MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Thursday, March 26, announced that 13 Filipino students from coronavirus-hit countries have safely arrived in the Philippines.
"In these extremely challenging times, the good news that we are able to bring our students home is a testament that the Filipino bayanihan spirit is alive and well," CHED Chairperson Prosepero De Vera III said in a statement.
Among the students repatriated were as follows:
According to CHED, they have been coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Health to inform them of the students and their status as persons under monitoring.
"All other state universities and colleges must continue to monitor their students who are still abroad and coordinate with CHED so we can assist in bringing them home, if needed," De Vera said.
As of Thursday, the Philippines has 707 confirmed cases, 45 of whom have died while 28 have recovered.
Globally, the number of coronavirus cases has reached more than 481,300, with 21,873 deaths and at least 107,100 recoveries. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com