Marawi officials discuss MSU re-opening PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:22

Military officers and faculty members of the Marawi State University mulled over recommendations on resuming classes and operating establishments near the university in Marawi City.

Discussed, in a meeting held at the university at 2pm yesterday, were the security arrangement and the schedule of class resumption.

Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command; and Brigadier General Ramiro Rey, Commander of the Joint Task Group Ranao met with Dr Habib Macaayong, the School President; Dr. Berua, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Paca, the Vice President for Operation; and the other Directors of the school.

ARMM Assemblyman Zia AlontoAdiong, who happens to be a member of the school Board Regents was also present during the meeting.

Adiong appealed to those present to address the problem in a “holistic approach,” saying that there are people living within the school compound who are neither school staff nor students.

He mentioned that there is a need to consult and involve the other members of the MSU community so that they too will have ownership over the problem and take part in the solution.

The two-hour meeting yielded for the attendees to agree in crafting a security plan involving everyone who has a stake over the MSU operations.

It was also initially agreed that the school can go on accepting enrollees until such time classes opens in two weeks or on a later date.

Lieutenant General Galvez who took the time out to meet the school officials in order to personally explain to them circumstances and possibilities said, “The Mindanao State University is the symbol and life of Marawi City. This is the bastion of knowledge and we will have to open classes the soonest.”

The state university is a school that caters mostly to students from the marginalized families all over the Philippines, especially those from Visayas, Mindanao and as far as Palawan.

It has produced a number of distinct professionals and scholars and even topnotchers, both Muslims and Christians in its 56 years of operation.

Disruption of the school operations have greatly affected thousands of lives brought about by the Maute-ISIS siege in Marawi.

“Continuing talks and assessments will be held to weigh things and ascertain the date of opening. We might have to delay it, but we will definitely have to open the MSU for our students and for our people,” LTGen Galvez averred.

“The opening of the university is a challenge, but we have to test the waters and come up with means to bring back the life of Marawi through the opening of this revered institution,” he adds.

The MSU president and staff applauded and thanked the soldiers for listening and for giving the school a chance to start classes despite the difficult circumstances.

Dr.Macaayong further vowed that the school administration will actively take part in securing the inner layer of the campus utilizing hired security personnel.

“Education is the best antidote to terrorism. If we suspend classes and disallow children from going to school, then terrorism has already won,” concluded the WestMinCom Chief.

“The freedom that comes with allowing children to have affordable and quality education should not be taken from them. Your military will do our best, so that the next generation will continue to enjoy that opportunity.”

“It is really a challenge in this trying times, in the thick of the battle in the eastern side of Marawi, it is a challenge to open the MSU especially that it is one of the targets of the terrorist.”

“I challenge the Maute, if you still have some goodness left in your heart, spare MSU from any harm.”

“I dare the Daesh-inspired Maute Group to cease and desist from this any other atrocious acts that tend to terrorize students and members of the faculty of MSU. That is the least they can do for the youth.”

“I urge every peace-loving citizens in this part of Mindanao to join me in this call for a stop to these and similar attacks on our children and our future. They are innocent and hence must be spared from this misfortune.” (PR)