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UP faculty and staff to receive P15,000 educational support grant

University of the Philippines (UP) employees will be receiving a P15,000 Education Support Grant (ESG) starting 1 June 2015 to help alleviate the financial pressures from higher household expenses due to the opening of the school year. The grant was approved by the UP Board of Regents in its 1308th meeting held on 28 May 2015 as a one-time assistance to employees in time for the opening of classes.
In a memorandum issued by UP President Alfredo Pascual, he said that UP employees, including faculty, research and extension professional staff (REPS), and administrative employees will be covered by the ESG. Full …

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UP Baguio’s Immediate and Long-Term Response to the Aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda

Book donations from UP Baguio constituents for victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
UP Baguio joined the rest of the country (and the world) in helping Yolanda victims in every way possible. Relief operations were immediately put in place primarily to receive donations of food, clothes, blankets, children’s books and toys, in addition to cash.
For at least three weeks after the typhoon donations poured in generously, courtesy of UP Baguio constituents, alumni, and other friends. Most of the donations were repacked and sent via trucks to the UP Diliman center for relief operations, while others were sent through Baguio community relief organizers who …

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UPOU Disaster Risk Management MOOC in the Pipeline

The UP Open University (UPOU) has been planning for the development of a massive open online course (MOOC) on disaster risk management even before Typhoon Yolanda devastated central Philippines.
According to Prof. Primo Garcia, UPOU Information Office director, the “Yolanda experience” has reiterated the need for a more concerted and proactive approach to natural disaster management. This is why the planned MOOC will be offered for free so that it can equip more individuals and institutions in meeting and overcoming challenges in disaster management.
Apart from this, UPOU’s response to the typhoon’s aftermath started last 13 November 2013, when the Faculty of …

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Rising from the Destruction of UP SHS by Supertyphoon “Yolanda”: Learning from History

UP SHS Palo Oblation in Leyte still standing amidst the damage from Supertyphoon Yolanda.
Immediately after Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” I took pictures of the massive destruction inflicted on the buildings and facilities at the main campus of the School of Health Sciences (SHS), University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) in Palo, Leyte in the morning of Friday, November 8, 2013. I also wrote more detailed notes on the devastation in my diary.
The photos attached to this report were taken on three different visits to SHS on November 19, and December 3 and 5, 2013. Other undocumented data I mentioned are based on …

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The UPM Spirit in Times of Crisis: Project H20 of Mu Sigma Phi

Necessity breeds innovation,” wrote Dr. Josephine Bundoc in her Facebook album after posting three pictures of four blue screw tighteners in different stages of fabrication by a 3D printer. The 3D printer belonged to her husband, Dr. Rafael Bundoc, an orthopedic surgeon. The blue screw tighteners, made of plastic resin, were for the water filtration units being prepared by volunteers for Yolanda-hit communities.
Mu Sigma Phi started donating water filtration units after the deadly Bohol earthquake of October 2013. Known as the MU H20 Potable Water Package (“H20” here meaning “Help 2 Others”), they can filter 20 liters of water in …

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The Day the Oblation Stood Still: UP Responds to the Challenge of Typhoon Yolanda

The Oblation stands amid the ruins of the UP Visayas Tacloban College campus. Photo from Rupert Ambil of Rappler.com
A photograph by Rappler said it all: A landscape of ragged trees with torn branches, the rubble and the mud—and the silhouette of the UP Oblation standing unbowed in its midst.
The photo of the UP Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) campus made the rounds on Facebook1 November 10, two days after Super-Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the most powerful storm to make landfall in recorded history, smashed through the Visayas region and virtually disemboweled the country.
According to the Office of the President’s Official Gazette, 2 …

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How US peers helped rebuild UP’s school of health sciences library in Leyte after ‘Haiyan’

When Typhoon “Haiyan/Yolanda” smashed into Leyte last November, among its victims was the University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences (UPM SHS) in Palo.
The typhoon destroyed the school’s facilities and seriously disrupted the school’s innovative program, which trains students from underserved communities to become health practitioners utilizing a stepladder curriculum.
But help came quickly from institutions in the United States, so that by last February 17 the school was operational again.
Innovative program
In the school’s innovative program, students begin at the level of Community Health Worker/Midwife and can continue toward pursuing nursing and medical degrees.
Admissions are based on community needs …

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UP Tacloban students in Diliman

OBLATION on the flagship campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. INQUIRER PHOTO.
Just when he thought his diploma was within reach, University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban (UP Tacloban) student Jed Morantte, a fourth-year social science major, went back to school feeling like “a college freshman again.”
Morantte is one of hundreds of students from the state university’s Visayas campuses who were allowed to enroll in other UP units for the second semester after Super Typhoon “Yolanda” wreaked havoc on Eastern Visayas in November last year.
Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) left UP Visayas’ Tacloban and Palo campuses badly …

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Life goes on in UP-Tacloban

Students flocked to the multi-purpose building, past mounds of sand and piles of hollow blocks.
A national artist was in the campus for an event celebrating the National Arts Month.
Poems about the devastating typhoon, printed on tarpaulin, were hung along one of the hallways of the Arts and Sciences building.
The University of the Philippines Visayas-Tacloban College (UPVTC) bustled with activity last Feb. 7, a day short of three months since super typhoon Yolanda.
The college hosted the Dayaw Taboan Arts Festival, which gathered local artists and featured a poetry exhibit and poetry performances, among other activities, at the multi-purpose building.
National artist for …

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UP shows the way

Good news has been in short supply in the sad aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” but here’s a report that blazes a small trail for helping students in need. As a means of offering relief to its students from devastated Eastern Visayas, the University of the Philippines is waiving collection of tuition from at least 30 students who have cross-enrolled in UP Los Baños, in order to allow their families breathing room to take stock of their situation and begin the daunting process of rebuilding. Additionally, three students from UP Tacloban will be given free accommodation in UPLB dormitories. And UPLB …

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