The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has lifted the ban on off-campus field trips, which it earlier imposed following a bus crash that killed 15 people who were on their way to a camping activity.
CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan signed Memorandum Order No. 63 on July 25, which issues new guidelines on conducting off-campus activities.
“All Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are given the authority to design, determine and approve the conduct of off-campus activities as part of a duly approved curriculum as noted by CHEd and as part of the HEI’s particular context or respective mission,” the document read.
The memorandum order requires HEIs to check the condition and loading capacity of vehicles to be used in off-campus trips, observe faculty-student ratio, and provide insurance for students and faculty members among others.
CHED also prohibits HEIs to impose punishments on students who failed to join the off-campus activity.
In February, CHED banned colleges and universities from carrying out field trips, after a bus carrying students from Bestlink College of the Philippines-Novaliches rammed into an electric post in Tanay, Rizal.
CHED instead directed HEIs to "institute replacement activities that will serve the purpose intended by such off-campus activities."