Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most destructive storms in history, has affected over 13.2 million people in the Philippines, displacing 4.4 million from their homes. Typically used as evacuation centers during disaster, even the schools were not spared — almost 90% of schools in Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo in Western Visayas are damaged or destroyed.
In response, the Philippine’s Commission on Higher Education issued a memorandum urging “all concerned CHED Central, Regional Offices and Higher Education Institutions” to assist students from the storm-stricken areas by providing services including:
1. The admission, for humanitarian reasons, of all affected student enrollees/ transferees who are unable to present proper academic records due to disruption of HEI operations pending the resumption of their regular operations and proper processing of documents;
2. Provision by HEIs and other stakeholders of full support and appropriate assistance–e.g. emergency financial assistance to meet basic needs for food, water and temporary accommodation; counseling services; waiver of tuition and other fees or grants-in-aid, etc.—as warranted by the circumstances of the affected students; and
3. Extension by the CHED Office of Student Services of its resources and services including financial assistance, counseling services and accommodations in appropriate cases.”
For more information, visit the Official Gazzette, the Philippine Government’s information clearing house for Typhoon Yolanda updates.
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