UP Sustainability Report 2020-2021

This is a digital copy of the University of the Philippines Sustainability Report for Academic Year 2020-2021, produced by the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs, in cooperation with the different constituent universities and units of the UP System.

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University of the Philippines

Sustainability Report AY 2020-2021

Table of Contents


Message from the President

About the University of the Philippines

UP at a glance

UP Quality Policy

Green UP: A UP System Action Plan for Environmental Sustainability

Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

O UP’s pandemic response initiatives

O Expanding the PGH to serve more Filipinos

O UPLB UHS is an HIV testing center

O UP programs for mental and psychosocial well-being

O A Smoke-free University

Sustainable Development Goal 4:Quality Education

O UP Champions Vocational and Continuing Education

O Amid the Pandemic, UP’s Educational Outreach Efforts Prosper

O UP Policies Promoting Lifelong Learning

O UP Promotes Lifelong Learning for All

O Webinars and Online Events Boost UP’s Public Service Initiatives

Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality

O UP offers safety for all LGBTQIA+

O First Sexual Health Clinic in the Philippines Launched

O UP Anti-Sexual Harassment Code

O Women in underrepresented subjects

O Caring, from cradle to cane

O UP enhances hospitalization benefits for employees

O Maternity and Paternity Policies

Sustainable Development Goal 11:Sustainable Cities and Communities

O Keeping it Green

O UP’s Cultural Heritage Stewardship

O UP’s Natural Heritage Stewardship

Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action

O Climate Action

O UP launches Resilience Institute

O Enabling communities

O Resource materials for DRRM

O Climate knowledge for the world

Sustainable Development Goal 17:Partnership fo Goals

O UP Baguio shares research andtraining expertise to aid

Benguet’spandemic recovery plans

O The promise of better care for patients with rare diseases

O Pursuing research that transforms lives

O Optimizing health information key to universal health coverage

O Online conferences give a global platform for SDG discourse










































Message from the President


When world leaders ratified the

United Nations (UN) Millennium

Declaration in 2000, six fundamental

values were identified as essential to

international relations (i.e., freedom,

equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for

nature, and shared responsibility) and

eight Millennium Development Goals

(MDGs) were set for realizing these

values worldwide by 2015.

Building upon the eight MDGs, the

UN General Assembly adopted 2015

the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable

Development, which set an even more

ambitious 17 Sustainable Development

Goals (SDGs) for countries to achieve

over the next 15 years. The 2030

Agenda is based on the principle of

“leaving no one behind” and takes a

holistic approach by addressing the

social, economic, and environmental

dimensions of sustainable development

and aspects such as peace, justice, and

effective institutions.

From 2000 to 2015, the role of

universities had been, by and large, that

of an observer. University researchers,

including those in UP, extensively studied

the MDGs concerning international

development, producing data and

analysis that helped track the country’s

progress in achieving the MDGs and

measured the impact of various sectors

on the MDGs experience.

But under the UN 2030 Agenda, the higher education sector

became a core partner in fulfilling the UN SDGs. The UN also

called on universities to play a key role in fulfilling the 2030

Agenda in three major ways: to expand human capital with

an SDG perspective; to research to help better understand

the costs and implications of implementing the SDGs, and

to implement the 2030 agenda by becoming actors in multistakeholder


This shift in the role of universities is reflected in the world

university league tables and rankings. In 2019, the Time Higher

Education launched its University Impact Rankings, which

measured their “success in delivering the UN’s Sustainable

Development Goals”. And in October 2022, Quacquarelli

Symonds published their QS World University Rankings:

Sustainable Development Goals, with a methodology aimed

“to give a sense of the relative productivity of research into

SDGs at institutions.”

The University of the Philippines welcomes this new global

recognition of the role of universities as drivers of sustainable

development and the challenges involved in fulfilling this role.

For UP, the challenge lies not so much in contributing toward

meeting targets under the SDGs. For over a hundred years,

UP has produced the country’s top leaders and policymakers,

scientists and innovators, social scientists, industry and

community leaders, academics, and media and cultural icons—

all of whom have contributed toward developing the country’s

economy, agriculture and industry sectors, public governance,

education, and cultural systems, and international relations.

Our research has long since been directed toward analyzing

and generating solutions to public issues, from preserving

and promoting indigenous studies as a knowledge resource

for sustainability in UP Baguio to health and medical science



in UP Manila to sustainable agriculture and environmental

management in UPLB and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

in UP Visayas, to sustainable industries and communities, clean

water, affordable energy, gender equality, accessible quality

education, disaster response and climate change resilience,

stronger institutions, and many more in UP Diliman, UP Cebu,

UP Mindanao, and the UP Open University. The same can be

said about our project collaborations with national and local

governments and other sectors, even our student organizations

have long since been active in advocating for social justice and


We do this following UP’s mandate to perform its unique and

distinctive leadership in higher education and development and

to harness the expertise of our academic community to support

the quest for national development. We do this because we

are Iskolar ng Bayan (the Scholars of the Nation), committed to

serving the Filipino nation and humanity—just as we have done

long before the signing of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Indeed, the challenge for us at UP lies in documenting and

classifying all of what we do. We are creating a database to

collect and collate all the academic programs, research, and

public service initiatives of each UP constituent University

that align with the SDGs. This task is massive, given the many

contributions of each UP CU across the System.

Hence, I believe this report is a step in the right direction.

Not only because our students, faculty, researchers, staff, and

academic units deserve to have their efforts recognized and

appreciated. Just as importantly, we in UP must continually seek

to improve, and as management theorist Peter Drucker once

said: “What gets measured gets improved.”

Mabuhay ang UP! Long live the University of the Philippines!

Danilo L. Concepcion

UP President


About the University of the Philippines




The University of the Philippines

(UP) is the country’s national

university. Established on June 18, 1908

as a campus in downtown Manila by

the American colonial government to

provide studies in medicine, law, and

engineering, its first president, Murray

Simon Bartlett, envisioned it to be a

University for Filipinos.

Over its 114-year history, UP has grown

into a system composed of eight

constituent universities and 17 campuses

throughout the Philippines. It offers 563

undergraduate and graduate programs,

of which 234 are in the sciences and

engineering, 32 in agriculture and

fisheries, and 96 in the social sciences.

It also offers 91 programs in the arts and

letters, 80 programs in management,

and 28 programs in education.

In 2020, the Philippine Commission

on Higher Education (CHED) declared

41 academic units of the University as

Centers of Excellence (COE), while

five units were declared as Centers of

Development (COD).

Mandated by Republic Act 8500

to provide distinctive leadership in

education, research, and public service,

UP continues to pursue groundbreaking

research in medicine, engineering,

agriculture, fisheries, and disaster risk

reduction and management. It also

inspires its artists to pursue works that

elevate human consciousness.

UP Diliman

UP Diliman in Quezon City hosts most

of the programs of the University. Its

sprawling campus, which features a

lagoon and an open field, has fueled

the creativity of faculty and students in

its creative programs.

Its National Science Complex hosts

several units and institutes that have

produced unique and innovative

research and studies that contribute to

the advancement of several scientific

and technological fields. Among these

is the UP Philippine Genome Center

(UP PGC). Instrumental in detecting

COVID-19 in the Philippines, the UP

PGC was also involved in developing a

local COVID-19 testing kit.

Aside from the creative and scientific units

of the University, UP Diliman also houses

the Resilience Institute (UPRI) and its

disaster risk reduction and management

program, UP NOAH (Nationwide

Operational Assessment of Hazards).

Partnering with communities, UPRI has

conducted training that prepares these

areas for possible disasters.

Beyond the sciences and the arts, UP

Diliman is also home to the UP Center

for Women’s and Gender Studies (UP

CWGS), a pioneering research and

advocacy institution in the country to

advance women’s and LGBTQIA+ rights

and empowerment.


About the University of the Philippines


UP Los Baños

Further south in the province of Laguna

is UP Los Baños (UPLB). A recognized

leader in agriculture, forestry, and

environmental management studies,

UPLB is situated at the foot of Mt.

Makiling. It hosts the National Institute

of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

(UPLB BIOTECH), which has continuously

pursued agricultural, environmental and

health biotechnology research, resulting

in alternative technologies and products

proven useful to farmers.

UPLB’s experts also actively pursue

biodiversity studies, resulting in

discoveries of then unknown species,

several specimens of which are housed

in the UPLB Museum of Natural History


UP Manila

In the country’s capital is the nation’s

leader in health sciences studies, UP

Manila. Home to the National Institutes

of Health (UP NIH), its experts tirelessly

conduct research that has resulted in

innovations in public health, emergency

response, and medicine.

Hosting the UP Philippine General

Hospital (UP PGH), the Philippines’

largest tertiary government hospital,

the campus provides medical care to

Filipinos from all walks of life. At the

height of the COVID-19 pandemic, UP

PGH served as a COVID-19 referral

center, exerting its utmost to save lives.

UP Manila is also home to the

College of Nursing, the World Health

Organization’s Regional Collaborating

Center in Nursing Development. At

the same time, its College of Public

Health is the Southeast Asian Ministers

of Education Organization (SEAMEO)

Regional Network in Tropical Medicine

and Public Health Regional Center for

Public Health.

UP Visayas

Spread across three campuses in islands

across central Philippines is UP Visayas.

An acknowledged authority in fisheries,

aquaculture, and marine science

education and research, it is home to

several units which conduct studies

important to the archipelagic nature of

the Philippines and its fisheries industry.

These are the: Brackishwater Aquaculture

Center, Freshwater Aquaculture Station,

Batan Mariculture Station, and Marine

Biological Station.

Aside from marine research, UP Visayas

is also active in efforts to preserve and

enrich the Visayan cultural heritage.

Recently, UP Visayas inaugurated the

UP Philippine Genome Center-Visayas,

allowing for the training of locals in the

collection of specimens of COVID-19,

as well as the conduct of testing in the


UP Open University

Situated near UPLB in Los Baños,

Laguna, is UP Open University, the

country’s pioneering virtual university.

UPOU provides quality distance

education to students both in the

Philippines and abroad who cannot

attend the conventional in-person

classroom setting due to personal and/

or professional reasons. At the height of

the COVID-19 pandemic, the UP Open

University shared much of its experience

in conducting virtual classes with other

UP units and educational institutions.

The UP Open University has ten learning

centers nationwide, as well as a virtual

learning center, to address the concerns

of its students both in the Philippines

and abroad.

UP Mindanao

Manifesting the University’s presence

in the country’s second largest island,

UP Mindanao was established by law to

provide equitable access to quality UP

education. The campus offers programs

in the humanities and sciences. It is also

notable for its architecture, food science,

the humanities and social, natural, and

computing sciences programs. With

new sports science, medicine, and

engineering programs, it is envisioned

to accommodate more locals who will

become regional leaders.

Recently, UP Mindanao has also become

the home of the UP Philippine Genome

Center-Mindanao, contributing to the

fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in

Southern Philippines.



UP Baguio

Nestled in the Cordillera Region north

of Manila, UP Baguio is a leading

institution in science, mathematics,

social sciences, and the humanities.

Through its Cordillera Studies Center,

the constituent unit pursues studies of the

region’s indigenous communities and

those in the farther north of Luzon and

Cagayan Valley. These studies, hosted

in the campus’s Museo Kordilyera,

contribute to the preservation and

appreciation of the cultural traditions

and heritage of the indigenous peoples

of Northern Philippines.

UP Cebu

Formerly one of the UP Visayas

campuses, UP Cebu is the youngest

constituent university of the UP System,

having been elevated to that status in

2016. It was created on May 3, 1918,

just ten years after the founding of UP

in 1908. UP Cebu’s two campuses are

located in progressively urban areas.

Located in a region that is aggressively

asserting itself as an area for direct and

foreign investments, UP Cebu geared

its academic programs to prepare its

students for the professions in the area.

These include courses in communication

and design, computer science, statistics,

education, and management. Many UP

Cebu graduates become key figures in

creative professions and industries in the

region and across the nation.


UP at a Glance





3,957 (64%) Full-time Faculty

2,276 (36%)Part-time Faculty




31,642 (58%) Female

22,720 (42%) Male


Administrative Staff


4,580 (52%) Female 4,187

(48%) Male



Extension and

Professional Staff


1,002 (68%) Female 467

(32%) Male





8 Constituent Universities

17 Campuses

5 Future Campuses

2,629.9202 hectares Campus Sites

4,980.39 hectares Research Areas


UP Landholdings



2,705.78 hectares Mangrove Areas

9,093.44 hectares Land Grants

6,900.00 hectares Under UP Stewardship

5.93 hectares Other Properties


UP Quality Policy


The University of the Philippines commits to meeting

standards of academic excellence as guided by the UP

Charter and defined within the changing context of national,

regional, and global developments that profoundly impact

universities worldwide.

UP is committed to creating and sustaining a quality culture in

all its programs and constituent units supported by a quality

management system of global standards to fulfill its vision,

mission, and mandate.

With this system, UP shall:

O Produce graduates who will lead in the

advancement of knowledge, contribute to national

development, and thrive in a changing global


O Undertake research and creative work to

contribute to the pursuit, creation, and translation

of knowledge into innovative solutions to national

and global problems and challenges;





Spearhead public service work that brings about

meaningful change in the community and the


Create an environment that supports the holistic

development of its students, faculty, research

and extension personnel, professional staff,

administrative staff, and other stakeholders;

Deliver stakeholder-driven support services and

adhere to the applicable statutory and regulatory


Align our policies on research and innovation,

activities in teaching and learning, and outreach

engagements with the United Nations Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs).

As a guide to the continuous improvement of the University’s

performance in carrying out its mandate, the UP Quality Policy

shall be communicated to all stakeholders.




Green UP

A UP System Action Plan

for Environmental Sustainability


The University of the Philippines’

eight (8) constituent universities

(CU) span 17 geographically disparate

and ecologically unique campuses.

These campuses are socio-ecological

systems in which education, research,

and service are enabled by the

environments in which human activities

take place. These campuses are also

situated within the broader socioecological

system battered today by

climate change, environmental pollution,

and the vast range of human impacts on

the environment.

As the premiere national university,

the University must lead in building,

nurturing, and embodying sustainability

practices that enhance and revitalize

the environment, reduce environmental

impact, and promote eco-education and

sustainable development. It must gear

efforts toward developing sustainable

habits for optimized environmental

utilization in its students, faculty, staff,

and community.

The University wholly commits to

environmental sustainability as guided by

principles of human rights, democratic

participation, non-discrimination,

gender equity, social justice, and

ecological balance.



These shall be upheld in the following areas for/of action.

1. Green Spaces and Biodiversity. The University

shall protect and promote green spaces and campus

biodiversity. It shall adopt low-impact development

and management plans, with the goal of improving or

incurring no net biodiversity loss. This involves developing

an environmental management protocol that monitors the

health of the campus environment, promotes green spaces

and biodiversity, documents and studies campus flora and

fauna, and exercises proper campus animal management.

2. Built Environment. Sustainable design should be

incorporated into the University’s built environments to

reduce its carbon footprint. Green technologies must be

used whenever possible, and eco-friendly materials and

methods integrated in construction and development


3. Utilities Management. The University shall regularly

monitor the environmental impact of its energy usage

and set reasonable targets to reduce energy and water

consumption. In utilities management, it shall promote

energy and water conservation, periodically monitor

consumption, and shift to sustainable technologies and

materials in utilities upgrading or augmentation.

4. Transportation and Mobility. The University shall ensure

the availability of a reliable network of transportation and

road infrastructure, whose construction and maintenance

are integrated with natural ecosystems. To maintain good

air quality and well-protected ecosystems, these efforts

include promoting non-motorized transport and enhancing

pedestrian movement; ensuring compliance of public-use

vehicles to emission standards; and adoption of the use of

environment-friendly vehicles.

5. Waste Management. The University’s waste management

program shall adopt the UN Environmental Programme’s

waste management hierarchy: prevention, reduction,

recycling, recovery and disposal, in decreasing order of

importance. It shall enable individuals to embrace and

realistically adopt a low- to zero-waste lifestyle by providing

scientific information and support services for correct

waste disposal practices.

Contingent to this, the University shall proactively reduce

use of plastics and shall develop policy guidelines

to transition into plastic-free campuses, feasibly and

equitably. The transition must be guided by a democratic

and participatory process that addresses the economic

and sociocultural dimensions of rampant plastics use.

6. Research. The University shall proactively encourage and

support research and development relating to environmental

sustainability and its multiple facets, whether ecological,

social, cultural, behavioral, economic, moral, or political.

It shall enable cross- and interdisciplinary approaches

to address environmental concerns in the campus and

the nation, and shall strengthen support, financial or

otherwise, for sustainability research, programs, projects,

and initiatives.

7. Education. The University shall integrate principles of

environmental sustainability in teaching and learning

through its General Education program and different

academic curricula. Such would facilitate cultural and

behavioral changes toward sustainable living in students

and faculty.

8. Extension Services. The University shall encourage

extension services and programs that promote and

mainstream environmental sustainability principles to

stakeholders and communities outside of the University.

9. Personnel Management. The University shall establish

and activate appropriate offices or standing committees

toward concrete, strategic sustainability goals. This

includes building capacity of staff and personnel through

relevant trainings and certificate programs,

10. Mainstreaming. The University shall adopt the month

of April as UP’s Environmental Sustainability Month and

facilitate inter-CU and inter-university collaborations toward

the goals articulated in this Manifesto. This month shall turn

the community’s attention to environmental sustainability

projects and campaigns and engage students, faculty and

staff in environmental sustainability initiatives.

“Green UP” is articulated here as both imperative and vision.

Through the unified efforts of all constituent units, UP shall

become a model of human rights-based, participatory, and

inclusive environmental sustainability.


Sustainable Development Goal 3

Good Health and Well-being


UP’s pandemic response initiatives

The University of the Philippines’ vital contributions to the

country’s overall COVID-19 pandemic response since 2020

is shaping the “new normal.” Its partnerships with local

government units, national government agencies, and global

institutions to address the challenges during the pandemic are

most notable in the swift and efficient mobilization of systemwide

and constituent university-wide pandemic response teams

and initiatives.

The UP Manila (UPM), the University’s Health Sciences Center

and home of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and the

National Institutes of Health (NIH), is showing the way forward

with its health personnel, scientists and leaders serving as

frontliners, educators, and policymakers.

Designated in March 2020 by the Department of Health (DOH)

as one of the government’s three COVID-19 referral centers

in the National Capital Region, UP-PGH also launched its

24/7 teleconsultation and referral service called “Bayanihan

Na! COVID-19 Operations Center.” With the help of the

private sector, UP-PGH converted six sections of the hospital

into COVID-19 wards and hotels nearby provided food and

comfortable accommodation for the overburdened health


Since March 2020, the NIH, with the DOH and the Research

Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), has been training

frontliners in laboratories across the nation on biosafety and

molecular biology techniques in RT-PCR testing.

Collaborative efforts by the various UP constituent universities

to produce additional personal protective equipment (PPE)

and alcohol-based sanitizers for the COVID-19 frontliners were

also notable, such as those done by colleges in UP Diliman, UP

Visayas, UP Tacloban, UP Cebu, and UP Baguio.

Philippine Genome Center (PGC) initiatives for

training, research and testing

The Philippine Genome Center (PGC), a genomics-focused

multidisciplinary research unit of the University of the Philippines

(System) and based in UP Diliman, together with the UPM-NIH

and Manila HealthTek, Inc., and funded by the Department of

Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research

and Development (DOST-PCHRD), produced the country’s own

COVID-19 testing kit. The PGC’s DNA Sequencing Laboratory

made it possible for UP experts to use the genome sequence

of COVID-19 in developing the kit, which was approved by the

Food and Drug Administration. The PGC clinical laboratory

processed up to 600 to 800 samples and ran on a 24-hour

operation for COVID-19 bio-surveillance and research, elective

swabbing services, and community mass screening. The PGC

has been at the forefront of the country’s efforts in genomics

research and testing since its creation in 2009.



Vaccination hubs

The UP vaccination centers or

“Bakunahan” in UP Diliman (UPD) and

UP Los Banos (UPLB) were high-impact

initiatives that mobilized regular and

volunteer staff, health professionals,

and community members to inoculate

thousands of Filipinos against COVID-19.

In partnership with the Quezon City local

government, the UPD hub administered

a total of 37,072 COVID-19 vaccine

doses, including the booster shots,

from its opening in April 2021 until

December 2021. Meanwhile at UPLB,

which received a commendation from

the Commission on Higher Education

(CHED) for its COVID-19 vaccination

program, a total of 47,945 vaccine

doses were administered to the residents

of Los Baños and nearby communities.

Before the end of 2021, Los Baños was

able to inoculate 100 percent of its target


Fit for the future

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted

the need for health care professionals

and leaders to develop the tools to face

the challenges of a health scenario like

the one the scarred the global community

the past couple of years.

UPM’s College of Nursing, in partnership

with the Peking Union Medical College-

School of Nursing, has offered an online

course through a series of webinars

to develop global nursing leaders in

the WHO Western Pacific Region. A

six-week online course on “fit for the

future” trains global nursing leaders

to face the challenges and changing

health landscape due to the COVID-19

pandemic, and achieve Universal

Health Coverage and the Sustainable

Development Goals.

WHO Solidarity Trials

When the World Health Organization

(WHO) launched the Solidarity Trial

Vaccine, the UP-PGH was one of the

600 hospitals in 52 countries which

participated in the large-scale global

undertaking. Aimed at generating data

on the efficacy and safety of candidate

vaccines against emerging variants

and determine the effective COVID-19

vaccines and doses suitable for the Filipino

population, the Philippines’ Department

of Science and Technology (DOST),

DOH and the UPM officially launched the

WHO Solidarity Trial Vaccine (STV) in

December 2021.


Sustainable Development Goal 3

Good Health and Well-being


Expanding the PGH to serve more Filipinos

With its ever expanding role in the country’s heath care system,

the UP-PGH will soon be expanding at its present site in Manila

and in the Diliman campus in Quezon City. In March 2022,

proposals for UP’s two major Public-Private Partnership (PPP)

projects, the UP-PGH Cancer Center and the UP-PGH Diliman,

were endorsed to the highest decision-making body in the

Executive Branch. This is a step closer to providing ordinary

Filipinos greater access to world-class and affordable tertiary

hospital care and comprehensive cancer care.

The proposed UP-PGH Cancer Center will be a 200- to 300-bed

dedicated cancer center within the University’s Manila campus

in Ermita. With at least half of all beds exclusively serving

underprivileged Filipinos, the center will offer advanced,

integrated, and affordable oncology care services to those

who cannot otherwise access the kind of treatments available

in private hospitals. The proposed UP PGH Diliman, to be built

on a 4.2-hectare area in the UP Diliman campus in Quezon

City, will be a 700-bed public tertiary hospital accessible to the

poor. It aims to complement and enhance the network of health

facilities and specialized hospitals in the Quezon City area.

Projects such as these are vital to addressing the people’s

health needs and potential diseases that may appear in a

future pandemic, disaster, or crisis. These also serve as a

partnership model for state universities and colleges and other

government agencies to conceptualize and implement their

health infrastructure and services, all to ensure healthy lives

and promote the well-being of all Filipinos from all walks of life.



UPLB UHS is an HIV testing center

The UP Los Baños (UPLB) University Health Service (UHS)

has been providing sexual and reproductive healthcare for

the public as a Department of Health-accredited HIV testing

clinic since 2019. With the UPLB located in the region with

the second highest number of recorded HIV cases in the

country according to the country’s HIV/AIDS registry, this clinic

is UPLB’s response to provide timely healthcare services. The

clinic offers free and confidential HIV tests and counseling

for UPLB constituents and neighboring communities. Free

male condoms and lubricants are also available. In addition to

counseling, the clinic refers HIV-positive individuals to the San

Lazaro Hospital, the specialty tertiary hospital of DOH for HIV/

AIDS and other infectious diseases.

UP programs for mental

and psychosocial well-being

The existing programs that supported the cognitive and

psychosocial well-being of UP constituents on every campus

have been fine-tuned, and new ones created, to address the

challenges that emerged due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The uncertainties since 2020 and sudden changes required

to adapt to the “new normal” heightened the mental and

emotional fatigue experienced by the University’s students,

faculty, and staff. Here are some of the notable efforts done

by concerned offices in the UP System, UP Open University

(UPOU), and UPD.


Sustainable Development Goal 3

Good Health and Well-being


Faculty from UPOU shared tips on

maintaining psychosocial health. They

posted contact information for its

students who wish to reach the helpdesk

of the Office of Student Affairs or seek

help from professionals and counselors.

Free and confidential psychosocial

support and psychological first aid were

given. Similar efforts were also done by

UP’s campuses to assist their students.

The system-wide UP Ugnayan ng

Pahinungòd launched the Committee

on Psychosocial Emergency Services, or

UP CoPES, to provide members of the

University and its partner communities

with adequate psychosocial health

and services during periods of crisis.

The “strengths-based” and “resiliencebased”

approach of the program

and its counterparts aim to equip

students, faculty, staff members, and

alumni of UP with the knowledge and

skills to offer psychosocial support to

themselves, their families, their peers,

and communities. The Pahinungòd’s

program complements existing efforts

by UPD’s University Health Service and


UP’s “Sandigan, Sandalan: Training

and Advocacy Programs for Mental

Health” is among the newest services

which offer: the Directory of Mental

Health Service Providers; the Training

on Mental Health Promotion in the

Teaching-Learning Environment; the

Training Program for Peer Mental Health

Advocates; and, the Student Mental

Health Advocacy Program. More than

200 faculty members and staff of student

affairs offices across the UP System have

completed this program.

Webinars were also conducted by the

UPD Office of Counseling and Guidance

(OCG) in partnership with the Office of

the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

(OVCSA) and the Philippine Guidance

and Counseling Association (PGCA).

Their Celebrate Life 2021 was a six-




part webinar series aimed to develop,

promote, and optimize the personal

strengths of students, faculty, staff, and

other stakeholders to face the challenges

of the times. Students, faculty and

employees from UP Diliman, UP Manila,

UP Los Baños, UP Visayas, and UP

Open University, guidance counselors,

psychologists, and psychometricians

participated in the webinars.

A Smoke-free University

The University enforces a “no smoking policy,” including bans

on the sale and advertisement of tobacco products, in all its

campuses and buildings across the archipelago. All Chancellors

are tasked to implement and maintain this policy. The “no

smoking policy” is in accordance with the Executive Order 26

providing for the establishment of smoke-free environments in

public and enclosed laces, the Clean Air Act of 1999, and the

Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.


Sustainable Development Goal 4

Quality Education


UP champions vocational and continuing education

Vocational training forms the backbone

of any inclusive workforce. With

Industry 5.0 ushering in unprecedented

technological changes, Filipino workers

of the 21st century are expected

to update their knowledge and be

technically adaptable through the

disciplined pursuit of lifelong learning.

UP has stepped up its practical offerings’

work-ready courses to strengthen

competencies in various industries, in

line with its mandate to lead in a worldclass

education and public service.

The Continuing Education Program

(CEP) courses of the UPOU are excellent

examples of these non-formal courses

that are free to all interested participants.

The CEPs are a set of 12- to 16-week

distance courses. They focus on building

competencies in areas from special

education (e.g., caring for a child with

special needs, financial management

in nursing practice, research utilization

in nursing administration, impact

assessment and poverty alleviation), to

environment (e.g., organic agriculture,

integrating climate change adaptation

and disaster risk management policies,

responding to climate risks in agriculture

and natural resource management), and

to e-commerce (e.g., introduction to

electronic commerce, new enterprise

planning, personal entrepreneurial

development, simplified accounting for


Similarly, UP Manila, as part of its

leadership role in the health sciences

and allied professions, launched a fourmonth

online Health Policy and Systems

Research (HPSR) course in 2020. The

course aims to strengthen and support

the implementation of the country’s

Universal Health Care (UHC) Act, which

was signed into law in 2019. The 2021

edition of the course saw 74 graduates

from healthcare sites across the country

equipped with new skills in evidencebased

research to lead the successful

rollout of UHC in all corners of the


UPLB, through the Institute of

Cooperatives and Bio-enterprise

Development (ICOPED) of the College

of Management and Economics (CEM),

conducts 1- to 4-day training programs

on the fundamentals of running a

successful cooperative, from credit

management to good governance.

The College also provides free groupbased

specialized training on topics like

enterprise development for the youth

and making business continuity plans on

their website.



Amid the pandemic, UP’s educational outreach efforts prosper

Even as the pandemic restricted

mobility and shut down classrooms,

the University’s spirit of voluntarism was

set afire. Many units within UP saw the

crisis as an opportunity to deliver their

expertise right to people’s doorsteps.

One of the biggest contributors during

the pandemic was the Ugnayan ng

Pahinungód, the University’s official

volunteer program. Ugnayan ng

Pahinungód (Oblation Corps) volunteer

program complements the University’s

academic programs in the sciences, arts,

digital technology, indigenous studies,

agriculture, fisheries, engineering, and


Pahinungód’s four education programs

shifted to the online and remote mode

to continue its mission of assisting

public primary and secondary schools

in delivering quality education, i.e.,

Gurong Pahinungód 4.0 (GP 4.0), the

Affirmative Action Program (AAP), the

Tutorial Services Program (TSP), and the

Teacher Development Program (TDP).

GP 4.0 is guided by the United Nations

Pedagogy 4.0, Education 4.0, and

SDG 4 in helping uplift the quality

of education in public schools in the

country. Two alumni volunteers were

deployed as the first online GP volunteers

to the Department of Education (DepEd)

Schools Division in a western Visayas

province. These volunteers collaborated

with the regional and provincial-level

DepEd supervisors to craft learning

materials and modules for online


The AAP is a college preparatory

program to equip high school students

with skills for tertiary education.

Pahinungód volunteers from UP Baguio,

Los Baños, and Open University served

as course coordinators who used

synchronous and asynchronous learning

modes to deliver bridge programs in

English and Mathematics to well over

3,000 high school students nationwide.

The TSP for basic education enables

UP students to volunteer as tutors

for students from marginalized

backgrounds. Pahinungod shifted its

outreach tutorials to a modular, online

approach to ensure that children in

far-flung barangays (villages) could

keep their math, science, and language

skills sharp while studying at home.

For example, UP Baguio Pahinungód

provided one-on-one remediation in

Filipino and English for second and thirdgraders

and remediation in statistics,

physics, and chemistry for senior high

school students. Meanwhile, UP Cebu

Pahinungód focused on helping grade

10 students with their public speaking

and oral communication skills.


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The TDP involves UP faculty members

providing mentoring services on content

and pedagogy for public school teachers.

UP Cebu and UP Mindanao Pahinungod

conducted a series of webinars on

assessment with action research in

remote/online contexts. Not everybody

had a stable internet connection, so

the workshop was broadcast via a

projector in multiple schools. The

workshop focused on strengthening

teachers’ capacity to do action research,

which UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro

described as very important in the field

of education. Meanwhile, Pahinungód of

UPOU conducted webinars on teaching

reading to struggling, beginner,

and adolescent readers; UP Baguio

volunteers focused on public school

teachers’ mental health and well-being.

In addition to Pahinungod’s education

programs, UPLB Pahinungód launched

the BUYanihan program, which helped

far-flung communities market their

agricultural produce amid restrictions

to tourism and traffic. They did this

by marketing these products online,

increasing the visibility of locally made

food products and handicrafts.

Not to be outdone, other constituent

universities held their own, sometimes

student-led, outreach efforts. At UP

Manila, the College of Dentistry

partnered with the Community Health

and Development Program of the

College and the Mendez Central School,

Cavite, to create educational materials

on oral health. Entitled “Maliwanag na

Ngiti para sa Kinabukasan ng Mendez

CENTRALIAN,” the works detailed how

children can best protect their oral health

despite the shift to virtual learning.

UP policies promoting lifelong learning

While the COVID-19 pandemic upended

education globally, it also catalyzed

the overdue transformation of higher

education. Even before the pandemic,

UP had already planned to shift to a

lifelong learning model featuring a

blended, independent approach to

education. When the lockdowns began,

however, plans on the drawing board

had to be implemented immediately.

The policy shift toward more

independent, student-centered learning

began even earlier with the passage

of Republic Act 10650 or the Distance

Learning Act in 2014. The law seeks to

further democratize access to higher

education by applying open learning. It

even explicitly designated the UPOU as

an adviser of the Commission on Higher

Education (CHED) and the Technical

Education and Skills Development

Authority (TESDA) on distance learning


The pandemic forced the University to

expedite these plans. The initial rallying

cry came with releasing the memorandum

from the Office of the Vice President for

Academic Affairs laying out plans to

cope with the pandemic successfully.

The program included the fully remote

implementation of the academic year

2020-21, utilizing learning management

systems like University Virtual Learning

Environment (UVLê) and Virtual Learning

Environment (VLE), shaping programs

for remote delivery, and extensive

stakeholder meetings.

The memorandum was soon followed

by the Kaagapay sa Pagaaral ng mga

Iskolar ng Bayan (Learning Assistance for

Scholars of the Nation) or #KaagapayUP

project, an unprecedented fundraising

drive to support the more than 5,000

students of UP who could not afford

distance learning. Through the project

and UP’s private sector partners, the



university raised the amount needed to

procure laptop computers and internet

connections for needy students. This

project helped UP students to thrive and

gave them confidence in the University’s

unwavering support in their time of


The push for lifelong learning access

didn’t begin, nor does it end with

COVID-19. Each constituent university

has policies that promote inclusiveness.

UP Baguio’s Program for Indigenous

Cultures (PIC), for example, supports

indigenous culture participation through

curriculum integration, educational

spaces, and capacity building.

UPOU offers lifelong learning for all

Education is essential to global

prosperity and sustainability. Included

explicitly in the definition of SDG 4 is

the call to promote lifelong learning,

the pursuit of additional education and

skills beyond one’s formal or compulsory

education. Though a vital component of

a competitive workforce, the delivery of

lifelong learning in the Philippines hit

serious roadblocks due to the COVID-19


As the country’s national university

promoting advanced studies and

public service, UP takes the lifelong

learning challenge seriously. Heading

these undertakings is the UPOU, the

nation’s open and distance education

pioneer, which offers learning materials

accessible to all Filipinos wishing to

pursue personal and professional


Since 2010, the UPOU has offered

educational content under an open

license that includes free access and

redistribution. These materials are

housed in the UPOU Commons under

the UPOU Networks, a repository of

UPOU-produced multimedia resources.

The UPOU Networks has recently

become a hub for live webinars and

asynchronous learning through this freeto-access



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Quality Education


Furthermore, UPOU has also been

offering Massive Open Online Courses

(MOOCs) through its Massive Open

Distance e-Learning (MODeL) platform.

It began in 2013 with UPOU’s awardwinning

Introduction to Mobile

Application Development course and has

since expanded to cover other topics.

These courses provide open educational

resources that are free to use by anyone

with an internet connection.

Other UP constituent universities have

recently begun offering materials

promoting online lifelong learning. For

instance, UP’s Baguio’s official YouTube

channel has been actively live-streaming

lectures on health and indigenous studies.

The Museo Kordilyera implements the

Museum Management Training (MMT)

series. Interested individuals are trained

in running a successful museum, with

topics like cultural education and

museum case studies.

Webinars and online events boost UP’s public

service initiatives

The delivery of timely and effective

public service was likewise hampered

by mobility challenges brought about

by the pandemic. Nonetheless, UP’s

constituent universities have been at

the forefront of using online solutions

to deliver world-class public service. By

offering free webinars and live events,

these units ensure that UP’s knowledge is

used to uplift the nation and its citizens.

The Gold Quill Awards 2022-winning

series Stop COVID Deaths (SCD):

Clinical Management Updates Webinar

Series is a prime example of this. This

webinar is the Philippines’ first and

only frontline-focused medical webinar

series, which pioneered the discussion,

dissemination, and widespread adoption

of knowledge on COVID-19 treatment

and management in the country. As a

public health education program, the

series is designed to address the medical

information needs of public and private

health workers, planners, managers,

scientists, and frontline workers. The

series is a joint project of the UP System,

TVUP, Philippine Health Insurance

Corporation (PhilHealth), UP Manila

National Institutes of Health (UPM-NIH),

National Telehealth Center (UPM-NTC),

and the UP-PGH with sponsorship from

the private sector. First aired on 24 April

2020, it recently completed its 120th

episode. To date, the total views of the

webinar are over 443,000 from 122

hospitals in 28 countries.

Similarly, UP Cebu’s Teaching and

Learning Resource Center (TLRC) is also

using webinars to help the University’s

teachers promote excellence in the

profession. The TLRC’s YouTube-hosted

Teaching Enhancement series offers

free and easily accessible webinars that

educators can use to improve as mentors

and knowledge seekers. Previous topics

in this series include integrating social

media into teaching and research ethics.

As the country’s pioneer in distance

education, UPOU has also worked

tirelessly to share information through

online learning events. The UPOU site

and UPOU YouTube channel have freeto-access

webinars promoting awareness

of the nation’s key issues, such as the

lauded Open Talk series. Each episode

of Open Talk features experts speaking

on timely topics from entrepreneurship

to remote learning and proposes

practical solutions through informed,

open discussion.




Sustainable Development Goal 5

Gender Equality and Women’s



UP offers safety for all LGBTQIA+

The University of the Philippines takes pride in being a sanctuary

of openness, acceptance, and liberalism for all members of

the LGBTQIA+ community. No matter how they identify or

express themselves, all LGBTQ students and members of the

LGBTQ community are assured a safe, welcoming, and publicly

accessible space at UP.

One way that the University offers protection is by giving due

process to anti-harassment cases such as sexual harassment

and discrimination of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff on UP


These cases, handled by the Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment

(OASH) and the Women and Gender Offices of each UP

constituent unit, can range from non-recognition of one’s

gender identity to “classical” forms of stigmatization based

on sexual orientation or gender identity, exclusion from or

ostracism by a group or organization, ridiculing and namecalling,

bullying, violence, and sexual assault.

Other ways that UP offers to help the LGBTQIA+ community are

through: dialogues during which students share experiences

of discrimination, ostracism, harassment and violence;

conferences and webinars on the health and wellness of

LGBTQIA+ individuals; provision of a good support system,

and specifics of hormone replacement therapy for transitioning

individuals; art exhibits on gender equality and LGBTQ rights;

and LGBTQ events and activities, such as Pride Parades.

Student-initiated activities supporting the LGBTQIA+ community

are spearheaded by the student councils and student

organizations in each UP constituent unit e.g., UP Babaylan,

the oldest recognized LGBTQI student organization in the

Philippines and in Asia; Mentefuwaley in UP Mindanao; Lipad

in UP Visayas; LGBT Psychology Special Interest Group (SIG) of

the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) in UPV

Tacloban College; Bahagsari UPM in UP Manila; Bahaghari UP

Baguio; and UP Pride in UP Cebu.



First Sexual Health Clinic in the Philippines Launched

The UP-PGH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

launched the Division of Sexual Health (DSH), the first of

its kind in the country, on November 29, 2021, to promote

wellness and address pathologic conditions related to sexual

and reproductive health.

Cisgender women, their partners, and sexual minorities, who

are hesitant to go to clinics and hospitals for proper care and

advice due to fear of discrimination and disrespect in the clinic

setting, find DSH a safe, welcoming, and culturally appropriate

clinical environment.

The DSH’s goal is to break the barriers to healthcare by

providing UP-PGH patients from all gender categories the care

they need with compassion and competence.

The unit offers information and counseling on sexual health

education for adolescents, sexual relationship problems

including sexual dysfunction for all age groups, managing the

side effects of gender-affirming treatments, and the impact of

physical disabilities and chronic illnesses on sexual well-being.

DSH also promotes safe and satisfying sexual experiences and

addresses mental health issues related to sexual health and

concerns related to sexual violence and harmful practices such

as female genital mutilation.

DSH’s outstanding and progressive services are provided free

to patients from indigent and underserved communities.


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Gender Equality and Women’s



UP Anti-Sexual Harassment Code

UUP does not condone sexual harassment

of any kind.

According to Section 1 of the UP

Anti-Sexual Harassment Code: “The

University values and upholds the dignity

of every individual, and guarantees

the full respect for human rights of all

members of the UP community. To this

end, the University shall maintain an

enabling, gender-fair, safe and healthy

learning and working environment for

the UP community members.”

The UP Board of Regents approved the

Anti-Sexual Harassment (ASH) Code

for the entire UP System on January 26,

2017, superseding the UP Implementing

Rules and Regulations on the Anti-Sexual

Harassment Act of 1995 (UPIRR) that the

UP BOR approved in 1998.

The Code also states that these policies

and guidelines should be observed and

applied to all UP community members,

including teaching and non-teaching

personnel, students, other UP workers,

and UP organizations.

In short, everyone, regardless of their

position and gender, is protected under

this Code.

Under the ASH Code of 2017, Offices

of Anti-Sexual Harassment (OASH) was

re-instituted under the Office of the

Chancellor in each constituent unit of

the University. Various programs were

then implemented to prevent and resolve

sexual harassment and to protect the

mental and physical well-being of sexual

harassment victims and survivors.

For example, UP Diliman launched the

Protocol for Gender-Based Violence

Prevention and Response (GBV Protocol)

which provides the guiding principles

and standards of practice in handling

any form of GBV that may occur within

and outside the campus, in adherence

to local and international codes and


UP also actively conducts public

information and education campaigns

to promote awareness against sexual

harassment and violence.

The UP Center for Women and Gender

Studies (CWGS), for example, offers

feminist and gender-sensitive peer

counseling/psycho-social assistance

for women and LGBT persons, whether

they are from the UP community or the

general public.

The CWGS seeks to provide a

psychological safe space that fully

recognizes the harm done to those who

have experienced sexual assault and

other forms of gender-based violence.



Women in underrepresented subjects

While everyone felt the devastating

impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,

women were the most affected.

At the opening ceremony of Women’s

Month 2021 at UPM, Chancellor

Carmencita Padilla pointed out that

more women than men faced job losses

because they were over-represented in

jobs hardest hit by the pandemic, such

as services and in hospitality.

With women are at the center of the

COVID-19 response, comprising almost

70 percent of health workers, they are

more prone to experience anxiety,

depression, and psycho-social disorders.

Consequently, UPM’s Women’s Month

2021 celebrated the efforts of Filipinas

in dealing with the pandemic. Several

open-access online activities were

held honoring women, along with free

services like mammography, breast and

cervical screenings at the UP Philippine

General Hospital (PGH) and HIV

screening from the PGH Sagip Unit.

Another event focused on women

in sports, media, and the arts where

women are often misrepresented or


A webinar, Creating Safe Spaces for

Women: The Role of Sports, Media, and

the Arts in Eliminating VAW, focused

attention on the need to create safe

spaces for women by eliminating

violence against women (VAW) and

shaping society’s view of women’s worth.

The webinar that was open to the public

was jointly sponsored by the UPM Office

of the Gender Program, UPM-Center for

Gender and Women’s Studies (CGWS),

Bahagsari-UPM, and GABRIELA-Youth

UPM. Topics included issues and

solutions to gender discrimination in

sports, media and violence against

women, and art as a tool in championing

women’s rights.


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Gender Equality and Women’s



Caring, from cradle to cane

Child care centers are part of the campus

landscape in several UP campuses.

UP Manila has Crèche, its early childhood

care and development center, serving

the young children of the employees and

staff of UP Manila and PGH.

It was founded on the belief “that

quality education is attained through

holistic approach and a clearly defined

integrated core curriculum” so that the

young under its care may “become

healthy, responsible, productive and

ethical members of Philippine society.”

At UP Diliman, there is the Kalinga Day

Care Center (KDCC) under the Center

for Women’s and Gender Studies.

KDCC is a public, non-formal, nonstructured

alternative learning

environment that aims to provide a

comfortable and safe environment for

children aged 1.6 to 5.5 years, to meet

the developmental needs of children in

a gender-fair and peaceful environment,

and to promote positive self-concept in


UPLB, meanwhile, has been freely

addressing concerns of those at the

youngest and oldest ranges of the


At the day care program of Child

Development Laboratory (CDL) called

Playshop, children learn to socialize

through play. Through arts and crafts

activities, outdoor adventures, free

play, field trips, and household chores,

children develop wholesome habits,

engage better with people, and enjoy

the environment.

Meanwhile, the UPLB Elderly

Development Program (UPLB EDP) has

been providing periodic health and

wellness activities and services for senior

citizens of nearby communities. It is also

a venue for volunteerism for students

and staff, and a learning laboratory for

human and family development studies.

EDP aims to become a model program

for improving the quality of life of the

elderly Filipinos and their communities.

Still at UPLB, the public service initiative

of the College of Human Ecology (CHE)

addresses the nutritional issues of

vulnerable groups of society.

The Barangay Integrated Development

Approach for Nutrition Improvement

(BIDANI) provides direct nutrition

intervention to prevent malnutrition

among children aged 0-24 months.

Moreover, through KALINGA mix (i.e.,

a low-cost, flour-like mixture of rice,

mungbean, and sesame seed that is high

in energy, protein, and carbohydrates),

the mothers of these children and the

elderly are likewise taken care of.



UP enhances hospitalization benefits for employees

The University of the Philippines makes sure that it also takes

care of its own, thus its continuing effort to improve the welfare

and wellbeing of all of its personnel, whether academic,

administrative, or contractual.

Early in 2017, the University implemented the Enhanced

Hospitalization Programme (eHOPE) for UP faculty, research,

extension and professional staff (REPS), and administrative staff

after the UP Board of Regents approved it in November 2016.

A highlight of the eHOPE is the P80,000 yearly financial

assistance for hospitalization expenses incurred during

hospital confinement, which improves the existing P200,000

lifetime coverage under the Financial Assistance Program

for Hospitalization Expenses (FAPHE) for UP personnel. A

P10,000 annual financial assistance is also provided to cover

medicines prescribed during confinement and upon discharge

of the UP employee.

eHOPE has been widely appreciated by UP personnel, as the

Chancellors of various UP constituent units have successfully

sealed partnerships with hospitals in their areas for a No

Cash-Out Policy (i.e., no need for initial deposit upon hospital

admission, so long as a UP identification card and letter of

authorization are presented).


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Gender Equality and Women’s



Maternity and Paternity Policies

UP extends all of the mandated special leave benefits for

eligible male and female employees to support their health

and well-being.

Under Republic Act No 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women,

female UP employees are entitled to a special leave of a

maximum of two months a year with full pay when they must

undergo surgery for gynecological disorders.

RA 11210, or the Expanded Maternity Leave Act, extended

paid maternity leave to 105 days, regardless of the mode of

delivery, civil status, legitimacy of the child, and employment


Maternity leaves can be extended by up to 30 days without pay,

while single working mothers get an additional 15 days for a

total of 120 days of paid maternity leave.

As for fathers, they are entitled to a seven-day paternity leave

under RA 8187 or the Paternity Leave Act of 1996; in addition,

seven of the 105 days of maternity leave may be transferred to

the father, thus expanding fathers’ paid paternity leave to 14


Single or solo parents are entitled to a parental leave of seven

days under RA 8972 or the Solo Parent’s Welfare Act of 2000.

Under the law, parents may perform their parental duties and

responsibilities where their physical presence is required. This

parental leave may be used continuously or on a staggered

basis and is granted on top of the three-day special leave and

other mandatory leave benefits for employees.

As a special concern, under RA 9262 or the Anti-Violence

Against Women and Their

Children Act of 2004, victims of VAW are entitled to a maximum

of 10 days’ leave with pay to enable them to attend to medical

or legal affairs on top of other benefits provided under the law.




Sustainable Development Goal 11

Sustainable Cities and Communities


The University of the Philippines, the country’s national

university, is entrusted with numerous heritage and landmark

structures as well as vast, open green spaces that belong

not only to the academic community but also to the greater

Philippine society.

Given this heavy responsibility, the UP system has committed

itself to keeping these spaces and structures safe, resilient,

sustainable, and inclusive or accessible to those who need


These include cultural heritage buildings; places of worships

and health facilities including the Philippine General Hospital

which played a significant role during the COVID-19 pandemic;

natural and cultural museums; and marine and forest reserves

located in its 19 campuses, research areas, and stewardship

properties spread across the country.

Keeping it Green

UP Diliman’s Biodiverse and Sustainable Campus

UP Diliman, the largest of the 19 campuses of the UP System

in terms of size as well as population and academic programs

occupies a total of 493 hectares. “From the very start, the plan

for UP Diliman was to be green, to be a university-in-a-park

setting,” said UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena E.

Pernia. “All developments that followed over the years were

largely in keeping with the original green intent,” she added.

At the center of the vibrant Diliman campus is the Academic

Core, a 20-hectare botanical reserve with two landmarks -

Quezon Hall which houses the administration offices of the UP

System and UP Diliman and Gonzalez Hall that hosts the UP

Main Library.

The Academic Core or Academic Oval also features UP’s

iconic Oblation Plaza, the Amphitheater, the Lagoon, and

the Sunken Garden, a 5-hectare multipurpose sunken grass

expanse where various field games, recreational activities and

outdoor concerts are held.

These spaces not only serve as free-to-use outdoor venues for

social interaction, political and cultural expression, and health

and wellness activities for the public such as meditation and

physical activities, they also provide fresh air and visual relief

that benefit not just the academic community but the general

public as well.

To help preserve and nurture UP Diliman’s landmarks and

open spaces, UP Diliman published its updated Environmental

Sustainability Policy document that outlines its commitment

to the preservation, conservation and revitalization of its

environment, and the reduction of its overall carbon footprint.

The action policy, which is being promoted to its faculty, staff,

and students as well as the larger UP Diliman Community, is

guided by these principles: human rights-based, participatory,

non-discriminatory, gender-fair, social justice, and ecological


The expansive UP Diliman campus is also blessed with a rich

ecosystem consisting of decades-old trees and hundreds of

species of flora and fauna. To preserve and protect this green

oasis, the Biodiversity Management Handbook, a compendium

of UP Diliman’s policies on biodiversity management and

protection in the campus, was published.

In his Foreword, UP President Danilo L. Concepcion explained:

“This Handbook will serve as a reference and guide for

building administrators and the various units in UP Diliman,

offering concrete, practical and specific guidelines for

planning and management, for harmonizing the construction

and infrastructure development on campus with the natural

environment, for the use of space and mobility within the

campus, and for waste management—all based on the ethics

of biodiversity management and the principles of harmony,

respect for all forms of life, and shared responsibility.”

And because UP is also the university of the people, the impact

of adhering to the handbook’s guidelines is felt even by those

outside the immediate UP Diliman community.

“What we are able to accomplish now not only benefits those

on campus, but also the larger community who trusts UP

Diliman to provide that bit of solace under the trees, as they

come to commune with nature or go on that weekly bike ride,

jog, walk to escape the bustle of the city,” said UP Diliman

Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo.




Sustainable Development Goal 11

Sustainable Cities and Communities


Keeping it Green

UP Diliman’s Sustainable Mobility Practices

The University of the Philippines is committed to promoting

sustainable transport and mobility while protecting the

environment and the health of the commuting public.

This commitment is expressed primarily in UP Diliman, the

System’s largest constituent unit with more than 20,000

undergraduate and graduate students - accounting for roughly

40 percent of UP’s total student population - who need to move

within the 493-hectare campus.

One environment-friendly solution came from the students

themselves -- the free bike-sharing on campus proposed and

managed by UP Bike Share, a non-profit advocacy group of

undergraduate students. UP Bike Share now provides free

use of 30 red-and-white painted bikes for some 50 dormitory


To ensure the safety of bike riders, UP Diliman assigned bike

lanes around the Academic Oval with speed limit reminders.

To maintain good air quality within the campus and to reduce

the carbon footprint of employees who regularly or frequently

move from one office to another as part of their work, UP

Diliman purchased electric tricycle and cars and built charging

stations within the campus.

UP’s Cultural Heritage Stewardship

The University of the Philippines preserves and protects

historical campus grounds and national heritage facilities in

its care, as provided under the National Cultural Heritage Act

of 2009. Each of the eight constituent units of the University

house expertly-curated museums and galleries.

The role of museums in producing and shaping knowledge by

providing insight into human history is well-acknowledged in

both the popular and academic spheres. University museums

— particularly the museums and galleries maintained by UP

— are exceptionally important for being public spaces for

experiential and self-directed learning. Without exception,

all the museums of the UP actively develop integrative and

interdisciplinary projects, renovate and rehabilitate collections,

and collaborate with local, national, and global communities.

UP Diliman, for example, is home to both natural and cultural

museums expertly curated by the colleges that manage them.

Among these notable museums are the Costume Museum of

the College of Home Economics where a collection of more

than a thousand pieces of rare and authentic historic Filipino




costume and accessories are on display, the UP College of

Music Museum of Musical Instruments featuring a collection

of ethnic musical instruments from the Philippines and other

countries, and the Filipiniana Research Center’s Bulwagan ng

Dangal (Hall of Honor) which houses UP’s own art collection.

The Diliman campus also houses museums of natural heritage

such as the Jose V. Santos Herbarium, a collection of some

20,000 specimens, mainly vascular plants, including a

collection of grass specimens by Santos, fern specimens by

Presciliano Zamora, and a general collection by Leonardo

Co, plant taxonomist and one of the greatest ethnobiologists

in the country; the UP Biology Invertebrate Museum, which

has a collection of 1,279 Arthropods, 582 Cnidarians, 602

Echinoderms and 2,819 Mollusks; and the UP NIGS-UPGAA

Geology Museum, which has a comprehensive display of types

of minerals, rocks and fossils.

UP Diliman is also proud to host the art collection of Jorge

B. Vargas, displayed at the three-story building that bears his

name. The collection of the country’s first Executive Secretary

under Pres. Manuel L. Quezon includes works by late 19th

century artists such as Lorenzo Guerrero, Simon Flores, Juan

Luna and Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo and those from the 1930s

and 1940s, most notably Fabian de la Rosa and Fernando



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Other notable museums of the UP System are in UP Manila,

the Museum of a History of Ideas which honors the University’s

pivotal role in the emergent nation; in UPLB, Museum of

Natural History (See next subtopic, “UP’s Natural Heritage

Stewardship” ; in UP Visayas, Museum of Natural Sciences

and Museum of Art and Cultural Heritage; in UP Mindanao, the

Mindanao Food Museum; at the UP Open University, the Sinag

Gallery; in UP Baguio, the Museo Kordilyera; and in UP Cebu,

the Jose T. Joya Gallery and Museum of Art and Culture.

The University also avidly supports initiatives that promote and

enrich Filipino culture by encouraging performances such as

those of the UP Symphony Orchestra and providing venues for

cultural expression such as the Ishmael Bernal Gallery, a flexible

space for artists where they can hold multimedia exhibits and

art installations. The indoor space is also perfect for intimate

film screenings and cultural nights.

The UP System also invests in period renovation of its heritage

buildings, structures and art pieces as part of efforts to preserve

them for future generations of Filipinos to enjoy. It embarks

on this delicate work with the guidance and approval of the

National Historical Commission, thus ensuring that green

spaces in campuses, for example, are revitalized to make them

more welcoming to the public and outdoor art installations are

brought back to their former glory.

The University’s renovation initiatives are guided by the following

principles outlined in its 2012 UP System Master Development

Plan: a) lower the ecological footprint of the campus; b)

avoid damages to or the demolition of heritage structures

and their surrounding habitat; and d) create incentives for the

conservation of historic and cultural heritage properties. UP’s

Master Plan also encourages the dissemination of heritage

preservation guidelines and codes to ensure community




UP’s Natural Heritage Stewardship

Like Diliman, UP Los Banos is a conscientious steward of the

country’s natural heritage and reserved green spaces under

its jurisdiction, including the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve


MMFR, an ASEAN Heritage Park located 65 km south of

Metro Manila, features two recreational sites for the public:

the Makiling Botanic Gardens and the Mariang Makiling Trail.

Activities allowed in the reserve include hiking, leisure walk,

jogging, and birdwatching. The popular spots also allow

picnics, photoshoots, film shootings, and other social events.

The forest reserve and heritage park, which spans a total of

4,244 hectares straddling parts of the Los Baños, Bay and

Calamba City in the province of Laguna and Sto. Tomas in the

province of Batangas, is managed by the Makiling Center for

Mountain Ecosystems (MCME), an academic institution under

the College of Forestry and Natural Resources of UPLB.

MCME is committed to generating and strengthening the

scientific knowledge for the conservation and sustainable

development of tropical mountain ecosystems in partnership

with mountain communities. MCME’s mission is to advance

knowledge and promote sustainable development of Mt.

Makiling and other tropical mountain ecosystems through

integrated and participatory research demonstration programs.

UP Los Banos also manages the Museum of Natural History,

a university-wide unit dedicated to exploring, documenting,

and preserving the Philippines’ biological diversity. Its main

role is to safely maintain priceless and irreplaceable natural

history treasures acquired through university-based research

and collaboration.

The Museum, open to researchers, students, and school

children, features an integrated biodiversity exhibit showcasing

UP’s collection of more than 250,000 preserved Philippine

animals, plants, cultures of living microorganisms.

Also on exhibit are the Philippine Eagle and other endemic

birds, the tamaraw, and a number of small mammals such as

forest rodents, terrestrial snails from Mt. Makiling, Philippine

medicinal plants, various hard and soft-bodied fungi and

marine life such as whales and dolphins.


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Climate Action

The University of the Philippines is proactively pursuing Goal 13.

UP launches Resilience Institute

On June 20, 2017, the University of the Philippines launched

the revitalized UP Resilience Institute (UPRI) to provide Filipinos

with innovative information vital to lifesaving climate change

actions and disaster risk reduction efforts.

UPRI is a proactive hub of benchmark innovative information

vital to the nation’s efforts in climate change mitigation

and adaptation. To accomplish its mission is to empower

local communities through multidisciplinary actions toward

resilience, UPRI is comprised of multi-disciplinary fellows

from science, technology, arts and humanities collaborating in

climate action and disaster risk reduction and management.

UPRI has received multiple national and international awards

and recognitions for its initiatives in helping the vulnerable

(see https://resilience.up.edu.ph/awards/)

During times of calamities, UPRI’s experts have been

deployed to all parts of the Philippines to assist in geological

surveys, structural damage assessments, and psychosocial

services among other forms of support. It provides reliable,

understandable, and timely data that are open and free to the

public. These include 127 publications from 2017 to 2021, 48

of which were textbooks published in 2019. It also produces

capacity-building programs that are essential in forming

sustainable development plans that will benefit all Filipinos,

especially the local government units (See next subtopic,

“Enabling communities”).

At UPRI’s core are the Nationwide Operational Assessment of

Hazards (NOAH) Center and the Institute’s other public service

programs: Research and Creative Work, Knowledge Sharing,

Education, and Institution Building. The NOAH project has

helped local government units since 2012 avert more than 15

potentially fatal calamities through NOAH’s probabilistic multiscenario-based

multi-hazard maps, which may be accessed

freely in the UPRI website (https://noah.up.edu.ph/). The

media and the general public have come to depend on its

assessments for guidance in disaster situations.



In terms of policy making, one of UPRI’s high-impact public

service accomplishments was its critical role in formulating a

bill (HB 8165) which justifies the establishment of a Department

of Disaster Resilience.

Enabling communities

UPRI/NOAH, with the Local Climate Change Adaptation for

Development (LCCAD) Inc. and the office Albay Congressman

Jose Ma. Clemente Salceda, collaborated in building the

capacities of local government units, academia, and community

stakeholders to deal with climate vulnerabilities and risks. This

collaboration in 2019 resulted in the development of a onestop

hub, called Climate Vulnerability to Disaster Resilient

Albay (CVDRAL) Hub, to transform the province of Albay

from climate vulnerable to climate-disaster resilient province.

The Hub employed advanced science and technology tools

developed by UPRI/NOAH.

In other parts of the country (i.e., Batangas and Nueva Ecija),

more than 75 local government executives at the village,

provincial, and regional levels together with over 20 civil

society organizations were trained, in the years 2018-2019,

by the UPRI on how to formulate their Local Climate Change

Action Plans (LCCAPs), Climate and Disaster Risk Assessments

(CDRAs), and Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs).

Similarly, various constituent units of UP have been assisting

local government units in developing their climate action plans

and activities.

For one, in 2019, UP Los Baños worked with the local

executives of Aurora province in assessing their climate and

disaster risks towards developing the provincial climate change

action plan (LCCAP). UP Los Baños School of Environmental

Science and Management conducted a six-day online course

in 2020 on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) for various


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local governments, academic institutions, non-government

and private organizations. The course discussed the technical

aspects and administrative procedures of the Philippine

Environmental Impact Statement system.

Meanwhile in 2019, UP Mindanao — working with local

governments surrounding the Davao Gulf — handed over the

vulnerability maps and other research outputs related to the

climate-related hazards of coastal areas of the gulf. Among

the 76 maps provided to the 17 local governments in the

area were Natural Disaster Vulnerability Assessment Maps,

Coastal Resource Vulnerability Assessment Maps, Aquaculture

Vulnerability Assessment Maps, Fishing Livelihood Maps,

Bathymetry (depth) Maps, and Coastal Resource Maps.

Representing the beneficiary local executives, Franco Calida

(mayor of Hagonoy, Davao del Sur) said, “Through these

assessments, we can protect our mangroves, our coral reefs, the

economic situation in fisheries and agriculture or aquaculture,

and the livelihood of our fisherfolks.”

To benefit the provincial governments and residents of the

island of Panay where UP Visayas (UPV) is located, faculty

and researchers of UPV conducted the “Biodiversity, Climate

Change, and Sustainable Development Training” in June 2022.

Free lectures were given on topics such as the status of the

Boracay wetlands, climate change risks to ecosystems and

biodiversity, and sustainable development in a time of climate


Previously in December 2020, UPV also gave public webinars

on “Understanding Flooding in Iloilo,” with resource speakers

coming from the UP Resilience Institute, the UP Marine Science

Institute, and UPV. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas welcomed

the UP initiative in organizing these webinars for the local


Moreover, the UPV Center for West Visayan Studies (CWVS)

has been regularly implementing the Disaster Risk Reduction

Training, Education, and Advocacy for Children’s Protection

and Resilience (TEACH DRR) Project at the school and

municipal levels of two island communities in Panay.



Resource materials for DRRM

The University of the Philippines

Padayon Public Service Office and the

UP Resilience Institute (RI), together

with the College of Social Work and

Community Development (CSWCD),

launched the first Disaster Risk Reduction

and Management (DRRM) handbook

for academic institutions on October

24, 2018. Titled Sakunang Darating,

Saklolo’y Tayo Rin (The Solution to Future

Disasters is in Our Hands), the book was

written and edited by UP’s DRRM experts

from various academic disciplines,

departments, and campuses. The

multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and

evidence-based book presents valuable

information and lessons enhances

communities’ preparedness, resiliency,

and capabilities during an emergency

or disaster.

The book, which draws from both the

social and scientific research on natural

disasters (and their impact on society

and the environment) and the practical

engagement of UP’s DRRM experts in

disaster sites over the years, provide

lessons on disaster preparedness which

can be transmitted not only to academic

communities but also to other publics

across the country.

UP Cebu published in 2021 in the

Philippine Journal of Science a study of

its greenhouse gas emissions--the first

national university in the Philippines

to measure the carbon emissions

of its constituents using the Climate

Change Commission guidelines. It

thus publicized a practice that could

be replicated by other organizations,

enabling them to closely monitor their

environmental impacts and make plans

for their stakeholders to reduce carbon


UPRI also provided technical support

for the writing and publication of 48

K-12 textbooks on Climate Change

Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Authors of the book were specially

trained teachers by the the Local Climate

Change Academy (LCCAD) of the 2nd

District of Albay.


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Climate knowledge for the world

UP has been busy in producing and disseminating knowledge

that significantly address the recognized issues of climate


The UP Manila-National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted its

22nd-anniversary conference with the theme, “Health Amidst

Climate Change, Disasters, and Outbreaks,” on March 2 and

3, 2020. An integral activity in UP Manila’s public service, the

conference sought to enlighten the participants and the general

public about the intersections of climate change and health. It

discussed the present healthcare challenges and opportunities

amidst future climate change scenarios, disasters, and disease

outbreaks and network-building among various and diverse

stakeholders toward future healthcare systems.

“The theme aptly captures the broader societal role of NIH.

The clarion call for us is to go into more impactful research and

for collaboration and networking with more institutions and

sectors on health as affected by climate change, disasters, and

outbreaks,” stated UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla.

The conference tackled increased heat-related morbidities and

mortalities. These morbidities and mortalities include higher

risks of exposure to vector-borne diseases and pathogens,

reduced food availability and quality for daily nutritional

needs, increased chances of physical and mental health

issues associated with demoralized and displaced populations

resulting from climate-induced dislocation, environmental

decline, and conflict situations, greater frequency of infectious

disease epidemics and physical injuries following storminduced

floods, landslides and droughts, and other climate

change related consequences to health.

Understanding and staying abreast of the new strategies for the

early detection of emerging disease risks and outbreaks that

will likely be driven by a changing climate, will help health and

public health professionals be prepared and respond.

Discussions on urban planning and health infrastructure were

held in response to climate scenarios. Workshops were also

conducted on Disaster Preparedness by the Institute of Health

Policies and Developmental Studies (IHPDS).

Meanwhile, at UP Los Baños, the School of Environmental

Science and Management served as an academic partner to

the 6th International Conference on Climate Change 2022

with the theme “Meeting Climate Challenges Amidst the

COVID-19 Pandemic”. The conference, which was open to

environmentalists and professionals in disciplines with interest

in global climate change issues and solutions, discussed

climate change mitigation and effective adaptation, climate

change impacts, education, and social responsibility, and

climate change and carbon management.




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UP Baguio shares research and training expertise to aid Benguet’s

pandemic recovery plans

Committed to its pivotal role as the

National University in the North, the

University of the Philippines Baguio

shared its research on COVID-19 and

training expertise with the landlocked

province of Benguet and its surrounding

municipalities to develop its Covid-19

recovery and resiliency program.

UP Baguio was tapped by J.V. Ongpin

Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI) as the latter

carried out its initiative to ensure that

Covid-19 recovery plans in Benguet

are inclusive and responsive to the

province’s SDG priorities.

The project involved the Benguet

provincial government and the 13

municipal local government units of

Atok, Bakun, Bokod, Bugulas, Itogon,

Kabayan, Kapangan, Kibungan, La

Trinidad, Mankayan, Sablan, Tba, and

Tublay. This initiative was a follow-up

to JVOFI’s prior initiative, “Mobilizing

Investments and Community Participation

in SDGs through GeoMapping in the


Through community workshops with the

LGUs, UP Baguio shared information

on Covid-19 research and provided

technical assistance on GIS mapping of

Covid-19 data.

UP Baguio helped identify the most

affected sectors and their location, and

the corresponding help extended to

the communities through community

workshops, research, and updating of

Benguet’s SDG website.

The project was able to identify gaps

that needed to be addressed to meet the

SDGs, specifically: SDG 1 (No Poverty),

SDG 2 (Zero hunger), SDG 3 (Good

Health and Well-being), SDG 4 (Quality

Education) and SDG 8 (Decent Growth

and Economic Growth).

These gaps include limited benefits/

incentives for frontliners, limited

capacities of parents and guardians to

monitor/assist their children studying

from home, too few livelihood programs

for the displaced employees, inadequate

water and health services, and poor

internet connectivity and communication

infrastructure that hinder them from

effectively responding to the COVID-19


With the information generated by

this project, Benguet became better

equipped to develop a data-driven and

evidence-based pandemic recovery




The promise of better care for patients with rare diseases

As the lead partner of the Department of Health (DOH) in the

implementation of The Rare Diseases Act of the Philippines

(RA10747), the University of the Philippines Manila National

Institutes of Health (NIH) is at the forefront of building a

comprehensive national program for this vulnerable group of

children and adults suffering from rare diseases.

Along with UP Manila’s Institute of Human Genetics (IHG),

NIH forms part of the technical working group composed of

government and medical stakeholders that seek to address the

need for the timely and sustainable medical management of

persons with rare diseases.

The NIH mobilized the technical working group via online

meetings and conferences to draft the 2022-26 Strategic Plan

for the Integrated Rare Disease Management Program (IRDMP),

the first nationally coordinated effort to address rare diseases

and provide optimum health outcomes for Filipinos suffering

from them.

The plan is anchored on five key principles: 1) timely access, 2)

comprehensive, integrative, and sustainable care, 3) evidencebased

and responsive, 4) inclusive communication, and 5)

enhanced collaboration.

It addresses the need to identify, manage and register persons

with rare diseases, including the setting up of an effective

referral system, to provide them with better access to support,

treatment, and information.

Dr. Carmencita Padilla, UP Manila Chancellor and Founding

Chair of the Philippine Society of Orphan Disorders,

underscored the importance of networking with government

and private stakeholders as well as the international community

to achieve the goals for better health care.

“The path towards achieving the overall mission of the Rare

Disease Law is not just a societal commitment. It is a commitment

of the world to make sure that it is inclusive; that all patients

around the world – 300 million patients with rare diseases –

will be able to benefit from this policy.”

With a whole-of-society approach in carrying out its mandate

in RA10747, NIH and IHG consulted with medical societies to

prepare the list of the country’s priority rare diseases, which are

often chronic, progressive, degenerative and life-threatening.

In the Philippines, a condition is considered rare when it

affects one patient in every 20,000 population. With its

technical expertise and multidisciplinary consultations, UP’s


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premier national health research center has initially identified

159 rare diseases and has submitted its list to the DOH. It is

also developing a patient registry for rare diseases to facilitate

the collection of observational data and research.

Pursuing research that transforms


Higher educational institutions have a unique role in

transformational development as they, among others, provide

society with valuable research and they train their student body

to become global citizens.

For the University of the Philippines, international collaboration

with strategic partners is key to maximizing its contribution to

addressing the global challenges outlined in the SDGs.

The University of the Philippines Manila, for example, leverages

its valuable expertise in medical research and collaborated with

Seattle-based global nonprofit organization PATH involving the

human papillomavirus (HPV), a globally pervasive virus that

can cause cervical cancer, the second leading cause of cancer

in the Philippines.

While HPV vaccination has been rolled out in the Philippines

since 2015, budget implications and affordability remain

a significant challenge. As new vaccines enter the market

offering different productive profiles and prices, countries now

have more options on which vaccine is most appropriate for

their communities. Thus, examining the potential health and

economic impact of vaccine alternatives is crucial.

The results of UP Manila and PATH’s analysis of the costeffectiveness

of various vaccine strategies in the Philippines

is determined to have contributed to the strengthening of the

national capacity to develop evidence-based immunization

policy decisions.

Spain’s Medico Sin Fronteras (MSF Spain) likewise collaborated

with the Institute of Child Health of the UP Manila-National

Institutes of Health, to predict disease severity in young children

presenting acute febrile illness in resource-limited settings.

Specifically, the University was commissioned to set up a study

site in two provincial hospitals in Cebu City to monitor about

900 subjects. The collaboration with UP provided MSF Spain

with the local capacity to conduct its research as part of a multicenter

study for scientific publication.

Optimizing health information key

to universal health coverage

Public, private, and community-level health facilities and

institutions collect tons of data via Routine Health Information

Systems (RHIS).

The rich information that can be mined from these systems

is essential in health planning and decision-making,

encompassing various areas, including resource allocation,

management decision-making and strategy development. Yet,

many countries, including the Philippines, fail to maximize the

potential of health information.

To help policymakers in the region make full use of the RHIS

data to achieve Universal Health Coverage in Asia-Pacific, the

World Health Organization collaborated with a team comprised

of the University of Hong Kong, Universitas Gadjah Mada in

Indonesia and UP Manila.

UP Manila was specifically responsible for providing input

into the study design and methodology as well as identifying

stakeholders and interviewing national key informants for the


As the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of realtime

health system information data to provide stakeholders

with relevant data to make informed decisions, the WHO

project intends to lay a foundation that supports future policymaking

and research on the effective use of RHIS data.

As the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of realtime

health system information data to provide stakeholders

with relevant data to make informed decisions, the WHO

project intends to lay a foundation that supports future policymaking

and research on the effective use of RHIS data.


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Online conferences give a global platform for SDG discourse

Training the next generation to have a

sustainability mindset calls for instilling

greater awareness of how global issues

such as poverty, climate change, or food

security are closely interconnected with

daily activities.

The University of the Philippines provides

a dynamic venue for exchanging ideas,

collaboration, and capacity-building

through its cross-sectoral conferences

and seminars, which moved online

during the pandemic.

Organizing events online has allowed

the University to reach a broader base

of local and global audiences, says UP

President, Prof. Danilo L. Concepcion.

UP Baguio, for instance, raised the voice

of the indigenous peoples of Cordillera

via a virtual conference on Cordillera


“Indigenous Peoples are vital partners

in the implementation of the SDGs.

Conferences such as the International

Conference on Cordillera Studies are

valuable platforms for enlightened

discussions, the presentation of data and

research results, and most importantly,

the sharing of experiences, struggles,

and lessons learned,” Concepcion said.

UP Los Baños centered discussions on

food management and agribusiness

disruptions during the Global

Agribusiness Management and

Entrepreneurship Conference held in

November 2021.

The conference was spearheaded

by the Department of Agribusiness

Management and Entrepreneurship

of the College of Economics and

Management, in partnership with

the Southeast Asian Regional Center

for Graduate Study and Research in

Agriculture (SEARCA), International

Food and Agribusiness Management

Association (IFAMA), and CEM Alumni

Foundation, Inc. (CEMAFI).

Representatives from international

agencies, NGOs, and industry and

farmers’ associations exchanged

ideas with academics, researchers,

practitioners, and policymakers to tackle

disruptions affecting the agribusiness and

micro, small, and medium enterprises

sector and possible strategies to attain

growth and sustainability.

In another conference, the University

gathered stakeholders from around

the world to exchange ideas and share

the latest information on disruptive

innovations in food and nutrition.

The Institute of Human Nutrition and

Food, College of Human Ecology,

organized and hosted the 3rd Southeast

Asian Conference on Econutrition in

May 2021. The conference identified

emerging technology innovations that

can profoundly impact food systems,

food security, and nutrition to help

achieve UN SDGs.





UP Sustainability Report 2020-2021



Danilo L. Concepcion


Ma. Cynthia Rose B. Bautista

Vice President For Academic Affairs

Lisa Grace S. Bersales

Vice President For Planning And Finance

Nestor G. Yunque

Vice President For Administration

Elvira A. Zamora

Vice President For Development

Elena E. Pernia

Vice President For Public Affairs

Hector Danny D. Uy

Vice President For Legal Affairs

Roberto M.J. Lara

Secretary of the University

Fidel R. Nemenzo

Chancellor, UP Diliman

Jose V. Camacho, Jr.

Chancellor, UP Los Baños

Carmencita D. Padilla

Chancellor, UP Manila

Clement C. Camposano

Chancellor, UP Visayas

Melinda dP. Bandalaria

Chancellor, UP Open University

Lyre Anni E. Murao

Chancellor, UP Mindanao

Corazon L. Abansi

Chancellor, UP Baguio

System Committee on University


Dr. Aura C. Matias (Chair)

Director, UP Diliman Quality Assurance


Dr. Imee Su Martinez (Secretariat)

Assistant Vice President for Academic

Affairs (International Linkages)

Director, Office of International Linkages

Dr. Rosemary Gutierrez

UP Baguio

Dr. Patricia Anne Nazareno

UP Cebu

Dr. Nina Cadiz

UP Los Baños

Dr. Nymia Simbulan

UP Manila

Dr. Annabelle U. Novero

UP Mindanao

Asst. Prof. Mari Anjeli L. Crisanto

UP Open University

Prof. Steve P. Janagap

UP Visayas

Prof. Jose Wendell P. Capili, PhD

Assoc Prof. Jonalou S. Labor, PhD


Prof. Elena E. Pernia, PhD


Artemio T. Engracia Jr.

Ma. Cristina O. Arceo Dumlao

Thelma E. Arambulo


Teresa P. Congjuico

Frederick Marcel E. Dabu

Mai Andre D. Encarnacion

Francisco V. Gargantiel II

Helen A. Jimenez

Celeste Ann C. Llaneta

Jo Florendo B. Lontoc

Khalil Ismael Michael G. Quilinguing

Layout and Design

Gato B. Borrero

Ma. Daniella Louise F. Borrero

Peter Paul D. Vallejos

Visual Production

Raden Gerald R. Agustin

Abraham Q. Arboleda

Misael A. Bacani

Anna Marie Stephanie C. Esperida

Jonathan M. Madrid

Web Content and Design

Deina Ida S. Blancaflor

Khalil Ismael Michael G. Quilinguing

Gleeselle Ivy Anne M. Rosales

Liaison and Coordination

Dianne Stephanie A. Gavan

Jamie Lyn F. Loristo

Izzabel A. Villegas

Photo Contribution

Ocs Alvarez

Jo Florendo B. Lontoc

“Precursor” by Martin San Diego (UP Photo Awards)

“Hopeful” by Eric Augustus Tingatinga (UP Photo

Awards and Kidapawan disaster response photos)

Philippine Genome Center

UP Baguio

UP Diliman Bulwagan ng Dangal

UP Diliman Kalinga Day Care Center

UP Los Baños

UP Los Baños Ugnayang Pahinungod

UP Los Baños University Health Service

UP Manila

UP Manila Early Childhood Care and Development


UP Manila Health Sciences Center

UP Media and Public Relations Office

UP Open University

UP Philippine General Hospital (IRPD)

UP Visayas

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