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PWU’s Response on COVID 19 Crisis


Call for Donations

Office of the President Memo #084 – SY 2019-2020
March 27, 2020

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to our society has so far been tremendous and far reaching, economically and sociologically. We, the members of the PWU community, are all feeling the effects of this phenomenon emotionally, physically and psychologically, as we are instructed to strictly adhere to home quarantine protocols, while hearing and reading of people getting sick and even dying from this dreaded disease.

As an institution that has been founded on the value of community participation towards nation building, it is incumbent on us to do our part to help in the fight against COVID-19. We are therefore making a call for donations from the members of the University – employees, students, parents, and alumni – to raise funds for the nation’s frontliners (Doctors, nurses, healthcare workers). We have partnered with UP-PGH (through the PGH Medical Foundation, Inc.) to ensure that the amount raised will directly go to the benefit of these individuals.

As employees, we can donate by way of a one-time salary deduction for a minimum amount of One Hundred Pesos (Php 100). HRMO shall be sending each one a Google survey form where you can agree to have your next payroll deducted and even specify the amount you wish to donate. Deadline for signifying your desire to donate is April 3, 2020. The University will match whatever amount will be raised by our employees with an equivalent amount from the University.

The rest of our community may donate directly through bank transfer or credit card payment. Details of which will be posted on our website (www.pwu.edu.ph) and our social media accounts. The University shall be posting a weekly update of the amount raised, and we shall be collecting donations up until April 30, 2020.

We would like to call on each member of the PWU community to open their generous hearts and support our frontliners by contributing to this cause.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez


COVID-19 Update

from the Office of the President – March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Data
Philippines
(as of March 18, 2020 / 4:00PM)
Number World
(as of March 18, 2020)
Number
Confirmed Cases 202 Confirmed Cases 199,491
Deaths 17 Deaths 8,009
Recovered 7 Recovered 82,802
Patient under Investigation (as of 12:00nn) 183 Countries Affected 167
  • COVID 19 is now declared by WHO as pandemic.
  • Code Alert System for COVID 19 was raised to Code Red Sublevel 2 as recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force.
  • In Proclamation 922 series 2020, President Duterte declared public health emergency throughout the Philippines due to COVID 19
  • On March 17, 2020, President Duterte placed the Philippines under state of calamity following his declaration of “enhanced quarantine” in Luzon because of community transmission (droplet infection and through personal contact). This is contained in Proclamation 929 on March 17.
  • In relation to this, work, classes and transportation are suspended. Business establishments are closed. Work are encouraged to be done at home to minimize movement of people in the community.
  • Prevention and Control
    Since there is no available vaccine or treatment to protect one from COVID 19, the government is asking for everyone’s cooperation and support to the DOH call for the following safety precautionary measures in order to prevent further spread of COVID 19:

    1. Stay home.
    2. Only one should go out of their homes to buy food, medicines, and other basic necessities.
    3. Practice social distancing and quarantine.
    4. Practice personal hygiene, frequent and proper hand washing with soap and water or alcohol.
    5. Wear face masks.
    6. Do not touch one’s eyes, nose, and face with unwashed hands.

Office of the President Memo #079 – SY 2019-2020
March 13, 2020

On March 12, 2020, the President announced that the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID-19 has elevated the Code Alert System for COVID-19 to Code Red Sublevel 2. In the same press conference, he also announced among others, the following key points:

  1. The suspension of classes in all levels in Metro Manila has been extended another 30 days until April 12, 2020, with the instruction for students to remain in their homes during said duration;
  2. Mass gatherings, whether planned or spontaneous, shall be prohibited during said period;
  3. Community quarantine is imposed on the entirety of Metro Manila;
  4. Flexible work arrangements shall likewise be encouraged in the private sector;
  5. Land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila shall be suspended effective 48 hours after the issuance of the memo (Resolution 11 dated March 12, 2020);
  6. Entry travel restrictions shall be imposed upon those traveling from countries with localized COVID-19 transmissions, except Filipino citizens including their foreign spouse and children.

These, among others were the key measures to be implemented as a result of the raising of the Alert Level to Code Red Sublevel 2.

In light of these, the University will be implementing the following measures in addition to those already outlined in previous memoranda regarding COVID-19 (OP Memo 077, Mar. 10, 2020):

On Class Schedules and Delivery:

  1. For those who have not yet enrolled, enrollment for 3rd Trimester AY19-20 shall resume on Monday, March 16, 2020. The University Registrar, together with our IT department shall release guidelines on how students can enroll, get their assessment, and pay without having to come to school.
  2. Only irregular students or those who may have special cases, may be required to come to school for enrollment. If so, the Registrar shall also implement guidelines on social distancing for students coming to enroll.
  3. Tertiary Classes for the 3rd Trimester will be pushed back and begin on March 23, Monday, BUT will be purely online via Google Classroom, at least until April 12. The SVPAA, together with your respective Deans and Program Chairs, have instructed all faculty to engage each class via Google Classroom and will be releasing the list of class codes for their respective courses.
  4. For Basic Education (JASMS Manila and QC), your Principals and Faculty are preparing alternative modes of delivery which will allow you to work on your deliverables at home while still achieving the designed learning outcomes. Your respective teachers will be giving out instructions by next week.

On School Events and Activities:

  1. As mandated by Code Red Sublevel 2, all mass gatherings shall be prohibited for the said period (30 days). This means that ALL University events, as well as off-campus activities, shall be cancelled or postponed to a later date. This includes the University Recognition Program and the President’s Convocation scheduled on March 27.

On Work Arrangements for Employees

  1. Beginning Monday, March 16 and for the duration of the community quarantine period, the University shall be implementing flexible work arrangements.
  2. Each unit will have a skeletal force that will come in for extended work hours, but on limited days, in order to practice social distancing and minimize the risk of exposure. As an example, 50% of the headcount of one unit will come to work from 8am to 6pm, M-T-W, and work from home or be reachable via mobile TH-F. The other half of the department will come to work from 8am to 6pm TH-F-S and work from home or be reachable via mobile M-T.
  3. Unit heads are tasked to coordinate with HRMO for the schedule of their respective departments; keeping in mind the non-disruption of University services while minimizing risk for our people.

On Safety, Sanitation and Well-Being in all PWU Campuses

  1. Beginning next week, the University will implement a Visitor Health Screening Form which will be required of ALL visitors, and at least one-time for all students, faculty and employees.
  2. Any individual who exhibits flu-like symptoms or a mild fever (37.6 deg C) shall be placed in an isolation room, interviewed based on the Updated Decision Tool for COVID-19, and either prohibited entry or sent home or to a healthcare facility.
  3. Any individual who has also been found to have travelled to any country identified by the WHO to have confirmed cases, or has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient or visited a hospital with a confirmed COVID-19 patient shall be prohibited from entering the campus and asked to return with a medical clearance.
  4. The safety protocols and procedures outlined in the previous Memo (OP Memo 077, Mar. 10, 2020) shall remain in force and even heightened.
  5. Given the emotional stress this pandemic has caused to our Community, The University’s Institute of Family Life and Children Studies and the Guidance Office are more than willing to talk to individuals (students or employees) who need assistance dealing with the situation.

We would like to reiterate the need to be vigilant in these times of illness by following some simple health and hygiene reminders:

  1. Practicing frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds or use of alcohol (the virus lives on the skin for 10 minutes),
  2. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals,
  3. Practicing proper cough etiquette – maintaining distance and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or the crook of your elbow,
  4. Avoiding close contact with people showing colds/cough or flu like symptoms,
  5. Wearing face mask (the blue or green part outside, well fitted over the nosebridge, extended over the chin) if you have cough/colds. Remember surgical face masks are for single use only. Since face masks are out of stock, washable cotton cloth face masks may be used.
  6. Having a well balanced meal,
  7. Drinking lots of water (don’t let your throat to be dry) and ensuring that food is well cooked.
  8. Cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces/objects
  9. Avoiding spitting anywhere and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  10. If possible, avoid shaking of hands and “beso beso.”

For any concerns, you may contact the University’s COVID-19 Task Force through Dr. Nini Lim at local 183 and email: nlim@pwu.edu.ph

Finally, according to the World Health Organization and government health agencies, social distancing and quarantine are the best ways to slow down and eventually stop the spread of COVID-19. We all need to do our share. If you feel unwell, stay at home. Inform your supervisor and HRMO. Rest assured that the health and safety of the community are our utmost concerns and we are committed to do our best to mitigate the negative effects on all of us.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez


Office of the President Memo #078 – SY 2019-2020
March 10, 2020

On March 7, 2020, the Department of Health confirmed that the 5th case of COVID-19 was the first case of local transmission after verification with the Bureau of Immigration that the patient had no recent travel history. This prompted the DOH to raise the COVID-19 Alert System to Code Red sublevel 1; and in turn recommended to the Office of the President for a declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the country.

On March 8, Malacañang released Proclamation No. 922 declaring a State of Public Health Emergency Throughout the Philippines.

On March 9, the Department of Education released DepEd Memorandum No. 34, s. 2020, The Fifth Set of Policy Directives of DepEd Task Force COVID-19. Subsequently, in the evening of March 9, President Rodrigo Duterte announced the suspension of classes in all levels in Metro Manila from March 10-14.

In light of these, the University convened its Emergency Response Committee, Task Force COVID-19 to spearhead the University’s efforts in combating the spread of the virus. The following safety precaution and protocols shall be implemented in all PWU and JASMS Campuses in accordance with the guidelines of DepEd and the DOH:

Travel Guidelines for Students and Employees

  1. All official and personal travels to People’s Republic of China and its Special Administrative Regions, and North Gyeongsang Province of South Korea, including Daegu City and Cheongdo County are temporarily banned.
  2. All OFFICIAL travels for the month of March 2020 to countries identified to have confirmed cases of persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) are temporarily banned. All PERSONAL travels to the same countries are HIGHLY DISCOURAGED. The latest list of countries with confirmed cases is accessible in the WHO’s website.
    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/
  3. All employees and students who proceed with their personal travels for the month of March to countries identified to have confirmed cases or PUIs for COVID-19 shall be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines, strictly following DepEd Memo No. 31, s. 2020
  4. Employees and students who decide to proceed with their personal travel abroad, whether to countries with confirmed cases or PUIs for COVID-19 or those without, MUST secure approval from their respective Deans, School heads or Heads of Office.
  5. Upon re-entry, Employees and students must secure a medical clearance from their private physician and validated by the School's Physician, regardless of whether self-quarantine is required or not;
  6. Employees are warned against travelling abroad without approved travel authority. Such action may result in administrative actions.

On the Conduct of School Activities

  1. All off-campus activities as defined in DepEd Order No. 66, s. 2017 are suspended, effective immediately.
  2. All mass gatherings which will bring in outside visitors into school premises, are also hereby suspended for the month of March.
  3. For official internal school gatherings and group activities conducted within the school premises, the strict adherence to temperature check and monitoring for flu-like symptoms prior to allowing entry and participation into the school activity shall be implemented. Those exhibiting respiratory infections shall not be allowed to attend.
  4. For internal school gatherings and group activities such as awarding, graduation or recognition ceremonies, participants shall observe the “no physical contact” policy (i.e. shaking of hands) until further notice.
  5. Event components which are avoidable, such as parades, shall be removed from the program of activities.

Safety Precautions and Protocols in all PWU campuses:

  1. Continuous monitoring of temperature for all individuals (including students, faculty, employees and guests) entering all PWU and JASMS Campuses.
  2. Isolation rooms to quarantine persons found to have flu-like symptoms shall be provided in all PWU and JASMS Campuses, equipped with the necessary protective equipment.
  3. Provision of adequate supply of water and soap in all restrooms on campus; hand sanitizers or alcohol in all entrances, offices, and strategic locations.
  4. Strict Implementation of daily group hand washing schedule, particularly in all JASMS campuses.
  5. Maintenance of cleanliness in the campuses, including the regular disinfection of high contact areas such as doorknobs, handles, handrails, etc.
  6. Monitoring proper handling of food served in all canteens and food concessionaires.
  7. Operationalize a Preventive Alert System as prescribed by DepEd (Enclosure No. 4 to DepEd Memorandum No. 015, s. 2020)
  8. Strict implementation of a University-wide curfew in all campuses to minimize exposure of students and personnel – 5:30PM for Basic Education (JASMS), 8PM for College and Graduate school.
  9. The Medical Clinics in each campus shall STRICTLY implement the Updated Decision Tool for COVID-19 as prescribed by the Department of Health.

On the Continuity of Classes and University Operations

  1. All Deans, Program Chairs, and School Heads have already been tasked to prepare alternative modes of delivery and blended learning opportunities for students in case of continuous disruption of classes. These will be disseminated to the students of their respective units
  2. The HRMO, together with the University’s ManCom are preparing contingency and business continuity plans to address the possibility of continued disruption of classes as a result of this public health emergency. Such measures shall be outlined in succeeding bulletins.

We would like to reiterate the need to be vigilant in these times of illness by following some simple health and hygiene reminders:

  1. Practicing frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds or use of alcohol (the virus lives on the skin for 10 minutes),
  2. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals,
  3. Practicing proper cough etiquette – maintaining distance and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or the crook of your elbow,
  4. Avoiding close contact with people showing colds/cough or flu like symptoms,
  5. Wearing face mask ( the blue or green part outside, well fitted over the nosebridge, extended over the chin) if you have cough/colds. Remember surgical face masks are for single use only. Since face masks are out of stock, washable cotton cloth face masks may be used.
  6. Having a well balanced meal,
  7. Drinking lots of water (don’t let your throat to be dry) and ensuring that food is well cooked.
  8. Cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces/objects
  9. Avoiding spitting anywhere and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  10. If possible, avoid shaking of hands and “beso beso.”

For any concerns, you may contact the University’s COVID-19 Task Force through Dr. Nini Lim at local 183 and email: nlim@pwu.edu.ph

Finally, let us stay calm and avoid spreading further fear and panic by listening only to verified and valid advisories from the proper health authorities, and following the official university guidelines. These are definitely trying times. One that calls for empathy and kindness to our neighbor rather than apathy and distrust. With God’s grace and our spirit of Bayanihan, I am confident that there is no challenge we cannot overcome.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez


Office of the President Memo #076 – SY 2019-2020
March 6, 2020

The widespread health epidemic, COVID-19 has reported 98,159 cases worldwide affecting several countries and territories whereas the total death toll is now at 3,356. The top three countries which have the highest cases are China with 80,430 cases including 3,014 deaths; South Korea with 6,088 cases including 45 deaths, and Italy with 3,858 confirmed cases including 189 deaths. Lately, an increasing number of COVID-19 cases was confirmed in Iran which has a total of 3,513 and 108 deaths as of today.

In the Philippines, there are 2 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of cases reported to 5 with 1 death.

Due to this global health concern, it is critical that we maintain our awareness and consistently observe the safety precautions and protocols we have been implementing in all PWU campuses.

Safety Precautions and Protocols in all PWU campuses:

  1. Continuous monitoring of temperature for all individuals (including students, faculty, employees and guests) entering all PWU and JASMS Campuses.
  2. Provision of adequate supply of water and soap in all restrooms on campus; hand sanitizers or alcohol in all entrances, offices, and strategic locations.
  3. Implementation of daily group hand washing schedule, particularly in all JASMS campuses.
  4. Maintenance of cleanliness in the campuses, including the regular disinfection of high contact areas such as doorknobs, handles, handrails, etc.
  5. Monitoring proper handling of food served in all canteens and food concessionaires.
  6. Operationalize a Preventive Alert System as prescribed by DepEd (Enclosure No. 4 to DepEd Memorandum No. 015, s. 2020)
  7. For official school gatherings and group activities, the implementation of temperature check and monitoring for flu-like symptoms prior to allowing entry and participation into the school activity.

Finally, we would like to reiterate the need to be vigilant in these times of illness by:

  1. Practicing frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds or use of alcohol (the virus lives on the skin for 10 minutes),
  2. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals,
  3. Practicing proper cough etiquette – maintaining distance and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or the crook of your elbow,
  4. Avoiding close contact with people showing colds/cough or flu like symptoms,
  5. Wearing face mask ( the blue or green part outside, well fitted over the nosebridge, extended over the chin) if you have cough/colds. Remember surgical face masks are for single use only. Since face masks are out of stock, washable cotton cloth face masks may be used.
  6. Having a well balanced meal,
  7. Drinking lots of water (don’t let your throat to be dry) and ensuring that food is well cooked.
  8. Cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces/objects
  9. Avoiding spitting anywhere and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  10. If possible, avoid shaking of hands and “beso beso.”

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez


Office of the President Memo #071 – SY 2019-2020
February 13, 2020

The DOH and all other WHO member countries are adapting the “Corona Virus Disease 2019” or “COVID19” as the name of the disease caused by the novel corona virus. This was done to minimize cultural, social and geographical stigma.

The WHO categorized the COVID19 health event as high risk regionally and globally with a total of 45,171 confirmed cases in 28 countries. Local transmission has been reported in Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Vietnam, South Korea and Australia. Since local transmission was reported in other countries, the DOH is putting into place mitigating mechanisms for the possibility of community spread and they are continuously assessing the situation and drafting guidelines based on available evidence to combat the spread of COVID19.

PWU will continue on implementing precautionary measures (as stated in Memo #069 from the Office of the President) to prevent the spread of COVID19 in all of its campuses. On top of this, our Allied Health Cluster Community Outreach Coordinators along with the University Community Outreach Program and the University Medical Clinic will be providing an awareness campaign for the PWU Community relevant to precautions for this novel disease. This will be a campaign for “Corona Virus Health Education” where a series of health awareness information and updates will be offered to the PWU Community. Attached herewith is the health education campaign intended to be offered from February 17-21, 2020.

We encourage all students, faculty and staff to visit and check the activities for their additional guidance and reference on the current public health situation and for maintaining their calmness and good health in the midst of COVID 2019.

With regards to the wearing of masks, the public is enjoined by the DOH to judiciously wear masks to prevent the shortage of surgical and N95 masks. People in good health DO NOT need to wear face masks. The use of face mask is recommended ONLY to those taking care of the sick, those with respiratory infection/symptoms like coughing/sneezing/fever and for the Health care and frontline workers. The N95 masks must be reserved for healthcare and frontline workers who are attending to patients with respiratory symptoms or those patients under investigation (PUI); those entering the rooms of confirmed cases or PUI’s to provide care, clean/disinfect the room or to obtain clinical specimen (with complete PPE); and those handling clinical specimen, soiled medical supplies/equipments and come in contact with potentially contaminated environmental surfaces.

Finally, we would like to reiterate the need to be vigilant in these times of illness by:

  1. Practicing frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds
  2. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals,
  3. Practicing proper cough etiquette – maintaining distance and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or the crook of your elbow,
  4. Avoiding close contact with people showing colds/cough or flu like symptoms,
  5. Wearing face mask if you have cough/colds
  6. Having a well balanced meal,
  7. Drinking lots of water and ensuring that food is well cooked.
  8. Cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces/objects
  9. Avoiding spitting anywhere and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Let’s continue to keep PWU a healthy and COVID19 free environment.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez


Updated Coronavirus Health Advisory
(3rd Confirmed Case of 2019 nCoV)

Office of the President Memo #069 – SY 2019-2020
February 6, 2020

As of Feb. 6, 2020, we have 28,276 confirmed cases worldwide with 565 deaths. The following are the countries affected, the confirmed cases and the deaths:

COUNTRY CASES DEATHS
China 28,018 563
Australia 14 0
Belgium 1 0
Cambodia 1 0
Canada 5 0
Finland 1 0
France 6 0
Germany 12 0
Hong Kong 21 1
India 3 0
Italy 2 0
Japan 45 0
Macao 10 0
Malaysia 12 0
Nepal 1 0
Russia 2 0
Singapore 18 0
Spain 1 0
South Korea 23 0
Sri Lanka 1 0
Sweden 1 0
Taiwan 11 0
Thailand 25 0
UAE 5 0
United Kingdom 2 0
United States 12 0
Vietnam 10 0
Philippines 3 1

A 60 y/o female tourist from Wuhan, China who arrived in Cebu via Hongkong who went to Bohol is our 3rd confirmed case of 2019 nCoV. She was discharged and was allowed to leave the country last January 31, 2020.

At present, our confirmed cases are all Chinese tourists from Wuhan, China. However, we have 133 patients under investigation (PUI). 115 of them are admitted and in isolation while 16 were discharged but are under strict monitoring. Out of the 133 PUIs, 63 are Filipinos, 54 are Chinese nationals and 16 are from other nationalities.

As a result, the University has taken the following precautionary measures to prevent the spread of this illness in any of its campuses. These policies have also been adopted from DepEd Memorandum No. 015, s.2020, The First Set of Policy Directives of the DepEd Task Force nCoV. (https://www.deped.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/DM_s2020_015.pdf)

Travel Restrictions and Limitations

  1. All travels (official and personal) to the People’s Republic of China and its special administrative regions are temporarily banned.
  2. Official travels of all PWU personnel (teaching and non-teaching) previously approved by the President for the month of February 2020 to countries identified to have confirmed cases or persons under investigation for 2019-nCoV are revoked. All PWU personnel with approved personal travels to the same countries are highly advised not to proceed.
  3. The latest list of countries with confirmed cases is accessible in the WHO’s site (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports)
  4. If you or any member of your family is experiencing the above symptoms and has a history of travel to China, DO NOT go to school or to work, seek immediate medical attention from your own private physician, rest and self-quarantine for at least 14 days. You may come back to school/ work if you are 48 hours fever free with a medical clearance from your own private physician to be submitted to our University Physician and you will be given a clearance to go back to school/work.
  5. If you have a history of travel to the countries listed above (except China) within the last 2 weeks, with or without symptoms, you must submit a medical clearance from your own private physician to be submitted to our university physician who will in turn give you a clearance to go back to school/work.

Information and Awareness Campaign

  1. Regular release of Health Bulletins to the community on the latest updates regarding the 2019 nCoV – via posters, on bulletin boards, social media and email blasts.
  2. Faculty are encouraged to include in their classroom discussions the promotion of precautionary and safety measures and healthy behaviors such as, but not limited to:
    • personal hygiene, including frequent and proper handwashing with soap and water, the application of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer, and proper cough etiquette (maintain distance and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow);
    • maintaining healthy lifestyles, including proper hydration by drinking 8-10 glasses of water within the day, consumption of nutritious foods, and ensuring food safety;
    • ensuring environmental sanitation; and
    • consulting a physician when symptoms attributable to respiratory infection (e.g. coughs, colds, fever, and other related symptoms) persist, and for extracting information on travel history to affected areas and exposure, based on the latest DOH decision tool accessible via https://www.doh.gov.ph/2019-nCoV.
  3. The Homeroom Advisors in all JASMS Campuses shall allot a certain time during their weekly homeroom classes to discuss the above mentioned precautionary and safety measures.

Safety Precautions and Protocols

  1. Continuous monitoring of temperature for all individuals entering all PWU and JASMS Campuses.
  2. Provision of adequate supply of water and soap in all restrooms on campus; hand sanitizers or alcohol in all entrances, offices, and strategic locations.
  3. Implementation of daily group handwashing schedule, particularly in all JASMS campuses.
  4. Maintenance of cleanliness in the campuses, including the regular disinfection of high contact areas such as doorknobs, handles, handrails, etc.
  5. Monitoring proper handling of food served in all canteens and food concessionaires.
  6. Operationalize a Preventive Alert System as prescribed by DepEd (Enclosure No. 4 to DepEd Memorandum No. 015, s. 2020)
  7. For official school gatherings and group activities, the implementation of temperature check and monitoring for flu-like symptoms prior to allowing entry and participation into the school activity.

Finally, we would like to reiterate the need to be vigilant in these times of illness by:

  1. Practicing frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds
  2. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals,
  3. Practicing proper cough etiquette – maintaining distance and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or the crook of your elbow,
  4. Avoiding close contact with people showing colds/cough or flu like symptoms,
  5. Wearing face mask if you have cough/colds
  6. Having a well balanced meal,
  7. Drinking lots of water and ensuring that food is well cooked.
  8. Cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces/objects
  9. Avoiding spitting anywhere and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Together, we can keep PWU a healthy and 2019 nCoV- free environment.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez



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