Limited in-person classes in all degrees allowed under Alert Level 2

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MANILA – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced on Friday that limited face-to-face classes in all degree programs have been authorized for up to 50% capacity in places classified as Alert Level 2.

According to CHED Chairperson J. Prospero de Vera III, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases issued the green light on November 4 if the schools meet the following conditions:

– The students, faculty, and employees must be vaccinated;
– The local government is okay with it; and
– Their facilities have been retrofitted and inspected.

“In the IATF, we discussed the other day that in places where it is already Alert Level 2 we will allow now face-to-face up to 50 percent capacity in all degree programs,” de Vera said in a speech at the ceremonial vaccination in Palawan State University.

“[S]o na-approve po sa IATF kahapon, that (Alert Level 2) is equivalent of MGCQ (modified general community quarantine) areas (That was approved at the IATF yesterday because alert level 2 was equivalent to MGCQ),” he added.

These limited in-person classes, according to De Vera, will most likely begin in areas with a high immunization rate, such as Metro Manila universities.

“So we ask everyone to get vaccinated so that we have now other options to open our classrooms and so that we can slowly bring back our students and get them to go to their schools,” he said.

Previously, more than a hundred higher education institutions were permitted to resume face-to-face classes for medicine and related health sciences.

President Rodrigo Duterte approved its expansion for engineering and technology, hotel and restaurant management, tourism and travel management, marine engineering, and marine transportation courses in September of last year.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.