Waiver not required to get a refund from Colegio de San Lorenzo — QC gov’t

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19) — The Quezon City government on Friday called on Colegio de San Lorenzo’s (CDSL) management to immediately refund fees paid by parents and not require them to sign a waiver.

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“It is not the obligation of the parents to sign a waiver. The school cannot use the waiver as a requirement before they can get a refund,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement.

The mayor earlier received information that CDSL is requiring the waiver for the refund, the statement added.

“The school cannot limit the legal options of the parents of students affected by its sudden closure by requiring them to sign a waiver,” City Legal Department Head Orlando Pablo Casimiro noted.

He said his office has been monitoring compliance with the refund of school fees and as of last count, 343 basic education students and 443 college students are ready to claim and have already claimed their refund.

Meanwhile, displaced CDSL teachers and non-teaching personnel will be referred to the Public Employment Service Office and other concerned offices for possible job placement or livelihood opportunities, the city government said.

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Casimiro also revealed that the local government is looking into other possible violations of CDSL, including lack of building permit, alleged illegal construction, and violation of easement of waterways.