UP Visayas (UPV) has advised its students stranded in campus and off-campus housing to start preparing to go home.
Memorandum No. RPB 2020-04-052 issued by UPV Chancellor Ricardo Babaran on April 26 states that the move was prompted by the April 30 closing of the second semester this academic year.
While the University is finding ways to provide transportation and coordinating with relevant government agencies for those living within Panay Island, it has asked all students to make travel arrangements such as purchasing or rebooking tickets. For those needing interisland travel, whether by boat or plane, local transport to the airport or seaport “is being considered” by UPV.
The memo also says that students are responsible for immediately contacting their parents or guardians to get information on the requirements of their localities for returning residents. The Office of Student Affairs is in charge of distributing and collecting copies of an undertaking that students need to accomplish.
UPV will also assist students in COVID-19 testing, should it be required by their localities, three days before their definite date of departure.
Departures are expected to begin on May 16 as the enhanced community quarantine in the Province of Iloilo is scheduled to end on May 15.