The UP Resilience Institute (UPRI) recently launched a board game called Sakunwari, a multi-lingual, tabletop and role-playing game set in a time of complex disasters, reflecting current issues we face today like climate change and the ongoing pandemic.

According to Dr. Kristoffer Berse, UP Associate Professor and UPRI’s director for Research and Creative Work, who led the development of the game, Sakunwari was developed as part of the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team’s WOKE4COVID project.

Following the Typhoon, in Memorandum RAG 2021–53 dated December 20, 2021, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Philip Gonzalo asked concerned units across the UP System to reach out to affected students. These units advised students to file applications, especially those with no records in the Student Learning Assistance System (SLAS). The University will document students needing support and fast-track financial aid processing.

“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.”

On Monday, the University of the Philippines (UP) revived, an alliance of 23 academic, media and civil society organizations committed to identifying and flagging disinformation on social media.

First set up in 2019 during the midterm elections, the alliance was revived “to make it in time for the 2022 elections,” said project co-coordinator Rachel Khan, associate dean of the UP College of Mass Communication.

We are cordially inviting you to join us in the virtual Awarding Ceremony of the 4th Gawad Pangulo: Award for Excellence in Public Service on December 16, 2021, at 9:30 AM, via Youtube and Facebook. The fifteen winners of this year’s Gawad Pangulo will be showcased, along with a video tribute to all the public service initiatives implemented by UP units and a special perfomance by the UP Los Banos Choral Ensemble.

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.