PUP students launch boodle fight
HEADED by UMAKSYON-PUP, a multi-sectorial alliance of students, teachers, administrators and common workers, Polytechnic University of the Philippines conducts Boodle Fight as symbolic ceremony that pictures how the government represses the right for education of every Filipino by cutting their budget and prioritizing unnecessary actions.
People, including campus journalist from other state universities and colleges joins the event wherein Rice and Tuyo—a traditional food for the oppressed—is served.
The students’ learning from the four corners of the classroom extended out of its box to the bare street, which, like them, was also repressed. This means that their political consciousness, particularly the campus journalists, is at its peak and leaders have their full awareness.
The event aims to inform the administration that their reserved funds for Polytechnic University of the Philippines to support its 60 thousand student populace is not enough—as well as the other state colleges and universities. And by privatizing those schools which in the first place, they should have supported, not only denotes the abandonment of their duty to serve but also implies their repression for the youth to have a quality education.
Pauline Gidget Estella, National Deputy Secretary General of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, calls the Filipino particularly the youth, to join the protest to be held on the 23rd of September 2011. The unity aims for a stronger force to fight against the budget cuts—not only in education but in all aspects—as well as to set aside the unnecessary priorities.