Makati university opens doors to displaced typhoon victims

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THE city-owned University of Makati (UMak) will accept transferees from the provinces ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda, free of charge, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said on Monday.

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Binay said he had directed UMak officials to accept “emergency transferees” from areas devastated by the typhoon even if they do not have sufficient transfer credentials.

He added that no tuition or other fees will be collected from them. UMak collects a token fee of P1,000 from Makati residents and P3,000 from non-Makati residents for every semester.

“We want to help displaced college students resume their normal school activities as soon as possible to enable them to recover faster from their traumatic experience. Many of them may already be here in Metro Manila living with relatives, so we would like to offer them the chance to enrol at UMak now,” the mayor said.

Dr. Edita Chan, executive vice president of UMak, said they will be accepting transferees who are in their third and fourth years in college since the university has scrapped the enrolment for freshman year with the implementation of the K-to-12 program last year.

“The university shares the desire of our good Mayor to bring hope to the young survivors in the worst-hit localities. Since last year, however, we have been implementing the senior high school program under K to 12, so we have no first and second year college students to date. Thus, we will be accepting students enrolled as third and fourth year,” Chan said.

As for those who are in their first or second year, Chan said they have the option to enrol in Grades 11 and 12.

“I believe that displaced students would rather finish their studies the soonest time possible and afterwards find a job to be able to help their families rebuild their lives,” Chan said.

Transferees will be asked to present a certification from any official of their respective schools.

Those who cannot present the document or have no records available at this time may be enrolled on probationary status for at least one semester, subject to verification when the school operations are back to normal.

Applicants will be interviewed and asked to go over the course syllabus to check which subjects they have already taken. They also will have the option to shift to other courses, said Chan.

Based on the report of the Department of Education (DepEd), some 3,171 schools were damaged by the super typhoon and some 600,000 public school students were displaced.

The Makati City Council has approved a P50-million allocation for the provision of relief assistance to devastated local government units, many of which are sister-localities of Makati.

Ritchie A. Horario

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