Mayor Isko approves PLM’s proposal for gradual reopening of clinical clerkship program

Published March 3, 2021, 3:15 PM

by Minka Klaudia Tiangco

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Wednesday, March 3 approved the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila’s (PLM) proposal to gradually reopen its clinical clerkship program for students in the College of Medicine.


The students will undergo the program, a requirement for graduation, at the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center.

PLM President Emmanuel Leyco said education, especially among medicine students, must continue especially amid the pandemic.

“Mahalagang magpatuloy ang pag-aaral at pag-graduate ng ating mga estudyante na nasa medisina para rin patuloy ang daloy ng ating mga manggagamot (It is important for the education and graduation of our medicine students to continue so that the emergence of health workers will be unhampered),” he said in a statement issued on Feb. 17.

In a Facebook post on Feb. 17, PLM said all students who will pursue clerkship at the Ospital ng Maynila will be subjected to a swab test before they report for duty.

PLM College of Medicine Assistant Dean Marita Fuentes said the students will not be assigned to the emergency room, outpatient department, or COVID-19 wards of Ospital ng Maynila during their clerkship.

In February, Domagoso approved the proposal of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to conduct limited face-to-face classes for its medical and allied health science programs. He also approved the proposal of Centro Escolar University (CEU) to hold limited face-to-face classes for its graduating students.

On Feb. 5, the Manila mayor said he is willing to approve the proposals of other medical schools to hold face-to-face classes to ensure that the country will not run out of doctors and other frontline health workers in the fight against COVID-19.

President Duterte approved the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) proposal to allow the holding of limited face-to-face classes for medical and allied health science programs.

Schools and universities that sought the Manila city government’s approval must also comply with other requirements set by CHED and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).