UP Diliman suspends online classes due to enhanced COVID-19 quarantine


Posted at Mar 17 2020 08:05 AM


The University of the Philippines Diliman said it suspended online classes due to the enhanced Luzon-wide quarantine against COVID-19 that took effect on Tuesday.

All classes including "alternative modes of learning" were suspended by university chancellor Fidel Nemenzo from Tuesday until April 14, the largest campus in the UP system said in a statement.

"Ngayon ang panahon upang ituon natin ang ating mga pagsisikap sa kung ano ang lubhang mahalaga, at iyon ay ang kapakanan ng lahat, ng ating pamilya, ng ating komunidad," Nemenzo said.

(Now is the time to focus our attention and hard work on what matters most, and that is the welfare of all, of our families and our communities.)

The university earlier said it would shift its classes online due to the fast-spreading coronavirus disease.

Student facilities such as the university food service, the university hospital and other facilities will still be made available. 


However, all offices in the campus expect frontline working personnel will be implementing a work from home scheme. Others will operate with minimal staffing.

Employees, either regular or non-UP contractual, will receive their salaries early.

As of Monday, the Philippines has recorded 12 new fatalities, with 142 cases and 3 recoveries.