CHED orders Isabela Colleges to explain conduct of face-to-face classes during pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2020   •   611

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has issued a show-cause order to Isabela Colleges for holding face-to-face classes amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

CHED chairperson Prospero De Vera III said the college has been ordered to stop its in-person meetings as this clearly violates the guidelines being implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

The order was issued following a report that a student tested positive for COVID-19 and that he attended an on-campus orientation in August for its post-Baccalaureate students.

De Vera said city health officials were tracing up to 45 contacts of the said student.

Isabela Colleges was given ten days to explain why no sanctions should be imposed on its officials for their failure to comply with CHED advisories and the IATF guidelines. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

DTI opens business program for workers affected by pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), together with the Philippine Trade Training Center, has virtually launched a program that seeks to provide business mentoring and training for displaced and retrenched workers due to the pandemic.

The program, called Building an Entrepreneurial Society of Tomorrow Bootcamp: Accept, Adapt, and Act (BEST Bootcamp: 3A), conducts an integrated approach using lectures, case studies, business pitching workshop, mentoring, recital, and drillmaster sessions, the DTI said.

“It is designed specifically for employees of MSMEs (micro, small, medium enterprises), private school teachers, and other retrenched workers affected during this pandemic period,” it added.

Aspiring entrepreneurs with an identified passion or hobby that they want to turn into a profitable venture may also join the program.

“This entrepreneurship program is part of DTI’s 7Ms Framework for Successful Entrepreneurship, which covers Mindset, Mastery, Mentoring, Market, Money, Machines, and Models of Negosyo,” DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said in a statement.

The trade chief said the 7Ms are essential components for MSME development, and “will provide our people the needed entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.”

“All participants of the program will gain knowledge on the best practices for a successful entrepreneurship journey, coming from the experiences of our mentors and experts who have specialized in their fields of business,” he added.

Around 75-80 participants will be chosen to undergo the entire mentoring and training program. They will be provided with livelihood kits when they complete the program.

Aside from the 3A Program, DTI’s BEST Bootcamp also offers the Resilience, Recovery, and Rebuild (3R) Program, which focuses on entrepreneurial re-alignment, pivots, and balanced planning in running existing business ventures. 

Interested participants may send a message email BEST@pttc.gov.ph for more details.

QC gov’t revises age restriction: Only persons 18 to 65 allowed to go out

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government said it has raised the age of authorized individuals allowed to go out amid the pandemic to 18 years old.

In a statement, the city government said that persons between 18 to 65 years old are allowed to leave home, provided that they have company ID, school ID or any government-issued ID. Persons younger or older than the permitted ages may leave home only for buying essentials.

Children below 18 will be allowed to go out only for essential needs such as medical or dental appointments and that they must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, the local government said.

The parent or guardian should likewise supervise the minor in observing health protocols such as wearing of face masks, regular handwashing, and physical distancing, it added.

The city government said its revised guidelines is in line with the latest announcement if government’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Metro Manila to remain under general community quarantine.

Metro Manila mayors earlier agreed to still prohibit minors, aged 17 and below, from going out of their homes and visit shopping malls amid the pandemic.

CHED prepares guidelines for limited face-to-face classes for health-related courses

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2020

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is preparing its guidelines for the limited face-to-face classes for health-related courses.

According to CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera III, the said courses which might possibly have limited face-to-face classes are medical courses, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and courses with actual applications needed.

Baka iyon muna kasi hindi ka magiging magaling na doktor o nurse kung hindi ka talaga pupunta sa ospital (That would be it, for now. You won’t be a good doctor or nurse if you don’t go to hospitals),” he said.

De Vera also said schools might implement the limited face-to-face classes by the second semester of the first quarter of 2021 once they passed the inspection. Meanwhile, graduating students with laboratory subjects, and Hotel and Restaurant Management courses will be opened.

“And if indeed the retrofitting is good then we have more confidence that when the second semester comes up in January maybe we can start opening schools slowly,” De Vera added.

The Department of Education (DepEd), on the other hand, said it will leave the decision to President Rodrigo Duterte if face-to-face classes will be allowed for basic education or K to 12 classes. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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