CHEd temporarily bans college field trips 

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) on Tuesday imposed an immediate moratorium on all out-of-town and educational field trips of all public and private universities.

The temporary ban on field trips follows a deadly bus crash that killed 15 people — mostly students, who were on a field trip — in Tanay, Rizal on Monday. 

READ: 15 dead in Tanay bus crash

CHEd Commissioner Prospero De Vera said this is the first time such a moratorium is being issued on educational trips in universities.

De Vera said CHEd Chairperson Patricia Licuanan will issue an order later Tuesday or Wednesday.

"This is done in consideration of students' safety. It will allow the investigating committee to look into circumstances surrounding the tragedy that happened in Tanay," De Vera said.

He added the measure will allow CHEd to review Memorandum Order 17 Series of 2012, which outlines policies and guidelines on educational tours and field trips.

CHEd is the government agency that monitors and evaluates the programs of higher learning institutions in the country. 

Authorities have yet to release an official tally on how many students were injured in the Tanay bus crash. 

The Tanay Public Information Office estimates there were around 58 passengers on the bus.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board ordered the 30-day suspension of Panda Coach Tourist and Transport Inc., the bus company involved in the incident.