LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 14 (PIA) - - Six higher education institutions with medical and allied health programs in the Cordillera region have resumed classes with limited face-to-face sessions for the second semester.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has approved the application the University of Baguio, Saint Louis University, University of the Cordilleras, Easter Colleges in Baguio City, and the Benguet State University and the Cordillera Career Development College in this capital town for limited face to face classes.
CHED Cordillera Regional Director Demetrio P. Anduyan, Jr. said these HEIs have complied with the necessary requirements and passed evaluation by CHED, the Department of Health and Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19.
SLU which is offering course in Medicine has requested for medical student clerkship, which was approved and allowed. The others have only applied for laboratory courses which are institution-based, said Anduyan.
President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier approved the resumption of face-to-face classes for medical and allied health programs in HEIs in areas under general and modified general community quarantine as the government saw the need of producing more health workers who play a vital role during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CHED-CAR issued a directive to HEIs that may opt to for face to face classes and are given until June 30, 2021 to apply.
"We only prioritized at this point in time ang ating courses aligned with health sciences because gusto rin naming tumulong sa vaccination efforts. Because if these students, our students in medicine sa nursing pag magkulang ang DOH ng mga people na mag vaccine sa ating mga bayan then we can offer the services of our health related students," Anduyan said.
After the medical and allied health courses, Engineering and Information Technology programs will also follow, he said. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)