MANILA, Nov. 27, 2013—The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) upon instruction made by the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education, urged member-schools to accept students from typhoon affected areas pending necessary requirements.
Mr. Anthony Coloma, CEAP Advocacy and Information Management officer stressed that they have already instructed member-schools in Cebu and Manila to accept students from Leyte and Samar provinces who were affected by the recent typhoon.
Coloma added that two weeks ago, CEAP met with DepEd Secretary Bro. Arman Luistro and last Monday with CHED Commissioner Patricia Licuanan to resolve issues concerning this.
Coloma disclosed that there are around 50 schools affected by the typhoon Yolanda, mostly mission schools.
“We really need to help them,” he said.
In terms of documentary concerns, Coloma said the matter will be addressed after the students have recovered from the experience.
“For those who cannot provide documents that they are from Leyte or Samar provinces, they will still be accepted, out of compassion. Documentary concerns will follow when they are already pulling through from the horrible experience,” he added.
Currently, CEAP is raising funds for affected schools to help them cope up and begin their operations on the soonest possible time.
“We will be meeting representatives from Leyte and Samar this coming December 3 to address what their needs are. Hopefully, to help them in the longer term,” Coloma added.
Aside from accepting students from areas affected by the typhoon, CEAP is also lending hands to those who will be asking for counseling.
“If ever they would need counseling, we will also help them,” he added.
The national secretariat of CEAP have decided to forego their Christmas party and funds intended for it will be donated to Yolanda victims.
With regards to celebrating Christmas party by member-schools, Coloma emphasized that it is left to their discretion.
As of the moment, CEAP has no definite number on how many students have been already accepted by member-schools and how many member-schools have applied the instruction. (Jandel Posion)