The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) on Friday said all degree programs were allowed to conduct limited face-to-face (F2F) classes in areas under Alert Level 2.

During the ceremonial vaccination of Palawan State University students, CHEd Chairman Prospero de Vera III said schools must have high vaccination rates among students and teachers, secure the approval of their local government units and have retrofitted facilities.

“Hopefully, by the second semester or January or February, we can do [F2F classes] already,” he said.

The IATF announced on Nov. 4 that Metro Manila would be under Alert Level 2 starting Nov. 5 until Nov. 21.

Aside from the three conditions cited by de Vera, F2F classes in Alert Level 2 areas would only be allowed up to 50 percent room capacity, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said.

“Pupuwede pong magkaroon ng limited [F2F] pero hindi po iyan instant. Hindi po magkakaroon ng [F2F] sa Lunes. Kinakailangan muna po pumayag ang mga LGUs at saka kinakailangan mag-retrofit muna po tayo ng mga classrooms,” he said.

De Vera said limited F2F classes were most possible in Metro Manila, which has been the priority area for Covid-19 vaccination in the Philippines.

Metro Manila is under Alert Level 2 from Nov. 5 to Nov. 21. John Ezekiel J. Hirro