Ugnayan ng Pahinungod is the volunteer service program of the University of the Philippines. It is a decentralized program which was launched in all UP campuses on February 28, 1994. Originally under the Office of the Chancellor, its stewardship was transferred to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension in 2000.
Pahinungod focuses on values education and fosters nationalism and social consciousness among volunteers. It sustains and revitalizes development initiatives for the benefits of underserved Filipinos.
More importantly, Pahinungod enriches teaching and research with knowledge culled from the people. It propagates action and values most honored in society–human dignity, social justice, love of country and respect.
The Meaning of Pahinungod
The name “Ugnayan ng Pahinungod” was taken from the Tagalog term “ugnayan” which means linkage of the volunteers with each other, with the University and with underserved communities.
“Pahinungod” is a Cebuano term which is the closest Filipino translation for Oblation, the UP symbol. Oblation means the offering of oneself in the service of the nation.
Pahinungod programs are undertakings that address development concerns of communities, organizations and specific groups such as students, teachers, farmers, youth and women.
Pahinungod uses a community-based participatory approach that integrates values education and establishes its beneficiaries to become self-reliant individuals and leaders in their respective communities.