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UPM SHS inaugurates new school building in Tacloban

More than a year after super typhoon Haiyan severely damaged its campus in Palo, Leyte, the UP Manila School of Health Sciences (UPM SHS) opened a new four-classroom building located at the UP Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC),Tacloban City in an inauguration and turn-over ceremony held on August 17, 2015.
The building was donated by the ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya, represented by Deputy Director Marcel Riñon, who assured the audience at the ceremony that the event was only the beginning of a stronger partnership between ABS-CBN and UPM SHS. The symbolic key to the building was received by UPM Chancellor Carmencita Padilla, UPM …

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After the Storm: Learning and Rebuilding with UP’s Technical Assessment Team

The Oblation remains standing at the UP Visayas Tacloban College campus. Photo courtesy of Arch. Danilo Silvestre.
On the 8th of November 2013, the world watched as Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) tore through Guian, Samar, causing widespread flooding and landslides. Said to be the strongest storm to make landfall, the typhoon proceeded to devastate much of  central Philippines.
The numbers speak for themselves. A USAID fact sheet released at the end of last year said that an estimated 16 million people were affected by the storm. More than a million houses were either damaged or destroyed, displacing about four times that …

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To Serve and To Heal: The Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila’s Yolanda Relief Operations

The UP Manila Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Team goes to Guian via C130 for a medical mission. Photo from Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila.
On November 12, 2013, four days after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck several areas in the Visayas region, two doctors from UP Manila set out for Tacloban City to investigate the extent of damage in the city, particularly in UP Visayas’ Tacloban College campus and the School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte.
Aside from investigation, the two-man team also assessed the challenges to medical professionals and volunteers from the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila in assisting the victims of the …

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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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‘Yolanda’ Survivors in Leyte, Samar and Capiz Receive Medical and Relief Assistance from UP Manila

If there is a positive side to the massive devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda, it is the rekindling of the spirit of generosity and solidarity among individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions not only in the Philippines but worldwide as well.
UP Manila was among the health institutions that responded early. Recognizing the urgency of an immediate response, UP Manila quickly organized relief and medical assistance efforts for the typhoon survivors in Leyte, Samar, and Capiz. Its own buildings in the School of Health Sciences campus in Palo, Leyte were destroyed and the School’s faculty, staff, and students were among those affected.
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UP Forum January-February issue off the press

This is volume 15, number 1 of the bi-monthly UP Forum. In this issue, the University of the Philippines community shares its experiences in the wake of the destruction of its campuses in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Among the stories featured in this issue are: Dr. Raquel Fortun and forensics in the aftermath of Yolanda; the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts of UP’s Technical Assessment Team; UP Center for Women’s Studies efforts in extending psycho-social relief; UP Manila’s Ugnayan ng Pahinungod’s relief operations; UP Baguio’s and UPOU’s relief efforts; and how student leaders are taking part in …

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UP Forum November-December issue off the press

This is volume 14, number 6 of the bi-monthly UP Forum. In this issue, the University of the Philippines community shares its experiences in the wake of the destruction of its campuses in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Among the stories featured in this issue are: the rebuilding efforts for the UP School of Health Sciences campus in Palo; UP Manila’s relief efforts for communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda; UP Visayas’ relief efforts in northern Iloilo; and UP Cebu’s assistance to students affected by the typhoon. Also featured are UP National Institute of Physics’ Project Lightline and …

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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 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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UPLB waives tuition of 30 students from typhoon-hit areas

STILL UP. The Oblation of University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte, still stands as a symbol of the country’s premier state university system, amid the ruins left by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in the province. RAFFY LERMA
At least 30 students from Leyte and Samar who are enrolled in the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in Laguna have been given a tuition break for one semester to assist them and their families back home to recover from the devastation of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”
The university waived their tuition in response to the UP system-wide call to help …

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