Been pouring for two straight days but the rains stopped for our UP campus tour – ambait ni God!
The UP Diliman Administration Building , doing the Oblation’s open arms
It must take an enormous amount of efforts for a child to keep his eyes and mind glued to his studies if he comes from such an environment as the Payatas dumpsite; we can only imagine. From what we gather, most of the kids there just go with their parents to collect from the garbage instead of attending school. Sadly, Payatas dumpsite and Erap City resettlement site are two places in the Philippines where having the opportunity to attend school is more of the exception than the rule.
We Googled and the map says Payatas dumpsite is just 22 minutes away from UP Diliman!
My parents were just regular salaried employees back then but they were able to send me to this university. It is state-owned and managed so the tuition costs cannot be as expensive as those of the major universities in Manila.
While the tour of the UP Diliman campus may be a small gesture for our 50 scholars, it’s our sincere hope that it was able to open their eyes that one need not come from a rich family to be able to attend this university and earn a college degree, land a stable job, and give their families a better life – and eventually leave the Payatas dumpsite. Nobody deserves to be trapped in there making a living out of picking from a landfill, risking their lives scavenging the dump in order to put food on the table to survive.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela