April 23, 2017

Student leaders launch Tuition Monitor Network; guard against school fees increases for AY 2013

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), member councils from the University of the Philippines (UP), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Feati University, De La Salle University-Araneta (DLSAU), and University of the East – Caloocan have launched the Tuitioni Monitor Network (TMN) to kick-off the fight against problematic school fee increases. NUSP Secretary-General Isabelle Baguisi says that “students cannot anymore bear a new round of tuition and school fees increases. The incessant fee increases have caused students to drop out of school. School administrations increase fees autocratically despite disapproval of students during consultations. Also, majority of schools…

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NUSP to Enrile: Public Funds are for Public Services

What seems to be an innocent gift-giving by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile turns out to be a traditional political act. The Senate President distributed 1.6 million pesos each to 18 senators and 250 thousand pesos to the remaining four senators supposedly as additional pork barrel and MOOE fund. But as some senators revealed, the cash gifts came from public funds. The said 30 million pesos came from the unused funds of then senator Noynoy Aquino. As if such display of political and economic power is not enough, the irony is the said public funds came from the pockets of…

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Cyberspace is a Political Space: NUSP Calls for the Junking of Cybercrime Law

With less than a month to the end of the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Cybercrime Prevention Law (RA 10175), youth and students must once again unite to express our rejection of this unconstitutional and dangerous law. The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) calls for the junking of Cybercrime Law for the following reasons: First, the contentious online libel clause puts anyone who expresses an opinion online at the risk of being called a cybercriminal and consequently punished. Plus, for those active on social networking sites, the simple act of reposting or “liking” certain “libelous” material…

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NUSP Calls for an Investigation on the Montessori Professional College (PASAY Branch) incident

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) is alarmed at the violent incident involving a professor and his female student in Montessori Professional College (PASAY Branch). In a video entitled “ABUSADONG PROFESSOR, VIOLENTE AT HIGH BLOOD” posted on Facebook, the professor is seen furious, violently scolding and hurting his student. The female student, on the other hand, defends herself and reasons out to her professor. In a span of less than two minutes, one of the sad faces of the state of Philippine education is captured electronically – the sad face of violence and feudal and fascistic power…

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NOT ONLY TO HOPE, BUT TO CHANGE

Year-end Statement of the National Union of Students of the Philippines As we look forward to new beginnings this 2013, we must also look back and learn from the past year. The National Union of Students of the Philippines affirms its patriotic, democratic and progressive stand in different socio-political issues that affect the students and the people. The student union has always been at the forefront of the struggle of the student and the people.  NUSP welcomes new challenge as the new year comes. We remain committed in our unwavering efforts to fight social injustice and anti-student and anti-people policies…

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Cebu Chapters of NUSP and CEGP stand firm against baseless accusations

The National Union of Students of the Philippines- Cebu (NUSP-Cebu) and the College Editors Guild of the Philippines –Cebu (CEGP-Cebu) are one with the Cebu City scholars and Cebu students in pushing for a review on the Cebu City Scholarship Program. As an issue that affects the students, we stand firm on our position to expose any unrighteous acts and likewise call for opposition against these. Since its establishment in 1957, NUSP has been consistent in fighting for students’ rights and welfare in solidarity with the people’s struggle for genuine freedom and democracy. They have withstood the fangs of Martial…

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More than a triumph of numbers, RH is an impetus for more progressive laws in PH

  “More than a triumph of numbers, what we saw today is not a kaleidoscope of hope but a motivation to push our lawmakers to stand for the people and to genuinely promote and protect their rights,” said Isabelle Baguisi, Secretary General of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), on account of the congressional passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill on second reading. The majority decision, 113-104-3, favoring the RH bill is a milestone in congress and in the country. After more than a decade of what seemed to be taboo, the RH bill becomes all…

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The Right to Fight: NUSP Statement on International Human Rights Day

  The National Union of Students of the Philippines is one with the fight for our democratic rights in the occasion of the December 10, 2012 commemoration of the International Human Rights Day. Our struggle for genuine change will not only be achieved through our parliamentary efforts for social justice but through our collective actions. The International Human Rights Day is a symbolic phase in our history for us to remember the continuing fight for justice for all the victims of human rights violations. The Student Union condemns the Noynoy Aquino Administration that seems to be proud of committing different…

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SIN TAX Error

  The genuine measure to promote the health and welfare of the people cannot be measured on the eagerness of the government to raise taxes on tobacco. The sin tax bill rests on two contradicting objectives–to raise revenue from tobacco consumption–and to reduce tobacco consumption. This puts a great cloud of doubt over the motives of the government in passing the measure and prompts the National Union of Students of the Philippines to object to it and question the real health policy of the Aquino administration. The real measure of the government’s desire to improve the health of its people…

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K+12 at ang Batayang Krisis sa Edukasyon

Umani ng batikos ang panukala ng Administrasyong Aquino hinggil sa karagdagang taon sa batayan at sekundaryang edukasyon dahil sa mga kakulangan sa sektor, at sa kadahilanang di handa ang bansa sa pagsuong ng ganitong uri ng reporma sa kasalukuyang estado nito. Sinabi ni Bro. Armin Luistro sa isang National Education Forum noong Mayo 2011, “When media asked me what is the one basic problem in education, it’s not building classrooms and hiring teachers. The root caused is really the program and the curriculum.” Ayon kay Rep. Antonio Tinio ng ACT Teachers Partylist, mismong ang datos na ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon…

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