During a recent Zoom meeting among officials from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Union of the Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), 17 higher education institutions (HEIs) offered their facilities to be used as vaccination sites.
The two agencies have partnered for what they refer to as “complementary and holistic strategies that would encourage collaboration” among local government units (LGUs) and HEIs.
Upon signing a Statement of Bayanihan, CHED chairperson J. Prospero E. De Vera III and ULAP national president Governor Carlo E. Cua, aim for the partnership to respond to the call for a “Whole of Nation Approach”.
According to De Vera, the HEI’s facilities have been inspected and deemed suitable for vaccination programs.
The 17 HEIs that have offered their campuses as vaccine centers are: Our Lady of Fatima University (Quezon City, Valenzuela, Pampanga), Manila Central University, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (Las Piñas), University of Perpetual Help – Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University, De La Salle University (Dasmariñas, Medical and Health Sciences Institute), St. Louis University, Central Philippine University, West Visayas State University, University of Baguio, Benguet State University, University of Cebu, Notre Dame Kidapawan College, North Valley College Foundation, and Cotabato Medical Foundation.
The initiative comes as the country continues to face surging Covid19 infections, as well as a vaccine shortage.
As of April 13, the country has tallied a total of 884,783 recorded cases since the beginning of the global pandemic last year.