ACLE may have needed more publicity – Borja

Lack of publicity may have led to a lower turnout in the Alternative Classroom Learning experience in Jan. 28, said College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) representative Tin Borja.

Based on the noontime kickoff at the AS lobby, fewer students attended the ACLE compared to last semester, but the official count may reflect numbers similar to last semester, said Borja.

According to information from the University Student Council (USC) Education and Research Committee, 3,431 students attended the ACLE all over the University of the Philippines (UP), with 1,041 attending ACLEs of CSSP organizations.

SINAG tried to contact USC councilor Lee Tan for the total ACLE turnout last semester, but he did not respond.

Borja said ACLE publicity from the USC came late because the January and February activities stretched the USC’s manpower, with the UP Fair as the most draining activity.

“It's a make-or-break UP Fair, in that if the security is not good, or may masamang manyari sa UP Fair baka hindi na siya payagan ng admin (next year),” said Borja.

School supplies chain National Bookstore sponsored publicity materials last semester but this semester, publicity funds came from the USC completely, said Borja.

However, organizations publicized their ACLEs earlier through online and printed posters, said Borja.

This semester, four organizations made the top ten highest turnouts UP-wide: UP APSM with 162 (3rd), GSUP with 159 (4th), UP JPGS with 135 (5th)and UP Pugad Sayk with 132 (6th). UP OBEM and UP SPECA outdid UP APSM, with 174 and 166 attendees respectively.▪

Article by: Alexandra Francisco