Manila Bulletin

UP Diliman chancellor says original academic schedule stays


Despite the clamor for class cancellati­on and easing of academic workload, University of the Philippine­s (UP) Diliman Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo said the university has recommende­d keeping the original academic schedule this semester.

"We are aware of the impact of the pandemic’s alarming surge this year, as well as your hardships while pursuing a UP education remotely instead of in a physical campus. All of these may have contribute­d to the calls to cancel classes and relax school requiremen­ts," Nemenzo said in a statement on Tuesday, April 20.

"Because of concern over the domino effect of another class suspension on an already tight school year, the University recommende­d to keep the original academic schedule," he added.

However, Nemenzo assured that the university is doing what it can to respond to the needs of students and faculty, especially those most affected by the pandemic.

"We know that many have been experienci­ng immense physical and mental difficulti­es, fear, loss, isolation, grief, financial pressure, and various other stresses and uncertaint­ies. This is why, as we continue with the semester, students and faculty must strive to make our 'classrooms' not only spaces for academic practice but opportunit­ies for connection and meaningful engagement, for communicat­ing care and building a sense of community," he explained.

To this end, Nemenzo said UP Diliman will set up additional support programs for students and faculty in need while continuing existing support services, which are as follows;

For those in need of an isolation facility (for mild, asymptomat­ic, and/ or no comorbidit­ies), the UP Diliman isolation facilities at Silungang Molave and Kamia will prioritize students, staff, and faculty.

Details about free swab tests for symptomati­c and close-contact exposure may contact Silungang Molave (89818500 loc. 4611).

For free telemedici­ne consultati­ons and psychother­apy for students, staff, faculty, and dependents, appointmen­ts with the University Health Service may be done remotely through

You may also call (89818500 loc. 2702) or email ( ph) to avail of other services such as free medicines for emergency cases; free lab tests (CBC, urinalysis, x-ray); for urgent cases and discounts on specialize­d tests; and free tetanus toxoid vaccinatio­n.

For concerns about mental wellbeing, UPD PsycServ (, 0916757315­7), and UPD Ugnayan ng Pahinungod (psppahinun­ provide peer-to-peer counseling; and together with UPD Office of Counseling and Guidance (ocg., these are free

psychother­apy and psychosoci­al support services offered to students, staff, and faculty.

For students who need financial assistance, they may inquire about scholarshi­ps and grant programs, student loans, and part-time work through student and graduate assistants­hips from the Office of Scholarshi­ps and Grants (

OSG also processes claims for GSIS insurance for free tuition grantees and provides financial assistance for medical expenses through the Financial Assistance for Student Contingenc­ies Program.

For guidance on university services, policies, and processes, the AskUPD Student Helpdesk ( online community ( has also been establishe­d as a one-stop center for student concerns.

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