The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Hospital Management has confirmed that a total of 530 of its hospital staff members are in quarantine due to exposure to patients with or suspected to have COVID-19.
According to The Varsitarian, the official newspage of UST, the hospital announced on Friday that it would regulate admissions.
The UST Hospital will also postpone elective procedures in selected units to reduce workforce due to the incident.
The health workers under quarantine includes consultants, fellows, residents, nurses, and aides, according to a statement from the hospital.
“To address the issues brought about by the depleted workforce, we have consolidated several wards in the Private and Clinical Division, temporarily held elective admissions and had to temporarily stop elective procedures in selected units,” the statement read. — Neena Armillo
Justice Marvic Leonen has proposed a ‘pass or fail’ system to the Supreme Court En Banc for the 2020 bar examinations.
Justice Leonen said it is high time to have a computerized examination for the bar examinations across the country.
The bar exams are usually conducted in one university in Manila every November. Leonen also proposed to upload all the bar examination questions and answers from the last 40 years in the Supreme Court website.
As chairman of the 2020 bar examinations committee, Leonen assures a fair exam for all aspiring lawyers.
“It is not an exam to find out the most brilliant of lawyers. It is only an exam to add in to our ranks those lawyers that deserve to practice,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)
As far as several Metro Manila universities are concerned, majority of their students have already decided on who to vote for in the May 13 Midterm Elections.
According to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the youth had been a force to reckon with in the last Presidential election and that they still could make a big impact on the May 13 polls.
Based on Comelec data, one third (31%) of the voting population is comprised by the youth, and that the candidates are being wise enough to woo the Millennials for their votes.
In the mock elections held at the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila and Baguio this April, Liberal Party candidates took the lead, followed by several independent and administration candidates.
The mock election at PUP Manila, on the other hand, showed that an independent candidate took the lead followed by opposition and administration candidates.
Meanwhile, Atty. Larry Gadon’s campaign had been proven effective among the students in De La Salle University Dasmariñas.
The Liberal Party, on the other hand, led in mock elections held at the University of Santo Tomas, the Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of San Carlos in Cebu.
Political analyst Edmund Tayao, however, said the mock elections have no enough bearing on the real elections, and that there is a big difference on the results of the national surveys and the mock elections in universities.
“Kung hihimayin mo ang resulta in terms of segments and sector in society, consistent yan, walang problema. Pero yung sasabihin mo na magiging significant sya sa overall result eh hindi yan ang lumalabas kung ikukumpara sa national surveys [If you will scrutinize the results in terms of segments and sectors in society, they are consistent. But saying that they will be significant in the overall result, it’s not what the national surveys had been showing],” he added.
Several mock elections are still being lined up in various universities. Other political analysts, however, said that mock elections do not reflect the real sentiments of the whole nation. – Maris Federez (with reports from Mon Jocson)
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