All U.P. Workers Union Manila, Manila , Philippines
The All U.P. Workers Union Manila (UPWUM) is a chapter of the All U.P. Workers Union in U.P. Manila that represents workers and fights for their rights. UPWUM was registered as a public sector union in 1988. UPWUM is an autonomous Constituent University of the University of the Philippines System. Otherwise known as the "Health Sciences Center", it was composed of the different health colleges of the university like the Colleges' of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, etc. It has control of the Philippines General Hospital (PGH) - the largest in the Philippines. UPWUM also houses the Philippine's National Institutes of Health - the country's foremost research institution on the health sciences. The administrative rank-and-file employees of UPWUM totals to 3,400, or 40% of the 8,500 rank-and-file administrative employees of the entire U.P. System.
UPWUM 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 School of Health Sciences, its unit based in Leyte south of Manila, which consists of 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. In research, UPWUM 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.
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As the Philippines' health science center, UPWUM fulfills its role of improving the health of Filipinos by constantly ensuring the relevance and excellence of its academic programs, generating significant knowledge and technologies through its research, and rendering varied forms of health, training and extension services to Filipino communities. The programs and services address the priority health concerns of Filipinos and are being undertaken through close partnership and collaboration with the government, policy makers, other health institutions and professional health groups.
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