By Rjhay E. Laurea
QUEZON CITY — Beleaguered educational institution Colegio de San Lorenzo (CDSL) was directed by the Quezon City Government to stop requiring parents to sign a waiver before they can get a refund of tuition and other payments from the school.
Mayor Joy Belmonte and City Legal Department head City Attorney Orlando Paolo Casimiro made this pronouncement after receiving information that the school management is obliging parents to sign a waiver before giving them a refund.
“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,” Belmonte said.
“The school cannot limit the legal options of the parents of students affected by its sudden closure by requiring them to sign a waiver,” Casimiro added.
The city attorney said CDSL should fulfill its earlier commitment to immediately refund the payment to the parents and students after it announced its permanent closure on Monday (Aug. 15) due to lack of financial viability.
“Malaking abala na nga ang ginawa ng CDSL sa kanilang mga estudyante. Sana naman huwag na nilang dagdagan pa ang perwisyo na kanilang idinulot sa pag-obliga sa mga ito na pumirma ng waiver (CDSL already caused huge inconvenience to their students. I hope they will no longer add up perversion by obliging them to sign a waiver),” said Belmonte.
“Sapat na ang resibo na pwede nilang ibigay bilang patunay na narefund na ang pera (Receipt is enough as a proof that the money has been refunded) ,” Casimiro added.
Upon the instruction of Mayor Belmonte to assist students, parents, and personnel affected by CDSL’s closure, Casimiro said the City Legal Department and the Education Affairs Unit have been monitoring compliance with the refund of school fees.
As of the last count, 343 basic education students and 443 college students are ready to claim and have already claimed their refund, according to Casimiro.
The Legal Aid Office under the City Legal Department is also providing legal assistance and advice while the Education Affairs Unit has been coordinating with prospective schools for the transfer of displaced students. (AI/MTVN)