February 22, 2007. Many of the STAND-UP candidates in the student council elections, including Mikas and I, went to the youth sector mobilization. It was a demonstration similar to the youth sector rally a few weeks ago. This rally was scheduled towards the end of February because it is during these times when school administrations across the country conduct ‘consultations’ regarding tuition hikes for the next academic year.
This time there were also more representatives from different schools and universities across Metro Manila from the University of the East in Manila and Caloocan, University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, Centro Escolar University, University of the Philippines in Manila and Diliman, De La Salle Araneta University, Mapua Institute of Technology, Philippine Christian University, Philippine Normal University and Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
I am unsure how many UP Mass Comm students get to see this but that was obviously a small gesture of campaigning. Just as we’ve been harping in all our room to room campaigns, we do not view the issues and struggles in our college as isolated problems that we can solve by patchworking or by socialized tuition hikes. We view and try to solve them in relation with and as part of a larger education situation in the country.