The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has imposed a moratorium on field trips yesterday, February 21, following the recent tour bus incident in Tanay, Rizal that left a number of Bestlink College of the Philippines (BCP) students dead and injured.
CHED Chairperson, Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, stated in a memorandum addressed to the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) administrators that the said suspension on the conduct of all field trips and similar physical activities in all public and private HEIs shall be effective immediately.
The memo also informs about the policy review “to strengthen mechanisms that safeguard all students at all levels and faculty members in activities included in the curricular, research and extension programs of HEIs”.
During the Commission en Banc meeting, the CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 17, series of 2012 was reiterated, stating the “Policies and Guidelines on Educational Tours and Field Trips of College and Graduate Students”.
Dr. Licuanan also urges the schools to design and propose a substitute to their lined-up out-of-campus activities to ensure that no untoward event will occur while still preserving their objectives.
The moratorium is set to take place “until all measures have been undertaken to effectively address the issues concerning field trips and the stringent procedures supposed to be adopted by HEIs to ensure the safety and welfare of the concerned HEI stakeholders,” as the memorandum read.
An HEI’s failure to comply with the directive, as per CHED report, will be subjected to necessary sanctions to be instituted by the Commission. -AGA-