/ 12 February 2021

TWO universities in Cebu lauded the decision of the Commission on Higher Education to allow medical schools in areas under modified general community quarantine to resume limited face-to-face classes.

University of Cebu Chancellor Candice Gotianuy said laboratory subjects are “extremely important” in the cultivation of skills not just for medicine but for other technical programs as well.

Gotianuy said the university’s School of Medicine will be very strict in implementing health protocols.

Peter Aznar, Dean of the School of Medicine of the Southwestern University Phinma, agreed with Gotianuy that clinical exposure is crucial in producing good doctors.

He said that strict monitoring of participants and aseptic techniques will be practiced inside the campus.

CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III said that schools will be inspected to determine their readiness for face-to-face classes.

De Vera said CHED will check the retrofitting of school buildings, facilities and classrooms including hallways, stairs and elevators to ensure compliance with health and physical distancing protocols.

He said that only students aged 20 and above will be allowed to attend physical classes.