Four more schools in the country’s capital were cleared for limited in-person learning in their medical and health allied programs.
Manila’s public information office said Mayor Isko Moreno approved the applications of the University of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo College, St. Jude College and National University.
The national government in February allowed for the move, citing the need for the training of would-be health workers to continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, the Commission on Higher Education has given its nod to over 60 colleges and universities, provided they meet the set health protocols.
In Manila, some schools have also offered their facilities as additional COVID-19 vaccination sites. Moreno sought to encourage the four institutions to get their employees vaccinated as they are now included in the government’s priority list at A4.
Groups have since pressed the government for plans on a safe school reopening.