UP Tacloban students rally against unfair treatment

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 20 2014 10:24 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2014 06:24 AM

TACLOBAN CITY -- Students of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Tacloban City held a rally to protest the alleged unfair treatment of students affected by typhoon 'Yolanda.'

The students are complaining about the following:

* not all students were given free tuition,
* students do not have places to live in, and,
* there are not enough equipment for students.

Before typhoon 'Yolanda' hit the city, UP Tacloban had more than 1,300 students. However, there are only 700 students left after the typhoon after around 100 students transfered to other universities, and 500 other students cross-enrolled to other UP schools in Cebu, Iloilo and Diliman.

According to the Office of Student Affairs, not all students received the same benefits since some students were not severely affected by the typhoon. The university gave more benefits to those who were severely affected by 'Yolanda'.

The university created a new tuition bracket, E2, for those who will be given free tuition and monthly allowance. Those under this bracket will be given free tuition and a monthly allowance of P2,400.

Those under brackets A, B, C, and D will only be given P1,000 deduction on their tuition.

According to Hezru Candoy, a student councilor, those who cross-registered to UP Diliman were automatically put under Bracket E2.

Students are calling for fair treatment from the university, and that they be given the same benefits regardless of their bracket.-- report from Geron Ponferrada, ABS-CBN News Tacloban