Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno has approved the proposal of University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Centro Escolar University (CEU), to hold limited face-to-face classes amidst the Covid19 pandemic.
The proposal was approved following a meeting between Moreno and officials of the two universities, last week.
CEU President Dr. Maria Cristina Padolina, who was represented by the CEU department heads, said that their students’ graduation has already been delayed by a year due to the lack of practicum as a result of quarantine restrictions imposed by the government.
According to Dr. Padolina, CEU’s application covers limited face-to-face classes for graduating students from the School of Dentistry.
Last Feb. 3, Moreno also approved the plan of UST to conduct limited face-to-face classes for medical and allied health programs.
However, Moreno reminded UST officials that students who refuse to participate should not be forced to do so.
The mayor agreed that the city government and educational institutions in Manila would not be able to go far if “we stagnate,” stressing the need for more graduates for the country’s health sector.
“Wala tayong maa-achieve if we stagnate. We believe in those institutions who will ask the permission of the City to hold limited face-to-face classes,” the Mayor said. ANDI GARCIA