Mass gatherings now allowed in colleges, universities in MGCQ areas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) — Mass gatherings in colleges and universities are now permitted in areas under modified general community quarantine, the Palace announced on Saturday.

"Pinayagan na rin ang mass gatherings sa higher educational institutions ngunit kailangan silang sumunod sa existing guidelines sa ilalim ng MGCQ," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in the regular Laging Handa virtual briefing.

[Translation: Mass gatherings in higher educational institutions have already been allowed, but these have to abide with the existing guidelines under MGCQ.]

This was among the Inter-Agency Task Force's amendments to the omnibus guidelines on community quarantine as stated in Resolution No. 47, Roque said. The guidelines previously prohibited all HEI activities that involved mass gathering of students.

The IATF also allowed training courses under the Technical Educational and Skills Development Authority to resume in both GCQ and MGCQ areas, the official added.

Roque said technical-vocational educational training (TVET) of TESDA is now allowed in GCQ areas, while face-to-face TVET training classes are allowed in MGCQ areas up to 50 percent capacity, subject to compliance with minimum health standards and TESDA guidelines and in consultation with local government units LGUs.

According to the IATF resolution, technical vocational institutions and TESDA technology institutions may resume the following trainings and assessments:

- Full online/E-learning trainings

- All training programs related to agriculture/fishery qualifications for food production processing

- Distance learning for TVET programs

- E-learning component of Blended Learning for TVET programs

- Dual Training System, Enterprise-Based Training, and In-Plant Training in establishments allowed to operate under GCQ

- Virtual Assessment and Portfolio Assessment through electronic means for certain TVET qualifications

With quarantine restrictions in place, TESDA‘s training and assessment classes have been suspended since March 13.