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Alumni in Wisconsin continue to adopt students

Atty. Joselito U. Conti (2nd from right) presents UPAAW’s donation to President Alfredo Pascual (2nd from left). Also with them are Prof. Niel Kenneth Jamandre (leftmost) and Atty Conti’s son (rightmost).
Keeping its commitment to help state scholars graduate, the UP Alumni Association of Wisconsin (UPAAW) donated US$ 2,920 or about PhP 131,400 to UP’s Adopt-a-Student Program in August 2015, benefiting 13 graduating students this semester in UP Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC), who had been affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
The award, worth P10,000 of allowances per student, is intended to help ensure that the students complete their degrees on time.
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All systems go for new UP campus in Tacloban City

It’s all systems go for the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) and UP Manila School of Health Sciences ( UPM SHS) Palo’s transfer to a new campus in Barangay Santa Elena, Tacloban City. This development came after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved the funding for the construction of the access road from the national highway to the campus site recently.
An initial P246 million was approved by the DBM as funding for the road network, drainage and lighting system for the new UP campus in Santa Elena.
The UP Santa Elena project was among the P1.18B …

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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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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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‘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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UPV Continues Aid Efforts for Northern Iloilo Yolanda Survivors

True to its mandate as a public service university, UP Visayas (UPV) tapped international aid agencies for rapid relief, early recovery, and rehabilitation assistance to typhoon Yolanda-affected communities in Panay Island.
As an initial effort, the UPV through the Center for West Visayan Studies (CWVS) and the Community Outreach Program (COP) of the College of Arts and Sciences organized a rapid response effort together with volunteers from the faculty, staff, students, and alumni to help the survivors of Yolanda in Panay Island.
The initiative gathered generous donations in cash and in-kind from the UPV community  and other sources. A total of Php242,775.00 …

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UPV Musters Support for Its Tacloban College

Photo by Micaela Papa, GMA News, http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/335638/news/nation/up-president-asks-constituent-units-to-accept-cross-enrollees-from-up-tacloban
As soon as it was possible to travel to Tacloban, UPV sent a team to the Yolanda-wrecked UP Visayas Tacloban College on November 12, 2013 to check on the faculty, staff and students as well as to assess the campus’ condition.
Vice-Chancellor for Administration Prof. Nestor Yunque led the team along with University Physician  Dr. Marchette Noble; Director of the Office of Student Affairs Prof. Ruben Gamala; and Campus Development and Maintenance Chief Engr. Rolando Jamero. The team brought with them cash, medicine, and water.
UPV Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa issued a Letter of Appeal on …

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Weep Not, Rise Up!

Interview with Arianne Kris Villegas, Representative, Tindog UP–Network of UP Tacloban students, families, friends, supporters of victims and survivors of Typhoon Yolanda from Eastern Visayas
Arianne Kris Villegas ( right) and a friend at the “A Thousand Meals for UP Tacloban” benefit concert.
It is unimaginable how to survive  a storm as dreadful as Yolanda. But a young survivor emerges and talks about what she and her folks back home look forward to after the devastation.
Arianne Kris Villegas, a third year Biology major student from UP Tacloban and now a cross registrant in UP Diliman, has assumed the role as the spokesperson …

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