PUP runs face-to-face Education on Wheels program


August 10, 2022

About 60 young and adult learners attended the on-site pilot run of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines’ Education on Wheels in Tondo, Manila.

Also known as Pamantasang Bayan, this initiative that started in October 2021 offers Bachelor of Science in Office Administration to marginalized sectors through the PUP Open University System (PUP OU).

Marimar Eder, mother of two, said that the program brings hope to the unprivileged.

“Wala po kaming panggastos. Bukod po sa libreng gamit, nakatungtong po kami sa kolehiyo ,” Eder shared.

To date, 60 students grouped in two sections are enrolled in the program through Education on Wheels. Program Chair, Prof. Jonathan Florida, said that the pilot run was done in preparation for the hybrid classes beginning in October.

“‘Yung isang section ay dedicated sa day class, at ‘yung isa ay sa night class para ma-accommodate natin ang single parents at mga nagtatrabaho ,” Florida explained.

Emphasizing quality and accessible education, PUP OUS Executive Director, Dr. Carmencita Castolo, says that the University aims to broaden the program by reaching out to more partners so that students will be given more benefits.

“We bring education right at the doorsteps of our prospective students. At pagka-graduate nila, tutulungan din natin silang makahanap ng trabaho ,” Castolo said.


The university partnered with the Sandiwaan Center for Learning, a Non-Government Organization that provides basic and technical education to the poor, in identifying the pilot community in Manila.

Meanwhile, the bus that was converted into a mobile classroom was donated by the Century Peak Corporation. (Story courtesy of George Vincent Gamayo)

For more details, kindly contact Mr. Angelo G. Acedera at 0945-4855-227 or [email protected]


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