Four more medical schools in Manila can hold limited face-to-face classes

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The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Medicine asked for the "gradual reopening" of its clinical clerkship program at the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) — The Manila City government has approved the conduct of limited face-to-face classes in four more medical schools.

These are the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) College of Medicine, Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts and Sciences, Chinese General Hospital Colleges, and Manila Theological College's College of Medicine, the city government announced in a statement Wednesday.

Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso gave his green light following a meeting with school officials on their proposal to hold face-to-face classes and clerkship programs for health-related courses.

The city government said PLM asked for the "gradual reopening" of its clinical clerkship program at the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center. The Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts and Sciences requested the same for classes and clinical clerkship under its Doctor of Medicine program.

Meanwhile, the Manila Theological College's College of Medicine proposed to allow fourth year medical students to be on a limited in-hospital duty at the Tondo Medical Center.

The Chinese General Hospital Colleges likewise sought the conduct of hands-on pre-clinical training and clinical rotation in their campus laboratory and hospital under the following programs: Doctor of Medicine, BS Nursing, BS Medical Technology, BS Radiologic Technology, and BS Physical Therapy.

"What is the goal here? To produce doctors, nurses, midwives and all others allowed ng CHED (Commission on Higher Education) to conduct face-to-face classes," Domagoso said, according to the city government. "If we can produce that next year, then at least we can continue strenghten our medical professionals handling the situation."

The mayor also assured the medical schools that they can avail of the city's COVID-19 testing services.

Domagoso also approved in February the resumption of some face-to-face classes at the University of Santo Tomas and Centro Escolar University.

This is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to allow in-person classes for the medical and allied health programs of higher education institutions in areas under the general community quarantine and modified GCQ.

A joint memorandum of the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Health requires universities and colleges to consult with their respective local government units first before conducting these face-to-face classes.