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Philippines to begin limited in-person classes on November 15

Christian Deiparine - Philstar.com
Philippines to begin limited in-person classes on November 15
Staff of Dagat Dagatan Elementary School in Navotas City prepare the classroom and other materials needed on Sept. 16, 2021 once the government allows the resumption of face-to-face classes.
The STAR / Geremy Pintolo

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will begin its limited resumption of in-person classes on November 15, a senior education official said Wednesday. 

President Rodrigo Duterte had approved the pilot run on 120 schools more than a year since classes were forced to be carried out remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a Senate education committee hearing, Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said the date coincides with the start of the second quarter of the ongoing academic year. 

The agency's chief of staff added there are now 59 public schools cleared for the Department of Health's granular risk assessment. 

In a list presented, the selected schools are from provinces such as Cebu, Antique, Masbate, Aklan, and Zamboanga Sibugay, to name a few. 

"Because we could not complete yet the 100, DOH will have a rolling assessment of the remaining schools periodically...until we're able to complete the 120 inclusive of 20 private schools," Malaluan said. 

The education official said there would be a close monitoring of the pilot run's progress, which would end on January 31, 2022. 

By February, Malaluan said more schools would start to be identified for the implementation's expansion that could then begin by March 7. 

DepEd and DOH have released the implementing guidelines for the conduct of the limited face-to-face classes. 

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As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: July 12, 2022 - 10:42am

Follow this thread for updates on when classes will resume, and how those classes will be conducted.

Photo: Students wearing protective face masks have their temperatures taken while entering their college campus in Manila on January 31, 2020. AFP/Ted Aljibe

July 12, 2022 - 10:42am

DepEd says School Year 2022-2023 "shall open on Monday, August 22, 2022, and shall end on July 7, 2023. It shall consist of 203 school days or as may be determined by further issuance/s in case of changes in the school calendar due to unforeseen circumstances."

April 18, 2022 - 10:11am

Sen. Nancy Binay calls on the Commission on Higher Education and the inter-agency task force on COVID-19 not to "burden" students over requirements for face-to-face classes.

Higher educations students are being required to present medical insurance and other documents before participating in face-to-face classes.

“This is a cumbersome and unnecessary requirement para sa college students, considering that by law, all Filipinos are automatic members of PhilHealth. Sa totoo lang, 'di kailangang dagdagan ang proseso, dapat nga mas simplehan pa,” Binay says.

November 12, 2021 - 9:10am

The Department of Education announces that it will increase the number of participating schools in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes.

"The expansion of the number of pilot schools will allow a greater degree of experience among all our regions that will serve us well for the expanded phase of face-to-face classes," DepEd says.

November 10, 2021 - 6:56pm

COVID-19 immunization has started for tertiary students in Ilocos Norte as part of the massive vaccination campaign of the Commission on Higher Education. 

This in preparation for the reopening of in-person tertiary classes, CHED-Regional Office 1 said as a ceremonial vaccination of students at Mariano Marcos State University was held on Monday in collaboration with the Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, the provincial government and Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center. 

About 800 students are expected to be inoculated through the CHED immunization drive. 

Prior to this, MMSU had already vaccinated 75% of its student population. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

September 28, 2021 - 8:13pm

President Rodrigo Duterte has authorized limited face-to-face classes for the following programs: 

  1. Engineering and Technology programs
  2. Hospitality/ Hotel and Restaurant Management
  3. Tourism/ Travel Management
  4. Marine Engineering
  5. Marine Transportation

Commission on Higher Education Chairman Popoy De Vera, who made the announcement, said the authorization applies to "degree programs that require hands-on experience in higher education institutions under Modified General Community Quarantine."

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