The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has joined the call for different schools and universities to strictly adhere to the health protocols that have been established by the government.
This comes in the wake of the alleged basketball training camp that was established by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Sorsogon that has led to an intense investigation involving the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC), the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) and the Department of Health (DOH).
CHED, is the government agency tasked with overseeing tertiary education in the country. Its chairman Chairman Prospero De Vera III said that they have not been remiss in reminding students to stay at home, which are in line with the protocols set forth by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) that was created by the PSC, DOH and the GAB.
“Safety of our students is the topmost concern,” said De Vera during the online meeting on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Also present for the virtual meeting were PSC national training director Marc Velasco, GAB chairman Baham Mitra, CHED executive director Atty. Cindy Jaro, and DOH representative Rodley Carza.
The UAAP through executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag, said the school in question is already in the final stages of its internal investigation which has already prompted Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) director Fr. Jannel Abogado, OP to tender his resignation.
"The University of Santo Tomas has announced that it has created a committee to investigate reports that may run contrary to government regulations. The fact-finding committee is wrapping up their investigation and will be forwarding the result to the Rector's Office tomorrow," read the statement.
"A member of the committee will be asked to submit the report and attend a meeting with the Commission on Higher Education, Philippine Sports Commission, Department of Health, and Games and Amusements Board." The group will once again convene on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.(JNP)