UP Diliman addresses unintentional camping due to dorm room shortage
Freshmen students were seen sleeping on mattresses outside Kalayaan
(SPOT.ph) Photos of the enrollment in UP went viral this week, with lines extending to the halls...but while that is a (sadly) familiar sight, Isko Michael Joselo shared on Facebook a photo that raised a few eyebrows. The picture shows students "camping out" due to an unexpected room shortage in the freshman dormitory, Kalayaan Hall.
The number of unaccepted freshman dormers in Kalayaan prompted the University Student Council to ask for people to help provide pillows and mattresses, but on August 7, Chancellor Michael Tan claimed that not all of the "campers" are in need of housing. According to a GMA News report, a few students stayed for a "solidarity vigil."
Tan also said that the shortage is a yearly problem, but assured students that they are addressing the problem, "Nakahanda naman ang university na kung walang dorm, walang mapuntahan, nakahanda 'yung Protestant church, 'yung Church of the Risen Lord, at ilang alumni na nakahandang mag-ampon sa kanila."
Since 2000, only two new dorms have been constructed, accomodating an additional 400 students. The current total number of rooms for students in the nine dormitories on campus is 3,600.