The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHEd) recommendation to gradually restart face-to-face (F2F) classes in areas under the alert level system.

The implementation of the limited F2F classes will be carried out in two phases, according to IATF’s Resolution No.148-G.

The first phase will start in December 2021. During this phase, all higher education institutions (HEIs) in areas under Alert Level 1 and 2 may apply to hold F2F classes.

HEIs in areas under Alert Level 3 may start applying for F2F classes in the second phase, which will start in January 2022.

The IATF listed the following conditions for F2F classes:

  • sessions must be held at 50 percent indoor venue capacity
  • only fully vaccinated teaching and non-teaching personnel and students are allowed to participate
  • permission of local government units must be secured

In a statement, acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said HEIs must always enforce minimum health standards among participants of in-person classes.

“As we slowly and cautiously open our college classrooms, we urge all stakeholders involved to work together to ensure the safety of our students so that they may be able to return to their schools secure in the knowledge that every effort has been made to safeguard their health,” he said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro