With a two-year hiatus from face-to-face training due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Collegiate athletes received the green light for the return of training as per the approval of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

/ 18 November 2021

After Metro Manila was placed under Alert Level 2 until November 30, CHED gave the clearance for UAAP and NCAA schools to conduct physical training.

The said development was announced by CHED on Wednesday in preparation for the forthcoming collegiate league resumption in February 2022.

UAAP and NCAA teams already asked their players to be on call for training once all requirements are met.

Still, even though most student-athletes were vaccinated, CHED provided conditions to be met which are.

It includes filing self-assessment report forms, a letter of intent with attached documents, including a sworn statement from the HEIs adhering to the health regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19; a sample of health declaration forms to be filled up in every scheduled activity by the student-athletes, coaches, trainers, and the like; and proof of document of the activity with proper clearances from the corresponding local government units (LGUs).

Once all papers and requirements are submitted, CHED will conduct on-site inspections where facilities will be assessed including dormitory and transportation of food system, and other services like mental health services, and wi-fi connections; to which all aspects of health and hygiene protocols are at hand.

Once implemented and acknowledgment certification was given, all people involved in the training must take an RT-PCR test and net a negative test, or a 14-day isolation period before taking part in the training.

There should also be disinfection before and after training sessions. 

In the meantime, the NCAA is eyeing for a possibility to hold basketball and volleyball events apart from its online events while the UAAP is seeking to stage men’s basketball and women’s volleyball.

And with CHED’s recent announcement, both collegiate leagues may open their doors on other events like track and field and swimming.