UP LAW
COVID-19 RESPONSE

Message of Support

Dean Fides Cordero-Tan

Dear UP Law Community,

We have all suffered greatly with the many tragedies of the last several weeks. Still, we have many things to be grateful for.

We are grateful that those of us who tested positive for Covid-19 have recovered, and all PUIs and PUMs in our staff and students have long been cleared of the virus. We are not aware of any one of ours who has been taken ill, and we pray there is none nor will be.

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We are grateful that a number of our staff are somehow able to work from home and continue to push forward our programs and projects despite the limitations, all so that others may benefit.

I wish to assure you that we continue to coordinate, plan, and execute whatever we can, however we can, with utmost sensitivity to the crisis and while not questioning the inability of most others to participate. There is shuffling going on in the communications and technology office; website; property acquisition; human resource and personnel; maintenance; QMS documentation; alumni relations; scholarship committee; library materials; and others I may fail to mention.

We would like to thank in a special way our Accounting staff who ensure the salaries, allowances and stipends of all are released on time, and the OD staff who continue to coordinate a multitude of things.

We thank our faculty and REPS for the academic enterprises of the recent past, including the IHR FAQ ; the papers developed by the Political Law Cluster; some other Covid-19 related research papers of the other institutes; the publication of Prof. Pats Daway in the PDI; the online legal assistance office we hope to launch very shortly together with our students and alumni volunteers from Class ‘88 and Class ’99; and, the coordination with our international academic partners. Our Stetson and Price Teams managed to bring home honors and awards, the glitches of online debate notwithstanding, and the LLM Program team is reviewing the needs of our graduate students.

We thank in a special way the faculty clusters which go to lengths (as in, Zoom meets) to deliberate the concerns of their classes, and the members of the Academic Committee for their valuable participation on academic issues. We acknowledge the professors and students who have started their respective conversations on how the other is doing in this unforgettable Semester of Covid-19, and all other on-going faculty-student collaborations. It is heartwarming that some faculty have gone beyond the call of duty to render assistance to needful students. We thank the beadles for responding and relaying the concerns of the class to the professors.

We thank the OCS for looking forward to the next Semester; the BRI and the BOC for engaging; and the curriculum revision committee for keeping the program awake. To the Mental Wellness Program, we thank you for continuing our counseling program and for LAWve in the Time of Covid-19.

Lastly, we thank the Alumni who have shown overwhelming response to the calls to assist our medical workers. Prof. Roger Quevedo and his cohort has been donating PPEs and other supplies to PGH and our own UHS. Class ’88 and a number of other batches from the 80’s and 90’s have been leading the UP LAW for UP PGH campaign under the auspices of the UP Law Alumni Relations Office. Prof. Jay Batongbacal represents us in the UPD Covid-19 Taskforce to which Class ‘82 has provided assistance. Our Maintenance personnel provide transportation to RITM volunteers. Class ‘94 is prepared to ensure our outsourced utility staff are not displaced by their no work-no pay conditions.

Having said all these, I want to say again that our first priority at this time is our health and well-being. We are as grateful to those who are able to continue serving at this time as much as we are united to the sacrifices and difficulties of those unable to respond or participate, or those whose time and efforts are meanwhile required by their families and other personal concerns.

We continue to lead and inspire others to focus on the light in these dark times.

Thank you very much.

Professor Fides CORDERO-TAN
Dean, UP College of Law

View Dean's Message for the Administrative Staff

Mga minamahal kong kawani at kapanalig sa UP Law Complex,

Nawa’y lahat kayo at ang inyong mga mahal sa buhay ay nasa ligtas at mabuting kalagayan.

Ipinaaalam ko sa inyong lahat na ang pamunuan ng UP Diliman ay mag-aakyat sa BOR ng mungkahing panatiliing suspended ang lahat ng klase hanggang sa katapusan ng kasalukuyang semester. Ang ibig sabihin ay malamang na hindi na magbubukas ang Malcolm para sa mga mag-aaral hanggang Hulyo o Agosto. Wala pang patalastas patungkol sa kung ang mga academic or non-academic staff o REPS ay pababalikin sa campus, o tulad ng mga mag-aaral, ay work from home or sa online na rin tayo magpapatuloy ng ating trabaho.

Pinasasalamatan natin ang mga patuloy na naglilingkod sa panahon ng lockdown. Mistula namang lahat ng mga units at tanggapan ay may output at patuloy ang ugnayan sa isa’t isa. Pinaparangalan natin si Manang Bella at ang kanyang staff na hindi humihinto hangga’t hindi matiyak na tayong lahat ay tumatanggap ng ating mga sahod sa tamang panahon. Sa aking kaalaman, kasama dito ang lahat ng kawani, kasama ang mga contractuals at JO’s. Maraming salamat muli sa lahat.

Ipagpatuloy natin ang ating ugnayan sa isa’t isa, at huwag mag atubiling magpabatid kung mayroon kayong mga kakaibang pangangailangang dulot ng quarantine o Covid-19.

Ingat ang lahat.

Classes suspended since 9 March 2020

There is nothing more important at this time than ensuring the health and safety of our faculty, students and staff. Hence, all face-to-face and online classes of UP Law have been suspended (view the memo of Dean Fides Cordero-Tan) in accordance with the announcement of Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo. All students must stay at home until further notice. 

There will be no make-up classes in the College during this period; professors and students are however encouraged to keep in touch online for assignments, online midterms, or other instructions for self-directed learning. The UPD announcement states that work is likewise suspended in UPD, but offices are “directed to maintain a skeletal complement”. 

Please refer to the following COVID-19 dedicated pages for pertinent announcements, issuances, and resources:

#UPLawHelps: Online Legal Aid

#UPLawHelps is an ad hoc initiative prompted by the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. Go to #UPLawHelps Portal

It brings together the entire UP Law Community (Administration, Faculty, UP Law Center, Students, and Alumni) to provide: (a) legal education, counseling, and advise, and (b) if necessary in exceptional cases, legal representation to individuals or sectors affected by the application and enforcement of RA 11469, RA 11332 or rules and regulations pertaining to the Enhanced (in specific areas, “Extreme Enhanced”) Community Quarantine.

Contact #UPLawHelps

#UPLawHelps shall operate out of a dedicated portal on the UP College of Law website (https://law.upd.edu.ph/uplawhelps/) and through the official email address: uplawhelps@up.edu.ph.

All requests for advice or assistance shall be attended to between the hours of 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm from Mondays to Fridays.

UP Law Students & Alumni Initiatives

Several UP Law students and alumni volunteers offer their services for free. Reach them via Facebook: 

The entire UP Law Community expresses its deepest gratitude for the overwhelming support our UP Law for PGH campaign has received. As of 20 April 2020, through the UP Law Alumni Relations Office, we were able to raise P5,617,205.70 worth of donations in the form of cash, pledges, and medical supplies, for our brave frontliners at the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP PGH). Many UP Law batches have donated and continue to donate. Your generosity in this time of crisis will go a long way in helping our Covid-19 support. For those who want to help, you can send your donations to UP College of Law Development Foundation, Inc. PNB UP Campus Branch Account No. 1086 7000 5405 (Kindly email your proof of transfer of funds to uplawforpgh@gmail.com).

Salamat sa pusong maalab kung magmahal, kapwa Iskolar ng Bayan. #UPLawforPGH #UPLawHelps

General Information on COVID-19 and ECQ
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Transition to Online Learning (Resources)

We are currently working to provide UP Law students and professors relevant online learning/teaching tools. In the meantime, we also recommend the following online resources:

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COVID-19 RESPONSE

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Magsaysay Avenue, UP Diliman, Quezon City 1101 
Phone: (+632) 8 920-5514
Fax: (+632) 8 925 5855; (+632) 8 929 7137; (+632) 8 929 7156; (+632) 8 929 5854; (+632) 434-9528

Office of the Associate Dean
Phone: (+632) 8 925 5855; (+632) 8 920 5514 loc. 313 or 314
Email: oad_law.upd@up.edu.ph