Stranded students to get transport rescue under DOTr proposal

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Posted at May 05 2020 11:13 AM | Updated as of May 05 2020 11:24 AM

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A mural depicts various workers at the A. Fernando Elementary School in Valenzuela City on Labor day, May 1, 2020, amid the enhanced community quarantine. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Department of Transportation said Tuesday it would propose a program to bring home students stranded in their apartments and dormitories due to COVID-19 lockdown.

The Hatid-Estudyante program is pending approval from the country's coronavirus task force, the DOTr said.

Over 9,000 students are stranded in dormitories and schools nationwide, a survey of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) showed. 

“Let us take care of the stranded students and bring them home through air, land and sea travel,” DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade said.

(We are developing a program to help stranded students return to their provinces)

An online platform was set up where stranded students can enroll to identify how many needs to be transported and their locations, the DOTr said. 

Classes remain suspended in areas under enhanced and general community quarantine areas.