by Pathricia Ann Roxas & Krysten Mariann Boado
The Office of the Student Regent (OSR) together with the University Student Council (USC) tackled the success of the student movement during the Diliman Student Summit at GT Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Diliman, Sept. 15.
In the USC’s report, Chairperson Bryle Leaño cited consultations on other school fees and org repression as well as mobilizations concerning political prisoners and summary killings among others as part of the Council’s agenda to defend democratic rights.
Meanwhile, SR Raoul Danniel Manuel mentioned privatization, the eUP Project, neoliberal curriculum reforms, and the selection of the next UP President as the concerns that would be brought up in the next Board of Regents Meeting.
“Kung hindi tayo kikilos ngayon, kailan pa? Kung hindi tayo, sino?” Leaño said, quoting former Philippine Collegian editor-in-chief Abraham Sarmiento, Jr.
“Dapat tayong kumilos para sa ating mga karapatan, hindi lamang para sa mga Iskolar ng Bayan na nandito sa pamantasan kung hindi para sa susunod na henerasyon ng kabataan na pinagkakaitan ng karapatan sa edukasyon,” he added.
Among those who attended the summit were UPD Chancellor Michael Tan and recently freed National Democratic Front of the Philippines consultants Benito and Wilma Tiamzon.
Benito Tiamzon had the opportunity to take the stage to emphasize the role of the youth in the ongoing peace negotiations and the armed struggle against the oppression of the Filipino masses.
He also thanked UP students for carrying on the militancy, which has been present a long time in the university’s student movement.
“Ang mga estudyante ng UP ay hindi lamang nagtutuon sa kanilang pag-aaral kung hindi pati rin sa mga pagsusulong ng mga demokratikong interes ng estudyante at lipunan at… may sapat na pag-iisip para mag-ukol ng pansin at panahon sa mga pundamental na isyu ng bayan ay tunay na pag-asa ng ating bayan,” Tiamzon said.
Later on during the summit, UPD students also raised their concerns such lab fees, org recognition and other school fees to the OSR.
These concerns will be forwarded by Student Regent Raoul Danniel Manuel at the selection of the next UP President.
The OSR annually holds student summits in all 15 UP units to consult and discuss the year-long campaigns of the office as well as the pressing local and national issues surrounding the university. —With reports from Paula Angeline Calayan