Arouse, Organize, Mobilize July 24, 2010Posted by pilibustero in Politics & Society.
Tags: educaiton, los baños, sona, tofi, tuition, up, up baguio
I was moved to write on this post after seeing this the huge turnout in the latest University-wide walkout for Education at UP Baguio, leading to P-Noy’s SONA. When I say huge, around 1500 of the 2,000 students of UPB went out of their classes in protest of the prevailing 300% tuition fee and other fee increase (TOFI) in the UP System, the consistent budget cut for UP and the Education sector as a whole and the incessant commercialization scheme in state colleges and universities. A simultaneous protest was also held by UP Los Baños students in Congress through a State of the Youth Address, but this was faced by violence and intimidation by PNP elements.
Personally, this is the first time in recent years that I saw such a significant turnout in terms of warm bodies attending a broad protest calling for a variety of issues surrounding the education sector. And it agitated and pushed me more to continue in our task of educating the students in the university to progressively take on the challenge of every UP student to serve the people by fighting for our democratic rights and welfare for a quality and accessible education.