N PHOTOS: Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Wednesday, February 3 approved the plan of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to conduct limited face-to-face classes for medical and allied health programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.However, Domagoso reminded UST officials that students who refuse to participate in limited face-to-face classes should not be forced to do so.

It was approved after UST officials met with Domagoso to discuss how the educational institution will observe health and safety protocols, manage occupancy capacity, and implement contingency plans should students, faculty or staffers develop COVID-19 symptoms, among others.

A joint memorandum circular by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Health (DOH) requires higher educational institutions vying to conduct limited face-to-face classes to consult with their respective local government units their plans on how they will comply with government protocols.

Present during the meeting were Vice Mayor Ma. Sheilah ‘Honey’ Lacuna-Pangan, UST Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Dr. Cheryl Peralta, UST Faculty of Medicine Dean Dr. Odette Maglinao, UST College of Rehabilitation Sciences Dean Dr. Anne Aseron, as well as Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital Director Dr. Merle Sacdalan.