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‘Di marunong magbasa! UP official: No long lines for UPCAT form submission if students used courier, drop box

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Thousands of senior high school students would not have gone through the agony of lining up for hours to pass their application forms for the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) if they only used courier services and drop boxes, a school official said.

UP Vice President for Public Affairs Dr. Jose Dalisay Jr. called the students who gathered at UP’s Diliman campus Monday an “unnecessary crowd.”

“Kung binabasa lang ng mga taong mabuti yung mga patakaran, ang linaw linaw doon na pwede namang i-courier. Hindi naman nila ginawa,” Dalisay told dzMM radio.

“Ganito karami pala ang mga ayaw maniwala sa courier at drop box,” he added.

A video tweeted by the Philippine Collegian, UP Diliman’s official student paper, showed several applicants trying to get inside the Registrar’s office to submit their forms.

An estimate by the UP Diliman police placed the crowd outside the building at around 10,000.

Dalisay said the number of UPCAT applicants jumped from 103,000 to 167,000 for school year 2019-2020 due to the free tuition offered by the government for tertiary educational institutions.