Looking Ahead to SY 2021-2022

Office of the President Memo #047 SY 2020-2021 – June 1, 2021

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the PWU Community for staying true to our mission despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. The resiliency, perseverance, and openness to change which our students, faculty and non-teaching personnel have all displayed are truly commendable.

Now more than a year into this pandemic, as the government rolls out its mass vaccination program, slowly we are seeing some light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. However, given the pace of the vaccination program, and in order to minimize the risks for the community, the University shall implement the following policies for SY 2021-2020.

University Operations

Depending on the quarantine classification announced by the IATF, the University shall still maintain our four-phase transition plan set in place last year (OP Memo 091 SY 2019-20). The corresponding phase shall be announced in line with the government’s announcement of the quarantine classification.

  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.

Ending School Year 2020-2021

  1. Due to Government protocols on mass gatherings, the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony for batch 2020 and 2021 shall be held virtually on July 23 and July 24, 2021, respectively. The organizing committees shall release announcements containing the details of said events in the coming weeks.
  2. The schedule for graduation photo pictorial for graduating students shall be released by the Office of Student Affairs. These will be done with proper adherence to the public health protocols mandated by the IATF.
  3. Graduating students may process their clearances by visiting registrar@pwu.edu.ph and studentaffairs@pwu.edu.ph. For any concerns please contact the Office of Student Affairs ℅ Mr. Jones Baguio at jcmbaguio@pwu.edu.ph.

Mode of Learning for School Year 2021-2022

  1. Conscious of the health risks this pandemic continues to pose and keeping in mind the guidelines imposed by the government on health and safety protocols, the University shall maintain the flexible mode of teaching and learning for SY 2021-2022. 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 2, 2021 until October 30, 2021 and shall be primarily done via Home-based Online Learning.
  3. For certain courses, particularly in the Allied Health cluster, the University will be applying for limited face-to-face classes in compliance with CHED-DOH JMC No. 2021-001. Should the University obtain approval to conduct limited face-to-face classes, the students of these courses shall be informed in advance in a subsequent memorandum from the Office of the SVPAA.
  4. Regardless of the health situation and the level of community quarantine, 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, 2021.
  2. For school year 2021-2022, the Entrance Exam Fee shall still be waived for incoming Freshmen and transferees. 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 SY 2021-2022 shall begin by July 5, 2021 through the University’s student portal, which may be accessed through www.pwu.edu.ph.
  4. Since we will maintain a flexible mode of teaching and learning for SY 2021-2022, and conscious of the financial impact of the pandemic on the families of our students, the University will still be applying discounts on Miscellaneous and Other School Fees for SY 2021-2022. Approximately Twenty-Five (25%) percent of Miscellaneous and Other School Fees will appear as “Heal as One Discount” on the assessment portion in your student portal.
  5. Moreover, installment charges shall continue to be discounted at fifty (50%) percent of the original amount.

Academic Support Program

  1. Prior to the start of next school year, we will once again conduct 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.
  2. 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) 904-7251 from Mondays thru Fridays during office hours, or send an email to guidance@pwu.edu.ph, iflcs@pwu.edu.ph or mgdelossantos@pwu.edu.ph.

University Scholarship

In continuing solidarity with our country’s efforts to rise from this pandemic, the University’s #WeRiseAsOneScholarship shall be extended for SY 2021-2022. This scholarship is 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 serve basis. Please visit www.pwu.edu.ph/scholarship.html or email scholarship@pwu.edu.ph for more information.

Once again, I would like to thank the PWU community – administrators, faculty, employees and support units – for your passion, dedication and hard work in making the past year a success despite the pandemic. Working together, we have brought out the best of the PWU community and have remained true to our mission to deliver the standard of education expected of us. I would also like to thank our students, parents, and alumni for their continued trust and prayers for the institution.

Finally, I urge everyone to avail of the government’s vaccination program as soon as they are eligible. In the next few days, priority group A4 shall be allowed to receive their jabs, and all PWU faculty and employees may fall under this category. Regardless of your place of residence, you may register at www.manilacovid19vaccine.ph and use our Taft Ave. Campus as your work address. All vaccines approved by our FDA are safe and effective, that is why the best vaccine is still the one that is already available. With God’s grace, the sooner we are all inoculated, the sooner we would be able to safely return to some form of normalcy. As the experts have said over and over again, we are only safe when everyone is safe.

May you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

(Original Signed)
Marco Alfredo M. Benitez

1 Minimum GWA requirements shall apply.

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