July 27, 2017

Aquino’s continuing bad vibes at the opening of the year: Price and tuition increases; Youth and students join mobilization

The opening of the year marks a bad vibes to Filipino people, despite the rampant increase on price on basic commodities and services, the Aquino administration remains to be inutile in their mandate to protect the rights and welfare of its citizenry especially the youth and students that, once again, will face hardship on continuing their education. The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), on monday (January 27) intensifies its demand to put a halt to tuition and other fees increases (TOFI) and persisting budget cut on State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) by demanding the Commission on Higher…

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[NUSP Cebu] Student Union Launches Tuition Monitor

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) – the oldest, broadest and widest alliance of student councils in the country  – formally launched the Tuition Monitor  (TM) hotline in a forum at the University of San Carlos (USC) – Talamban Campus. The TM Cebu hotline is 0923 812 4203. This will be available to all students for them to report on the planned tuition increase in their school and air their grievances over the school consultation process. NUSP’s  role  in  this network  is providing  assistance  to  student  councils  to  be  consulted  on  school  fee  increases, documenting the events…

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NUSP storms CHED urges to reject tuition hike proposals

NEWS RELEASE 27 January 2014 References: Lovely Carbon, NUSP Secretary General 09055743812 Student leaders from different universities and colleges led by the National Union of Students of the Philippines storm Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to urge the commission to castoff universities’ matriculation fee increase proposals for the academic year 2014-2015 and to file a complaint against illegal collection of student development fees in EARIST State College. “From our NUSP Tuition Monitor reports, there were at least 3.5 % to 10% in tuition and more than 300% increase in miscellaneous fees last year. The average tuition for NCR alone is…

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A Call to Vigilance this 2014: Year-end Statement of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP)

This 2014, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) affirms its commitment to promote and protect the democratic rights and interests of the students, youth and the Filipino people. NUSP also affirms the necessity of collective action in pushing for genuine education and social transformation. It is through the unwavering and unfaltering collective action of the students and the masses that saw 2013 as a historical year even in the midst of crude anti-student and anti-people policies and programs of the BS Aquino government. While students, youth and the people were belittled, pushed against the wall, deprived of…

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To Go Against the Neoliberal Flow: On UP, EARIST and the Moribund Character of State Education

There are two state universities, among the many agonizing ones, that saw this week a clear-cut manifestation of the worsening, and yes, moribund, crisis of the Philippine tertiary education system. Amidst increasing budget cuts and state abandonment, there is an increasing commercialization and neoliberalization of state universities such as the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute for Science and Technology (EARIST). The Board of Regents of UP, led by CHED Chairperson Licuanan, UP President Pascual and Regent Albarracin, without a quorum (only five out of 11 were present), ignored the motion of Faculty Regent Lourdes…

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5,000 students stage walk-out vs illegal fees, demands Aquino gov’t to re-channel pork, funds to education

REFERENCE: Philip Bautista, ISG President, 0916-1089-182 Some 5,000 students of Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology walked out of their classes today to protest against the illegal collection of the P1,500 Development Fee in their school. The students demand that the Aquino administration re-channel funds to education and social services following the notion that the government has enough funds when the pork barrel scam was exposed and the Supreme Court declared the unconstitutionality of the Priority Development Assistance Funds, Malampaya Funds and Presidential Social Fund among others. “Our mobilization today shows the anger and massive discontent of the…

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NUSP on the Supreme Court ruling on PDAF: We have long been telling that pork is illegal

While the Aquino administration has perennially tried to justify the existence of the pork barrel funds in light of recent earthquake and typhoon wreckages in the country, the Supreme Court ruled illegal, unconstitutional the existence of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF), previous laws allowing for PDAF, and crucial provisions of the use of the Malampaya funds under the discretion and direction of the president. The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) welcomes the move of the Supreme Court, touting such decision as a product of the organized efforts and clamor of the Filipino people to scrap the…

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On Forging Unity and Strength: SUCs Student Leaders Consultation

FOR: Student Officers/Editors/Regent/Trustee/Members/ Office of the Student Council/Government Office of Student Regent/Trustee/Publication/Organization THRU: Office of Student Affairs/Services Warmest greetings of peace and solidarity! The National Union of Students of the Philippines, a nationwide alliance promoting student rights and welfare, in cooperation with KABATAAN Partylist – the sole youth representative in the 16th Congress of the House of Representatives, purports to (1) Conduct a series of conferences and consultations among the students and youth (2) Provide educational discussions thru forums, symposiums and press conferences (3) Set a dialogue with our legislators and organize lobbying efforts to congress, senate, and concerned government…

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We invoke the right to know the truth! We invoke the peoples’ right to abolish pork! — NUSP

One after another, in what appears to be a litany of lies, Janet Lim Napoles during the November 7, 2013 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing, has not only attempted to obscure the truth, but has also wittingly attempted to divorce President Noynoy Aquino from all the pork barrel scandal. With nothing substantial and truthful solicited from Napoles, it should be clearer and clearest by now that the Aquino administration utilizes Napoles in more ways than one – deny any and all connections with the president, distance the president from the issue, and point the dirty fingers at the enemies of…

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Student union condemns PNoy’s exclusivist 2014 budget; Calls to genuinely rechannel pork barrel to education, social services

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemns in the highest degree the anti-student, anti-youth and anti-people 2014 budget of the Aquino regime. Touted as a supposed “budget for inclusive development,” the 2014 National Expenditure Program excludes rather than includes the majority of Filipinos from public fund and from basic social services. “While the budget for education, health, employment and social welfare seemingly increased by 20%, the fact remains that such increase is merely nominal and largely insufficient to address the needs of the social services sectors. Moreover, the budget is deceptive as it has allotted more to…

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