University of the Philippines Manila The University of the Philippines Manila
) is a state-funded medical
and research university located in Ermita
. It is known for being the country's center of excellence in the health sciences, including health professional education, training, and research. It is the oldest of the seven constituent universities of the University of the Philippines System
, even predating the founding of UP by three years. Originally established on December 1, 1905 as the Philippine Medical School and later called as the UP College of Medicine and Surgery
on June 10, 1907. It was renamed as University of the Philippines Manila in 1983.
University of the Philippines Manila
Philippine Medical School
On December 1, 1905, the Philippine Medical School was established under Commonwealth Act No. 1415. It opened on June 10, 1907, and was housed at the School for the Deaf and Blind located on Malecon Drive (now Bonifacio Drive
). On June 18, 1908, the Philippine Assembly
passed the Act No. 1870, also known as the University Charter, marking the birth of the University of the Philippines
. The Act renamed the Philippine Medical School as the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and Surgery. The control and management of the medical school was entrusted to the University of the Philippines Board of Regents on December 8, 1910. Its name was shortened to the University of the Philippines College of Medicine on March 1, 1923.
UP opened its doors in 1909 with the School of Fine Arts, the College of Liberal Arts, College of Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering and the College of Law. It also operates the UP College of Agriculture in Los Baños, Laguna. These schools and colleges, established on different locations, were transferred to the UP Campus along Pedro Gil Street
on July 1, 1910 except for the College of Agriculture.
In 1907, the US government passed a law establishing the Philippine General Hospital
(PGH). It was founded by Dean C. Worcester, an American who was a member of the United States Philippine Commission. On September 1, 1910, the 350-bed capacity hospital was opened to the public for health care delivery and clinical instruction and training of medical students. Dr. Paul Freer served as its first Medical School Dean until 1912. On February 5, 1915, the Philippine Legislative Act No. 2467 reorganized the Training School for Nurses into the PGH School of Nursing and established it as a department of PGH. A few years later, in 1914, 1915 and 1927, the School of Pharmacy, Department of Dentistry and the School of Public Health were created, respectively, under the UP College of Medicine
. These units eventually became full-fledged degree-granting units in 1935, 1948, and 1932, respectively.
World War II
The Old Supreme Court Building was known as the UP Villamor Hall during the American Colonial Period. It formerly housed the Conservatory of Music and School of Fine Arts.
The university was destroyed during the Battle of Manila
in 1945. However, the College of Medicine under then Dean, Dr. Antonio G. Sison, and PGH were still able to fulfill their mandate of attending to the injured and the sick. On December 15, 1948, much the university transferred to its sprawling 493 hectare campus in Diliman, Quezon City. Three units, Medicine, Dentistry and Public Health, were left behind in the war-torn UP Campus in Manila. On the 40th anniversary of the University of the Philippines in 1949, the original Oblation
was transferred to UP's Diliman Campus
in Quezon City
from its original site along Padre Faura Street in Manila as a symbol of transfer of administrative seat.
In April 1948, the UP College of Nursing, which established in the Diliman Campus, instituted the first baccalaureate program in Nursing in the Philippines. More academic units were established in the 1960s. These included the School of Allied Medical Professions (1962), housed then at the National Orthopedic Hospital (now called the Philippine Orthopedic Center
), and the Philippine Eye Research Institute in 1965.
Health Sciences Center
Hilario D. Lara Hall, College of Public Health.
With the clamor to meet the health science education needs of the growing population, a Health Sciences Center within the University of the Philippines was created through the passage of RA 5163 on June 17, 1967. It was mandated to seek and emphasize the highest standards of training and research in the various health sciences.
However, the Center at the Diliman Campus
did not materialize due to fiscal constraints.
In 1972, the UP College Manila
was instituted as the first extension unit to offer liberal arts
courses. Thereafter, UP was reorganized into the University of the Philippines System
to effect institutional unity, while allowing decentralization of authority and autonomy of the component units through Presidential Decree No. 58, promulgated on November 20, 1972, under the administration of President Ferdinand E. Marcos
It was approved by the Board of Regents at its 828th meeting on November 21, 1972, and was implemented on January 1, 1973.
The UP Health Sciences Center became an autonomous component of the UP System through Executive Order No. 519 dated January 24, 1979. At that time, the center was composed of the College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, Institute of Public Health (now the College of Public Health), School of Allied Medical Professions (now the College of Allied Medical Professions), Philippine General Hospital
, UP Health Service, Philippine Eye Referral Institute (renamed as the Institute of Ophthalmology), National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions, Comprehensive Community Health Program, and the Anesthesiology Center Western Pacific. The last two units have since been abolished.
Through Executive Order No. 4, issued by then UP President Edgardo Angara on October 22, 1982, the UP Health Sciences Center was renamed as the University of the Philippines Manila and it became the second autonomous unit of the UP System
. The College of Nursing and the College of Pharmacy located in UP Diliman were transferred to the UP Manila, where they joined the rest of the health science units. On December 21, 1983, UPM underwent its first reorganization through Executive Order No. 11 integrating the UP Health Sciences Center and the College of Arts and Sciences (formerly called UP College Manila).
The Board of Regents approved the second reorganization of the UP Manila at its 1007th and 1008th meetings on December 21, 1987 and February 11, 1988, respectively. This reorganization transformed and crystallized UP Manila's philosophy, mission, organizational structure, governance and academic programs to what they are today. In 1989, the Institute of Health Sciences which used to be an extension unit of the College of Medicine, was transformed into the School of Health Sciences and became an independent unit.
Since 2001, the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing are recognized as Centers of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education
In addition, the College of Nursing is a WHO Collaborating Center for Leadership in Nursing Development in the Asia-Pacific region. The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization
named the College of Public Health as the SEAMEO-TROPMED Regional Center for Public Health, Hospital Administration, and Environmental and Occupational Health. The National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions is a WHO
Regional Education Development Center for Health Professions Education.
The centennial celebration of the University of the Philippines
began on January 8, 2008. As part of UP's centenary, an Oblation statue in front of the Philippine General Hospital was unveiled in December 2008.
In 2013, UP Manila was badly criticized when Kristel Tejada, a 16-year-old behavioral sciences student, committed suicide because she couldn't pay for her tuition fee for the second semester and was left with no choice but to drop out of school.
The Tejada family also has to pay the loan Kristel had taken for her first semester tuition. This event led to numerous student protests nationwide, mostly coming from the state universities and colleges, and the students from the UP System
The university was later pressured to lift its "no-late-payment" policy on tuition.
University of the Philippines Manila campus map
The Supreme Court
Annex Building, formerly the Main Library of UP.
UPM's buildings vary in age from the PGH Administration Building of the 1930s to new dormitories and facilities constructed in 2017. Most of UP Manila's buildings are designed in Neoclassical
style, a theme which has been preserved in recent architectural addition. Many buildings in the campus were designed by American Architect William E. Parsons
, in accordance to the Burnham
Plan of Manila. The design of the Philippine General Hospital
became the template for many tropical hospitals in Asia and tropical America.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines
declared several sites within the campus, specifically the Philippine General Hospital
, as heritage zones and were listed in the National Registry of Historic Sites and Structures in the Philippines.
The UP Manila Campus Planning, Development and Maintenance Office (CPDMO) offers planning and design services to all sectors of the university. It manages the creation of spaces that support and enhance teaching, research, and public service activities of UP Manila. It is also tasked to recover the lots and buildings that belongs to the university which are now occupied by the Court of Appeals
, Department of Justice
and the Supreme Court of the Philippines
The Supreme Court has announced its plans to vacate its UP Campus site in Manila and move to the Bonifacio Capital District in Taguig
with the Court of Appeals upon the completion of their new state-of-the-art building.
The Department of Justice is also slated to move to New Clark City
CPDMO is located on the former UP College of Dentistry Annex Building, which was constructed in the 1960s.
The UP Manila University Library and its nine college-based units compose the campus's library network, and as of October 2000 the library has a total collection of 189,874 volumes, including videos, sound recordings, and photographs. Since 1995, the University Library was a member of the Department of Science and Technology
– Engineering, Science and Education Library Network Project.
The UP College Medicine Library, officially as the Dr. Florentino B. Herrera, Jr. Medical Library, is a center for the study of medical and clinical sciences, and its collections are particularly strong in the subjects of basic and clinical biomedical subjects. It occupies the building adjacent to the University Library. Both library buildings were permanently closed in 2016, after they were endangered when the foundation of the nearby under-construction UP College of Medicine Academic Center sank.
Both buildings are now slated for demolition and will be replaced with a new University Library Building.
The UP Manila School of Health Sciences operates on three campuses located throughout the Philippines. Its main campus was the UPM-SHS Palo Campus
in Palo, Leyte. The other two campuses are the UPM-SHS Baler, Aurora Extension Campus in Luzon
, and the UPM-SHS Koronadal City Campus in Mindanao
Entrance of the Rizal Hall.
Calderon Hall, the home of the UP College of Medicine which was recognized as a Center of Excellence by the CHED
As the leading institution for medical education and research, UP Manila is regarded as the Health Sciences Center of the Philippines.
The university is one of the four pillars of the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium.
The UP College of Medicine
and the UP College of Nursing has been recognized by the Commission on Higher Education
as Centers of Excellence since 2001.
Likewise, its biology, medicine, and nursing programs have been listed as National Centers of Development and Excellence as of February 2001.
Moreover, its Clinical, Pre-Clinical, and Health subjects was ranked 126-150th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
while the life sciences and medicine programs of the University of the Philippines System placed 401-450th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject Area
UP Manila develops programs that serve as models and benchmarks of health education and health care in the Philippines. Many of the pioneering curricular programs are offered only in the university even until now, such as the Integrated Arts and Medicine Program (seven-year medical program); Master of Rehabilitation Science; MS in Clinical Audiology; MA in Health Policy Studies; the step-ladder curriculum of the UP Manila School of Health Sciences
, which was based in Leyte, that offers integrated courses on barangay health work, community health work, midwifery, nursing, and community medicine; and recent offerings that include the MS in Medical Informatics and the Diploma in Bioethics, a joint program with UP College of Social Science and Philosophy based in UP Diliman
The excellence of UP Manila's health courses is proven by the consistent 100% passing of its graduates in nearly all health licensure examinations every year, their placement in the top 10/20 posts of each exam, and consistently garnering the highest national passing rate among all health universities and colleges in the country, a feat which has been recognized many times by the Professional Regulation Commission
Its community-oriented programs has been lauded worldwide. UP Manila has nine degree-granting units, and it is a part of the University of the Philippines System
. The university has a total personnel complement of 1,328, while the Philippine General Hospital has 3,844 employees as of December 2016.
Admission to the university is very selective. Prospective students must pass the University of the Philippines College Admission Test
, which is part of the admission requirements for all the component units the University of the Philippines System, including UP Manila.
The university spends most of its budget to the students. For the school year of 2017 to 2018, UP Manila offers tuition-free education to its medical students through a cash grants program. It was funded through the ₱317.1 million allocation for eight selected state universities and colleges nationwide which offers medical programs, with each institution receiving an allotment of ₱39 million.
Students who will benefit from this program are expected to render a one-year "return service" to the Philippines for every cash grants he or she receives.
The program, although separate in nature, is still a part of the ₱8.3 billion free tuition program for undergraduate students in all state universities and colleges nationwide, or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act
, which prompted the university to stop collecting tuition fees to all undergraduate students indefinitely.
In research, UP Manila has been pursuing its mandate by generating and disseminating knowledge and technologies that can effectively contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of Filipinos. Its research outputs have greatly influenced the thrusts and directions of national health care programs and have been used as basis for policy formulation and implementation.
Researches which exerted the biggest national impact on Philippine health care include several research-based program recommendations generated through the national surveys on blindness and the studies on Hepatitis B
, and common parasitic infections, which were adopted by the Department of Health
; commercialization of five herbal medicinal formulations (lagundi
, yerba buena
, tsaang gubat
); textbooks and instructional manuals which are also used by other academic institutions; and recently, the evaluation by the UP National Institutes of Health
of the performance of PhilHealth
, the country's national health insurance program.
UP Manila strongly opposes the conduction of local scientific studies and the legalization of medical marijuana.
UP Manila Research Ethics Board
The University of the Philippines Manila Research Ethics Board (UPMREB) was created on September 27, 2010 to integrate all existing ethics committees in UP Manila under a single research ethics board with component review panels, and guided by a unified set of standard operating procedures (SOPs). This initiative was intended to streamline and harmonize the process of ethics review, maximize the utilization of human and institutional resources, and provide a supportive and enabling environment for research in the university. Its oversight applies to faculty, personnel, and students doing research in UP Manila; non-UP Manila researchers doing research in UP Manila; and non-UP Manila researchers doing research in non-UP Manila sites with no local ethics review committee (as mandated by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board).
Prior to the establishment of the UPMREB, the different component panels already had existing standard operating procedures (SOPs), now superseded, which were used as the basis for the content of this current integrated manual. One important contribution of this integration is the opportunity to closely review the old SOPs towards a more practicable set of procedures guiding UPMREB work.
The consulting organization and publisher of global academic rankings Center for World University Rankings
(CWUR) ranks U.P. Manila as second among all Philippine universities and 1,661st worldwide.
UP Manila is a part on the University Belt
, a de facto sub-district of the City of Manila
where there is a high concentration or a cluster of colleges and universities.
The university has produced remarkable alumni in their respective fields. Dr. Carmencita M. David-Padilla is the 9th and current chancellor of the university, who is also an alumnus of UP Manila where she obtained her medicine degree in 1981.
She has been recently reappointed will serve from November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2020.
Notable people from UP Manila include Elpidio Quirino
, the sixth President of the Philippines
, who graduated from the university with a law degree in 1915. Fe del Mundo
, a pediatrician
, was known as the first woman to be admitted as a student in Harvard Medical School
, and was the founder of the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines.
She graduated from the university in 1933 as valedictorian of her class.
In 1924, Alejandro Melchor
, who served as a Secretary of National Defense, obtained his civil engineering degree with the highest honors at that time when the UP College of Engineering was still based in Manila. Other notable UP Manila alumni includes Martino Abellana
, a renowned Cebuano
painter, and Trinidad Tarrosa-Subido
, a linguist and poet.
Americans who graduated from UP Manila include two Brigadier General
of the United States Air Force
: Van N. Backman
who obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1955, and Patricia C. Lewis
who earned her master's degree from the university in 1977. Ernesto Domingo
, a National Scientist of the Philippines
, also graduated from the university. Alfredo Bengzon
, the President and CEO of The Medical City
obtained his doctor of medicine degree from the university. UPM alumni in academia include Paulo Campos
, who was known for his work on nuclear medicine
, Luciano P.R. Santiago
, and Gregorio F. Zaide
. The latter two are multi-awarded historians. In film, entertainment, and television, UPM is represented by comedian actress Maricel Laxa
, and Vinci Montaner
, a founding member of the band Parokya ni Edgar
. Other prominent graduates include Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
, an international activist for Igorot
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