College students can take face-to-face classes without medical insurance – IATF – Manila Bulletin

College students can take face-to-face classes without medical insurance – IATF

The government’s pandemic task force has repealed the policy requiring students at higher education institutions (HEIs) to have medical insurance before participating in in-person classes, Malacañang announced.

File photo of students wandering around campus before the pandemic. (ALI VICOY/MANILA BULLETIN/FILE PHOTO)

Undersecretary for Communications Kris Ablan made the announcement as the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases decided to keep Metro Manila and many other areas under alert 1 from June 1 to 15, 2022.

In his Friday, May 27 press briefing, Ablan said the IATF had endorsed the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) recommendation to remove said requirement.

Prior to this decision, HEIs were mandated to ensure that students who will participate in face-to-face classes are registered with PhilHealth or have equivalent medical insurance that covers medical costs for Covid-19 as direct or indirect contributors. .

In March this year, the IATF allowed higher education institutions in areas under Alert Level 1 to hold face-to-face classes at up to 100% classroom capacity, but only fully vaccinated students and teaching and non-teaching staff are permitted on the premises.

The IATF made the decision as the government slowly eased Covid-19 restrictions to revitalize the economy.

The working group stated that HEIs could choose which learning modalities to operationalize as long as there is continuity of learning within any flexible learning method. This is to accommodate unvaccinated or partially unvaccinated students.

Similarly, there are no restrictions on student dormitory operations, but HEIs should coordinate with their local government units before reopening.

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