Updates on the Covid-19 Outbreak in AUP

Updates on the Covid-19 Outbreak in AUP

April 7, 2021, 2:30pm.

On Monday night, March 29, 2021, the first two students in Mahogany Hall who appeared to show the symptoms of a possible COVID-19 were isolated.  By April 2, another three from Acacia Hall were tested with the rest with Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test and the results also came out positive. A campus lockdown was immediately implemented. During the lockdown, all campus residents stayed inside their dwellings. Water, groceries from the store, and meals from the cafeteria were delivered to the dorms.

Mass testing was started Saturday, and by Sunday, April 4, a total of 197 students, mostly from the two men’s dorms, had been tested.  Fifty-four turned out to be positive. That same night all those that tested positive were immediately transferred to Molave Hall, which served as the campus COVID-19 Quarantine facility.  All those whose tests came back negative returned to their dorms for continued isolation. As for the residents in the ladies’ dormitories and apartments, all those identified as “close contacts” have been tested, and isolated.  There had been no additional indications of COVID symptoms among female students.

Confirmatory Antigen tests were conducted on those who previously tested negative, starting Tuesday, April 6.  Of the 18 negative symptomatic patients tested, only one turned out to be positive. The remaining number, the negative asymptomatic cases, would again be tested Wednesday afternoon, April 7. After separating the positive COVID patients from those confirmed negative, the dorms would be disinfected and prepared for a possible lifting of the lockdown on Sunday, April 11.  University employees and student workers would also be tested to ensure that all personnel serving the campus residents would be COVID-free.

The students who tested positive continue to have mild symptoms.  Some of those in the University Quarantine facility showing more moderate symptoms may be transferred to a government-operated Mega-Quarantine Facility in Calamba which has been offered to us for free.  The University would like to assure parents and families that the COVID-19 outbreak is under control a week after it started.  Let us continue to pray for God’s protection and care for our students and the University as a whole.

COVID Update

COVID Update


After almost a year of having zero casualties related to COVID-19, it is with a heavy heart that AUP reports its first COVID-19 related loss. A worker in one of the service departments succumbed to the illness on February 9, Tuesday afternoon.

Despite such an unfortunate event, we would like to assure our community that the University is in control of the situation. Protocols of infection control have been well executed.  Upon onset of the symptoms, the individuals were immediately placed in quarantine and eventually moved to the COVID-Hospital. Based on contact tracing, the transmission seems to have taken place outside the campus.  Further investigation revealed only one close contact, who was immediately swabbed with an RT-PCR test. We praise God that the result was negative. He remains free of symptoms and is now quarantined for further evaluation.

We would like to encourage everyone to remain vigilant and strictly follow our health protocols. Rest assured that the administration is doing its best to ensure the safety of everyone. We ask for everyone’s cooperation for us to maintain a COVID-free campus. More so, we also invite you to pray for the bereaved family members as they grieve their loss.

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 


Health, No SymptomsHome Quarantine 

Client 321/FBacolod/Manila
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.


 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.


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.


Although President Duterte mentioned the word “lockdown” in his address Thursday night, the term itself is actually not in the Resolution of the Inter-agency Task Force. One recommended measure that concerns AUP students currently wanting to go home is that “land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila shall be suspended” beginning March 15 until April 12. However, there remains a lot of uncertainty because “mass public transports… shall [still] continue in operation”, and that the Department of Transportation will issue guidelines about ‘social distancing’.” Will travel that merely “goes through” Metro Manila and not terminate there be allowed?

Within an hour after the president’s address, a spokesperson from the road sector of the Department of Transportation announced that they have yet to meet with interior and health officials on Friday to define the rules of the quarantine in Metro Manila. At this point, then, less than 24 hours after the national address, it behooves to remain calm and make wise decisions, especially those related to the transportation issues.

Two main purposes have to be considered in making a decision. The first is for our students to be spared from the COVID-19 infection. The second is for them to graduate or finish their enrolled courses this semester. The University has already arranged for blended learning through the internet, so this is possible. Several perspectives related to these two purposes have to be taken into account as parents and guardians make decisions about students going home.

1. Is their home currently in a location clear of COVID-19 transmission? If there are outbreaks in the location already, we advise parents to ensure that their child and their family remain in quarantine. Please be aware that once the suspension of classes is lifted, if the student returns from a location with COVID-19 patients, they may be quarantined before the school can allow them to return to their classes or residences.

2. When the student returns home, will they have internet access to continue studying during the suspension period? If there is none, then the student will lose the semester’s credits. Worse, candidates for graduation may not be able to complete their requirements and be delayed for another year.

3. It is only in Metro Manila that classes are suspended for a month and only there is a “community quarantine” imposed. For Cavite, the suspension of classes will end by tomorrow, and neither is the province under quarantine. It is possible that classes will resume by Monday, especially that the Inter-agency Task Force had already stipulated the conditions for imposing class suspensions and quarantines. Hopefully the spread of the virus will not escalate in our area.

4. The main problem now is the fear that in the situation in our area worsens, students may not be able to go home because they cannot pass through Metro Manila. On this issue, we have to wait for the guidelines from the Department of Transportation. Hopefully we can get sone clarity today.

It is in the best interest of the University and the students’ families that they return home because the chances of a successful quarantine are greater. However, in the next few hours, the following guidelines will be implemented for students who want to go home.

1. Students who will be picked up by their parents can immediately go home. If parents come in their cars, students can be picked up near the dorms. If the parents come and bring them home through public transport, students can still leave the campus because they are with their parents who can make decisions on the safety of the trip home.

2. If the students want to go home on their own, the residence deans will have to verify the route, considering whether the way home is safe from possible contamination and whether the student is taking necessary precautions. It may take time before the student in this situation to be given a pass to leave the campus.

3. Upon return to the campus, all returning students will have to be screened and required to submit a travel record. And those returning from places where there are positive COVID-19 cases will have to be quarantined for 14 days. For now we do not even have the facility to quarantine in the campus returning students from contaminated areas.

If the parents or guardians decide that their child remains on campus, the University wants to give the assurance that the campus preventive measures already in effect will be maintained and that additional strategies are being taken.

Additional guidelines and developments will be released later today. Let us continue to pray that the Lord will protect our children, the University, and our communities from the spread of the virus.