AS UP CLOSES ANOTHER CHAPTERo its history, a brie recap othis year’s news stories revealshow students’ struggles echo thepeople’s continuing fght orsocial justice within and beyond theconfnes o the university.
THREATS TO UP’SPUBLIC CHARACTER
The Ofce o Scholarships andStudent Services required UPstudents to submit certifcationrequirements or Bracket B underthe university’s Socialized Tuitionand Financial Assistance ProgramSTFAP.More than 4000, or at least 1 outo 6 UP Diliman UPD students,were assigned to Bracket A andhad to pay P1,500 per unit duringenrolment, according to the Ofceo the Student Regent SR.
Funded in part by donationsrom the private sector, UP beganthe construction o the UPProessional Schools campusin Boniacio Global City BGC,Taguig, which seeks to oerprograms needed by corporateemployees in BGC and Makati.THE UP DILIMAN (UPD) OFFICEOF STUDENT HOUSING (OSH)is set to reduce the number oavailable dormitory slots byhal or the next semester dueto impending renovations onmost residence halls, said OSHDirector Gerardo Lanuza.Funded by a P50-millionbudget rom the Commis-
Renovations to displace 1 in 2 UPD dormers
sion on Higher Education, therenovations will be conductedin all UP dormitories, except inthe two buildings o ConcordiaB. Albaraccin Residence Hall inC. P. Garcia Avenue.Scheduled repairs includererooing, retiling o corridors,rewiring, repainting, comortroom renovations, and theconstruction o new conerencerooms and basketball courts.Currently, UPD dormitoriesare host to about 3,000students. The reduced numbero slots or each dormitory willvary depending on the extent othe needed repairs, Lanuza said.Kamagong Residence Hall,which caters to male graduate
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students, will be temporarilyclosed in the summer and inthe irst semester o the nextacademic year. Other dormitorieswill have some corridors orentire loors closed.On the other hand, KamiaResidence Hall, which hostsemale undergraduate students,will have only minor repairsand thus will still be able tohold more than hal o itscurrent residents.For reshman dormitoryKalayaan Residence Hall,renovations will include there-piping o all comort roomsand the installation o newglass doors and new ire exits.To accommodate these repairs,only emale residents will beadmitted in the summer termand irst semester o the nextschool year.The renovations will start insummer and will possibly beinished by the end o the irstsemester, Lanuza said.Due to these repairs, oodservice will also be disruptedin the single-ee dormitorieswhich oer the said service,such as Kalayaan, Molave, andIlang-Ilang Residence Halls,according to an announcementposted in the OSH website.Residents in these dormitorieswill thus be charged onlylodging ees.To assist the students inpreparing or the reduction inavailable dormitory slots, theOSH has posted an advisory inJanuary, advising prospectiveresidents o the impendingrenovations and allowing currentresidents to renew theirapplication or the next semester.The OSH however willalso be conducting stricterimplementation o the “pointsystem” currently used as basisor evaluating applications ordormitory slots. For instance,those who are assigned into thelower brackets o the SocializedTuition and Financial AssistanceProgram and those who hailprovinces ar rom UP will beprioritized over other applicants.“Because o the smaller numbero [incoming] residents, we [willbe] able to [screen applicants]by strictly ollowing the pointsystem,” said Lanuza.Meanwhile, the OSH and theUPD University Student CouncilUSC can also help displaceddormitory residents to indalternative housing opportunitieswithin and near the campus,said UPD USC Student Rightsand Welare Committee HeadAryanna Canacan.
The fnal bracket assignments omore than 2,000 STFAP applicantswere released ater a two-monthdelay, resulting to a number o caseswhere students could not aord topay tuition and had to fle or leaveo absence LOA.The Board o Regents BOR junked the SR’s motion to abolishthe Bracket B certifcation schemebut approved a new P500 laboratoryee or the Management andInormation Systems and Technology186 course in UP Cebu.The UP administration inked adeal with telecom giants ePLDT andSMART Communications Inc. orUP President Alredo Pascual’s eUPproject, which seeks to integrateinormation and communicationstechnology systems and inrastructureacross the UP system.
The UP Manila UPM administrationbarred about 50 students who ailedto pay tuition on time rom beingadmitted in their enlisted classes.Ater a dialogue with UPM ofcials,the said students were eventuallyallowed to make a late payment andattend their classes, but some hadalready fled leaves o LOA, said SRCleve Arguelles.UP Los Baños UPLB studentswith unpaid loans were unable toenrol and also had to fle or LOA,ater the UPLB Chancellor junkedthe SR’s request to allow promissorynotes in lieu o loan payment.
Under the 2013 national budgetratifed by both houses o Congress,UP will receive P9.5 billion, or only 60percent o the P18.4 billion proposedby the university administration.The BOR approved new labora-tory ees and a 100-percent tuitionhike or graduate courses in UPDCollege o Music, which will take e-ect in the second semester o nextschool year.
The UP administration baredits proposal to “reorm” the STFAP,amid calls by student groups toscrap the scheme and rollback thetuition in the context o demandinggreater state subsidy.
The suspect in the attack on UPDPolitical Science student LordeiHina bailed out o jail, a ew daysater the victim was released romthe hospital where she underwenta successul brain surgery.Sustaining multiple physical injuriesand psychological trauma romthe incident, Lordei still has notully recovered and needs fnancialassistance.
Following a series o security-related crimes in Los Baños, twoUPLB students were ound dead ina mountain creek along the Makil-ing hiking trail inside the campus.Police autopsy report revealed thetwo died o drowning.
The Quezon City Regional TrialCourt held the frst hearing on therobbery and serious physical injurycharges against Lordei case suspectDanmar Vicencio. The prosecutionplans to fle non-bailable charges inthe next ew weeks.
FIGHT FOR CIVILAND HUMAN RIGHTS
About 30 more amilies evacuatedrom Bondoc Peninsula, QuezonProvince, due to human rightsviolations allegedly perpetratedby eight battalions o themilitary conducting anti-insurgencyoperations in the area.