By: Elena Grace Flores
I almost believed the gossips saying that there’s no real sleeping out of dorm incident at the state-owned University of the Philippines for the best students in the country – but only a sort of demonstration staging until I was seated next to my nephew in a birthday dinner who was stabbed earlier inside the UP campus. He bravely survived his ordeal despite the life-threatening situation but we cannot forget how poor the facilities were when he was first rushed by his dorm mate to a public hospital in Quezon City before we were able to transfer him into a private hospital. We were just thankful that he’s okay now.
He just expressed his sentiments to me how he pitied the newly enrolled first year scholars. Although older students accommodated some of them by minimizing the space like making their beds L-shape so that another person can insert a mattress, that move was not enough to shelter around 840 displaced students, thus triggering them to sleep at the pavement of Kalayaan Avenue. It was tolerable he said until the bed bugs started to bite his new colleagues off. He added that if he was not stabbed in the same spot, he won’t be prioritized with where he is now. So, I said; blessing in disguise? Though I cannot hold myself from being sarcastic and blurted out – a total mismanagement! If the government cannot manage a school, how much more manage the whole country? Infrastructures, roads, transportation means, hospitals and schools are economic drivers. No wonder we lost the FIBA bid to host the World Cup to China as per CNN Philippines’ report.
Nathanielsz of FIBA said that China is a “conservative country that allocates their resources more on public improvements.” China boasted their capabilities in hosting international sporting events such as the 2008 Olympics and their modern facilities as a host country. Our chance indeed is for the next administration, to prioritize infrastructure developments and other public services that would support commercial endeavors like what Vice President Jejomar Binay did in Makati.
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