Polytechnic University of the Philippines http://www.pup.edu.ph/ News and articles from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Copyright 1998-2020 Polytechnic University of the Philippines. All rights reserved. en-ph Sun, 12 Jul 2020 10:47:40 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/rss/news/ PUPWebSite 9.0 InfoCore Engine 1.0 PUP Communication Management Office ictcenter@pup.edu.ph PUP-CCW wagi sa Saranggola Blog Awards Emy Ruth Gianan, Mj Rafal, Arts and Culture, Center for Creative Writing <br/><p>Muli na namang pinatunayan ng mga Iskolar ng Bayan ng Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas ang kanilang kahusayan sa Malikhaing Pagsulat. Ilang mga mag-aaral mula sa Sertipiko para sa Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino (SPMPF) at mga mag-aaral ng AB Filipinolohiya (ABF) ng Kagawaran ng Filipinolohiya ang humakot ng mga pagkilala mula sa katatapos lamang na Saranggola Blog Awards.<br /> <br /> Nakamit ni Andyleen C. Feje ang Ikalawang Karangalan para sa Tula para sa kanyang akdang &ldquo;Sapagkat Hindi Sapat ang mga Rosas&rdquo; at Ikalawanag Karangalan para sa Maikling Kuwento para sa kanyang kuwentong &ldquo;Reyna Elena&rdquo;; nakuha naman ni Darwin N. Medallada ang Unang Karangalan sa pagsulat ng Dagli para sa kanyang akdang &ldquo;Pabrika ng Pangarap, Kurso, Pamana, Halimaw sa Kaldero&rdquo; at ang Ikatlong Gantimpala para sa Maikling Kuwento para sa kanyang akdang &ldquo;Karen&rdquo;. Nakamit din ni Kirt John C. Segui ang Ikalawang Karangalan para sa Kuwentong Pambata para sa kanyang akdang &ldquo;Bakit Hindi Ngumingiti si Happy&rdquo;, Ikalawang Karangaalan para sa Akdang Pagsusuri para sa kanyang sanaysay na &ldquo;Si(y) Bebang at ang Naratibong IRM&rdquo; at Ikatlong Gantimpala para sa Dagli para kanyang akdang &ldquo;Naisantabing Tinig&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Si Feje at Medallada ay kapwa mag-aaral ng Sertipiko Para sa Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino na nasa ilalim ng pamunuan ng Open University ng PUP, samantalang si Segui naman ay alumna ng AB Filipinolohiya mula sa Kagawaran ng Filipinolohiya at kasalukuyang administrative staff sa Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.<br /> <br /> Ang SBA, na nagdiriwang ng kanilang ika-11 anibersaryo ngayong taon, ay itinaguyod ni Bernard Umali katuwang ang Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas, DMCI Homes at Golden Leaf Productions. Layon ng patimpalak na ito na bigyan ng espasyo ang mga Filipino blogger ng mapaglalathalaan ng kanilang pamapanitikang akda na nasa Wikang Filipino, gayundin ay upang palaganapin ang paggamit ng Wikang Filipino sa internet. Ang mga hurado sa Saranggola Blog Awards ngayong taon ay ang mga premyado at kilalang manunulat tulad nina Bob Ong, Abdon Balde Jr., Marra Llanot, Adam David at Herminio Beltran Jr.</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=Xw2i9gKbXyQ%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:35:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=Xw2i9gKbXyQ%3d PUP retains rank as 6th top university in the Philippines - UniRank Emy Ruth Gianan, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>Online university standings aggregator, UniRank, named the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) as the sixth top school in the Philippines. The University retained the spot for a third consecutive year since 2018, a notch higher from its seventh place standing in 2017.<br /> <br /> In their website, UniRank explained that they provide a non-academic ranking &ldquo;based on valid, unbiased and non-influenceable web metrics provided by independent web intelligence sources rather than data submitted by the Universities themselves.&rdquo; Metrics include accreditation by appropriate Philippine higher education institution; offers at least 4-year degree undergraduate courses &amp; post-graduate courses; and delivers courses in traditional, face-to-face, non-distant learning education. The ranking utilizes an amalgamation of web metrics.<br /> <br /> The full list may be accessed through their website: <a href="http://www.4icu.org">www.4icu.org</a>.</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=QZBRA9%2b73WI%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 26 May 2020 14:01:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=QZBRA9%2b73WI%3d PUP partners with AFP - CRG on relief efforts for pedicab drivers Emy Ruth Gianan, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>In a bid to expand its initial partnerships on COVID-19 response efforts, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) - Civil Relations Services (CRS) jointly provided food packs, face masks, and bottles of ethyl alcohol to pedicab drivers and family heads residing near the Sta. Mesa Campus.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" class="image image-full" src="https://scontent.fmnl15-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/96266482_2882815055147812_5286226540823052288_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&amp;_nc_sid=110474&amp;_nc_oc=AQmOhWigb2j-4UK_mAfUIRvW54McusSos6L3-vmhAEO5yd5FA35UtejILQXnkHfHpX4&amp;_nc_ht=scontent.fmnl15-1.fna&amp;oh=d03ac04e1261a95666b3dba5931d3da3&amp;oe=5F145DC0" /></p> <p>A total of 300 food packs and face masks were distributed during the relief efforts held on May 6 at the Sta. Mesa Campus. PUP provided 137.5 liters of ethyl alcohol placed in 500mL bottles and 70 face shields (50 for the barangay and 20 for AFP) alongside the food packs. Executive officials who led the distribution include University President Dr. Manuel M. Muhi, Executive Vice President Alberto Guillo, and Vice President for Research, Extension and Development Anna Ruby Gapasin.&nbsp;</p> <p>Major Celeste Frank Sayson, head of the 7th Civil Relations Group, thanked other partners who pitched in for the food packs and face masks: &ldquo;Kasama natin dito ang Tipsy Pig team nila Pocholo Barretto, REACT Philippines, FPJ Bayanihan Foundation, Hands Off Our Children, and the 101st Search Rescue Support Group.&rdquo; He shared that the team have already visited various areas in the metro providing aid to those in need.&nbsp;</p> <p>(&ldquo;Our partners include Tipsy Pig team co-owned by Pocholo Barretto, REACT Philippines, FPJ Bayanihan Foundation, Hands Off Our Children, and the 101st Search Rescue Support Group.&rdquo;)&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We have several lines of efforts. These include community-owned feeding programs. Dito communities na ang nagluluto ng pagkain ng lahat, nagbibigay kami ng ingredients. Tapos mayroon din tayong Tulong Uwi kung saan natulungan natin ang ilang PUP students na makabalik sa kanilang mga tahanan; Alalay sa Kapwa na naka-focus naman sa pagpapauwi ng mga naipit ng lockdown na transient individuals, mga buntis, at recently, ay pangkat ng mga sub-contracted construction workers. Mayroon din tayong Kabalikat Frontliners at kasama natin dito ang Tipsy Pig na nagbibigay ng pagkain sa ating mga frontline workers; Ayuda Para Sa Kapwa, at Food for the Homeless,&rdquo; Major Sayson added. More information about the 7th CRG&rsquo;s relief efforts may be found in their Facebook Page &ldquo;Makabagong Jose Rizal.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>(&ldquo;We have several lines of efforts. These include community-owned feeding programs where we provide for ingredients while community leaders cook for their members. We also have Tulong Uwi wherein we have already helped several PUP students reach their hometowns; Alalay sa Kapwa does the same but this time for transient individuals who had a hard time going home because of the lockdown. We assisted pregnant women and recently a group of sub-contracted construction workers. We also have Kabalikat Frontliners, done with the assistance of the Tipsy Pig Group. We provide ready-to-eat meals to our frontline workers. We also have Ayuda Para Sa Kapwa and Food for the Homeless.&rdquo;)&nbsp;</p> <p>Celebrity and Tipsy Pig Gastropub co-owner, Pocholo Barretto joined the relief operations at PUP. He shared that their team transitioned from preparing ready-to-eat meals for frontline workers to providing food packs for poor communities. He also thanked the PUP Community for spearheading relief efforts during the pandemic.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Salamat sa inyong generosity at oras na pagtulong sa kapwa. Hindi kayo naghesitate. I hope you would inspire more people who are more fortunate to help those in need right now. In our own little ways, tumulong tayo,&rdquo; Barretto said.&nbsp;</p> <p>(&ldquo;Thank you for your generosity and your commitment to help fellow Filipinos. I hope you would inspire more people who are more fortunate to help those in need right now. Let&rsquo;s all hope in our own little ways.&rdquo;)&nbsp;</p> <p>Other officials present during the relief operations include: Dr. Armin Coronado of the Institute for Science and Technology Research (ISTR) and the ethyl alcohol production team; Engineer Ginno Andres of the Intellectual Property Office and the face shields team; College of Science Dean Dr. Lincoln Bautista; &nbsp;Safety and Security Services Office Director, Jimmy Fernando; General Services Office Director, Engr. Natan Gacute; and Director of the M.H. del Pilar Campus Jean Paul Martirez. ###&nbsp;</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=hkhQ%2bfeyJY4%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 12 May 2020 14:05:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=hkhQ%2bfeyJY4%3d 'No short cuts': PUP Bar topnotcher advises aspiring lawyers, fellow PUPians Emy Ruth Gianan, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>When Frodo and friends set out on a long journey to destroy the ring in J.R.R. Tolkien&rsquo;s epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings, he was warned of the dangers of taking short, alternative routes. The other hobbit Pippin said: &ldquo;Short cuts make for long delays.&rdquo; These words hold much truth in fiction, three chapters worth of delay; but equally so in real life. Atty. Jun Dexter Rojas strongly affirms this when asked about his law school journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>2019 Bar Examinations&rsquo; 9th placer and Sintang Paaralan&rsquo;s first-ever topnotcher is no stranger to challenges before achieving his much-awaited dream. An aspiring lawyer, Atty. Dexter had to wait for a decade before entering law school, fail entering his dream school, and balance work and studies during his first year. It was no easy road, but our topnotcher trusted the process and remained motivated amid the hurdles he faced. During his waiting years, he helped his parents finance the education of his younger siblings, married the love of his life, and started building a family. He reviewed hard for law school entrance examinations. Having finished a degree of Political Science from the University of the Philippines (UP) - Manila, he thought it best to continue studying at his alma mater. In his heartwarming letter published on Facebook, Atty. Dexter shared he did not make it to UP Law Aptitude Examinations (LAE) and thought he &ldquo;was a failure.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) College of Law proved to be Atty. Dexter&rsquo;s second home. The two-decade old College headed by its able Dean Atty. Gemy Lou Festin happily embraced him into the fold and honed an already hardworking and diligent student reach his dream. For Atty. Dexter, it was difficult to balance law school with work especially during his first year. As a property developer then, a lot of his time was spent talking to people and managing real estate. An hour or half of rest are precious minutes he converted into study periods before coming to class. On his second year, he and his wife decided he quit work and focus on studying. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;No short cuts sa law school. Malaki ang volume of information to digest and then iyon ding complexity of information. Hindi sapat ang memory aides, kailangang motivated magbasa kahit majority sa amin sa klase ay working students,&rdquo; Atty. Dexter shared when asked about his perspective on law school. Because most of his time was spent studying hard, he timidly shared that he remembered the names of his classmates only later. &nbsp;</p> <p>His first and second years have birthing pains and their professors are very strict. Several of them experienced &ldquo;mapahiya&rdquo; especially when they failed to study fully for the class. He jokingly called this as &ldquo;Jurassic Park&rdquo; era. When they entered their junior and senior years, their teachers were more friendly and focused on coaching them for their upcoming bar examinations. When asked about the courses he took during his four-year stay at PUP-COL, he said that tax was the most grueling while civil law subjects are his most favorite ones to take. &ldquo;Civil Law subjects like Family Law and Obligations and Contracts are immediately applicable and relatable to the public. Tax naman ang pinakamahirap.&rdquo; This year&rsquo;s batch would have to study the country&rsquo;s new tax schedule under the TRAIN Law.&nbsp;</p> <p>He is deeply grateful to his wife&nbsp;for supporting him while he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer. He shared funny stories of forgetting to complete household chores like cleaning the house or throwing the garbage during his non-study periods. &ldquo;Best moments ay kapag lalabas na ang grades. Dapat maganda ang lumabas kasi ito nalang pambawi ko sa aking wife kapag may nakakalimutan akong gawaing-bahay.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>During his third year at school, Atty. Dexter was fortunate to receive financial support from the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) founded by former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban. The illustrious scholarship program, jointly supported by the Tan Yan Kee Foundation (TYKF) and screened by no less than the most senior Supreme Court Justice, reimburses the tuition paid and provides for book allowances to chosen students. PUP-COL&#39;s class valedictorian, Via Villorico also received FLP-TYKF support, alongside Rojas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Currently, he works at an Ortigas-based law firm. He looks forward to joining the ranks of his professors at law school as he already accepted the invitation of Dean Festin to teach at PUP. He says he is excited to meet new PUP students.&nbsp;</p> <p>Even with a title and topnotcher tag attached to his name, Atty. Dexter emphasized the value of humility and public service. &ldquo;We should never forget the purpose of a lawyer. It is not a business but a profession, and it&rsquo;s purpose is public service.&rdquo; He also advises both aspiring and fellow lawyers to remain abreast and be involved in addressing socio-political issues and various forms of social injustice such as the looming global recession brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. &ldquo;Ang abugado, nakikinig lalo na sa injustices na nasa ating paligid. Lawyers should also speak out.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Atty. Dexter is also thankful to the PUP community for their warm support especially when he learned of his topnotch success. In an effort to express his gratefulness to his well-wishers and fellow PUPians, he spent the rest of his weekend prior to this interview replying to each message. He was overwhelmed, elated, and encouraged by the warmth of Sintang Paaralan&rsquo;s love. &nbsp;</p> <p>Towards the end, he urged PUP students to work hard and study hard because the community recognizes our efforts: &ldquo;Nakita ko na how united PUP can be in cheering for their graduates and celebrating their school&rsquo;s achievements. While being students, study very hard, so that someday you can also contribute further PUP&rsquo;s rich tradition and history, and in a way you are serving the people. In a way hindi nasasayang ang people&rsquo;s taxes sa pagpapaaral sa inyo.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Though the road may be long, winding and harsh at times, Atty. Dexter Rojas&#39; triumph is another proof that diligence and hardwork bring the sweetest victories to its ardent warriors. ###&nbsp;</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=lRzEsRJryL0%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 12 May 2020 14:03:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=lRzEsRJryL0%3d Should NCR extend ECQ? CSSD Professor recommends extension Emy Ruth Gianan, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>The National Capital Region (NCR) needs to extend the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) according to Dr. Ricardo L. Dizon, a professor from the University&rsquo;s Department of Economics, and the Institutional Planning Office under the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and Development (OVPRED).&nbsp;</p> <p>In his paper titled: &ldquo;The Heterogenous Age-Mixing Pattern of Estimating the Covid-19 Cases of Different Local Government Units in the National Capital Region,&rdquo; Dr. Dizon said that the transmission of the coronavirus in NCR is based on contact, mixing patterns and mobilization. He categorized the population into four transmission structures: mobile workers or those who are exempted from the ECQ, workers under strict home quarantine, senior citizens (I.e. ages 60 and above), and the young age group (I.e. ages 16 and below).&nbsp;</p> <p>According to his paper, in the absence of ECQ, the probability of transmitting the viral disease in the NCR across mobile workers is at 100%, while workers and senior citizens at 99.49%, and the young age group at 64.01%. But with the ECQ, the data from March 17 to April 19 shows that the chances of transmitting the virus dropped to an average of 0.39% for the worker groups, 4.50% for senior citizens, and 0.80% for the young age groups. Data limitations did not permit the researcher from forecasting the chances of transmission for persons who are immuno-compromised or those with underlying medical conditions regardless of age group.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Dizon notes in his paper that by the end of April 2020, COVID-19 cases in NCR would reach 7,000 amid ECQ. This is much lower compared to the initial forecast of 900,000 cases if the extension had been lifted on the original April 14 deadline. He emphasized that most of the LGUs in NCR are moving closer to consistent zero transmission rate particularly in the group of mobile workers. A possible explanation for this is that they have adopted to the &ldquo;new normal&rdquo; after five weeks of ECQ implementation. This includes the habit of wearing protective masks, ensuring physical distancing, and frequent hand washing.&nbsp;</p> <p>His forecast expects that the curve for mobile workers would flatten first, followed by the other group of workers who are under strict quarantine, senior citizens, and the young age group. Meanwhile, Quezon City would have a different order of flattening the curve: mobile workers would still flatten first, this time followed by the young age group, workers under strict quarantine, and then senior citizens. In Manila, mobile workers are followed by senior citizens, the young age group, and then workers under strict quarantine.&nbsp;</p> <p>Two more weeks after the April 30 deadline would be necessary to completely attain a flatter curve for NCR. Based on his model, LGUs which are expected to flatten the curve by the second week of May are Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Muntinlupa, Marikina, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Quezon City, Taguig, and Valenzuela. Four other LGUs namely, Caloocan, Navotas, Paranaque, and San Juan would flatten the curve later, until the last week of May. &nbsp;</p> <p>After the period of a flattened curve, there is a recovery period of seven (7) days to 45 days. Factoring this, LGUs that attained a flat curve by the second week of May will reach a state of equilibrium (I.e. the state of zero transmission rate &ndash; the number of cases coincides with the number of recovered cases and deaths) by the last week of June. Those LGUs which reached a flat curve by the end of May would reach the equilibrium state by the end of July. However, Pasig City which has a low recovery rate associated with long recovery period would reach its equilibrium state by the first week of August. Additional quarantine period of 14 days may be further necessary to ensure that recovered patients would not relapse. Factoring these into the scenario, NCR would be cleared from the disease by late August. Until then, the ECQ would have to remain.&nbsp;</p> <p>He specifically recommended the following in his paper:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>At least a two-week extension of the ECQ in NCR is needed. Thereafter, a general community quarantine (GCQ) may be implemented for LGUs that have already attained a state of equilibrium.&nbsp;</li> <li>The opening of classes for all levels in private and public educational institutions across NCR should be done after LGUs have reached a state of equilibrium. Thus, it would be prudent to open classes by September to prevent a second wave of infections similar to Singapore and South Korea.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>A full copy of Dr. Dizon&rsquo;s paper may be accessed through Research Gate. For correspondence and direct queries regarding the study, you may contact the author through email: rldizon@pup.edu.ph. ###&nbsp;</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=k3Mp39uSELA%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Mon, 04 May 2020 17:45:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=k3Mp39uSELA%3d PUP continues COVID-19 assistance to frontliners, affected communities Emy Ruth Gianan, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>Various&nbsp;relief&nbsp;efforts of the University, across all its Luzon branches and campuses, continued amid the extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the&nbsp;coronavirus pandemic. These include continued ethyl alcohol&nbsp;production and distribution.&nbsp;Teams from the College of Engineering (CE) and Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA) have also commenced production and distribution of&nbsp;faceshields. Other services&nbsp;include:&nbsp;food and transportation assistance to students stranded near the Sta. Mesa Campus and free e-counselling support.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ethyl alcohol and&nbsp;faceshields&nbsp;production and distribution to&nbsp;frontliners</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Institute for Science and Technology Research (ISTR) produced 487.5 liters for its second cycle, with 432.5 liters already distributed to hospitals and frontline groups. A new team of engineers and student-volunteers&nbsp;distributed 180 pieces of&nbsp;faceshields&nbsp;to 17 frontline agencies and offices. In a report submitted to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), recipients of the&nbsp;faceshields&nbsp;as of April 17 Friday include:&nbsp;six (6) barangay and city government offices, two (2) hospitals, three (3) government agencies, and four (4) PUP&nbsp;frontliner&nbsp;teams.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Funding support&nbsp;for both ethyl alcohol and&nbsp;faceshields&nbsp;production&nbsp;came from the University and donations from private groups.&nbsp;The Intellectual Property Management Office (IPMO) headed by its Director, Dr. Ginno L. Andres&nbsp;created the team that produced the&nbsp;faceshields&nbsp;for distribution, while Dr. Armin S. Coronado, Head of the Institute for Science and Technology Research (ISTR) led the production of ethyl alcohol.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Food and transportation assistance to students, janitors</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Students stranded within the vicinity of the Sta. Mesa Campus received food and transportation assistance. A total of&nbsp;829 relief packs have been distributed from March 23 to April 17. 101 janitors serving the University were also provided food packs.&nbsp;We extend deep gratitude to individual donors and private, non-government groups who expanded the University&rsquo;s food assistance: SM Foundation, GMA Foundation, CAFA Alumni, College of Science Alumni Association, ISKOvid19, Manila Infinity Lions Club, Manila Young Achievers Lions Club, Architect&nbsp;J.E. Santos, Grandmaster Benjie Esquivel of Gran Logia Nacional de Filipinas, and PUP faculty and administrators.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>There&nbsp;have also been three (3) cycles of transportation assistance to students who wish to go home. A total of 21 students have already been&nbsp;served, while another 26 students would be transported to their hometowns on April 21. This has been possible through the University&rsquo;s partnership with the Civil Relations Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>E-counselling services to the community</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;the University&rsquo;s Department of Psychology and Guidance Counselling Services Office also provided e-counselling to individuals in need of&nbsp;mental health support. Dr.&nbsp;John Mark&nbsp;Distor, Chairperson of the Psychology Department, shared that 33 individuals were given counselling support as of current.&nbsp;Majority of the clients are students of the university, while several others are from government agencies and the private sector.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Many&nbsp;clients experience anxiety (80%), while 51.4% were driven by several stressors. 45.7% experience various fears, and 37.1%&nbsp;expressed&nbsp;different mental health concerns such as academic issues, depression, suicidal tendencies, and health issues. Most counselees relied on Facebook Messenger and text messages to render counselling services.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The University will continue these services throughout the quarantine period.&nbsp;###</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=xDLsfLiSCvo%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 11:11:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=xDLsfLiSCvo%3d PUP launches system-wide COVID-19 response Emy Ruth Gianan, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) launched its system-wide response to COVID-19. Through the able leadership of newly installed president, Dr. Manuel M. Muhi, the community undertook various efforts to ensure the safety of its students, faculty members, and employees. Major clusters of response include implementation of institutional policies, provision of financial and in-kind assistance to members of the community, and the use of innovative initiatives to address the impact of the pandemic. 12 branches and 10 campuses are currently affected by the ECQ.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Implementation of institutional policies&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>As early as February 2020, decisive measures were implemented such as instituting a mandatory 14-day quarantine for PUPians who travelled abroad, providing alcohol and hand sanitizers within school premises as well as campus-wide disinfection to encourage cleanliness, and release of information pamphlets and videos for greater awareness about the impact of coronavirus. School activities that have mass gatherings were also cancelled early on to effectively implement social distancing. The policies were initially applied at the Sta. Mesa Campus, and later implemented across all branches and campuses in Luzon. Branches and campuses are also directly coordinating with their respective local government units (LGUs) for community assistance and regular disinfection.&nbsp;</p> <p>The administration complied with the directive from Manila Mayor Francisco &ldquo;Isko Moreno&rdquo; Domagoso to suspend classes in schools and universities from March 10 to 14 as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus. On March 17, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire island cluster of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until April 30. This meant the public should stay indoors to ensure social distancing, further cancellation of classes and work, and suspension of mass transportation. The whole PUP system complied with the same policy. Updates as to persons under monitoring (PUMs) and under investigation (PUIs) due to possible exposure to SARS-coronavirus which causes COVID-19 are also regularly communicated to Sta. Mesa Campus for data consolidation and systematized response.&nbsp;</p> <p>Corollary, the University also advised against the submission of online academic requirements. &nbsp;Majority of the students do not have adequate access to reliable internet connection especially those in branches and campuses; also, these activities may take a toll on their mental health given the severity of the pandemic. Directives to ease work-from-home arrangements for employees were also secured. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Provision of financial and in-kind assistance to PUP community&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Faculty and employees of the university, including those in branches and campuses, immediately received their salaries and allowances as soon as the ECQ ensued. Even during the lockdown, employees would have enough resources to utilize for food and other essential needs. &nbsp;</p> <p>Through the aid of the National Service Training Program (NSTP), university officials were able to track down students stranded in their dormitories near Sta. Mesa Campus. The same tracking has been organized in branches and campuses to determine the safety of students who reside inside or near our schools. They were given food supplies and later, offered transportation services so they can get back to their homes and be with their families. Meanwhile, members of the community in need of mental health assistance may avail of the e-counselling services offered by the Psychology Department and Guidance Counselling Office. Several branches and campuses tap their local Medical Services Department to offer counselling via phone patch.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Use of innovative initiatives to address the impact of the pandemic&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The crisis opened various opportunities for the university to lend its expertise through different innovations. Dr. Armin Coronado and his team in the Institute for Science and Technology Research (ISTR) produced local ethyl alcohol as commercial supplies have already dwindled. With increased support from several donors, the locally produced alcohol has since been distributed to barangays, police stations, command outposts, and hospitals near the Sta. Mesa Campus. Several more were provided to branches and campuses for further distribution.&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile, a group of students from the Colleges of Engineering (CE) and Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA) produced face shields and developed an original design for protective helmets to meet the need for more personal protective equipment (PPEs) needed by COVID frontliners. PPEs were also distributed to barangays, police stations and command outposts, and hospitals. Requests for these materials have increased as soon as these were promoted by student volunteers in social media platforms. Students from branches and campuses also printed face shields for local distribution.&nbsp;</p> <p>Members of the PUP community also reached out through provision of food packs to marginalized sectors of the society. Several branches and campuses also extended their relief efforts to individuals who serve at the frontlines&mdash;police officers at command posts, security guards and barangay officials who ensure local peace and order, and hospital workers. Faculty and administrative employees also participated in information awareness campaigns to help more people practice effective social distancing, proper handwashing and other hygienic practices.&nbsp;</p> <p>Truly, the motto &ldquo;mula sa iyo, para sa bayan&rdquo; is embodied by the community as the University commits itself to continue its efforts against COVID-19. #</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=JAC0Z%2bKUOUk%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Mon, 13 Apr 2020 10:20:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=JAC0Z%2bKUOUk%3d PUP students produce homemade face shields, helmets for COVID-19 frontliners Emy Ruth Gianan, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>With the increasing need for personal protective equipment (PPE), various students from the Colleges of Engineering (CE) and Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA) - PUP Sta. Mesa answered the call to produce homemade face shields and develop an original protective helmet for COVID-19 frontliners. Production for face shields began on March 30, wherein 20 face shields were distributed to security officers (barangay tanod) of Barangay 628 while Manila Police District Station 8 received 10 pieces. On March 31, Mary Mount Hospital in Bulacan received 50 pieces. Helmets were also initially distributed to PUP frontliners.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" class="image image-left" src="https://scontent.fmnl8-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/92055246_2816842835078368_5532505553328144384_o.jpg?_nc_cat=101&amp;_nc_sid=730e14&amp;_nc_eui2=AeG7jGqtP_1ehj2fgQsquAvmZgAMydAoyixmAAzJ0CjKLBYEFclSR0E2Ja9nZBi9LVs&amp;_nc_ohc=bihJ2snJzuQAX8cd31b&amp;_nc_ht=scontent.fmnl8-1.fna&amp;oh=fdfafc7d2983658721d279c50721f4c1&amp;oe=5EB61FA2" style="max-width:200px" />&ldquo;<em>Sa ngayon po may mga requests na po kaming natatanggap from hospitals and barangays</em>,&rdquo; Intellectual Property Management Office Director Dr. Ginno Andres shared. &nbsp;</p> <p>He spearheads the production of face shields in the Engineering and Science Research Center (ESRC) where three (3) of the seven &nbsp;(7) 3D printers are already working to produce ten (10) face shields each. A total of 70 face shields per day are printed. Helmets, on the other hand, are originally designed by a team of Engineering and Interior Design students. They are also in the process of mass producing this PPE for later distribution. &nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" class="image image-full" src="https://scontent.fmnl17-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p640x640/91881963_2816842668411718_5299985816448139264_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&amp;_nc_sid=8024bb&amp;_nc_eui2=AeHmypWC0W5tkGCYt2lK7T43lIUmM8kGQECUhSYzyQZAQFXVAFRBU6bvzWQrtQzFkd4&amp;_nc_ohc=_UQfq_PuO7YAX9CKVbc&amp;_nc_ht=scontent.fmnl17-2.fna&amp;_nc_tp=6&amp;oh=714b3948b2aed5444eda3cd17fe1eb49&amp;oe=5EAFF9AD" /></p> <p>&ldquo;<em>Simula po nung nalaman namin na gumagawa po ng face shields ang PUP, nagsabi po kami agad kay Sir Ginno kung ano ang pwedeng maitulong dahil nagdo-dorm lang din kami malapit sa PUP. Bukod po roon ay gusto ko talagang makatulong sa ating frontliners sa pamamagitan ng pag-provide ng face shields</em>,&rdquo; student volunteer Xavier Escobido shared in a Facebook message. &nbsp;</p> <p>(&ldquo;As soon as we learned about PUP&rsquo;s initiative to produce face shields, we immediately asked Sir Ginno how we can help since we live nearby the Sta. Mesa Campus. I also intend to help our frontliners by producing face shields as these are important protective equipment.&rdquo;)&nbsp;</p> <p>Two other clusters are in Pasig City and Bulacan where students who are interested to help and have access to production materials assist in the production. They are happy with the positive reception for their work. &ldquo;<em>Naging motivation namin dito ay gumawa ng product na makakatulong sa mga frontliners. Para maiwasan ang kumakalat na virus, sinubukan naming mag-produce muna gamit mga materials and equipment na meron kami. Gumamit na rin kami ng social media para makapag-raise ng funds at makapag-produce pa ng maraming face shields</em>,&rdquo; Roger Carino, an Interior Design student also involved in the project shared in an online interview.&nbsp;</p> <p>(&ldquo;We really wanted to help the frontliners. To stave off the spread of the virus, we tried crafting a face shield using the materials and equipment we have. Then, we shared our efforts in social media platforms to raise more funds so we can mass produce the face shields.&rdquo;)&nbsp;</p> <p>Escobido notes the urgent need for PPEs: &ldquo;<em>Kulang na kulang kasi talaga tayo sa supplies of PPEs. Hangga&rsquo;t meron pong supplies sa paggawa ng mga face shields, tuloy-tuloy lang din tayo sa paggawa nito.</em>&rdquo; Carino shares the same sentiment and says their team also look forward to continue helping increase the supply of PPEs at least in hospitals and barangays near their locations.&nbsp;</p> <p>(&ldquo;There is short supply of PPEs. As long as there are materials to use in the production, we will continue our work.&rdquo;)&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Andres is ably assisted by Engr. Farley Garcia of the Energy Research Laboratory and Engr. Joseph Bianes of the Civil Engineering Department. Mechanical Engineering student volunteers include Mark Gerald Abilay, Cliff August Batalla, Sung Hum Cho, John Xavier Escobido, Marvin Lagazo, Gian Maghanoy, Ian Rafer, and Terence Tabon. Other volunteers include Roger Carino (BS Interior Design) and Jerico Garcia (BS Electrical Engineering). Zach Belmonte of the TUPT Alumni Association and the JPSME TUPT Chapter aid on 3D printing of filaments and acetates used for the face shields. &nbsp;</p> <p>For those interested in supporting this noble endeavor, you may course your donations through the following methods:&nbsp;</p> <p>GCash &ndash; John Xavier Escobido &ndash; 0927 4365513&nbsp;</p> <p>or&nbsp;</p> <p>PUP &ndash; Economics Alumni Association, Inc. &nbsp;</p> <p>Philippine National Bank (PNB) - Cubao &nbsp;</p> <p>Savings Account Number: 127 810 147 263.</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=PNm6zdUgpXo%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:37:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=PNm6zdUgpXo%3d ISTR produces local alcohol to help prevent spread of COVID-19 Emy Ruth Gianan, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>Amid growing health concerns with the rise of COVID-19 patients, the University&rsquo;s Institute for Science and Technology Research (ISTR) developed a local version of ethyl alcohol, following the requirements and standards of Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A pilot batch has already been tested&nbsp;on March 11, 2020. Larger batches are expected to be manufactured as soon as raw materials are available next week, according to Dr. Armin S. Coronado, ISTR Director.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://scontent.fmnl17-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/94158331_2848663015229683_1527474611669696512_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&amp;_nc_sid=110474&amp;_nc_eui2=AeFwIcXhwlDRRdsMs_5QzlShgoUX1GZ8od2ChRfUZnyh3Y9kwBwIVlw0OVk9maGnR98&amp;_nc_ohc=Hs6Y_TWSiyEAX9CF_lB&amp;_nc_ht=scontent.fmnl17-2.fna&amp;oh=4699f0c931fd59aa2210a278e0e254fd&amp;oe=5EC6ED46" /></p> <p><img alt="" class="image image-full" src="https://scontent.fmnl17-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/90306546_2775643052531680_4016753281798766592_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&amp;_nc_sid=110474&amp;_nc_ohc=aHIdVu4a0O8AX8u9y5F&amp;_nc_ht=scontent.fmnl17-1.fna&amp;_nc_tp=6&amp;oh=ad76dd374b8029927ae0b7db8b8435cb&amp;oe=5E991FD7" /><span style="font-size:11pt">He added that as soon as the procured raw materials are available, production will commence at the newly established Engineering and Science Research Center (ESRC). The team, spearheaded by Dr. Coronado and Licensed Chemist and Faculty Researcher Christian Jay B. Cambiador, targets the production of at least 20 gallons of alcohol per month.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>When asked about the efficacy of ethyl alcohol, Dr. Ma. Liza Yanes of the Medical Services Department explained that it functions similarly to isopropyl alcohol. However, she notes that ethyl is safer for the skin compared to isopropyl. Dr. Yanes added that they also suggested the development of local alcohol-based sanitizers to aid in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Given time and equipment constraints, ISTR prioritized the development of ethyl alcohol.&nbsp;</p> <p>The manufacturing and distribution of local alcohol is expected to commence before the end of March. ###&nbsp;</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=Rok0UBa1jCA%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 10:39:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=Rok0UBa1jCA%3d Filipinolohiya Dep't culminates Arts Month with performances Eden Cesista, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>PUP College of Arts and Letters (CAL) - Kagawaran ng Filipinolohiya concluded the celebration of the National Arts Month yesterday, February 24&nbsp;at the University Freedom Park. &nbsp;</p> <p>Featuring performances from Arts and Design Track students from the Senior High School, AB Filipinolohiya students, university-based band Eunice, the KnF faculty, and rock band Esremborak, the event celebrated Filipino art through music, dance, theater, and poetry. &nbsp;</p> <p>Performances varied, from &quot;Eulohiya para kay Eileen,&quot; to a cover of Bita and the Botflies&#39; &quot;Sisikat Ka Iha,&quot; to Esremborak&#39;s &quot;Longlive Pangets.&quot; &nbsp;</p> <p>When asked&nbsp;on what&#39;s next for the Kagawaran ng Filipinolohiya, faculty member Jenilyn Manzon responded, &quot;Siyempre, ang pag-push na isabatas ang HB (House Bill) 223 na magrerequire ng Filipino sa pamantasan, isang Panitikan [na asignatura], at siyempre, mga gawaing pangkaunlaran.&quot; &nbsp;</p> <p>The National Arts Month celebrations began last February 3. ###&nbsp;</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=4UYyeHhVoBw%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Wed, 04 Mar 2020 15:47:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=4UYyeHhVoBw%3d