The UST Simbahayan Community Development Office welcomed our Lumad brothers and sisters through their Bakwit School project last September 10, 2018 (Monday), at the Arch of the Centuries and at the Plaza Mayor.

Simbahayan Community Development Office Director Assoc. Prof. Mark Anthony D. Abenir, DSD said the University, as a Catholic Institution, continues to serve the poor, the oppressed, and the abused because of their weakness and loss of voice.

“Ang Simbahayan ay ang ahensya ng UST na sumisigurado na ang paninindigang ito ay nananatiling buhay at umaalab sa bawat damdamin nating mga Tomasino,” Abenir said.

Saving Lumad Schools
Save Our Schools Network Spokesperson Rius Valle said coercion was evident in Mindanao. Due to the violations of human rights committed under the current martial rule, Valle said “Nagbabakwit ang buong Mindanao, pati ang mga Lumad at peasant communities dahil sa aerial strikes and militarization.”

Nagbabakwit kami pero kasabay nito, pinapakita po [ng mga Lumad] na kami po ay lumalaban sa kabila ng pag-atake, sa pag-violate ng [karapatang edukasyon at karapatan sa lupang ninuno].” Valle added.

The Lumads will stay in the University, at the Central Seminary Gym, until September 18, 2018 as a part of Lakbayan 2018, in which the indigenous people travel all the way from Bukidnon to Manila. The Lumads will engage in discourse and narrate their experiences of oppression in their homeland.