CHED issues show-cause orders to UST, NU

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Monday issued the University of Santo Tomas and National University show-cause orders asking both schools to explain why they shouldn't be sanctioned for violating quarantine protocol.

CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III said Monday that the IATF panel, composed of CHED, the Dept. of Health, Philippine Sports Commission, and Games and Amusements Board, has submitted their findings to the Dept. of Justice Monday morning.

The case was elevated to the DOJ to see if the two schools indeed violated rules set by the IATF.

"We have submitted it this morning and we'll await the proper actions with respect to the violation of IATF rules," de Vera said. "That's why we're sending it to DOJ to further investigate and also why were issuing show-cause orders because that's part of the due process."

In addition, de Vera bared that the Commission also furnished a copy of its report to the Dept. of Interior and Local Government, to see if the two squads violated rules set by the local government units in Capuy and Calamba.

For CHED, their show-cause order against the two universities was in response after the two allegedly violated the advisories the agencies issued since March. In its previous advisories, CHED ordered institutions to suspend internships both locally and abroad, and to keep their students at home.

De Vera bared that the two schools acknowledged their violations. In the case of UST, the school even gave the names of its students involved in the training bubble.

"I don't think there's any denial on those things. Those are some of the factual events that we included in our report to IATF," said de Vera.

For NU, athletic director Rustico Camangian explained that some members of the Lady Bulldogs' women's volleyball squad were stranded at the INSPIRE Sports Academy, and just stayed there since March.

As of now, penalties are not in play, pending responses by the schools in question.

"We cannot determine penalties if violations are indeed done. It's premature now to say that CHED will punish UST or penalties will await UST. We'll read their response to the show-cause order," expounded de Vera.