Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has approved Centro Escolar University’s (CEU) proposal to hold limited face-to-face classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proposal was approved following a meeting between Domagoso and CEU officials on Monday, February 8.

Present during the meeting were CEU School of Dentistry Dean Dr. Pearly Lim, CEU Community Dentistry head Dr. Felipe Wilfredo Espineli, and CEU Security Department head Col. Nicanor Grino.

CEU President Dr. Maria Cristina Padolina, who was represented by the CEU department heads, relayed to the Mayor that their students’ graduation have already been delayed by a year due to lack of practicum as a result of quarantine restrictions imposed by the government.

According to Dr. Padolina, CEU’s application only covers limited face-to-face classes for graduating students from the School of Dentistry.

In response, Domagoso agreed that the city govermment and educational institutions in Manila would not be able to go far if “we stagnate,” stressing the need for more graduates for the country’s health sector.

“Wala tayong maa-achieve if we stagnate. We believe in those institutions who will ask the permission of the City to hold limited face-to-face classes,” the Mayor said.

Likewise, Domagoso told CEU officials that their students can avail free swab tests from the Manila City government should they “feel the need” for their students to get tested.

“If you feel as if you neeed your students to be tested, the City of Manila is offering the free swab testing that we have to help. Huwag kayong mag-alala. You have the support of your city,” the Mayor said.

With the clearance from the Manila City government, CEU will now begin complying requirements mandated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

Under CHED guidelines, educational institutions have to consult with their respective local government units first before submitting their official application for limited face-to-face classes.