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UPLB alliance calls on school officials to protect students from red-tagging

May 25, 2020 - 1:59 PM

A video of a student demonstration in the UPLB campus is included in a military propaganda about progressive organizations being 'recruiters' of communists

U.P. Board of Regents approves appeals to give ‘pass’ marks to students

May 21, 2020 - 3:30 PM

The University of the Philippines Office of Student Regent describes the approval as a 'big victory for the Iskolar ng Bayan' as they continue their campaign for mass promotion

ISKOLAR NG BAYAN. File photo of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.P. recalls locally-made coronavirus test kits over ‘very minor’ defects – DOH

May 20, 2020 - 3:34 PM

The Department of Health says that UP experts are already on the last stage of correcting the defects, which the agency doesn't specify


LOOK: Palma Hall opens its doors as isolation unit for UP Diliman

May 19, 2020 - 8:14 PM

Dubbed as Kanlungang Palma sa Panahon ng Pandemya, the social sciences and humanities hub of University of the Philippines Diliman takes on the responsibility of housing suspected and probable coronavirus cases in the area

PALMA HALL. UP Health Service staff, Department of Health inspection team, and Act as One representatives stand in Palma Hall, which is now an isolation area for suspected coronavirus cases. All photos from UP Diliman website

Call for submission for anthology of literary works on COVID-19

May 18, 2020 - 9:20 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The call is open to all UP-affiliated faculty, students, staff, and alumni. This call is also open to fellows of UP creative writing workshops.

‘Let this be our final warning’: UP CMC slams red-tagging students during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 9:02 PM

‘An attack on our students is an attack on our college,’ the UP College of Mass Communication reminds the NTF-ELCAC

While classes are on hold, students find ways to help affected communities

May 13, 2020 - 7:30 PM

To help out workers and their families struggling during the coronavirus lockdown, students make good use of their free time and lead donation drives online

Ladies of Barangay Sineguelasan and Barangay Talaba II preparing meals for the community. Photos by Vida Maylem.

U.P. experts say 'open data' is part of fight vs COVID-19

May 12, 2020 - 5:06 PM

The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team, a group of some 200 professors, researchers, alumni, and students, says data sharing 'must be used to generate knowledge'

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. File photo of Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III holding a press conference on March 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

‘Physical’ school opening may increase coronavirus transmission in NCR

May 08, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Those below 20 years of age ‘have a high likelihood of bringing home the infection from school…to the more vulnerable members of their households’

AT RISK. Students attend a flag raising ceremony before singing the national anthem at a government school in Manila on June 2, 2014. AFP File photo by Jay Directo

WATCH: UP Singing Ambassadors perform 'The Prayer' in honor of medical frontliners

May 04, 2020 - 10:27 PM

The group also dedicates the song to doctors who died because of the coronavirus

Para sa bayan: U.P. lends expertise, resources in fight vs coronavirus

May 01, 2020 - 10:38 AM

The country's premiere state university has led initiatives to contain the coronavirus outbreak

ISKOLAR NG BAYAN. University of the Philippines leads several initiatives to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.P. experts urge universal approach to address people's needs during pandemic

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:07 PM

How can the government ensure inclusivity in responding to the crisis?

INFORMAL SECTOR. Residents at a depressed area in Brgy. Pasong Tamo, Quezon City post a message at a barricade that reads "Gutom na Kami." Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PUP orgs call for release of student detained over 'lockdown violation'

Apr 26, 2020 - 9:05 PM

Manila police detain student Rexon Aumentado over a supposedly invalid quarantine pass. Human rights lawyer Erin Tañada calls the detention a form of 'harassment.'

CALL FOR RELEASE. Student bodies in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines call for the release of mechanical engineering student Rexon Aumentado from detention. Screenshots from PUP Office of Student Regent

U.P. to follow numeric grading system during outbreak

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:00 PM

University of the Philippines teachers who prefer to give a grade of Pass to students will have to seek approval from the Board of Regents, UP's highest decision-making body

File photo of the Oblation statue at the University of the Philippines. File photo from Wikimedia commons

Safety first or brain rot? Netizens weigh in on proposed December resumption of classes

Apr 22, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Some netizens think it's too early to set a date for the resumption of classes in the absence of a cure for the coronavirus disease, and suggest the provision of modules to students while waiting

Lockdown lessened rate of coronavirus infections in PH – U.P. experts

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:01 PM

The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team says that the country's health care system should be prepared for an 'expected surge' in coronavirus cases once the Luzon-wide lockdown is lifted

RESPONSE. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorize patients on March 29, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

To stop coronavirus spread, suspend classes till December 2020 – U.P. experts

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:13 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the President has yet to decide on the suspension of classes

PROTECTION. Students at the Araullo High School wear face masks as protection against the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Despite regents' decision, U.P. teachers pass students before end of semester

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:03 PM

In an act of compassion, several teachers opt to cancel requirements and pass students, allowing them to cope with the changes brought by the coronavirus outbreak

File photo of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.P. Board of Regents approves proposal to end semester on April 30

Apr 16, 2020 - 5:39 PM

However, academic work for students and faculty will continue under the 'deferred' grade scheme

File photo of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

'Education with compassion': U.P. community urges mass promotion, early end of semester

Apr 15, 2020 - 6:53 PM

'UP, as the national university, should set itself as an example of decisively choosing the welfare of its constituents during a crisis like this,' says the UP Office of the Student Regent

HUMANE RESPONSE. The UP community calls on the UP Board of Regents to listen to their concerns and end the semester early. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.P. advisory council recommends ending semester due to coronavirus pandemic

Apr 14, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The guidelines on the new system for the second semester at the University of the Philippines will be released after Board of Regents decides on the matter

File photo of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus

Coronavirus can go from 1.5M to 15,000 cases with better testing – forecasting tool

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:17 PM

A DOST tool shows that the biggest factor in flattening the coronavirus curve in the Philippines may be the strengthening of the country's testing capabilities, from availability of test kits to availability of health workers, facilities, and devices

FASSSTER. Photo and screenshots from DOST

U.P. Resilience Institute sets up coronavirus information chat bot

Apr 08, 2020 - 1:59 PM

The chat bot, called Yani, lets users find information on hospitals near them, as well as information on the Philippine government's policies regarding the coronavirus, and psychosocial support

YANI. Yani the Endcovbot is here to help. Screenshot from UP announcement.

'Modified' community quarantine can be explored to flatten COVID-19 curve – study

Apr 06, 2020 - 10:05 PM

(UPDATED) A study from the University of the Philippines analyzes 3 possible scenarios after April 12, the day Luzon's 'enhanced community quarantine' was supposed to be lifted

LOCKDOWN. Police officers check on motorists in Rizal on April 6, 2020 as the province is placed under provincial-wide lockdown. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-Philippine Information Agency chief, U.P. prof Renato Velasco dies

Apr 04, 2020 - 8:42 PM

(UPDATED) Renato Velasco, a professor of political science, served the government in different capacities under the Arroyo administration

IN MEMORIAM. Political Science Professor Renato Velasco dies at the age of 66. Photo from the UP PolSci Department Twitter Page

U.P.-developed coronavirus test kits ready for mass use beginning April 4

Apr 03, 2020 - 8:33 PM

The locally-made test kits can accommodate up to 120,000 tests and are capable of fast detection of coronavirus in samples taken from patients. The results can be ready in two hours.

TEST KITS. File photo of test kits for the novel coronavirus disease

U.P. researchers develop coronavirus dashboard tracker

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:05 PM

The dashboard also has an online symptoms checker

U.P. scientists making ventilators – DOH

Apr 01, 2020 - 12:31 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says the University of the Philippines-Manila National Institutes of Health is developing ventilators for local use

UP NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH. The facade of the National Institutes of Health at the University of the Philippines Manila. Image from Google maps

5.5 million Filipinos over age 60 'most vulnerable' to coronavirus – study

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:23 AM

A research brief released by the UP Population Institute says 5.5 million Filipinos are most vulnerable to COVID-19 because aside from being among those aged 60 and above, they also have existing high-risk conditions

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. A supermarket in Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City, on March 17, 2020, taped lines on the pavement to ensure that physical distancing norms are followed. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Students of top 4 PH schools urge CHED to suspend online classes

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:15 PM

'While we understand the need for learning to continue, the different circumstances of students across universities are not ideal and conducive for such,' the student governments of ADMU, UP Diliman, DLSU Manila, and UST say in their petition to the Commission on Higher Education

SUSPEND ONLINE CLASSES. Students from UP, ADMU, DLSU, and UST submit a petition to CHED to suspend online classes. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

U.P. Mindanao keen to serve as coronavirus testing site in Davao Region for free

Mar 25, 2020 - 8:24 AM

The program includes establishing a P15-million biosafety molecular lab, which will have to be attached to a hospital

U.P. coronavirus test kit gov't validation will take 2-3 weeks

Mar 21, 2020 - 7:24 PM

The test kit developed by scientists from the University of the Philippines is capable of fast detection of the coronavirus in samples taken from patients

Dr. Raul V. Destura, Deputy Executive Director of Philippine Genome Center show sample of the UP developed Corona Virus Disease-2019 rRT-PCR Detection Kit at a press briefing held at Philippine Gerome Center at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.P. professor, China expert Aileen Baviera dies of coronavirus

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:31 AM

(3RD UPDATE) The former dean of the University of the Philippines Asian Center died at the San Lazaro Hospital early morning of March 21

LEADING PH EXPERT ON CHINA. Aileen Baviera, former dean of the UP Asian Center and one of the leading experts on China studies in the Philippines, died of COVID-19 on March 21, 2020. Photo from the Facebook page of Aileen Baviera

DOH designates Jose Rodriguez, building at UP-PGH as coronavirus hospitals

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Health Secretay Francisco Duque III acts on the urgent appeal of medical industry leaders

EXCLUSIVE FOR COVID-19 SOON. The facade of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PUP makes ethyl alcohol to protect students, teachers from coronavirus

Mar 19, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Developed by PUP's Institute for Science and Technology Research, the alcohol follows the requirements and standards of the Food and Drug Administration

FOR THE COMMUNITY. Polytechnic University of the Philippines' Institute for Science and Technology Research develops a local version of local ethyl alcohol in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. Photo from PUP

This U.P. sports alumni group mobilizes meals for coronavirus frontliners

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:25 PM

While UAAP games are put to a halt, Nowhere To Go But UP turns to support the healthcare workers and military

ONLINE HELP. The UP alumni's online community makes sure to help the frontliners.

U.P. coronavirus test kits still need gov't validation, no mass use yet

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:56 PM

FDA chief Eric Domingo says the coronavirus detection kits developed by UP scientists will first undergo field testing on March 16

FASTER, CHEAPER. A sample of the UP-developed novel coronavirus detection kit presented to the media during a press briefing held at the Philippine Gerome Center on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How does the U.P.-developed coronavirus detection kit work?

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Scientists at the University of the Philippines have developed a detection kit that could help slow down the spread of COVID-19 and empower hospitals across the country to test suspected patients earlier and better

Maria Carmen Ocampo, Manila Health Technology Inc. Sales Manager shows a sample of the UP-developed COVID-2019 rRT-PCR Detection Kit at a press briefing held at the Philippine Gerome Center at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.P. coronavirus test kits may be rolled out on March 16

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:31 AM

The UP National Institute of Health has committed to conducting 1,000 tests every week, says Undersecretary Eric Domingo

Visitors of Supreme Court in Manila are required to wear face mask before entering the premises of the building as precautionary methods for COVID-19 on March 9, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

#SalamatUP: Netizens laud U.P. scientists for developing coronavirus test kits

Mar 11, 2020 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) Priced at P1,320, the kit developed by UP scientists is said to be 6 times cheaper than its foreign counterpart, which costs around P8,500

[OPINION] The university as (un)safe space

Mar 07, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'How do we view the humanity of victims and how do we view the humanity of harassers?'

[OPINION] I used to hate activists, until I became one

Mar 02, 2020 - 2:54 PM

'I remember rolling my eyes every time I'd hear protesters chanting. I hated all of it. I was so annoyed.'

U.P. Manila to open 1-day human library experience on February 15

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Watch stories come to life through University of the Philippines Medical Students for Social Responsibility's human library as people share their experiences on various issues

UP Cebu community joins hands to help beloved banana cue vendor’s recovery

Feb 11, 2020 - 3:58 PM

The University of the Philippines Cebu Student council, along with alumni, raises funds for beloved banana cue vendor Manang Lisa Mendez, who suffered an aneurysm

WITH GLEE. Manang Lisa (right) carries her Sto. Niño with a smiling face. Photo courtesy of Aleza Mae Mendez.

Here's why you should spend Valentine's Day at U.P. Fair

Feb 11, 2020 - 3:40 PM

PRESS RELEASE: UP Fair Friday: Cosmos advocates for gender equality and empowerment and calls for a collective action towards acceptance of all through the power of music

Journalists, advocates call on Filipinos to back ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 10, 2020 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) NUJP and other groups say the attack on ABS-CBN threatens citizens' right to know

Manuel Muhi is new PUP President

Feb 08, 2020 - 8:12 PM

The new Polytechnic University of the Philippines will take over the incumbent president Dr. Emanuel de Guzman who served the university from 2012 to 2020

Newly appointed PUP president, Dr. Manuel Muhi shared his vision for the university in a public forum on January 23. Photo by Rome Rex Medina/The Communicator

Juan GDL to sit out UAAP Season 83 for full-time Gilas stint

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:15 PM

UP hotshot Juan Gomez de Liaño decides to skip next UAAP season just days after his brother Javi announced the same

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

After Homo luzonensis discovery, scientists heading back to Callao Cave

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:27 PM

'We would like to find more diagnostic human remains for further research on the new hominin species Homo luzonensis,' says the research team who will be digging again in Callao Cave for 6 weeks

CALLAO CAVE. A handout image made available by Florent Detroit and taken on August 9, 2011 shows a view of the excavation in the Callao Cave in the north of Luzon Island, in the Philippines, where an international multidisciplinary team discovered a new hominin species, Homo Luzonensis. File photo by Florent Detroit/AFP

UP's Javi GDL to sit out Season 83, opens door for return

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Javi Gomez de Liaño makes a decision with Gilas Pilipinas and MPBL in mind

OWN DREAMS. Javi Gomez de Liaño prioritizes his career first as he sits out of UAAP Season 83. File photo by Josh Albelda