Security in and outside UPLB premises to be tightened after student rape-slay


MANILA, Philippines—Tighter security measures were being sought at the University of the Philippines–Los Baños in the generally peaceful town in Laguna province after a female college student was murdered near the vicinity of the campus.

UPLB Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Dr. Virginia Cardenas said that although they had police and security personnel in the campus, they still worried for their students as the UPLB community was “heterogeneous and open to outsiders.”

But worries were not kept just within the university grounds as many students also lived off-campus.

She said that this has led them to coordinate closely with barangay captains and local authorities, who were likely to be able to keep an eye out for the students who live in areas “na hindi na sakop (ng UPLB).”

UPLB is “working to intensify security not only within campus but also in (neighboring) communities,” added Cardenas.

Aside from making sure sidewalks and pathways inside the campus were well-lighted, Cardenas said that they planned on building and opening more dormitories to accommodate their students, so that they could at least be monitored easily.

She said that they placed many benches and “tambayans” all over the university grounds in the hopes that these would prevent students from leaving the campus for group meetings and discussions.

“Safety starts from them,” said the vice chancellor, reminding students to avoid “opening themselves to opportunities of hazards… (and) lawless people.”

She advised students to always organize their schedule and make sure they don’t walk home alone, especially after dark.

The UPLB Community has condemned the murder of Given Grace Cebanico.

She was found dead last Tuesday, sprawled in a canal along the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) Road, Barangay Putho-Tuntungin, near the boundary of the university campus and the International Rice Research Institute.

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  • Darwin

    Sue UPLB too. They are responsible on the welfare of the students within school premises. This is the effect of coddling illegal residents inside the campus. Same in Diliman. 

    • Anonymous

      Not evicting those illegal residents within the campus perimeters is not the same as coddling them. For that matter, do you even know where those illegal residents in UPLB live specifically? Or how to get there? The squatters you refer to don’t live exactly within the lower campus grounds. The only way they can go there is to walk on foot for hours, seeing as they live up Mt. Makiling, way above than the tourist destinations.

      And the victim wasn’t accosted not within the campus, but outside, although near campus vicinity vicinity. But it’s a certainty that her body was transported through campus routes to get to IRRI.

      • Abraham Darius Llave

        there’s a road leading to IRRI thru yung tapat ng Mt Halcon ng umali subd. forgot the name.. basta yung may MA Gym at Latter Day Saints Church.

      • Darwin

        do you know the boundaries of the lower campus grounds? suggest you trace it and you’ll see what I’m pointing at. 

    • Abraham Darius Llave

      nagcomment ang hindi taga UPLB or even Los Banos. tsk.

  • H2O

    Those benches are outside the buildings and exposed to the environment. They cannot be used for group studies. Best to bring back the tambayans inside the building corridors just like in the 1980’s – 90’s. Those tambayans then really served the purpose, allowing students to study as a group even at the wee hours of the morning. Removing those tambayans just forced the students to meet elsewhere outside the UPLB campus.

  • Kamaldulensis

    If there was tighter security in all the premises of UPLB and IRRI, criminals would have been caught in the act while they were dumping the victim’s body WITHIN the campus.

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