“In terms of projections, we hope na baka third week [of February] o sa March, bumaba ito (number of new COVID-19 cases). Hinihintay lang kasi natin ‘yong provinces,” said Jomar Rabajante of the University of the Philippines (UP) Pandemic Response Team.

(In terms of projections, we hope that by the third week of February or March, the number of new cases has decreased. We’re still waiting for the provinces.)

Rabajante said that currently, the bulk of new COVID-19 cases come from the provinces since the National Capital Region (NCR) is already in a “declining phase.”

Meanwhile, UP Center for Women and Gender Studies Director Dr. Nathalie Africa-Verceles said VAWC is the “most egregious manifestation of women’s subordinate position in the society.”

“Violence against women is gender-based and systemic. It happens to women because they are women. It happens to women because they are women and all women and girls are vulnerable to VAWC. It’s about male power and control over women and takes many forms,” Verceles said.

The University of the Philippines (UP) joined an alliance for media coverage and an advocacy campaign for the 2022 Philippine national elections.

A signatory to the GMA 7-led initiative, UP President Danilo Concepcion represented UP in the launch of the Eleksyon 2022 alliance and the “Dapat Totoo” advocacy campaign, held virtually on November 26, 2021.

As in past partnerships for national elections coverages, UP is one of the top Philippine universities to make its research and expertise available for public educational purposes.

“Ang sina-suggest nga namin, baka puwedeng i-consider ito after na ng holidays, January. I-ready muna natin ‘yong society,” ani Jomar Rabanjante ng University of the Philippines COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team.

Sa ilalim kasi ng Alert Level 1, puwede na ang 100 porsiyentong kapasidad sa mga establisimyento basta mapapanatili ang pagsunod sa health protocols, bagay na ngayon pa lang sa Alert Level 2 ay hirap nang sundin ng ilan.

“NCR is not an island. May kalapit siyang Region 4-A, Region 3. Actually ‘yong mga kalapit-bayan niya, hindi pa kasingtulad ng NCR ang vaccine coverage,” ani Rabanjante.