Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso approved the proposals of three more schools to conduct limited face-to-face classes and clerkship programs for their medicine and allied health science programs.
The Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts and Sciences has been approved to gradually re-open its face-to-face classes and clinical clerkship under the Doctor of Medicine program.
The Manila Theological College – College of Medicine 4th year medical students have also been approved to conduct a limited in-hospital duty at Tondo Medical Center, the school’s base hospital.
Domagoso allowed the Chinese General Hospital Colleges to resume the hands-on pre-clinical training and clinical rotation in their campus laboratory and hospital for their students under the programs of Doctor of Medicine, BS Nursing, BS Medical Technology, BS Radiologic Technology, and BS Physical Therapy.
The local chief executive also approved the request of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila-College of Medicine for the gradual reopening of the clinical clerkship program at the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center.
Domagoso met with officials of the said schools at the Manila City Hall on Wednesday (March 3).
“What is the goal here? To produce doctors, nurses, midwives, and all others allowed ng CHED to conduct face-to-face classes,” the mayor said.
“If we can produce that next year, then at least we can continue to strengthen our medical professionals handling the situation,” he added.
The city mayor assured the school officials that the city government will offer swab testing for the students and professors.
“If you need testing for your students, we have a good capacity to test para magkaroon ng peace of mind among each other, including your professors,” Domagoso said.
“Gusto kong akapin ang lahat (I want to embrace everyone), we want to be inclusive—whether you’re a private hospital, you are in the City of Manila. Sabi ko nga sa inyo, bawat buhay ng doctors, nurses, and other allied medical services na nasa frontline is valued (As I have told you, the life of doctors, nurses, and other allied medical services in the frontlines is valued),” he added.
Domagoso allowed the University of Santo Tomas on Feb. 3 and the Centro Escolar University on Feb. 8 to conduct limited face-to-face classes for their medicine and graduating students.
According to the Commission on Higher Education guidelines, educational institutions must consult their respective local government units first before submitting their official application for limited face-to-face classes.