Schools advise students, staff who traveled abroad to self-quarantine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 3, 2020   •   1439

Several schools in Metro Manila has advised its students and employees who traveled abroad to self-quarantine for at least 14 days amid the novel coronavirus threat (2019-nCoV).

Among the universities that released a memo are Adamson University, Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Security Group (PSG) has recommended the suspension of all museum tours in Malacañang. The PSG’s recommendation is set to be submitted to the Palace’s Internal House Affairs Office.—AAC

Robredo undergoes quarantine after close contact with COVID-19 positive case

Robie de Guzman   •   August 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday said she is undergoing a self-quarantine following exposure to a staff from her office who contracted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“I started my quarantine yesterday after she developed symptoms. Because of this, I need to continue with my quarantine,” Robredo said in a statement.

She said she is set to take an RT-PCR test on Monday, the seventh day after her last exposure to the patient.

If she tests negative for the virus, Robredo said she would still complete her quarantine until the 14th day from her last exposure in compliance with the protocol.

She said her activities scheduled during this period will have to be cancelled.

“Apologies to everyone who may be affected by this,” she said. “I will continue to work from home during the entire period.”

CHED allows 73 universities to conduct limited face-to-face classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has approved the conduct of limited face-to-face classes in 73 universities.

During a virtual public briefing on Wednesday (June 16), CHED Chairperson Prospero de Vera III said several universities including the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and the Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) began conducting limited face-to-face classes in January. This was after President Rodrigo Duterte approved limited face-to-face classes.

“Sa ngayon, 73 na ang mga pamantasan sa buong Pilipinas na na-inspect na ng CHED, IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] at local government. Pinayagan na ang mag limited face to face. Mayroon pang nakapilang ibang pamantasan na ini-inspect pa ngayon,” he said.

(Now there are 73 universities in the country that were inspected by CHED, IATF, and the local government. Limited face-to-face classes are now allowed. We still have other universities lined up and are undergoing inspection)

De Vera said medical courses including Nursing, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, and Medical Technology are allowed to have limited face-to-face classes. He also reported that there were zero infections in UP College of Medicine and in OLFU after the opening of classes. The only reported cases of infection, he added, were in Region 8.

“Ibig sabihin, kung talagang tututukan ang compliance sa guidelines na ginawa ng CHED at ng DOH, health protocols at ba pa, ligtas ang mga estudyante dito sa ginagawa nating face-to-face,” he said.

(It means, if the guidelines implemented by CHED and DOH are strictly followed including health protocols, the students will be safe during face-to-face classes)

De Vera also said that the department is looking into expanding the limited face-to-face classes in other degree programs such as Engineering, Information Technology, and Maritime. However, he clarified that the final decision will still be up to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Kung makikita natin sa datos na ligtas ang unang batch dahil sa compliance sa guidelines ay pupunta tayo kay Presidente Rodrigo Duterte at hihingi ng approval na i-expand and limited fate-to-face classes sa ibang degree program,” he said.

(If we see that the first batch is safe from infection due to compliance with the guidelines, we will go to President Rodrigo Duterte and request for his approval to expand the limited face-to-face classes in other degree programs.) AAC

Universities offer facilities to serve as vaccination sites

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Several universities have offered their facilities to be used as vaccination sites for local government units (LGUs).

According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the agency and the Union of the Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) are collaborating with 17 public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) in establishing additional vaccination centers inside school premises.

The 17 HEIs that offered their facilities to serve as vaccination sites of local government units are:

  1. Our Lady of Fatima University – Valenzuela
  2. Manila Central University
  3. University of Perpetual Help System Dalta – Las Piñas Campus
  4. De La Salle University – Dasmariñas
  5. St. Louis University
  6. Central Philippine University
  7. West Visayas State University
  8. OLFU- San Fernando, Pampanga
  9. University of Baguio
  10. Benguet State University
  11. University of Cebu
  12. University of Perpetual Help – Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University
  13. OLFU-Quezon City
  14. De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute
  15. Notre Dame Kidapawan College
  16. North Valley College Foundation
  17. Cotabato Medical Foundation

CHED Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III said that more HEIs have signified their interest to become vaccination sites.

“These HEIs have been inspected by the CHED, the local IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force), and LGUs so we are sure that the proper health protocols, retrofitting of facilities, and the requirements for safety are already being implemented by these universities. These HEIs also have big facilities like gymnasiums that can be used for vaccination. They have the necessary health personnel who can assist in the vaccination drive,” De Vera said. AAC

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