Founded in 1908, the University of the Philippines (UP) pioneers academic standards and strategic innovations in different disciplines; provides training in leadership and responsible citizenship; and serves as a graduate, research, regional, and global university. To fulfill its public service function, the university established the UP Padayon Public Service Office, which coordinates and mobilizes the resources of the University in order to respond promptly and efficiently to the demands and needs of the surrounding community.
UP offers 258 undergraduate programs and 438 graduate programs to students from every region of the country. The university is organized into 7 constituent universities and one autonomous college in 17 campuses. What follows is a glimpse of the community engagement work carried out in each campus.
UP Diliman: The flagship UP campus offers various programs and activities aimed at improving and enhancing the quality of education in other areas through teacher training and development.
UP Manila: This campus is the country’s leading institution on health sciences, with a special focus on responding to the needs of marginalized sectors of society. Among UPM’s initiatives is UPM Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, a program that focuses on educational assistance, teachers development, community health, hospice care, environmental health education, disaster preparedness, and advocacy. Last year, the program mobilized 1,640 volunteers through health trainings, teacher development workshops, tutorial services, and medical and relief efforts to the communities affected by typhoons.
UP Los Baños: This campus is renowned for excellence in the fields of agriculture, veterinary medicine, and forestry. Its established centers and institutes focus on human and environmental development and management. Some of its programs include:
- Institute of Cooperatives and BioEnterprise Development (ICOPED): This program, housed in the College of Economics and Management, focuses on the development of cooperatives as viable economic and social business enterprises.
- UPLB Bee Program: A multidisciplinary research and extension program dedicated to promoting and integrating bee-related research.
- Barangay Integrated Development Program for the Nutrition Improvement of the Rural Poor (BIDANI): A community-based participatory development approach to help improve governance and food security in the rural villages of the Philippines.
- Farmer-Scientist Training Program (FSTP): A community-based program designed to liberate poor farmers from poverty and hunger through sustainable agricultural development.
- UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod: Similar to its counterpart in the Manila campus, this program focuses on educational development in the community, particularly in topics such as affirmative action, reading enhancement, youth and women development, and environmental education.