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
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
On 3rd Trimester Enrollment, Class Schedules and Delivery:
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