Students welcome removal of medical insurance as requirement for in-person classes

Published May 28, 2022, 4:14 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

For the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the removal of the mandatory medical insurance for those who wish to attend face-to-face classes is a “win for all Filipino college students.”

(ALI VICOY / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Filipino students have once again proven that collective action yields victories.” NUSP National President Jandeil Roperos said in a statement.

NUSP, meanwhile, lauded tertiary students’ efforts against the mandatory medical insurance rule for limited face-to-face classes.

“The students and the youth juggled campaigning for the safe reopening of more schools and for pro-people candidates in these past months,” Roperos said.

“This win, borne of their tenacity, is for all students and their families, especially those most affected by the economic impacts of the pandemic,” Roperos added.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), as recommended by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), removed the said policy as announced by Malacañang on May 27.

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College students may attend face-to-face classes without medical insurance — IATF

NUSP noted that when CHED stated that health insurances were mandatory for students to attend face-to-face classes this year, the Union insisted as early as March that insurances must be “safety nets, not hurdles” to education and called for the policy to be removed — among others.

“The fight for a safe, accessible, and effective education after the widespread school closures two years ago continues,” Roperos said.

“The Union maintains the need for an augmented education budget and state-subsidized medical services for education stakeholders,” Roperos added.

 
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