NO FOREIGN student in Cebu City has applied for the repatriation program of the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).
According to Fr. Elano P. Bucia, officer-in-charge of the Office of External Relations at the University of San Carlos (USC), none of their foreign students advised them that they applied for the program.
“Nonetheless, USC knows of some who have flown back to their home countries, including a group of Koreans on April 28 and 29, 2020,” Bucia stated.
He added that some of their foreign students responded directly to the prior survey conducted by Ched and posted on their websites and also in the other colleges and universities.
Yolly Sayson of the Registrar’s Office of University of Cebu (UC), said they do not have foreign students who sought repatriation.
The repatriation program of Ched is a way of helping those tertiary school foreign students who are stranded within the country due to the lockdown.
There are 2,000 foreign students from different higher education institutions (HEIs) in Cebu City out of 3,000 foreign students in Region 7.
Most of them are Indians and Africans who were unable to go home to their countries after flights were canceled at the start of the enhanced community quarantine on March 30, 2020.
The Ched’s Office of Student Development Services will be the one to coordinate with the different regional offices of Ched and handle the program. (JCT)