The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the phased implementation of limited face-to-face classes for all programs in higher education.
Acting Presidential Spokesperson at Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles has announced on Wednesday that the phased implementation was proposed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to ensure the safe reopening of higher education institutions (HEIs) as parts of its mandate.
As per the guidelines on Nationwide Implementation of Alert Levels System for COVID-19 Response, limited face-to-face classes are now allowed under Alert Levels 1, 2, and 3, subject to certain conditions:
- 50% indoor venue capacity,
- No opposition from the local government unit concerned, and
- Participation of fully vaccinated teaching and non-teaching personnel and students only.
Phase 1 of the implementation will pilot in December 2021 onwards, wherein all HEIs in areas under Alert Level 2 may apply for limited face-to-face classes.
On the other hand, universities in areas under Alert Level 3 may start applying for limited face-to-face classes from January 2022 onwards as part of the implementation’s Phase 2.