The University of the Philippines on Friday has announced it will pursue its longtime plan to offer new courses to cater students who want new career path, Prof. Rene Salamanca of the Department of Sociology said.
Salamanca said his department has been pushing the administration to submit proposal to Commission on Higher Education (CHE) to materialize the offering of Bachelor of Science in Activism.
The UP Board of Trustees has finally submitted a request to CHE and the commission is expected to review the petition.
“Our plan was very reasonable and the subject matter is inside our legal boundaries so we believe there is no reason for CHE to reject our request”, Salamanca said.
The plan was dated back 10 years ago when more and more UP students want to explore activism.
The University has gathered more than 180,000 signatures supporting the plan in the last 3 years according to Salamanca.
“The government should really look into the success of current and former activists. Activism is a profession this opportunity should not be taken away from people who want to study and be successful someday”, Salamanca said.
Salamanca also added that the plan is inspired by successful activists who became politicians like Chito Gascon , Teddy Casiño, Jose Maria Sison, Antonio Tinio, Liza Maza, Neri Colmenares, Raymond Palatino, Leandro Alejandro, Benigno Aquino Jr., Crispin Beltran, Maita Gomez, Ninotchka Rosca, and Lorenzo Tañada to name a few.
“BS in Activism is an easy path to become a politician rather than studying law or public administration”, Salamanca added.
Majority of the Filipino activists came from UP according to Philippine Statistics Office.
Last year, a Filipino-American pro-democracy journalist based in Hawaii was criticized by the school when he accused the University of being “the school of activists”.
“This won’t be an issue now. We will legalize it and make it acceptable to everyone”, Salamanca said.
He professor also said that initially, the curriculum will offer the following major subject.
Bachelor of Science in Activism
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