President Duterte has allowed limited face-to-face classes in schools offering medical and allied programs to ensure the availability of properly trained health workers, as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the approval covers higher educational institutions in places under the most lenient modified general community quarantine and general community quarantine with base hospitals that serve coronavirus disease patients.
Roque said, “This is to ensure that we won’t run out of doctors.”
He added, “If we do not allow it to continue, there would come a time that we would have no graduates and at the time of pandemic, we need all the doctors we can have.”
Roque noted that the IATF and the Office of the Executive Secretary have also allowed the resumption of face-to-face clinical internship program of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital.