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Hostel UMAC

The University of Macau generously offered to help staff affected by the catastrhophic impact of Hato, opening the tertiary accomodation to those in need. At a price

The city’s University of Macau (UMAC) offered ‘assistance’ to their staff and respective families in getting over the difficult situation created by Typhoon Hato. During these Summer holidays, rooms are now available. A chariritable gesture? Not exactly. Charges will apply to those who seek help by staying at the Postgraduate House (PGH) – S1 Hostel.
Claiming to help staff to overcome difficulties from the suspension of power and water supply endured by the majority of the city’s households, the university is charging a daily rate of MOP220 for a single room and MOP310 daily rate for a shared room which can accommodate two, according to an internal communication obtained by Business Daily.
While for staff who wish to stay for six nights the prices are MOP880 for a single room and 1,250 for a shared room. The source also revealed that the maximum length of stay is 14 nights.
However, the provision of the room does not include hot water supply, with the reason for the suspension of hot water remaining unexplained.
According to the university website, the room rate for staff is only accessible with a username and password.
“As we join hands to support each other, we have been handling the disaster very well and our recovery will be speedy,” stated the source.
Business Daily tried to reach out for a comment from the Office of Administration, which is responsible for the aforementioned measure, but was informed that no direct response can be made by the Office, with enquiries transferred to the Public Relations Section Communication Office.
No concrete response was forthcoming from the Office – and two other departments – prior to this story going to print. * with Alex Lee

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