Limited face-to-face classes have been allowed to gradually resume in Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) in San Fernando City, according to officials.
According to a Philippine Information Agency report, the city government awarded a Certificate of Compliance to the university after it retrofitted its campus in compliance with the minimum public health standards and safety protocols set by the local government unit (LGU).
“We have been back-to-work and back-to-business. Now we are trying to go back-to-school. We are the first LGU in Central Luzon to reopen,” San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago was quoted as saying in the report.
“This is a big contribution to the city and national government because we must still continue to produce graduates especially in the medicine and science programs which is what we need most during this pandemic,” he said.
According to the report, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) gave OLFU permission to resume limited face-to-face classes after it complied with the conditions set under Joint Memorandum Circular 2021-001 or the “Guidelines on the Gradual Re-opening of Campuses of Higher Educational Institutions for Limited Face-To-Face Classes During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
The resumption of physical classes is limited only to select health-related degree programs including medicine, nursing, medical technology/medical laboratory science, midwifery, physical therapy and public health, the report said.