 2020

Dear Members of the UP Diliman Community,


Today, the national government will start implementing more stringent measures in an effort to control the spread of the epidemic. These are trying times for our country, and I would like to reach out to our community – our faculty, students, REPS, staff, and campus residents. Let us continue to look out for each other. Let us use this period to help each other find our bearings.

The national response to COVID-19 has cost to all of us, but for some, the burden will be and has already been greater. On UP Diliman’s part, to help minimize the impact of continuing containment measures, we announced last night the suspension of classes, including the online modes of learning, until 14 April. We recognize that during this emergency our faculty and students have concerns other than their classes. Caring for our families and for ourselves comes first.

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Chancellor Nemenzo’s Update on COVID-19 Situation in UPD, 12 March 2020

Dear Members of the UP Diliman Community,


Yesterday, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since my statement two days ago, the Department of Health has reported a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in different parts of Metro Manila. Sadly, UP Diliman has not been spared by the growing epidemic. As of today, three members of our community have been identified as PUIs and are confined in nearby hospitals. Rest assured that we will inform you of the test results as soon as these are available.

We have to remain calm, alert and vigilant as the epidemic moves fast through our communities. UP Diliman must do its part in containing the spread of the epidemic. In this regard, we will continue to suspend official travel and public events until further notice. Beginning Monday, March 16, all classes will shift to online mode. These are drastic, but necessary measures that universities in other countries, such as Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, the US and Italy, have also taken to protect the health of their communities.

These containment measures, however, need not paralyze us as an institution. Thus, we have asked our faculty to adjust their syllabi and requirements, and shift to online teaching. The UP Open University will be holding a webinar on Google Classroom tomorrow. There are no more available slots, but the webinar video will be streamed and be made available for download from the UPOU website.

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Message from Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo, 9 March 2020

Dear  Members of the UP Diliman Community,


The national government has declared the suspension of classes from March 10 to 14. We welcome this announcement. We have also suspended work as part of social distancing as recommended by DOH but all offices are maintaining a skeleton force to ensure that essential services are continued.

Since news of the corona virus disease (COVID 19) aired in January 2020, we have been regularly monitoring the situation in our campus. It has been reported that a UP constituent nursing a high fever was screened yesterday at the University Health Service (UHS) holding area and has since been sent to another hospital for testing. We assure you that in handling the PUI (person under investigation), all protocols were strictly followed, the patient was completely isolated from the rest of the UHS patients, and that the holding area was immediately disinfected.

We will not let our guard down. UP Diliman has created its COVID-19 Task Force that is in charge of putting into place and implementing the necessary response protocols and institutional mechanisms to combat this threat to our community.

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Tugon ni Tsanselor Fidel R. Nemenzo ukol sa COVID-19, 9 Marso 2020

Mga Minamahal na Kasapi ng Komunidad ng UP Diliman,


Idineklara ng pambansang pamahalaan ang suspensiyon ng mga klase mula Marso 10 hanggang 14. Tinatanggap natin ang anunsiyong ito. Isinuspinde rin natin ang trabaho bilang tugon sa social distancing na inirerekomenda ng DOH subalit lahat ng tanggapan ay kinakailangang magtalaga ng ilang empleyado upang mapanatili ang operasyon ng opisina at matiyak na naipagpapatuloy ang mahahalagang serbisyo sa Unibersidad.

Mula nang maisaere noong Enero 2020 ang balita tungkol sa corona virus disease (COVID-19), regular nating minamatyagan ang sitwasyon sa ating kampus. Naiulat na isang taga-UP na may mataas na lagnat ang sinuri kahapon sa holding area ng University Health Service (UHS) at dinala sa isa pang ospital upang lalo pang masuri. Tinitiyak naming sa pakikisalamuha sa naturang PUI (person under investigation), lahat ng opisyal na panuntunan ay mahigpit na sinunod, ang pasyente ay inihiwalay sa iba pang pasyente ng UHS, at ang holding area ay dagliang nilinis gamit ang disinfectant.

Patuloy tayong magmamatyag. Bumuo ang UP Diliman ng COVID-19 Task Force na nakatalagang magpatupad ng mga kinakailangang pagtugon at iba pang pamamaraan upang masugpo ang bantang ito sa ating pamayanan.

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Links on UP Advisories regarding COVID-19

FAQs for UP Diliman, prepared by the OVCAA  and based on the UP System Policy on the Second Semester AY 2019-2020 in the Time of COVID-19. Consists of 53 questions and corresponding answers, this guide follows, in general, maximum consideration, flexibility, and compassion in any academic decisions that are made this semester.

FAQs for UP Diliman, prepared by the OUR, that address issues on the adjusted academic calendar, application to a program, clearance and graduation, CRS matters, faculty concerns, ineligibilities, LOA/dropping, registration/scholarship/underassessment, residence, transcript/certificates, transfering/shifting, and units earned.

Adjusted Academic Calendar for Second Semester 2019-2020

OVCA on Bank Advisories and Cash Office Check Releasing Guidelines

UHS on Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) Refills and Consults

SPMO Diliman will be giving away two (2) bottles of 70% alcohol solution for each UP offices/units

Office of the Student Regent Advisory for UP students, UP community regarding COVID-19

UP Diliman Policies on Travels and Events in Relation to COVID-19 Situation

DZUP Balita On Point: Mga hakbang na isinagsagawa ng UP Diliman Health Service

UP System Advisory on Novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the UP Community


Links on Government Advisories regarding COVID-19

Imposing ECQ in High-Risk Geographic Areas and GCQ in the Rest of the Philippines from 01-15 May 2020

DBM National Budget Circular No. 580: Adoption of Economy Measures in the Government due to the Emergency Health Situation

Memorandum on the Extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine Over the Entire Luzon Until 30 April 2020

Republic Act No. 11469: The Bayanihan to Heal As One Act

Proclamation No. 929 s. 2020: Declaring A State of Calamity throughout the Philippines due to Corona Virus Disease 2019

DOH Health Advisory: Gabay para sa close contact

DOH Advisory: Pagkumpirma sa localized transmission ng COVID-19 sa bansa, pagtaas ng COVID-19 Alert System sa Code Red sublevel 1

Updated decision tool for COVID-19

Proclamation No. 922 s. 2020: Declaring A State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines

Advice on the use of masks the community, during home care and in health care settings in the context of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak

Posted: March 27, 2020 12:08