After two years of online learning, the University of the Philippines (UP) is gradually opening its doors for face-to-face (F2F) classes again. At the same time, the university intends to keep UP students healthy and protected against the threat of COVID-19.
With that, vaccination and having medical insurance are required of UP students when they participate in F2F classes for the second semester of Academic Year 2021-2022. Those who have no medical insurance must register with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. or PhilHealth, either as a Direct or Indirect Contributor.
The medical insurance requirement is following the Department of Health (DOH) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) guidelines for higher education institutions (HEIs), intent on holding limited F2F classes this semester. (See CHED DOH Joint Memorandum Circular 2021-004 issued December 15, 2021.) Registering with PhilHealth ensures that students will be covered if they incur COVID-related medical expenses.
For more information on registering for Philhealth, watch this video titled “Things You Should Know for your Philhealth Registration.”
To ensure that UP students participating in F2F class activities have a medical insurance plan, the University has set up a PhilHealth registration process. Students may register through their Office of Student Affairs or the Insurance Claims Officers in their UP campus. The registration requirement excludes PhilHealth direct contributors or those with equivalent medical insurance plans.
For UP students seeking information on PhilHealth registration, please inquire with your Office of Student Affairs in your UP campus. You may also check the Things You Should Know for your PhilHealth Registration, produced by the UP Office of Student Development Services and PhilHealth. You may visit PhilHealth’s website at www.philhealth.gov.ph for more details.