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(JULY 1)—The UP Badminton Association in Diliman (UP BADASS), in coordination with Abra Indigo-Manila, is selling hand-embroidered face masks by the Itneg community in Abra to raise funds for the indigenous peoples (IPs) community in Namarabar, Peñarrubia, Abra.
UP BADASS is an organization founded in 2015 by badminton enthusiasts and hobbyists in UP Diliman.
Meanwhile, Abra Indigo Manila is a clothing brand that is an extension of School of Living Traditions Itneg Abra and Namarabar Indigo Natural Dye Producers Co.
Sa ating laban sa COVID-19, ang susi sa mas mabuting kalusugan ng Bayan ay ang pagkakaroon ng Bagong Kamalayan.
Alamin ang tungkol sa bagong sistemang ito upang magpatuloy ang paglaban ng “frontliners” at mapangalagaan ang kalusugan ng lahat.
(MAY 28)—The UP Society of Industrial Designers (UPSIDE) students and alumni recently raised funds to help families affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
A socio-academic university-wide organization based at the College of Fine Arts (CFA), UPSIDE launched the cash donation drive Project TeamUp (TeamUp) on Apr. 12 to provide monetary aid to seven beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries were the families of Mark Joseph Selidio, Junebert Jose M. Cantila Jr., Job V. Constantino, Barbie Beroncal, Margie Estabaya, Ernesto “Mang Nestor” de Leon, and Nolita “Ate Ganda” Eala.
(MAY 26)—Amid the gradual reopening of commerce, a modicum of mobility among citizens had been observed in the last week, as Metro Manila came to life under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). Anticipating the challenges of a more relaxed MECQ, UP Diliman (UPD) continued its efforts to assist its various publics.
Donation drives. COPE UP raised P63,170.70 as of May 6. The funds were used to purchase personal protective equipment, meal packs and sanitizing products for National Center for Mental Health frontliners.
(MAY 19)—As some areas transitioned from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to modified ECQ or General Community Quarantine, UP Diliman (UPD) continues to share its expertise and help those who were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, living up to its mandate as a public service university.
Here is an update on the initiatives or projects of various UPD units, student organizations and an alumni group.
Face shield production. As of Apr. 27, UPD College of Engineering’s “3D Printing Solutions for our Frontliners” has produced 2,375 face shield frames using 17 3D printers, assembled 1,854 complete face shields and distributed 1,654 of these to 31 hospitals in Metro Manila, Baguio, Pangasinan, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite.
“MusiKaakbay: Musika at Bayanihan” (MusiKaakbay), an online fundraising concert series for the benefit of CMu students and staff, the University Health Service and medical frontliners, was launched on May 10 via the CMu Student Council (CMuSC) Facebook page.
A CMuSC project, the concert series showcases online performances of CMu students, alumni and performing groups. For its pilot episode, the concert featured Bianca Lopez-Aguila of the Philippine Madrigal Singers.
(MAY 18)—Kanlungang Palma sa Panahon ng Pandemya (KaPPP) or Kanlungang Palma, the community isolation unit for the UP Diliman (UPD) community, is now open following the Department of Health’s (DOH) approval after passing its second DOH inspection on May 13.
KaPPP will be a temporary isolation unit to suspect and probable COVID-19 cases with mild symptoms and those who cannot be quarantined at home, while waiting for the results of their swab tests. Only one patient can be accommodated per room; thus, the facility can only admit 26 patients at most, a far cry from what was initially envisioned to be a 50-bed isolation unit.
(MAY 15)—To say that the first six weeks after the Enhanced Community Quarantine is lifted will be crucial for UP Diliman (UPD) is an understatement. To protect the health and safety of UPD personnel, the administration has issued guidelines for the gradual and careful return to work once the modified ECQ is lifted.
Known as the post-ECQ period (post-ECQ), for these six weeks when a General Community Quarantine is declared over Metro Manila, UPD will default to work-from-home (WFH) arrangements for essential and priority work.
In response to a regressive statement by Senator Win Gatchalian, aired on GMA News on May 9, 2020, to temporarily remove PE and Home Economics and prioritize basic subjects like Math and English once school classes resume in August. He said, “Bawasan muna natin ang subjects na ituturo, for example, tanggalin na muna natin ang PE o Home Economics. Ituro natin ang pinakamahalaga, Math, Science, English at Reading”.
The University of the Philippines – College of Home Economics strongly disputes the statement of Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, to provisionally remove Home Economics (HE) and focus on “key subjects” like Math, Science, Reading, and English; when school begins in August. HE is an equally essential subject because it teaches life skills that are beneficial to individuals, families, and the larger community, which now more than ever, is necessary due to the challenges brought about by the pandemic and community quarantine.
Foremost is the Schools’ involvement in the UP Resilience Institute and the UP System’s UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team.
Outbreak threshold statistics. Prof. Peter Julian Cayton, PhD and instructor Jan Gil Sarmiento provided relevant monitoring statistics on the pandemic for the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team’s outbreak threshold methodology. Using the number of active cases and the estimated threshold of an outbreak, they designed a recommendation rubric for the appropriate quarantine policy for a specific provincial or local government unit.
(May 1)—The draconic move to quarantine Metro Manila is causing its residents much inconvenience and anxiety. At the same time, however, they are benefitting from cleaner air brought by the controlled mobility as a consequence of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Experts from the College of Science and College of Engineering of the University of the Philippines Diliman combined ground-, satellite- and modeling-based approaches to visualize the extent of changes in air quality before the ECQ and while on lockdown.
Prof. Roseanne V. Ramos of the Department of Geodetic Engineering mapped the weekly average NO2 from emissions of cars, trucks, buses, power plants and off-road equipment.
Today, May 1, the government modifies the restrictions it has imposed over the last eight weeks as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: drastic restrictions will be eased in areas under General Community Quarantine. High risk areas under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) will know their fate on May 15.
As the nation looks forward to a post-pandemic scenario, UP Diliman (UPD) is easing the transition to post-ECQ.
#KapitDiliman is now #TatagUP: Tugon ng UP Diliman sa Hamon ng COVID-19 (https://upd.edu.ph/tatagup/). The change in the portal’s name reflects UPD’s new and forward-looking directions in meeting the unique challenges posed by the lifting of severe quarantine measures while flattening the curve at the same time.
The title is a play on “Tatak UP” and embodies the University’s resilience, survival and response.
The renamed portal will assist all UPD faculty, staff, students, residents, manininda, stall operators and jeepney drivers, among others, providing information on UPD’s new and revised policies and norms.
With its three-pronged mandate as a teaching, research and public service university, UP Diliman will march into the future with honor, excellence and solidarity.
Laban, UP Diliman! Laban, Pilipinas!
(APR. 28)—UP Diliman’s (UPD) unfaltering spirit soldiers on, supporting the country combat COVID-19, as the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is extended to May 15 in high-risk areas and placed low-risk areas under General Community Quarantine starting May 1.
Infomats. To assist the public, especially children, to better understand the COVID-19 pandemic and provide tips on how to cope, the College of Education (CEd) produced information materials and posted these on their Facebook page.
“Beat COVID-19,” (bit.ly/fbupcedmothertonguecovid) an infographic on how to avoid the spread of the virus in various languages of the Philippines like Filipino, Kapampangan, Ilocano and Hiligaynon, aside from English, was posted on Mar. 18. The material was produced with the help of volunteer translators.
(APR. 17) – News of the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) until Apr. 30 has drawn mixed emotions from most people in the country. For UP Diliman (UPD) and its stakeholders, this meant intensely keeping its drive to assist the community, frontliners and the general public.
Assistance. The UP Law Center Institute of Human Rights posted on its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/upinstituteofhumanrights/) the “Q&A Bayanihan To Heal as One Act” to better inform the public about RA11469 and on the COVID-19 Emergency Powers on Mar. 24. The Q&A was in English and Filipino and in the succeeding days, in other Philippine languages like Bisaya, Waray and Hiligaynon.
As it braces for the extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), UPD continues to provide comfort and assurance to its stakeholders and the nation through its various outreach programs and initiatives.
Research and the new media. Information dissemination materials related to COVID-19 have now been translated into 65 Philippine languages, dialects and sociolects (a dialect by a social class) by #LanguageWarriorsPH.An initiative of the Department of Linguistics, the project aims to make it easier for Filipinos to better understand COVID-19.
(APR. 1) — It has been more than 15 days since the national government placed the entire Luzon under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in an effort to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19. At the home front, support for KapitDiliman!—the University’s response to the challenges brought by the virus—has intensified as more units, organizations, groups and individuals generously shared their time, effort and resources.
Innovations: PPEs. To help the medical frontliners, individuals banded together to fabricate gears and personal protective equipment (PPE) and even develop a drink to fortify the frontliners.
(MAR. 27) — Heeding UP Diliman Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo’s call to “continue to look out for each other,” members of the UPD community—faculty, administrative staff and REPS, students and campus residents mobilized campaigns to help each as others shared their expertise to address the urgent challenges posed by COVID-19 in the country.
Like linked arms in the fight against the virus and compelled by the urgent need to serve the people, the initiatives gave birth to UPD’s battle cry: KapitDiliman!
Rising to the occasion. Experts from different units volunteered their specializations in the fight against COVID-19.