Palace approves limited face-to-face classes for medical, allied health programs

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in today’s Malacanang Press Briefing

QUEZON CITY, Jan 26 (PIA) -- Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, Jr confirmed the resumption of limited face-to-face classes for medical and allied health programs in higher educational institutions under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) areas.

“This is for medical schools, and medical and allied health programs in higher educational institutions  in MGCQ and for higher educational institutions in GCQ with base hospitals that cater to COVID-19 patients,” Spokesperson Roque said during the virtual press briefing held today.

According to Roque, limited face-to-face classes for doctors and other allied professionals are necessary to keep their numbers sufficient. 

Areas under GCQ are Metro Manila, the provinces of Batangas, Isabela, Lanao del Sur, Davao del Norte, and the cities of Santiago, Iloilo, Tacloban, Iligan and Davao, while the rest of the country remained under MGCQ until the end of January 2021.

The country has suspended face-to-face classes since the government implemented strict community quarantine in mid-March 2020 to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has allowed the resumption of face-to-face  clinical internship programs in the University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH). (JLB/PIA-IDPD)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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