QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) set supposedly on Saturday and Sunday (September 15 and 16) was deferred due to the onset of Typhoon Ompong.
UP Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Dalisay said on Wednesday (September 12) that the postponement takes effect in all testing centers nationwide citing safety concerns in view of the potential super typhoon.
“Maski ang mga lugar na hindi masyadong tatamaan ng bagyo ay nagpasya kami na i-postpone na lamang dahil dito rin sa Maynila manggagaling ang mga proctor at mga materyales ng exam. Kaya para mapangalagaan ang safety at security ng lahat, nagdesisyon na ang UP na lang ang exam nationwide,” the school official said.
Though UP is yet to pick a date for the admission test, Dalisay advised test takers to monitor announcements from the school administration as the preparations might take at least a month.
“Wala pa po kaming napipiling petsa dahil pagaaralan pa namin ang sitwasyon. I’m sure it will take at least a couple of weeks to reset everything kasi maghahanap na naman tayo o gagawa na naman tayo ng panibagong agreement sa mga testing centers, sa mga proctors, kaya di ganoon kadali na i-reset ang UPCAT,” he explained.
The school official said there are around 102,000 students expected to take the admission tests. – UNTV News and Rescue