By Angely Joyce Calle
More than 125 students learned the situation of different sectors of society through the “Stations of the Cut,” an educational group discussion on the second day of strike against the P800 million budget cut.
As a call for greater state subsidy, the students joined groups in different locations called “stations.” Six were put up, each having its own sector to be discussed from 1:00 to 5:30 in the afternoon.
Four stations were in the Palma Hall’s lobby namely the sectors of Women and Children, Health, Peasant and Human Rights and their respective stations near the photocopy machine, Saligan campaign center, wooden bench and College of Social Sciences and Philosophy administration office.
One station for Environment and Indigenous People was in the basement of College of Arts and Letters. The last one was set up in College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association Food Center or CASAA canteen, which talked about the Workers Sector.
“The Stations of the Cut were meant to give students a bigger picture of what happens in reality not just in education sector,” said Gail Orduna, UP College of Mass Communication Student Council (CMCSC) representative to the University Student Council (USC), in Filipino. “The budget cut is not just an issue for UP alone. It is an issue of the whole Filipino community.”
Kal Peralta, Membership Committee Head of Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP), said the decrease in the budget for education also results to a decrease in the “number of learned who will pursue a genuine change [in society].”
“Who will be the next in line if your students cannot afford to study? The youth serves as the pillar of a nation,” Peralta said.
Different organizations such as Gabriela, Anakbayan, All UP Workers’ Union and Alay Sining facilitated the stations.