Classes for the second semester of academic year 2022-2023 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman began Monday, February 13.
Following a memorandum from UP Diliman Chancellor Fidel Nemenzo, the campus has also fully reopened Monday.
“Guided by a shared responsibility to our community, everyone is advised to continue complying with health and safety protocols and adopt helpful practices such as getting vaccinated,” Nemenzo said in his memo.
“Faculty, students, and staff are urged to take an active part in the collective effort to prevent a surge in COVID-19 in the implementation of [face-to-face] class activities inside and outside the campus,” Nemenzo added.
Marching from UP Diliman’s Palma Hall to Quezon Hall, various student groups including the UP Diliman University Student Council staged a protest on Monday, calling for the safe return to classes as well as to register their opposition to mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
“Tatlong taon na nating nasaksihan ang kawalan ng mga mag-aaral sa campus, dumami ang bilang ng mga kabataan na nawalan ng access sa libre at accessible at de-kalidad na edukasyon,” Gabriel Matibay of the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP explained.
UP Diliman has an average of 24,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses.