July 18, 2018, 11:25 pm
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Moratorium on field trips lifted but…

THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has lifted the moratorium on the conduct of field trips and other off-campus activities in public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) but imposed stricter guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone, especially the students.

CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera III said the moratorium, which was implemented in February after a bus accident in Tanay in Rizal left 15 college students dead and 40 others injured, was lifted on August 8.

But De Vera said CHED imposed stricter requirements, including a written consent of students’ parents and medical clearance for students who go on field trips and other out-of-school activities; making faculty members or other authorities monitor the students’ activities outside the university; providing insurance for students; ensuring registration, insurance, franchise and road worthiness of vehicles that would used to transport the students; and coordinating between the schools and the local government units where the events would be held.

He said the schools are also asked to provide alternative activities for students who could not join the off-campus events.

De Vera said the guideline was crafted following consultations with the Departments of Tourism and Interior and Local Government, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Leagues of Cities and Municipalities of the Philippines. – Jocelyn Montemayor
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