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Plans for the journalism and communication arts programs to conduct in-person classes would push through this academic year, Faculty of Arts and Letters Dean Marilu Madrunio said.
The two programs under the Department of Media Studies have submitted their plans for the face-to-face classes to the University’s crisis management committee.
“Yes, certainly. Journalism’s proposal has been approved already by the University crisis management committee. Communication will submit their revised proposal very soon,” Madrunio told The Flame in an email message.
Madrunio said the faculty would observe health and safety protocols, including physical distancing and cyclical cohort schedules, during the resumption of the face-to-face classes.
“Students should also be registered with PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corp.) or an equivalent medical insurance. Only those fully vaccinated shall be allowed entry to University facilities,” she added.
Last year, Madrunio told The Flame that the Communication and Journalism programs would be prioritized once the government allows in-person classes since they require face-to-face interactions. She said the priority would be the higher years for the two courses.
While at least two AB courses are ready to hold face-to-face classes, none of its programs were given a safety seal by the Commission on Higher Education. The safety seal confirms an institution’s compliance with the health requirements set by the government. Recipients of the safety seal will be allowed a 10-percent increase in venue capacity for one year. F – Maria Michaela C. Nabaza