Schools offer help to displaced Colegio de San Lorenzo students, staff

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 17) — Some schools have stepped up to assist students, teachers, and non-teaching personnel of Colegio de San Lorenzo (CDSL) in Quezon City which announced its abrupt closure earlier this week.

Quezon City University (college)

The city government-funded Quezon City University, through its president, Dr. Theresita Atienza, said the institution will welcome CDSL's college students. Transferees will be accepted in its San Bartolome Campus, San Francisco Campus, and Batasan Campus.

“The QCU will welcome the college students of CDSL and we will help in crediting their classes and helping them have a smooth transition to our university,” she said in a statement as shared by the QC LGU.

Meanwhile, the city government said CDSL teachers and non-teaching personnel will be endorsed to the city's Public Employment Service Office for prospective employment or possible financial assistance.

"As early as Monday, (Mayor Joy Belmonte) has instructed all relevant departments and offices to accommodate the affected families, students, workers in all Quezon City-based programs," Quezon City Legal Department Head Orlando Casimiro told CNN Philippines' The Source on Wednesday. "We started with the QC PESO and we'll see if we can match jobs sa teaching and non-teaching personnel to refer them or to get them employed. We also have pangkabuhayan programs in the LGU."

Thames International (senior high school, college)

The school, based in Calle Industria, Quezon City, announced on Tuesday that it is extending its assistance to Colegio de San Lorenzo's senior high school and college students by offering partial scholarships equivalent to CDSL's tuition, deferred payment of tuition until the CDSL refund is collected, and a seamless transfer of records of learners.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Wednesday, Education Spokesperson Michael Poa said Thames is also willing to absorb some teaching personnel. The agency is set to meet with Thames within the day to iron out all the concrete details on the facilitation of the transfer of students.

UST Angelicum College (preschool to college, select courses)

UST Angelicum College is also offering scholarship through matched tuition fees as CSDL's for the current school year, a low down payment of ₱5,000 and deferred balance until refund from CDSL is received. It also guarantees a seamless transfer of records and admission, among other benefits.

The program is open to students from preschool to senior high school (STEM, ABM, HUMSS, GAS, TECHVOC-ICT, TECHVOC-HE) and college with select courses (AB Communication, BS Information Technology, BSBA Entrepreneurship, BS Human Resource Management).

NU Nazareth School

The NU Nazareth School said it has already formed a team to ensure the smooth transfer of interested students. It offers scholarships, discounts, lower tuition fee, and an extension to submit the necessary documents, among other perks.

College of St. Catherine Quezon City

The College of St. Catherine Quezon City announced it will waive entrance tests for transferees and cross-enrollees from CDSL.

It said it will offer a flexible curriculum to avoid having irregular senior high school students, while college subjects in CDSL which are aligned with its own curriculum will be credited.

St. Claire School

The St. Claire School will reopen its enrollment for those who wish to join its community. It said it grants discounts to those with siblings attending St. Claire, as well as to students with academic honors or who are entering Grade 7.

The school said it is returning the favor after CDSL previously welcomed students from its Tandang Sora campus when it needed to close.

University of the East

The University of the East (UE) said students from CDSL may apply for admission to its Manila or its Caloocan campus. It said an initial down payment of ₱3,000 is needed, but enrollees will be given 30 calendar days to settle the full down payment.

UE added that incoming Grade 7 learners may avail of a ₱13,000 educational service contracting (ESC) voucher, while Grade 11 ESC grantees may avail of an ₱18,000 voucher.

Acelina School, Inc.

The Acelina School, Inc. said it symphatizes with the CDSL community and that it is ready to welcome students who will be displaced by the sudden closure.

The Quezon City legal department said these other schools have also offered to accept CDSL students:

- Samson College of Science and Technology

- St. Joseph's College of Quezon City

- St. Bernadette of Lourdes College

- De La Salle Araneta University

- Trinity College of Asia

- Sienna College

- Our Lady of Fatima University

- Manuel L. Quezon University

- World Citi Colleges

- Informatics Philippines

- Philippine Women's University - Jose Abad Santos Memorial School

- STI College Muñoz-EDSA

- Villagers Montessori College

The CDSL management on Monday announced that it will permanently stop its operations after more than 30 years, citing "financial instability and lack of financial viability" brought by the pandemic and the low enrollment turnout over the past years.

It said that processing and claiming of enrollment fees refund, and release of transfer credentials will be accommodated, as well as assistance to students for transfer to other schools.

Poa said a total of 717 CDSL students from nursery to grade 12 and 652 college students were affected by the closure.

He also said DepEd has expressed hope that the school's teachers and non-teaching staff will be provided their separation pay and benefits amid the school's closure.

The DepEd has already formed a task force to coordinate with CDSL to discuss the matter further.

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