College students need PhilHealth, medical insurance for F2F classes

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) — Students returning to limited face-to-face classes must be registered with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp or any medical insurance covering expenses for COVID-19, Malacañang announced Friday.

In his briefing, Deputy Spokesperson for the Acting President, Kristian Ablan, cited the Interagency Task Force for Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolution 164 which requires medical insurance coverage for returning students. in-person lessons.

“HEIs (institutions of higher education) ensure that students who will participate in the conduct of limited face-to-face courses are registered with PhilHealth or equivalent medical insurance that covers medical expenses related to COVID-19, in as a direct or indirect contributor,” reads part of the resolution.

The IATF resolution also said students over the age of 21 can enroll in PhilHealth as indigent members, assuming the student has no visible means of income. Persons under the age of 21 may be classified as dependents of their parents or legal guardians.

The resolution quoted as basis section H of the common circular no. 2021-004 of the Education Commission and the Ministry of Health which set out guidelines on the establishment of limited face-to-face classes for all programs at higher education institutions.

“In the event of a breach of this provision and a student is shown to be infected with COVID-19 due to participation in the limited face-to-face courses, HEI will facilitate necessary medical treatment/procedures for the pupil or pupils concerned,” the provision reads.

Classrooms under Alert Level 1 now have 100% seating capacity. Only teaching and non-teaching staff and duly vaccinated students will be allowed to enter the premises.

Schools are allowed to choose the applicable learning modalities, as long as there is flexible learning continuity under conditions. They can also take a self-assessment checklist on their self-reopening capacity and get technical assistance from their respective localities, local IATF and CHED.

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