Here’s some good news! Stranded students due to the community quarantine can now go home to their families, thanks to the national government’s Hatid Estudyante Program.
Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya advised students to sign up for the Hatid Estudyante program. The program aims to send students back to their hometowns.
Hatid Estudyante Program
The Hatid Estudyante Program is the national government’s response to students’ calls of allowing them to go back home since classes are now suspended. This comes after the government eased restrictions in several areas in the country. However, because of the community quarantine in place, parents are still not allowed to fetch their children.
Stranded students may sign up through an online form. Students aged 18 and below, however, need to provide a letter indicating their parents’ consent.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) sent home students since the start of the enhanced community quarantine two months ago. However, over 9,000 students are still stranded in their apartments and dormitories.
After signing up, students need to wait for the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to fetch them from their dormitories. The DOTr said that confirmation from the local government of the students’ hometown–whether they would allow entry– is needed.
“We treat it on a per LGU (local government unit) basis. We coordinate with the local chief executives so they will understand the plight of the students and accept the students when they come back,” Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Jay Santiago said in an interview with ABS-CBN.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte would give cash aid to students for fare and food while traveling.