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.
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
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.
Admissions and Enrollment
Academic Support Program
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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