UMak accepts transferees from Yolanda areas for free
MANILA, Philippines – Displaced students who fled areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) may enroll in the city-run University of Makati (UMak) for free, according to a statement from the Makati local government.
"Emergency transferees" from Yolanda-hit areas will be taken in free or charge, even without their transfer credentials. Each semester, the university normally collects P1,000 from Makati locals and P3,000 for non-Makati residents.
"Many of them may already be here in Metro Manila living with relatives, so we would like to offer them the chance to enroll at UMak now,” Makati Mayor Junjun Binay said in a statement on Monday, December 2.
Thousands fled Yolanda-devastated areas, particularly the islands of Leyte and Samar, because of the lack of food, water, and shelter in most towns.
UMak executive vice president Dr Edita Chan said they would accept junior and senior transferees since the university has already stopped the enrollment for first year following the implementation of K to 12. Those in their first few years of college can opt to eventually enroll in Grades 11 and 12, but the option is not advisable, said Chan.
Here's how Yolanda survivors can enroll in the University of Makati, according to their statement:
- Present a certification of any official from their respective schools.
- If no certificate is available, the student can be enrolled but will be on probationary status for at least one semester, subject to verification when the school operations are back to normal.
- Applicants for transfer will undergo an interview and asked to go over the course syllabus to check which subjects they have already taken, and will be given the option to shift courses.
At least 40 public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) were damaged by Yolanda in the Visayas.
Earlier, the University of the Philippines (UP) issued a memorandum easing the requirements for students of its Tacloban campus to cross-enroll in other campuses.
UP Diliman also announced that its students storm-hit areas would be exempted from paying tuition for the second semester this academic year – Bea Cupin/Rappler.com