The new UP President, Angelo A. Jimenez, is saddened by the recent tragedy caused by the fire that transpired at Barangay Krus na Ligas on 9 February 2023. This tragedy caused the death of a student Leki N. Aquilino from UPD CSWCD. Pres. Jimenez and the entire UP Community are expressing sympathies to the aggrieved Aquilino family.
The President vows to work with all Chancellors to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Concerning this, he has formed a Task Force to review and take immediate and long-term actions on student accommodations across the UP System. As the University prepares to return to face-to-face classes, the importance of providing more living spaces in UP’s campuses must be underscored. Accommodations on campus provide peer-to-peer support and can direct students to support and well-being services when needed. They also help foster a strong sense of community through a range of social events and cultural activities, as well as practical support.