THE University of Makati (UMak) has opened its doors to students displaced by the fighting in Marawi City and children of soldiers who died in combat.
These students will be considered full scholars of the university.
“At a time when communities in Marawi face uncertainty, the city government wants to help young Filipinos affected by this situation whose dreams for higher education are put on hold because of the crisis,” Mayor Abby Binay said.
“We are also extending support to children of our fallen soldiers, whose sacrifice of life saved many of our fellow Filipinos but also left their children without fathers,” she added.
The mayor said a Help Desk has been set up at the university through its Admissions Office to assist displaced students who wish to continue their college education as they wait for conditions in their communities to get back to normal.
“We hope that this will, in some way, help our young Filipinos affected by the situation in Marawi and reflect the essence of what public service in our city has always been – one that responds to the needs and dreams of its constituents,” Binay said.
On June 9, UMak president Tomas Lopez through Elyxzur Ramos, vice president for academic affairs, issued a memorandum directing the university’s Center for Guidance, Admission, Testing and Scholarships to set up a help desk answering inquiries and facilitating the transfer of students from Marawi City.
CGATS director Annaliza Arcega said the students will be accepted even if they cannot present their school credentials right away.
“Given their special circumstance, we understand that their school credentials may have been left behind and likely destroyed along with their other belongings and homes,” Arcega said. “In the meantime, an endorsement from their local government or any documents attesting that they studied or came from Marawi will suffice.”
Interested applicants may go the UMak Admissions Office or call 883-1860.