THE significant role that the University of the Philippines play in molding the native country’s leaders and achievers throughout Philippine history cannot be ignored.

Some of the “Iskolar ng Bayan” (students) at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, most of whom freshmen and women from the provinces, were reported to be complaining about their staying and sleeping somewhere around the campus open spaces, like the Sunken Garden, for lack of accommodations in campus dormitories during the first week of school at the beginning of the month.

UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan reportedly offered two churches in the campus for temporary accommodations.

But, some 300 affected students refused the offer.

They wanted to be accommodated in existing dormitories.

Although, the problem had been partly solved, it is anticipated that same inconvenience will happen again to some students in the future.

This should not happen!

UP alumnae Nelsie Parrado and Ludy Corrales of New Jersey and Luz Micabalo of New York and Las Vegas called the attention of FR to the predicament of their fellow UP’ans.

Thus, we are dramatizing the students’ problem in this space.

The forthcoming UPAAA reunion in San Diego would be an excellent venue to bring up the issue.

The various chapters of UPAAA in different States could also assist.

Here’s how you can extend your assistance to students who can’t afford monthly dorm rates they were assigned in:

1. Contact the UP Diliman University Student Council (USC) via the details below.

The USC will be in touch directly to pair you with a student and discuss means of payment.

• E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Facebook page: facebook.com/uscupd

2. Deposit your donation directly to the USC’s account at PNB Savings Account: 39398970055.

The USC assures the public that all donations are being handled in a transparent manner and will reach the intended beneficiaries at the soonest possible time.

Donors will receive receipts, and MovePH will be provided with a regular report which will be reflected in a tracker to be published under its section.

The USC is also open for audit and will release a report on the amount generated by the drive.

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