BAYANIHAN NA! Support for the Philippine General Hospital and the UP College of Medicine Faculty Assistance Fund (2020 – present)

Pandemic COVID19 has put massive strain on the health system and the need for personal protective equipments (PPE) grew dramatically. Public hospital Philippine General Hospital, operated and administered by UP Manila, has called for assistance in raising funds for purchasing PPEs for its health personnel. In early 2020, UPAA-NL answered this call by selling face masks and was able to raise and contribute €3,600 to BAYANIHAN NA! Through the fundraising activity Diwa ng Pasko 2020, UPAA-NL raised €851.29 for the UP College of Medicine (UPCM) Faculty Assistance Fund. This will help in shouldering costs incurred by the UPCM Faculty members related to COVID19 protection and medical costs.

UP Rural High School Physics Laboratory and Mobile Exhibition (2017 – present)

Scientific experimentation is vital to learning and critical thinking. To support UP Rural High School in buying equipment for its own physics laboratory, UPAA-NL organised bowling competitions in 2018 and 2019 and a bingo event in 2017. The project has several phases involving the purchase of laboratory equipment. UPAA-NL has successfully funded the acquisition of the prioritised laboratory equipment. The purchased equipment has been delivered and is now being used by the students. For 2020 and 2021, UPAA-NL continues to coordinate with UPLB on the purchase of additional laboratory equipment. Funds raised from the Diwa ng Pasko 2020 activity will be donated to this project.

Fundraising for students affected by the Mindanao Earthquake (2019)

To give financial support to students in need due to the strong earthquake that hit Mindanao in late 2019, UPAA-NL held an auction during its Christmas Party. Friends of UPAA-NL were invited to join the party and auction. Over 350 euros were raised.

Donate A Book to UP Tacloban (2014 – 2015)

To help UP Visayas – Tacloban College (UPVTC) in rebuilding its library, UPAA-NL organised a book donation drive. Books were collected from various sources in the Netherlands. A total of 1,405 books were sent. UPVTC estimated the value of the books it received to be PHP1.3 million or approximately €25,000.

Support for students affected by Typhoon Haiyan (2013).

In November 2013, typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) drastically affected the lives of many students enrolled in the different campuses of UPV. UPAA-NL decided without hesitation to assist the students. Through contacts in UP Diliman, UPAA-NL donated funds to address the immediate and basic needs of these students (i.e. cross-registrants in UP Diliman). The UPAA-NL donations were given to the “One Stop Shop” (€750) and to the “Meals” of the UP students affected by typhoon Haiyan (€190).

Digitisation of the UP Main Library (2007 – 2012).

UPAA-NL raised €20,000 for four server units and the structured cabling of the Main Library building to upgrade and enhance the capability of the UP Library Systems in providing students, faculty members, staff of all university constituents, and outside researchers the best possible access to information they need in support of instruction, research, and extension.