University of Makati opens doors to displaced Marawi students, children of fallen soldiers


June 15, 2017

Ref.: Makati ICRD, 8998938



University of Makati opens doors to displaced Marawi students, children of fallen soldiers



Acting on a directive from Makati Mayor Abby Binay, the city-run 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.


The incoming 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 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,” Mayor Abby 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 (CGATS) to set up a help desk answering inquiries and facilitating the transfer of students from besieged Marawi City who wish to continue their college education.


According to UMak CGATS director Annaliza Arcega, the university will accommodate them even after June 19 when classes start at the university.


Arcega noted that although it would be ideal if the students could present their report card from the previous semester, they will not be required to provide 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,” she said.


Applicants will be interviewed at the Admissions Office and will be endorsed to the University Registrar for validation of their school documents if they have any.  They will also be asked to go over course syllabi to determine the subjects they had already taken, or will be given the option to shift courses if necessary.


For further inquiry and assistance, interested applicants may personally walk in to UMak Admissions Office (ground floor, Building II) or reach them at telephone no. 883-1860.


Previously, in 2014, UMak accepted emergency transferees from Yolanda-affected areas, including those from Leyte and Samar, and granted them full scholarship. One has graduated last April, while three others are currently enrolled at the university.



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