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Some of the UP Baguio classrooms that are compliant with the Health and Safety protocols. Left, Fine Arts -College of Arts
and Communication. Right, College of Social Sciences classroom

Preparations for UP Baguio’s gradual
Face-to-Face is currently underway

The University of the Philippines Baguio is currently preparing the campus for the much-awaited implementation of gradual face-to-face classes.

Chancellor Corazon L. Abansi formed the UP Baguio’s Task Force Ligtas na Balik Eskwela (LNBE) last March 2022. The Task Force is composed of Dr. Charita Delos Reyes to represent tOccupational Safety and Health (OSH), Prof. Victoria Diaz for the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Committee, Dr. Cecilia Fe L. Sta Maria-Abalos of the Office of Public Affairs, Ms. Irene Enriquez to represent the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Francesca Kapunan, Chair of UP Baguio’s University Student Council, and Student College Representatives, Gianne V. Mariñas, Anna Katrine Vitor and Cathleen de Guzman. The primary mandate of the Task Force LNBE is to ensure that the campus space requirements, mechanisms and protocols in using the indoor and outdoor spaces of the UP Baguio campus are safe and compliant with the CHED-DOH Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-004, Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases, Resolution No. 164, series of 2022, March 10, 2022 and Baguio City Local Government Executive Orders.

Some identified classrooms and laboratories are already being prepared. Installation of exhaust fans and other retro-fitting measures have started. On April 6, 2022, the Environmental Health and Sanitation Division of the Baguio City Health Services Office conducted an inspection and measurement of air change flow in the identified classrooms and laboratories to ensure compliance.

Chancellor Abansi has already instructed the staff members of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration to purchase all items needed to ensure that all classrooms, laboratories, indoor and outdoor spaces will be ready for the implementation of face-to-face classes and other activities.

The Task Force LNBE has drafted the UPB Guidelines for the gradual face-to-face that includes all protocols for the use of classrooms, indoor and outdoor space, engineering controls and contingency plans for Alert Level declarations and for COVID-19 cases. The Task Force is waiting for the academic units to submit their prioritization scheme to identify programs, courses, and faculty and students who will participate in the coming face-to-face classes.

UP Baguio will soon undergo inspection by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) -Baguio to secure a Safety Seal Certificate.

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April 6, 2022. Environmental Health and Sanitation Division officers inspect the air flow in the College of Science
Laboratories. Photos by: Wyndei Dacay.

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UP Baguio Guards conducting the observance of the raising of the flag.

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Chancellor Corazon L. Abansi with University Registrar Prof. Jocelyn
Rafanan and administrative staff and REPS during the observance
of the raising of the flag.

UP Baguio observes the first flag ceremony
after two years

The University of the Philippines Baguio observed its first fag raising ceremony last April 4, 2022 after two years of the pandemic and the series of lockdowns.

The Flag raising ceremony will be observed every Monday morning. The series of the flag ceremonies will begin with the singing of the National Anthem, recitation of the “Panunumpa sa Watawat,” singing of “UP Naming Mahal” and the ASEAN hymn. The Flag retreat ceremony will follow the sequence of singing of the ASEAN hymn every first Friday of the month, singing of “UP Naming Mahal,” then the National Anthem. This sequence of flag ceremonies follows the Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular No. 19, series of 2012 and No. 6, series of 2016.