Bulletin : Influenza A H1N1 Virus

DATE : 15 June 2009
TO : The Academic Community

FROM : Br. Armin Luistro FSC, President and Chancellor

RE : Reopening of Classes

We would like to reassure the academic community that De La Salle University is a safe and clean campus and that we are exerting all efforts to manage the spread of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus.

The University is under the constant guidance of the Department of Health (DOH) and is strictly following all protocols required by the Department as well as by the World Health Organization (WHO).

On June 11, WHO raised the pandemic alert from Phase 5 to Phase 6, which reflected the virus' geographic reach, not its severity. In the Philippines, the DOH noted that positive cases in universities were all mild, thus classes will not be suspended even with new confirmed cases. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said the Department is preparing to shift its control strategy from containment to mitigation, which means that it will focus on taking care of the sick, providing guidance for people to protect themselves and their families, and monitoring the spread of the virus. (DOH Update No. 38)

He also pointed out that "there is no need to wear masks, quarantine entire rooms or floors and suspend business activities." (DOH Update No. 36)

Be that as it may, we continue our campus-wide sanitation process to keep the campus a conducive place for learning.

It is the whole community's responsibility to prevent, manage, and monitor the spread of the virus. As we resume classes, we continue to seek everyone's cooperation and vigilance. If any member of the community experiences flu-like symptoms, please seek medical attention and stay home for seven days or until symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep the patient from infecting others.

For medical, academic, or administrative information, regularly check your DLSU email account and the DLSU web site. The website includes a Frequently Asked Questions section, for which answers to many questions are provided.  We have also set up information booths around the campus and created social networking accounts in Multiply and Facebook as alternative channels.

During this time, we urge everyone to exercise understanding and patience towards those whose health have been affected.

I hope these developments will strengthen our resolve and commitment as a Lasallian family to effectively handle the situation.

For more information, please check the A (H1N1) Frequently-Asked Questions (pdf/56kb)


Contact Information

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(Student Personnel Services Building)
2401 Taft Avenue, Malate
1004 Manila, Philippines
Tel. Nos.: (63.2) 536.0252; 524.4611 loc. 710
Email: University Clinic

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