We commemorate today the 36th anniversary of the People Power Revolution that ended a dictatorship. Mabuhay ang kalayaan.
UP Tacloban invites all of its employees, students, alumni, and other members of the UP Tacloban community who are above 21 years old and below 60 years old and who have no comorbidities, to join DUGO MO, KINABUHI KO Blood Donation Drive on 4 December 2020 at the UPVTC Multipurpose Building, from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.
This public service initiative is a partnership with the Philippine Red Cross – Leyte Chapter to ensure that there is enough supply of safe blood in the region, most especially during this time of COVID-19 pandemic.
Share BLOOD, Give HOPE, Save LIVES!
The Public Management 298 (Seminar in Governmental Management) students of UP Tacloban invite all government employees to a webinar entitled “Rise and Shine: It’s Change O’clock!” on 30 November 2020, 9:00 AM to 12:00 NN.
This year’s seminar theme is Change Management: Strategies and Solutions in the New Normal for government employees. The goal of this webinar is to define change management and how government employees can rethink their role amidst the pandemic, identify gaps in their respective agencies, harness strengths and address weaknesses in public service in the new normal, and identify opportunities to advance their own brand of leadership.
The UPVTC Leyte Samar Heritage Center (LSHC) invites everyone to watch Hisgut Kalibungan: Huruhisgutay 1. Setting the Directions for Environmental Conservation in Eastern Visayas on 27 November 2020 at 7:30 PM.
Held in celebration of National Environmental Awareness Month and the 25th anniversary of LSHC, Hisgut Kalibungan is a 7-part online discussion series on vital environmental issues and concerns in Eastern Visayas.
There will be one episode of Hisgut Kalibungan monthly from November 2020 until May 2021. Each episode will be aired on the official Facebook pages of UPV Tacloban College and LSHC.
1. Download learning resources and guides for offline viewing. This will reduce the time you have to spend online and ensure that you have ready access to your course materials.
2. Download the Moodle mobile app so you can view your course sites offline. A guide to using the Moodle mobile app is available at https://vle.tac.upv.edu.ph/mod/resource/view.php?id=11037.
3. Schedule when to log in to your course sites.
Plan how much time to spend online. Work on assignments offline, keeping in mind when they are due. You can also compose forum posts before logging in.
4. Get and use your UP email. This will give you access to associated apps and services and files on Google drive shared by your instructors. To get your UP email account, contact the UP Helpdesk at email@example.com.
1) All courses will be delivered via the UP Tacloban Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Each class has its own course site on the VLE.
Course sites will be opened to students at 8:00 AM on 10 September 2020.
2) To access the course sites of the courses you are enrolled in, log in to the VLE at https://vle.tac.upv.edu.ph/ using the username and password sent to the email address you used in the CRS. If you encounter any issue when logging in, email the VLE Helpdesk at
3) Once logged in to the VLE, the courses you are enrolled in will be visible on your dashboard. If a course you enrolled in is missing from your dashboard, email the VLE Helpdesk (include a scanned copy of your Form 5). To enter a course site, simply click on the course name on your dashboard.
4) Once inside a course site, you will see all or part of the course pack (i.e. the learning resources for the course). Read the course
guide first and other instructions posted by your instructor. And then familiarize yourself with the course site and do the initial
5) Follow the schedule of course activities and other course guidelines. If you have concerns, communicate with your instructor as soon as possible using the contact information indicated in the course guide.
6) The course packs in whatever form (digital/electronic or printed) are intended only for your use in connection with the courses that you are enrolled in. They are not for distribution or sale. Permission should be obtained from your instructor for any use other than what is intended.
7) Sharing/Posting of any part of the course pack and/or the course site on social media constitutes a breach of guideline #6 above and is not allowed.
Have a safe and fruitful semester.
23 May 2020
Dear Fellow Alumni:
Ma upay nga adlaw ha iyo nga tanan.
I am writing you on the occasion of the 47th founding anniversary of our Alma Mater. While every anniversary is special, this year’s anniversary is unique as it takes place in the midst of a global pandemic. Hence our anniversary theme of “URUGUP para han Kaupayan han Katilingban nga Kalibutan”.
UP Tacloban’s response to COVID-19
The word urugop as you know means solidarity. The College adopted the word, rendered in the UP colors of green and maroon, in the early days of COVID-19 crisis as a rallying cry for all members of our community — students and alumni, faculty and staff, our families and neighborhoods, and the people of Eastern Visayas. With the URUGUP spirit the College constituency launched several public service initiatives in response to the pandemic as follows:
- URUGUP Helpdesk initially for UP Tacloban students needing assistance and support from the College. This led to a small donation drive to provide food packs for several students who were stranded in boarding houses.
- UPVTC Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services online for medical front liners organized by our Psychology faculty.
- URUGUP alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitizer) production by our Chemistry faculty and researchers for free distribution to health care facilities and frontline service providers in Region 8
- Pasundayag Paghilom ha Panahon han COVID-19 Songs and Poetry for Healing Video Performance Series of the Division of Humanities and UP An Balangaw Performing Arts Group
- UPVTC Puso project by a group of volunteer faculty and staff to provide washable face masks to medical front liners and hygiene kits to tricycle drivers; food packs to poor households in selected barangays; food packs and cash donations to UP Tacloban security personnel; and washable face masks to inmates and jail guards of the Tacloban City Jail women’s dormitory.
- A position paper by a group of faculty members on “how to win against COVID-19” addressed to the Tacloban City government.
These initiatives have been well received not only by the beneficiaries but also by the general public and across the UP System.
Celebrating our 47th founding anniversary
It is fortuitous that the lockdown in Tacloban City was lifted on the week of the College’s 47th anniversary. While we are unable to celebrate with the usual mass gatherings, we nonetheless have the opportunity to express in a creative and meaningful way our solidarity with one another, with the people of Eastern Visayas, and with the whole world. This is the intent of our line-up of anniversary activities which we hope you can join virtually by following our posts on the UPV Tacloban College Facebook page.
We released this morning the UP Tacloban 47th anniversary APV through which we aim to highlight our pursuit of excellence and public service through the years.
We also launched today the Pagsurumpay Online Task Series with an online panel discussion on “Context, Opportunities, and Challenges for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in the time of COVID-19” by the Psychology faculty. As you know pagsurumpay means to connector put several pieces (such as stories and ideas) together, or to make multiple connections. Aside from the intellectual work of the faculty, I hope that the series can also feature talks by alumni in key fields and disciplines.
The Kalungganayan Community Vegetable Garden which we are cultivating at the UP Tacloban campus is a kind of practical demonstration of a sustainable mode of development, one that promotes food security and environmental conservation. The term kalungganayan as you know means benefit, bringing in abundance or wealth or livelihood to people, blessing or grace.
Our commitment to excellence and equity
Alongside our efforts to contribute to knowledge generation through basic and applied research particularly on issues that are relevant to the Eastern Visayas region, and our public service programs in partnership with the national government agencies, local government units, non-government organization, and the private sector, we continue to train the region’s best and brightest through our various degree programs in the humanities, social science, natural science and mathematics, and management.
One of the challenges brought about by the pandemic is the need to rapidly shift to technology-supported teaching and learning to ensure academic continuity during the community quarantine and in “the new normal” where social distancing is necessary to prevent the spread of the disease. However, from the survey of student’s access to personal computers (whether desktop, laptops, or smartphones) and internet connectivity we found that at least 150 students (~20% of 715 respondents) do not have their own computers. They also have little to no access to the internet, which they need to receive course packages, communicate with their teachers and fellow learners (e.g. through on-line discussions), and submit their assignments. So we have decided to embark on the URUGUP Students TechPack Fund Drive to provide essential IT equipment and tools for learning to students in need (“tech pack” is a play on the word “food Pack”). We hope you will support this project for the benefit of the next generation of UP Tacloban alumni.
As we work towards making UP Tacloban the next autonomous unit (and constituent university) of the UP System, it is necessary for the College to establish itself firmly as an academic pacesetter and a leading advocate and catalyst of sustainable development by strengthening its curricula, adopting innovative teaching methods, conducting interdisciplinary research, and engaging with the surrounding communities through public service, and doing so with excellence and equity. We look to you, our alumni, as an important partner in this critical mission.
Yours in solidarity for the well-being of our community and the world.
Patricia B. Arinto (BA Comm Arts 1989)