CHED lifts moratorium, issues stricter guidelines on off-campus activities

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Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Prospero De Vera

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has lifted the moratorium on off-campus activities of higher education institutions.

CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera said in a press briefing Thursday that it has been effective since August 8, which is 15 days after it was signed by CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan on July 25.

De Vera said they worked with different departments and officers of local government units to craft new guidelines that will cover off-campus activities.

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"We want to make sure that the student's safety is protected. So now we're requiring higher education institutions to make sure and be accountable that when they send their students outside the university, there are faculty or persons in charge that will monitor what the students are doing," de Vera said.

The Commissioner said the new guidelines, which will now cover all public and private higher education institutions, will also include other activities outside their schools like competitions, conferences, symposia, immersion, and sports activities.

The CHED will also require schools to get insurance for students, and to be stricter in scrutinizing the vehicles used in transportation of students.

The Commission issued the moratorium in February after the tragedy in Tanay which killed 15 college students and injured 40 others.

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"So we are requiring written consent of parents and if needed, medical clearance for students that go on field trips and other out-of-school activities and to make sure that universities provide alternative activities for students who cannot attend off-campus activities," de Vera said.