In February 2021, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso approved the request of University of Santo Tomas to hold limited face-to-face classes in March for the medical and allied health students. The university was the first school to apply for the limited face-to-face classes in the country.
The mayor mentioned that the city government could provide free swab testing regularly for the students who would attend to avoid adding to their expenses. He likewise told the officials that the face-to-face classes should not be required.
Meanwhile, the university will utilize interactive cadavers instead of the actual ones that would be in sync with those who are in the online set-up. The mayor visited the university in the same month along with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuña and other officials to tackle the execution of the limited face-to-face classes. "We need you more than politicians. Doctors, nurses, and medical frontliners, mas kailangan 'yan ng tao kesa kami,” the mayor mentioned.
According to Rappler, other medical schools in the Philippines were similarly approved by their respective LGUs, including: Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Centro Escolar University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila – College of Medicine, Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts and Sciences, Chinese General Hospital Colleges, Manila Theological College – College of Medicine, and Our Lady of Fatima University - Valenzuela.