The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said Thursday it repatriated 13 students from Vietnam, Japan and the United Kingdom amid the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a statement, CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera said they coordinated with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Health to inform them the case of the students and their status as persons under monitoring (PUM) to ensure that they are assisted to return in the country.
"All other SUCs must continue to monitor their students who are still abroad and coordinate with CHED so we can assist in bringing them home, if needed," he said.
The students were brought to their respective provinces or temporary facilities to undergo self-quarantine protocols.
Among those repatriated are five BS in Hospitality Management students of the College of Management, and Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University who were interns in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
They returned to La Union and stayed at a temporary quarantine facility for 14 days before returning to their respective residences.
Five Aklan State University students who were in Hokkaido, Japan for an international internship under the Student Internship Abroad Program arrived Thursday and were placed under self-quarantine.
Earlier this week, University of the Philippines Los Baños reported that three of its faculty and staff members, who are scholars of the Dual PhD by Research Program of UPLB and the University of Reading (UoR) in the United Kingdom arrived in Manila last March 18.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier placed the country under the state of public health emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic.