University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City
Let's look at the facts first:
Firstly this rate sheet is accompanied by an entire .PDF document you can find here (or click here).
Examining that document, it states that you either have to pay a 10% security bond for cleanliness and security of the applicable rental fee or 5,000 pesos (Whichever is higher)
For a public school, this is rather steep and even more is the fact that they should at least offer a lighter fee to the students. If it were a group project I suppose 1,000 pesos can be shared easily enough by at least a group of 10 or more people.
But what if there's only 2 in a group, or even worse...just one? And this kid, not aware of this fee, have used the grounds relying on the information that the usage of his school facilities would be automatically free.
Maybe 1,000 pesos isn't much to you, then let's move on to the non-UP people, now we're paying nearly premium. That's the same price for 3 hours in Heirloom Manila, or even in Secret Garden. Now, if that were the case why don't we just head on over there? Well, school is designed to be accessible as those two other places I mentioned are not. The fees are rather steep, they're nearly premium rates for private classy pre-nuptial places.
Not that UP isn't, but let's remember that this is a PUBLIC school and 13 million went to this place from the US-Philippines war damage commission quite some time ago.
Logic also tells us that taxes should be covering the maintenance of public schools, public hospitals and public parks. And yet we see these things, and then we see paychecks with that big wet 10% bite and we wonder where those are going when we pay maintenance to what our taxes should be used for.
And if the fees aren't unfair to you, what's this:
Is the economy spearheading by 10% as well? What is the basis of this 10% annual escalation?
Thankfully, in all this I rarely shoot at UP Diliman due to the inconvenience of how far it is. But for people and even students who need the grounds...in summary, it's all a bit too unfair isn't it?