“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”
The Academic Emphasis Day is an annual program conceptualized by the Academic Administration Council spearheaded by the Dr. Miriam P. Narbarte, the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The program serves as a welcome to new students as well as the old students and to introduce the academic programs that AUP has to offer. This year marks the first time that a virtual program was aired live via the live streaming platform of facebook due to the pandemic.
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With the theme “Follow”, Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) held their spiritual emphasis week, through morning and afternoon sessions from March 16 to 21, 2020 at Philippine International Church (PIC) with Pastor Don MacLafferty as the guest speaker.
The semestral week of prayer is held in support of our institution’s mission in helping the students have a closer relationship with Christ through the prayer sessions and the study of the bible. With the leadership of PIC Pastoral staff headed by Pastor Rex Mangiliman and Adventist Youth Ministries (AYM). The weeklong program started with student ushers welcoming worshipers. The guest speaker Pastor Don MacLafferty has worked with children and teens for over twenty years. Pastor MacLafferty lives in Ooltewah, TN with his wife April and their three children. Pastor Don is an Associate Pastor of the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church and founder and director of Kids in Discipleship, a ministry equipping parents and caregivers to mentor kids as empowered disciples of Jesus. The weeklong program has become much notable as it strives amidst the pandemic COVID-19. It did not stop students, faculty and staff who stayed on campus to continue with the week of prayer, of which later on turned into a week of revival for all, with two precious souls baptized by the end of the program. Despite the challenges that came, AUP and PIC family hopes that through these revival programs, students, faculty and staff will find the passion to continue to stand firm on their faith as they continue to serve and prepare for eternity.
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|
Health, No SymptomsHome Quarantine
3-14-30Health, No SymptomsHome QuarantineClient 4 24/FBacolod/Manila
3-13-30 Health, No SymptomsHome Quarantine Client 5 22/FBacolod/Manila
3-14-30 Health, No SymptomsHome Quarantine Client 6 27/FBacolod/Manila
3-14-30 Health, No Symptoms Home QuarantineClient 7 20/FSta. Rosa, Laguna
3-13-30 Health, No SymptomsHome QuarantineClient 8 21/FQuezon City
3-16-30 Health, No SymptomsHome 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.
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:
- Campus residents remain inside the campus.
- Limit entrance from off-campus to residents and employees only.
- 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.
- Minimize disruptions to daily life to the extent possible.
- Provide limited access of campus residents to basic services such as banking and purchasing of basic necessities not available on campus
- Protect individuals with increased risk for severe illness, including older adults and persons of any age with underlying health conditions
- Prepared an emergency plan in case that a resident has symptoms of possible infection.
Here are the provisions related to dormitory life:
- ‘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.
- Occupants must have daily temperature scans, perhaps during the nightly room checks.
- 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.
- 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.
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.