HEADLINES

Ending SY 2019-2020 And Beginning SY 2020-2021

Now two months into the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the psychological and emotional toll on our entire community has been quite significant. I deeply appreciate the efforts of all sectors of the community who continue to work hard to deliver the standard of education expected of us by our students and support other members of the community in their own little way. I would like to commend in particular our students who, despite the situation, have continued to work hard on their learning journey with the school.

With the Government’s announcement of a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) over Metro Manila, some areas of the country and some sectors in the national capital region are slowly reopening. The University has planned to take a cautious reopening of the campus in four phases as mentioned in the previous memo of April 28.

  1. Phase 1: Critical Support Services – tasked to ensure security, maintenance and repairs, and reorientation of facilities in accordance with safety and health protocols of the government. Currently ongoing under MECQ.
  2. Phase 2: Skeletal Workforce – key employees in certain departments necessary for student services such as Registrar, Finance/Accounting, Human Resource, Administration, etc. May begin under General Community Quarantine (GCQ)
  3. Phase 3: Flexible Work Arrangement and Must-Have-On-Campus Classes – Offices working at reduced capacity to maintain social distancing. Only necessary face-to-face laboratory and skills-based classes may be allowed on campus in smaller groups to maintain social distancing and observe health protocols. All lecture classes shall still be held online.
  4. Phase 4: The New Normal – Flexible work arrangement shall be observed for all offices, while face-to-face laboratory and lecture classes may be conducted on-campus following a flexible and blended modality.

As a general rule, students shall not be allowed on campus during the first two phases. Phases 3 and 4 may only begin after the GCQ has been lifted and once government allows. Segments of the community who are more at risk, such as the elderly or those with co-morbidities, shall be encouraged to continue working from home as much as possible. In all phases, strict social distancing and observance of health and safety protocols shall be observed. The University prioritizes the safety and health of its students and personnel and shall keep the community informed as we transition from one phase to the next.

Ending School Year 2019-2020

  1. As stated in the SVPAA–s memo on Academic Guidelines last April 23 and in the OP Memo 087 dated April 28, the 3rd Trimester SY 2019-2020 shall end on June 20, 2020, and no additional assignments shall be posted after 11:59pm of May 30, 2020. The remaining weeks from June 1 to 20, 2020 may be used for consultations and submissions of all course requirements.
  2. With the transition to MECQ for Metro Manila, we are extending the deadline for Enrollment payments WITHOUT PENALTY from May 30 to June 27, 2020 for all students ALREADY ENLISTED in the system. Those unable to pay by June 27, 2020 shall be considered as NOT HAVING OFFICIALLY ENROLLED. For assistance on enrollment payments, please kindly email the Finance Office <billing-cash@pwu.edu.ph>.
  3. Due to the non-utilization of our facilities during this trimester (SY 2019-2020), rebates on Miscellaneous and Other school fees depending on the program shall appear in the form of tuition credits in your student assessment for the 1st Trimester 2020-2021. This can be accessed from your student portal. Graduating students may receive the rebates directly through their designated bank accounts after coordinating with the Finance and Accounting Office <billing-cash@pwu.edu.ph>.
  4. Due to Government protocols on mass gatherings, physical Graduation Rites shall be postponed to a later date. However, the Registrar’s Office shall strive to release student records and credentials as soon as possible after the end of the school year. They shall make an announcement as to the exact date when these records will be available.
  5. The schedule for graduation photo pictorial for graduating students shall be released by the Office of Student Affairs. These will resume once the Government deems that it would be safe for students to return to campus.

A Reimagined School Year 2020-2021

Armed with valuable experience and insights gained from this trimester; the different units of the University are already rigorously preparing for a reimagined and streamlined University experience for school year 2020-2021.

  1. Conscious of the health risks this pandemic poses on our community and keeping in mind the guidelines imposed by the government on health and safety protocols, the University will adopt a flexible mode of teaching and learning for SY 2020-2021. This means a combination of Home-based Online Learning, moving towards Blended Learning.
  2. The 1st Trimester of SY 2020-2021 shall be from August 3, 2020 until October 31, 2020 and shall be primarily done via Home-based Online Learning.
  3. Should the health situation improve and the General Community Quarantine be lifted within the Trimester, we may conduct select laboratory classes on campus in smaller groups to be able to strictly observe social distancing protocols.
  4. Only in the 2nd and 3rd Trimesters, should the health situation improve to the extent where we are confident that there is minimal risk on the health and safety of our students, shall we consider transitioning to the Blended Learning modality, where face-to-face lecture classes are held in smaller groups on campus, but still with the Home-based Online Learning component.
  5. Regardless of the health situation, our Academic Units are preparing guidelines and standards that will allow students to maximize their learning objectives utilizing these flexible modes of learning.

Admissions and Enrollment

  1. Applications for admissions for incoming Freshmen and transferee students shall also be available online through www.pwu.edu.ph by June 1, 2020.
  2. For school year 2020-2021, the Entrance Exam Fee shall be waived for incoming Freshmen and transferees who will enroll in our Undergraduate programs. These students shall also be allowed to take the exam anytime during their first year in the University as scheduled with the Guidance Counselling and Testing Office.
  3. Online Enrollment for all other students for 1st Trimester 2020-2021 shall begin by July 1, 2020 through the University’s student portal, which may be accessed through www.pwu.edu.ph.
  4. With the adoption of a flexible mode of teaching and learning for SY 2020-2021, and conscious of the financial impact of the pandemic on the families of our students, the University will also be applying discounts on Miscellaneous and Other School Fees for SY 2020-2021. Approximately Twenty-Five percent (25%) of Miscellaneous and Other School Fees will appear as tuition discount on the assessment portion in your student portal.

Academic Support Program

  1. The Office of Student Affairs will be conducting a survey regarding the capacity of our students to go online, the learning environment they currently have at home, and potential health risks that may be present for them or their families due to the pandemic. Please make sure to answer the survey to help us better understand your needs and prepare accordingly.
  2. We are also in the process of partnering with Telcos to provide tablets and mobile or home WIFI devices at discounted rates. Please indicate in the survey if you would be interested to avail of one.
  3. Prior to the start of next school year, we will be conducting an online orientation for both parents and students to discuss the policies, guidelines, expectations and requirements for the year, as well as answer any concerns related to how classes will be conducted in this new format.
  4. The challenges posed by this pandemic have definitely taken a toll on the emotional and mental well-being of our community; some more than others. Our Institute of Family Life and Children Studies together with the Guidance Counselling and Testing Offices continue to give psychosocial and counseling support to the PWU Community through The PWU Wellness Hub. Students are free to reach out for any reason to the counselor assigned to their respective program. Employees and other members of the community may call (0939) 9047251 from Mondays thru Fridays during office hours, or send an email to iflcs@pwu.edu.ph or mgdelossantos@pwu.edu.ph.

University Scholarship

In solidarity with our country’s efforts to rise from this pandemic, the University will be launching the #WeRiseAsOneScholarship for SY 2020-2021. This scholarship will be open to all incoming freshmen and transferee students, particularly those that have been economically affected by this pandemic, entering this school year 2020-2021. The scholarship shall provide a full tuition subsidy for students throughout their entire undergraduate stay at PWU1. Slots will be available across all programs offered by the University on a first come, first served basis. The University Scholarship Office shall release more details on the program through the PWU website.

Finally, I would like to thank the PWU community – faculty, employees, parents, students and alumni – for their continued patience and support. In particular, I would like to thank our administrators, unit heads and faculty led by our SVPAA, Dr. Felina C. Young, for their hard work these past few weeks and their steadfast preparations for next school year.

This pandemic has brought out the best in all of us, and I would like to assure the community that PWU will open as planned this coming school year, delivering our standard of education in this new normal. Now, more than ever, we must remain vigilant and adhere to the health and safety protocols being implemented by the government, particularly in this time of gradual reopening from the lockdown. Let us listen only and share information from reliable sources, and as much as possible, let us take care of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

May you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez


1 Only Miscellaneous and Other Fees will be charged. Minimum GWA requirements shall apply.


Our Way Forward

Office of the President Memo #087 – SY 2019-2020
April 28, 2020

It has been more than a month since the Government declared the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon. Last April 24, the ECQ was further extended for Metro Manila and nearby provinces until May 15, 2020. The University understands the tremendous impact this has had on our learning and work experience, and our lives in general. I would like to express my deep appreciation to the community – students, faculty, non-teaching personnel, and alumni – for their support and hard work during these uncertain times.

In particular, I would like to commend our students and faculty, who, despite their varying circumstances – from those with accessibility to those will little to no accessibility to the internet, equipment and finances – are still managing to engage in the alternative modes of learning and delivery we have been forced to employ due to these challenges. We recognize and appreciate your efforts.

Academic Life

In light of these and in response to feedback we have received, formally and informally from our students, the Student Council, and our faculty, and after thorough discussion with the University Academic Council, the University has adopted revised Academic Guidelines for the 3rd Trimester SY 2019-2020, as outlined in detail in the Memo of our SVPAA last April 23, 2020. We believe that given the crisis we are facing today, this is most humane and in keeping with PWU’s spirit of inclusivity.

To highlight some key points in the SVPAA’s Memo:

  1. The 3rd Trimester SY 2019-2020 will end as scheduled on June 20, 2020. However, no additional assignments or requirements shall be posted after 11:59 pm of May 30, 2020. The remaining weeks from June 1 to 20, 2020 may be used for consultations and submissions of all course requirements.
  2. The grading system for this 3rd Trimester SY 2019-2020 shall either be a PASS (P) or an INCOMPLETE (INC); and students who receive an INCOMPLETE Grade shall be given until the end of the 1st Trimester SY 2020-2021 to comply with the course requirements.
  3. Graduation Rites will sadly not be held as scheduled on July 18, 2020, and the University is looking at several scenarios, for which we will make an announcement at a later date.

For the full details, please read the Memo from the Office of the SVPAA dated April 23, 2020.

Due to the further extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces to May 15, our initial deadline for enrollment payments which was set for April 30, 2020, is now extended until May 30, 2020. The University will continue to accept payments for this Trimester WITHOUT PENALTY until May 30, 2020.

Recognizing the impact that COVID-19 and the ECQ have had on the financial condition of our students, and in light of the fact that facilities on campus have so far not been enjoyed by our students this Trimester, the University will be giving proportionate rebates in the form of tuition credits for certain miscellaneous and other school fees at the end of the term.

University Operations

For the duration of this extended ECQ period, all PWU and JASMS Campuses shall continue to remain closed, unless the government issues new directives before the end of this period. All employees are advised to continue working from home using online modes of communication and remain reachable by their supervisors during office hours.

With the decision to continue with the 3rd Trimester SY 2019-2020 via alternative modes of learning despite the ECQ, the University is fortunate to be able to so far sustain employees’ salaries and benefits as budgeted for this school year. As such, no employee leaves shall be charged until May 15, 2020.

Mental Health and Counselling

In order to address the toll that this pandemic has taken on the emotional and mental well-being of our community, our Institute of Family Life and Children Studies together with the Guidance Counselling and Testing Offices have mobilized the PWU Wellness Hub to give psychosocial and counseling support to the PWU Community through Kamustahan and mental health tips during the ECQ.

Students may send an email to the counselor assigned to their respective program. Employees and other members of the community may call +63 939 904-7251 from Mondays thru Fridays during office hours, or send an email to iflcs@pwu.edu.ph or mgdelossantos@pwu.edu.ph.

Our Way Forward

This global health crisis is unlike any that we have faced in our lifetime. Education, like many other industries, has seen and will continue to see major disruptions in the coming months and even years. As an Institution, we need to be prepared to make drastic changes in the way we deliver education to our learners, and in the way we work and interact on a daily basis. Given the great uncertainty of the times, where many families are economically, as well as emotionally affected, we need to be prepared to make sacrifices not only to ensure the Institution’s sustainability, but to allow it to adapt and even thrive in this ever-changing landscape.

Your administrators have been meeting regularly to plan for the way forward post ECQ and COVID-19. Suffice it to say that there will be a new normal for the foreseeable future in the way our community learns, teaches, works, and interacts. Let us take on a growth mindset and be open to new roles, new responsibilities, reorientation and re-tooling in order to remain relevant to the needs of the organization and the students we cater to.

We will detail in the coming weeks through your respective unit heads a transition plan that considers Government and WHO health advisories to prepare our facilities and our people to come back to work under more stringent health and social distancing measures. Expect that even after the lifting of the Government’s enhanced community quarantine, it will take some time before employees, and even students, will be allowed on campus. Rest assured that we will do our best to prepare you for what lies ahead, while at the same time, taking steps to ensure that the safety and health our community are given utmost priority.

This will be a defining moment in the University’s history, in our history. How we fare will depend largely on how we work together, while staying true to the values set by our founders, such as strength of character, professionalism and empathy for one another. I thank the PWU community for your continued patience and support, for your generosity to help when called upon; and I urge each one to continue to adhere to the health and quarantine protocols being implemented by the government, to listen only and share information from reliable sources, and to as much as possible, stay home. We are together in the fight against this pandemic.

May you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez


Online and Alternative Modes of Learning

Office of the President Memo #081 – SY 2019-2020
March 20, 2020

With the re-opening of online enrollment last March 18 under the government mandated Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) intended to stop the spread of COVID-19, the various units of the University have worked tirelessly to allow our students to enlist online for their classes as easily as possible. Admittedly, there are still issues which we are continually addressing.

The University is aware of the challenges everyone is dealing with in the face of COVID-19, including its psychological impact, and realizes too that this situation may persist far beyond the initial 30-day quarantine period set by the government. After carefully considering these factors and studying the points raised by the different sectors of the community, including the student body as represented by their student councils and organizations, the University deems it best to proceed with the 3rd Trimester, beginning Monday, March 23. For Basic Education (JASMS), we will proceed and finish the remainder of the school year.

In response to the concerns that were raised, we have tasked our faculty to be creative and explore alternative modes of delivery, even outside Google Classroom, which are more accessible and affordable; as well as exercise much consideration and leniency towards their students. We have asked them to provide reasonable assignments, projects and readings to our students, and to be mindful of the circumstances they are facing at home. All Deans, Program Chairs and their departments, have also all been requested to make themselves available and reachable by their students, to extend them every opportunity possible to accomplish their learning objectives.

Rest assured that the University prioritizes the safety and welfare of our community. We will not encourage students to violate strict quarantine protocols for the sake of securing a stable internet connection. At the same time, we will exhaust all means necessary to provide the PWU standard of education, in order to allow our students to continue their learning despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.

We call on all members of the PWU family, both faculty, non-teaching personnel, parents and students, to come together to stay true to our mission of developing lifelong learners, by practicing compassion and kindness, in spite of, and through these challenges.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez


University Operations (17 March – 14 April) in connection with the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine

Office of the President Memo #080 – SY 2019-2020
March 17, 2020

On March 16, 2020, President Duterte announced the implementation of an enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon. Enhanced community quarantine means strict home quarantine implemented in all households, the suspension of transportation, the regulation of food and essential health services, and the heightened presence of uniformed personnel.

With the safety and health of our community as our highest priority, and recognizing the importance of strict home quarantine to help prevent the spread of this pandemic, the University is implementing stricter measures which supersedes those outlined in previous memoranda regarding COVID-19:

On University Operations

  1. For the duration of the enhanced quarantine period, all PWU and JASMS Campuses will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 to Tuesday, April 14 unless the government issues new directives before the end of this period.
  2. During this closure, all employees are advised to work from home using online modes of communication and remain reachable by their supervisors during office hours. As such, no employee leaves shall be charged during this period.
  3. When possible, only critical university activities and support services will be allowed in the campuses.

On 3rd Trimester Enrollment, Class Schedules and Delivery:

  1. Undergraduate and Graduate School Enrollment for 3rd Trimester will begin on March 18, Wednesday. This will be done purely ONLINE. For a step-by-step guide on how to complete the online enrollment process, please visit the PWU Website.
  2. Irregular students, or those who for some reason are not able to enroll online, please contact your Dean/Program Chair for a list of the courses you need to take this trimester.
  3. Undergraduate Classes for the 3rd Trimester will begin on March 23, Monday, while Graduate School classes will begin on March 28, Saturday. However, all classes will be conducted online via Google Classroom, at least until April 13.
  4. All Deans and Program Chairs shall release a list of the Google Classroom class codes for their courses which the students must join based on their curriculum. The different schools of the University shall release this information via their official communication channels.
  5. Students who were not able to enroll online may still join the online classes for the 3rd trimester as part of their curriculum upon consultation with their respective Dean/Program Chair.
  6. Due to the 30-day enhanced community quarantine period, unenrolled students will be allowed up until the end of April to complete their enrollment before they are dropped from the official class list. There will be NO LATE ENROLLMENT FEE until April 30, 2020.
  7. All SCHOLARSHIPS and DISCOUNTS shall be processed after the enhanced community quarantine period.
  8. For Basic Education (JASMS Manila and QC), your Principals and Faculty have prepared 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 this week.

Being an ongoing health emergency, this memo is subject to government and university protocols that may be issued subsequently as the COVID-19 situation unfolds.

We would like to reiterate the need to adhere to social distancing and strict community quarantine measures, as well as practicing the recommended health and hygiene protocols prescribed by the WHO and government health agencies to stop the spread of this pandemic.

Finally, we thank the PWU Community for your patience and urge everyone to stay calm, listen only to experts and verified official announcements to help prevent the spread of false information, and as much as possible, stay at home. We all need to do our share in the fight against this grave pandemic.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez



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