IN AN effort to optimize student learning and hopefully increase manpower in the country’s health system, Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU), one of Cebu’s most prestigious institutions in medicine and allied health sciences, recommences face-to-face classes with the approval of the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).

After over a year of exclusively online classes, CDU has resumed its face-to-face sessions for selected programs starting September 27, 2021. This is in accordance with the Ched-Department of Health (DOH) Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-001 on the Guidelines on the Gradual Reopening of Campuses of Higher Education Institutions for Limited Face-to-Face Classes During the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Prior to the reopening of in campus classes, necessary inspections were done by authorities such as the Emergency Operations Center-Local Task Force of Mandaue City (EOC-LTF), Mandaue City Health Office (MCHO), Ched, DOH and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

With Ched’s go signal, the university was finally able to allow 50 percent of the student population to participate in laboratory classes, specifically from the College of Nursing, College of Allied Medical Sciences, College of Rehabilitative Sciences, and College of Medicine.

To ensure a safe space that is conducive to learning, faculty members and students have undergone re-orientation on essential guidelines to be followed pertaining to face-to-face sessions, which include temperature check and disinfection upon entry, social distancing in communal areas and limited capacity aboard the school's shuttle bus.

Even though the country is still in the thick of a global crisis, CDU pushes to slowly welcome its students back to the classrooms. The university has also retrofitted its facilities to create an environment for teachers and students that is not only safe but also optimal for dialogue and discussion, which is crucial for those who are pursuing careers in the field of medicine and related fields.

The pandemic may have thrown schools a curve ball, and while it will not be a fast process and it definitely will not be an easy transition, CDU remains committed to provide quality education and only produce competent and skilled medical professionals.

For more information about CDU’s programs, as well as updates on classes, one can visit its website at and follow its Facebook page (@cebudoctorsuniversityofficial). SPONSORED CONTENT