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“But if we take as an example the ‘mahirap’ (poor) as we’ve defined earlier, given that the student will easily qualify as Bracket E2 enjoying free tuition and a per semester stipend, is there any other reason that the student cannot study in UP? Or should the question be, is this enough to make UP education accessible?
If a student is from a family of farmworkers in Hacienda Luisita who earns around Php 10/workday with all four members of the family working in the Hacienda, will he/she be able to study in UP? Assuming that all farmworkers in HLI are given four workdays a week (in reality, most of the farmworkers only work for two to three times a week), and all the family earnings for six months are being saved for his/her studies (naturally impossible), they will have a total of Php 960 for a one semester ALL-in allowance of the student.
Once in UP, the student was assigned to Bracket E2 (after years of answering forms, lining up, submitting documents and struggling), granting the student free tuition and a stipend of Php 12,000/semester. Now, the student will have Php 12,960/semester to support his/her study in UP. Since they live in Tarlac, the student will need to buy a two-way bus fare that costs around Php 400 and stay in the cheapest boarding house costing him/her Php 500/month or Php 3,000/semester. That will leave the student Php 9,650 to spend for food, transportation, books, supplies, and other school needs. Pegging food expense at 150/day, it will cost the student around Php 27,000/semester. In short, the poor student coming from a family of farmworkers cannot study in UP. But assuming that the student will only eat once a day, borrow all the books from his/her classmates, never photocopy any required readings, depend on others for pen, paper and notebook, forget about using computer, internet, and printer, walk around the campus, and ignore the fact that his/her family is dying in Tarlac because he/she took all the family earnings, he/she can survive a semester in UP. But that’s in Diliman. If the student is a student of UP Manila, almost all expenses will have to be doubled. You get the point and we get the answer to our discussion question.”—
“Bawal ang Mahirap sa UP" (No Poor Students Allowed in UP), Cleve Kevin Robert V. Arguelles (Student Regent, University of the Philippines)
to put it into context: the university operates under a socialized tuition fee system, the basis of which is economic. the default and highest bracket is bracket A, where a student’s total annual family income (from both parents) is over Php 1,000,000. (more information on this here.)
the tuition fee for bracket A in UP Diliman, UP Manila, and UP Los Baños Php 1,500/unit, not including other expenses. the basic unit load for a semester is 15 units. the current exchange rate (as of March 16, 2013) is 40.59 Philippine pesos to 1 USD.
The Philippine government is trying to pass a law that’s trying to control the internet only because one of the senators refused to admit that he fucked up, twice. Basically taking away internet freedom for my country. We helped out when you had your ACTA, PIPA and SOPA problems, now we’re asking you guys to return the favor.
there’s a petition up and we need a shit ton of signatures
it’s so cute how we spend over a decade trying and failing to pass a reproductive health bill but it takes only three months after some senator plagiarizes whatever and then whines about being “”“”cyberbullied”“”” when he gets called out for someone to propose this
oh man, you know how your friends are wonderful people who send you messages like, “i love you! how are you! i hope you are taking care of yourself! i love you!!!!!”
and intellectually you are all, “oh this is an amazing thing to log on to, the wells of kindness in this person are so deep” but you can’t. type up a good enough reply?????? because you are still thinking, and cannot stop thinking, “I DON’T BELIEVE YOUUUUUUUUUU”