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Official Statement from AUP Health Service Department

As of March 18, 2020, AUP has NO documented COVID-19 positive patient.

We have identified one (1) Person Under Investigation (PUI) who exhibited mild respiratory symptoms only and who opted for home quarantine outside of AUP. We are doing our best to prevent the possible spread of the virus in campus by meticulously monitoring these individuals and observing the protocol formulated by the WHO-DOH as adapted and modified by our health service in accordance with the circumstances that we have in campus.

Person Under Monitoring (PUM)

Persons who have travel history in the past 14 days to countries/area with local transmission of COVID-19 or areas with enhanced community quarantine AND/OR Persons who had CLOSE CONTACT with a confirmed COVID-19 case (Providing direct care without proper Personal Protective Equipment, Staying in the same close environment, traveling together in close proximity) BUT do NOT manifest any symptoms such as Fever and/or Respiratory Illness (Cough and/or Colds), Shortness of breath.

Here is the List of our PUM who remain healthy and without any symptoms up to this time.

 Code  Gender  Travel History  Health Status  Action Taken
Client 1 Malaysia (3-8-20) Health, No Symptoms Home Quarantine
Client 2  30/F Bacolod/Manila 

3-13-30  

Health, No Symptoms Home Quarantine 
Client 3 21/F Bacolod/Manila
3-14-30
Health, No Symptoms Home Quarantine
Client 4  24/F Bacolod/Manila 
3-13-30 
Health, No Symptoms Home Quarantine 
Client 5  22/F Bacolod/Manila 
3-14-30 
Health, No Symptoms Home Quarantine 
Client 6  27/F Bacolod/Manila 
3-14-30 
Health, No Symptoms  Home Quarantine
Client 7  20/F Sta. Rosa, Laguna 
3-13-30 
Health, No Symptoms Home Quarantine
Client 8  21/F Quezon City 
3-16-30 
Health, No Symptoms Home Quarantine 

Person Under Investigation (PUI)

Persons who have travel history in the past 14 days to countries/area with local transmission of COVID-19 or areas with enhanced community quarantine AND/OR Persons who had CLOSE CONTACT with a confirmed COVID-19 case (Providing direct care without proper Personal Protective Equipment, Staying in the same close environment, traveling together in close proximity) AND who manifest with Fever AND/OR Cough OR shortness of breath OR other respiratory symptoms.

PERSONS UNDER INVESTIGATION

 Code  Gender  Travel History  Health Status  Action Taken
Client 9  20/F Pasay (3-7-20) With Mild Respiratory Symptoms Home Quarantine (Off-campus)

We encourage our AUP community to take an active part in this undertaking. Each one must protect his/her neighbor by preventing the spread of this dreaded disease. We request that if someone has been exposed to places whether local or abroad or to persons with positive COVID-19 results to please inform our clinic personnel to be able to address and give necessary intervention for possible spread. Should you have any queries/ information, please feel free to call the clinic hotline.

Let us not disseminate unverified information that would create unnecessary fear and panic among our community. Instead, let us be responsible when posting any information in the social media or whatever platform we may use.

We believe that God is our shield and protector in every adversary. He is more powerful than this virus that scare the whole world. Hold on to God’s hand and He will deliver us.

AUP President’s Advisory on March 14, 2020

Greetings to all our students, parents, and supporters.

When I addressed you last Thursday, March 12, President Duterte was still to address the nation about the community quarantine of Metro Manila. The University studied Resolution 11 of the Inter-agency Task Force and there are still areas that need further clarification. Several events however, have overtaken us. The suspension of classes given by Governor Remulla of Cavite last week, is now extended to April 14.

The two primary purposes that I mentioned in my previous address still guides the directions we are taking now. First, it is for our students to be spared from the COVID-19 infection. The second is for them to finish their enrolled courses this semester, and most especially, for our dear students scheduled to graduate this semester to be able to do so.

By this time, the students who decided to go home are already home. To those who decided to stay in the campus, many of them want to graduate this coming May or some of them stay to complete their requirements for graduation.  The main question is, what is our plan for our students until the end of this semester?

First, let me address the situation of those students who decided to stay. We are implementing a plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the campus. This plan involves our employees, the conduct of university operations, and campus life. The General Strategies to prevent the spread of the virus on campus are the following:

  1. Campus residents remain inside the campus.
  2. Limit entrance from off-campus to residents and employees only.
  3. Limit contact between campus and off campus residents. Large meetings such as church services will not be open to off-campus residents. Contact between persons delivering goods to the campus have to be limited. Vice-versa, the interaction of our personnel with off campus businesses have to be controlled.
  4. Minimize disruptions to daily life to the extent possible.
  5. Provide limited access of campus residents to basic services such as banking and purchasing of basic necessities not available on campus
  6. Protect individuals with increased risk for severe illness, including older adults and persons of any age with underlying health conditions
  7. Prepared an emergency plan in case that a resident has symptoms of possible infection.

Here are the provisions related to dormitory life:

  1. ‘Dormitorians’ are advised to practice daily preventive actions in the dorms such as regular disinfection. We will provide supplies so that commonly used surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, keyboards, songbooks, desks) can be wiped down by occupants before each use.
  2. Occupants must have daily temperature scans, perhaps during the nightly room checks.
  3. Occupants are not allowed to go out of the campus except for University’s arranged trips to safe destinations. To those who are granted to go out will be under supervision with precautionary measures.
  4. If an occupant experiences symptoms such as fever, cough, breathlessness, or diarrhea, the case should be reported to the Health Service immediately. At the same time, the names and contact details of all persons who have come into close contact with the occupant when he/she was feeling unwell must be reported also.

Moreover, we are starting the Week of Prayer for the campus residents. We are working and praying that we can prevent the spread of the virus in our campus through the provided provisions.

The next question is, what about those who went back to their homes? Will they be able to finish their courses? Will the seniors be able to finish this semester and graduate? The first concern is, can students who went home finish the courses from there? The answer is, YES. Courses can now be accessed online and students can continue to work from their homes. The challenge we are addressing now is what to do with the practical or skills components of some courses. Your teachers will have the concrete solutions soon and will contact you.

Further, there is a more complicated issue that needs to be addressed. If classes will resume a month from today, should the students who went home return to the campus? Many of you who went home returned to areas affected by COVID-19. Following the protocols, you shall be required to undergo quarantine, which will take for 14 days. We cannot allow you to enter the campus unless you have fulfilled the needed quarantine since we do not have enough facilities for such. More so, if you used public transportation, whether by land, sea or air, you will still need 14 days of quarantine. So unless you have quarantined yourself at home and used private transport going back the University, thus ensured that you have not been in contact with possible carriers, we cannot allow you to enter the campus.

Thus, the best option is for you to finish the courses you have enrolled this semester from your homes though distance learning- the online mode. Hopefully by the start of the intersemester, June, that is, the spread of the virus has been contained. By then, it is my greatest desire that there would be no need to quarantine the students when they return to enroll. Most of you can avail of the option to finish your semester at home since you are in the lower years yet and the courses do not need so much face to face instruction nor skills laboratory.

The question about the exact date to return to the campus is harder to answer for those who are graduating or have course requirements that need the campus facilities. Be aware of the quarantine period needed before you will be allowed to enter the campus. Assuming that classes will resume April 14, be sure to quarantine yourself 14 days before that. Then travel back to the campus in a private vehicle, where you can limit contacts on the way back, avoiding exposing yourself in public places.

Again the main reasons behind these measures are to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection inside our campus and to ensure that the students who have stayed will be able to finish their courses.

Let us continue to observe precautionary measures to protect ourselves, our families, and our school. Some of these measures are difficult but necessary; so we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to fulfill our common goals.

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Questions on March 14, 2020 Addressed of the President: “Suspension and Resumption of Classes”

Question 1:  Does the suspension of classes until April 14, 2020 include the Elementary and Academy students?

Answer: Yes, it does.  The Elementary and Academy will have no face to face (F2F) class meetings.  But “class” activities and meetings will still be done through the internet by the teachers and the pupils, where ever they are.

Question 2: Will there be a graduation this coming May?

Answer:  Yes.  Even if F2F classes will not resume after April 15, students who meet all the requirements for graduation through the online classes will still graduate.  Even the seniors’ theses of the academy and college students may be fulfilled through online mode.  On the other hand, if the spread of COVID-19 cannot be contained and the situation worsens so that Cavite and Laguna are placed under community quarantine, then there will be no graduation exercises.  Certificates of Graduation (or diplomas) will still be issued to those who passed the courses and completed the requirements of the program.  But there will be no public graduation programs such as baccalaureate and commencement exercises.

Question 3: What does “quarantine yourself” mean?

Answer: Self-quarantine is isolating yourself by staying only in your home for at least 14 days.  Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home. Do not allow visitors into the home. If you really need to meet others who are not living in your house, meet them outside but keep your distance from them (about 6 feet or 2 meters).  Avoid public places.  Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.  After 14 days of isolation and you have no fever, cough, shortness of breath and LBM, most probably you are free from contamination.

Question 4: Why are we, who went home be required to quarantine before returning to the campus while those who stayed are not?

Answer:  Actually, staying on campus is already a quarantine for the students who have stayed.  You have heard about the regulations which already are quarantine measures for them. Those staying in the dorms are checked for fever every day.  The advantage of those who stayed on campus is that while being quarantined, they have access to the library resources which are not online, can continue their skills requirements, experiments, practicum or OJT, and can personally meet with their teachers for assistance.  If a student who stayed show possible symptoms of COVID-19, s/he still be placed in isolation and be closely monitored.

Question 5: Can I return then to the campus any time before April 15?

Answer: You may not.  There are not enough quarantine facilities in the campus.  So quarantine yourself in your home in the required number of day first and observe precautionary measures in your trip back to the University.  Do not use public transport and meet people beside your household members because this will mean you have broken quarantine procedures.  If upon returning to the campus, and screening reveals that you have not followed proper quarantine procedures, it may mean that you will be asked to return home.

Question 6: What could be the basis why classes were suspended for a month?  Why not just 14 days?

Answer: The month will clearly indicates whether a person or locality is free from COVID-19.  A month would be enough for a person to show that he or she has not been affected by the virus.  A month of no positive cases in the barangay, municipality, or province would show that COVID-19 has been contained.  That is why all members of the community must cooperate so that their locality would be virus-free.

AUP @103: “We Serve as One”

AUP @103: “We Serve as One”

With the theme “We Serve as One”, the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) celebrated its 103rd Founding Anniversary last February 1, 2020 at the Philippine International Church (PIC).

This year’s foundation celebration theme got its inspiration from the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games (2019 SEA Games), “We Win as One”. Throughout the years, AUP has dedicated in serving the students, and neighboring communities. Adhering to its philosophy in providing holistic education, never did AUP know that it would as well uphold this year’s founding anniversary theme, which is serving as one.

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Last January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano erupted which blanketed Batangas City and the neighboring towns including AUP campus with thick sulfuric-ashes. Within days of continued eruption, the once ever-green campus of AUP looked like a monochrome photo from the early 90’s.  Immediately, the faculty and staff worked as one in cleaning the campus. For the next few days, with a united effort, AUP was back to its operations. This paved the way for the university in practicing its forte—serving others as one.

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Extending AUP’s service in the affected communities, on January 23-25, 2020, the volunteer students, faculty and staff, with the University Advancement Office, Philippine International Church-Adventist Community Services (PIC-ACS), and the Central Student Council were able to gather relief goods such as water containers with clean drinking water (a total of 25 gallons), pails, dippers, soap bars, underwear, toothpaste, shampoo, sanitary napkins, ethyl alcohol, face towels, and blankets. These relief goods were given to nine evacuation centers, namely the Tejero Evacuation Center, Navarro Evacuation Center, both in Gen. Trias, Cavite, Barangay Puting Kahoy, Sitio Muzon, Barangay Lumil, Barangay Pasong Langka, Pooc 1, Barangay Inchican and Barangay Tartaria. The relief goods were given to a total of 344 families. In addition, there were other services and ministry rendered to the victims like the psychological first aid which reached 245 individuals, medical outreach to 134 individuals and free haircut for five children.

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There were also support coming from generous members of Edmonton SDA church (Pathfinder Club) in the USA and Canada. Also, the Korean community donated 20 sets of goods for 20 families, and 5,000 pesos worth of learning materials. There were also assorted stuffs given by some members of PIC. Due to the Taal Volcanic eruption, a few of the scheduled programs for the founding anniversary celebration were canceled, but the natural calamity did not stop AUP family from paying it forward to others.

Towards the weekend, the AUP community continued its founding anniversary celebration through the consecration service on January 31 at the PIC. Alumni came to join the program, three of which gave inspiring testimonies of how God has transformed their lives while staying at AUP. Mr. Prom and Mrs. Norma Amoguis also graced the event. They were recipients of Service award for their dedication in serving AUP especially the working students financially including their foods and school supplies.

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On Saturday, the 1956 Colors Family, composed of AUP alumni, sponsored the Sabbath School worship. Pastor Romeo Mangiliman, the North Philippine Union Conference President gave the Hour of Worship message which focused on the keys of witnessing. The afternoon worship was filled with music and singing of praises as 14 different choir and musical groups rendered songs of thanksgiving during the musical concert. As AUP turns into another year of academic excellence, the institution continues to cultivate in its students a Christ-like character, and together as one, render exemplary services to others. As the CSC president said, Decxel Ragas, “The true essence of serving as one is when people come together with one purpose [in] mind, young and old, and gives in the effort it needs so that [the] goal will be accomplished.”

Adventist University of the Philippines Granted Autonomous Status!

Adventist University of the Philippines Granted Autonomous Status!

The Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) was once again granted autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), from June 1, 2019, up to May 31, 2021. The university enjoyed the said status since 2003.

The autonomous status is given to Higher Education Institutions which embodies a “long tradition of integrity and untarnished reputation”, “commitment to excellence”, and “sustainability and viability of operations”. The status is considered as one of the highest recognitions a college or university can receive from CHED. AUP is one among the 68 Private institutions out of 1,700+ Private Higher Education Institution (PHEIs) granted of such status. The prestigious status is given to PHEIs that have shown consistent exemplary performance in the field of education, research and extension services.

Some of the benefits of an Autonomous Status are that it allows Higher Education Institutions to open new programs in the undergraduate and/or graduate levels including doctoral programs in areas of expertise without securing a permit or recognition from CHED (except disciplines under moratorium), privilege to determine and prescribe innovative curricular programs to achieve global competence. This also gives the institutions to establish branches or satellite campuses, as well as offer extension classes and distance education courses and establish affiliations with a recognized foreign higher education institution. Educational institutions given such status have the freedom from regular monitoring and evaluation by CHED given that the school complies with the rules and regulations set. PHEIs with autonomous status also is a priority for grants,  subsidies, scholarships and other financial assistance from CHED, as well as the capability to determine and prescribe curricular programs that would help students achieve global competence, wherein one of its advantages is the ability to  revise and upgrade curricular offerings regularly.


The Milestones and Jump boards

A contributing factor to the granted status for the university is its accredited programs. 33 out of 35 of its programs offered are accredited by several accrediting agencies, such as: Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities-Accrediting Council, Inc. (ACSCU-ACI), The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA), and Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA).

Nine of its programs are accredited Level 4, the highest level, namely Bachelor of Arts1 (English, History, Psychology), 2BS Accountancy, 3BS Business Administration, 4Bachelor of Elementary Education, 5Bachelor of Secondary Education, 6BS Nursing, 7Bachelor of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics), 8Master in Business Administration, and 9Master of Arts in Education. Eleven programs are on Level 3 namely: 1BS Nutrition and Dietetics, 2MA in Psychology, 3MS Nursing and Master in Nursing, 4PhD. in Business Administration, 5Ph.D. in Educational Administration, 6Elementary Program, 7Junior High School Program, 8BS Development Communication, 9BS Psychology, 10BS Accounting Information System, and 11PhD. in Psychology. Five programs are on Level 2: 1Doctor of Dental Medicine, 2Master in Public Health, 3Dr. Public Health major in Preventive Health Care, 4Preschool Program, and 5Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science. Eight are on Level 1: 1BS Office Administration, 2Bachelor of Library and Information Science, 3AB Theology, 4Bachelor of Tradigital Fine Arts major in Visual Communication and Design, 5Bachelor of Music in Music Education, 6BS Information Technology, 7BS Electronics Engineering/BS Electronics Technology, 8BS Information Technology.

The result of these accreditation exercises is the granting of INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies in the Philippines (FAAP).

AUP is an active partner of the local government sectors in embracing sustainable development through its services ministered to its adopted communities located in Silang, Cavite namely Brgy. Hoyo, Brgy. Tartaria, and Brgy. Bukal. Part of the services the university shares is through the Community Extension Services that cater to the need for livelihood, youth development, health, educational advancement, and social enrichment. The university is also home and initiator of the S.A.D. Free Movement which advocates for a Smoking, Alcohol, and Drug-free life for the youth. The program is supported by the Municipality of Silang, Cavite, and is celebrated annually.

Adventist Education Advantage

Adventist Education Advantage

Students of Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) once again emerged on top in the field of Academics, with Ms. Grace Eunice C. Salvacion, RND; top 1 for the Nutrition and Dietetics board examination 2019, and Dr. Jon Sergei J. Aclan as Top 1 in the Regional 10 Outstanding Students of the Philippines Calabarzon.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 968 out of 1,517 passed the Nutritionist-Dietitian Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nutrition and Dietetics in Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, and Zamboanga this August 2019. Meanwhile Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines is an awards program that recognizes the country’s notable students who do not only excel in academics but also dedicate themselves as exceptional individuals who make and contribute positive change in the community. Entries were categorized into five teams with specializations in Medicine and Health-Related Professions; Agriculture, Science, and Math; Engineering, Architecture, and Information Technology; Humanities, Psychology, Communication, and Social Sciences; and Teacher Education. Nominees are graded according to their academic performance at 40 percent, leadership with 30 percent and social responsibility for 30 percent. It envisions youth participation in nation-building by establishing role models who will galvanize young people into action and help bring about total human and economic development.

Ms. Salvacion and Dr. Aclan have tasted the kind of education the world can offer. Grace went to a public school that has endowed her academically while Sergei has attended a prestigious State University, yet both seized the opportunity when given the chance to study in AUP. Ms. Salvation started her education in AUP in 2015, taking up BS Nutrition and Dietetics, under the College of Health. Dr. Aclan started in 2015 as one of the pioneering batch of the College of Medicine.

 AUP: The Rose Among the Thorns
When asked why Ms. Salvacion chose to pursue an education in AUP, she confined that… “Though AUP was definitely not my first choice of university, I can honestly say that I decided to pursue and finish my education in AUP because I believed that it was truly God’s plan for me.”, Dr. Aclan on the other side said that his inspiration for pursuing Medical School in AUP was his late grandfather; Dr. Benjamin Jimenez…“Inspired by my grandfather, Dr. Benjamin Jimenez, a physician missionary, I saw that AUP College of Medicine is the school for me. AUP aims to produce Five Star Plus Physicians and that is exacty what I want to become.”

The Hurdles
Both have gone through tedious works in achieving the goals set before them, “The challenges I faced while preparing for the boards included the limited amount of time we had for review, dealing with the pressure and expectations that comes with graduating as a summa cum laude, and taking care of my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.”, said Ms. Salvacion. She further added that “The most challenging part of preparing for the boards and the boards itself is preventing myself from being overcome by my anxieties and fears.., It took a lot of prayers to get through my anxieties and a lot of redirecting the pressure that I was feeling…”. Dr. Aclan shared he finds it most challenging in staying true to his bigger mission “The biggest challenge that I have to face is my continued mission to tell people about Jesus and how important it is to put your whole trust in Him as your Master Physician.” He added that “The most challenging part in my journey towards becoming a Physician Missionary is actually convincing other people to study in AUP…, but God has been faithful and we have been blessed greatly. All because we put out trust in Him.”

But despite the hurdles along the way, both of them stayed focused on what they been working on “My motivations to push through included my future plans and dreams…, Most importantly, I was also motivated by my desire to glorify God’s name because I am grateful for the numerous blessings He has given me.” said Ms. Salvacion. Dr. Aclan cited that “Besides God’s blessings, what made push through is the presence of a very supportive College Administration headed by our beloved Dean, Dr Doris Mendoza and of course our missionary minded faculty who dedicated their work to the Lord.”

The True Essence of Excellence
Four to five years of education, a long and lot of time, effort and action were spent and exerted. But in the long-run, it is not merely about the earthly knowledge that matters, but the eternal wisdom gained. As how Ms. Salvacion pointed it out… “The advantage of Adventist education is that it truly trains its students to have academic excellence, Christ-like character, and exemplary service. Students are not trained to just exemplify one of those traits but they are trained to exemplify all three.” With words of confidence, Dr. Alcan said that “All we have to remember are the core values that AUP taught us. In order to become truly outstanding, we need to have ACE: Academic Excellence in the field that we are majoring in. Christ like Character towards the people we work and interact with. Exemplary Service that we will dedicate for our country and for our Lord.”