The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Tuesday has issued a moratorium, suspending all school field trips and educational tours, following the Tanay bus tragedy that left 15 people dead including the driver, faculty staff, and 13 students. CHED's moratorium will cover all colleges and universities.
CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera III earlier called for the temporary suspension, which he said aims to ensure the safety of all students, GMA News Onlinereports.
"I will request the Commission en banc today to immediately issue a directive to all higher education institutions so we can properly investigate this tragedy and review current policies covering field trips," he said.
De Vera also said the responsible parties won't get off lightly if they are proven to have been negligent in making sure the whole field trip was safe.
"We will expedite the necessary investigation to determine if proper procedures were observed by school authorities, impose the necessary sanctions, if warranted, and determine whether existing policies adequately protect the safety of students," he said.