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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.

AUP’s Medical School Pioneer Batch Passes Physicians Licensure Exam — Dr. Dejolde in Top 6

AUP’s Medical School Pioneer Batch Passes Physicians Licensure Exam — Dr. Dejolde in Top 6

Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP), and other Adventists around the world rejoice in the Lord as the College of Medicine (COM) Pioneer batch, 2019- “Prima Lux” finished the March 2021 Physician’s Licensure Examination (PLE) with a 93.75% passing rate. Dr. Vanda Charisse Costillas Dejolde highlighted the victory by placing top six. For a new medical school, this remarkable milestone will remain an inspiring history for all time.

Dr. Dejolde of Butuan, Agusan Del Norte took her BS Biology at Father Saturnino Urios University in 2015 after finishing at Grace Christian High School in 2010. She took her Post Graduate Medical Internship at Batangas Medical Center. Her parents are Demosthenes and Emalinda Dejolde.

Following are the new PLE passers, AUP’s “Five -Star Plus Missionary Physicians”: Dr. Jon Sergei J. Aclan, Dr. Jessly Rose D. Acoba, Dr. Joy L. Belarmino, Dr. Alexzan D. Bernardino, Dr. Janina Bianca G. Cabili, Dr. Lexan Erdin L. Cordial, Dr. Paul Rothwel C. De Jesus, Dr. Vanda Charisse C. Dejolde, Dr. Weamirson R. Estrada, Dr. April Rae O. Garces, Dr. Eimarlouyd P. Mansaguiton, Dr. Aedrian C. Rodriguez, Dr. Andy Graham M. Rosas, Dr. Nim Franzio A. Salazar, and Dr. Julienne Rowelie A. Sanchez.  In a private program among the group with some family members, right after the results were released, the new doctors expressed nothing but praises, credit, and glory to God the source of all their knowledge. Dr. Doris Mendoza is founding dean of the AUP COM.

CHED Approves Limited Face-to-Face Classes

CHED Approves Limited Face-to-Face Classes

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) inspection team headed by Dr. Biglete, CHEd Region IV Director, confirmed AUP’s readiness for limited Face-to-Face.

(F-2-F) classes after the visit on March 11. Limited F-2-F courses will open for the fourth year Nursing, Medical Technology, and Medicine programs. Other programs would follow once CHEd issues the guidelines. Commendations go to the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), composed of Natividad Estapon, Engr.Jessrel Lagariza, Oemer Daquila, Ronald Pesigan, Jennifer Catolico, Gladys Cadao, Dr. Jun Sta. Lucia, Alloysius Brown who represents the students; Amelina Fabroa, who serves as secretary; and Dr. Franciso Gayoba, who chairs the CMC. The administration would like to thank the following point persons of the three programs: Dr. Susy Jael, MC Mendoza, Ann Dorado, and Dr. Elmer Valenzona for their active involvement; as well as the diligent personnel in the service departments, namely Maintenance, Purchasing, and Health Service, Cafeteria, Library, Store, Student Residences, Administrative, Registrar and Admission, Finance, and Advancement offices.

 

Health and Safety Protocols Continue

Ms. Natividad Estapon, AUP’s Health and Safety Officer, supervises the implementation of the new campus health and safety protocols. In accordance, the administration reminds everyone to cooperate with the PSD, especially at the Main Gate, with the Health Service, and in the weekly renewal of Passes. The CHEd Director recommends a “deeper level of inspection since AUP is a boarding school, so the resident students must be protected,” she said.

COVID Update

COVID Update

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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.

Farewell Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez Salamante

Farewell Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez Salamante

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez Salamante. He served the denomination with a remarkable career spanning four decades, one year and 10 months of fruitful service and has been a valued member of PUC/AUP family.
Dr. Salamante was a dynamic leader of the PUC Alumni Association from 1986-1989, being the President who led the fundraising campaign and the construction of the Dr. Alfonso Roda Alumni Center.
He served the university in various capacities and has been regarded by his students as one of the best teachers of anatomy and physiology. He also served as the Dean of the College of Health from 1986 until he retired in 2006.
We send our condolences to the Salamante family, truly our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God’s promise in John 11:25 gives us comfort.
“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”
We now then celebrate his life for through him, many lives have come to know Jesus.
See you at the blessed resurrection morning!
Academic Emphasis Day 2020 Video

Academic Emphasis Day 2020 Video

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.

You can also watch the video on this link:

https://www.facebook.com/AUPShineOn/videos/254493048882710/