March 28, 2017

Student group asks Pope to stand against high cost of education, especially in PH Catholic schools

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An alliance of student organizations and education advocates called on Pope Francis Wednesday to also intervene in the issue of education, particularly the spiraling matriculation rates in Catholic colleges and universities in the Philippines. Rise for Education Alliance (R4E), a group composed of student councils, campus journalists, and youth organizations, said that the prohibitive cost of education – especially in Philippine Catholic schools – goes against the teachings of Pope Francis on “the economy of exclusion” in his Evangelii Gaudium or Apostolic Exhortation. “In the Pope’s famous Apostolic Exhortation, he tells us that ‘money must serve, not rule.’ Sadly, in…

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Aquino’s Arithmetic to Get the Youth Out of School: MRT/LRT Fare Hike, Tuition Increase, Other School Fees

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest and broadest alliance of student councils / governments / federations in the country, has calculated that, with the 50% to 87% LRT/MRT fare hikes, the BS Aquino III administration wants to get the Filipino students and youth out of school. Amidst skyrocketing tuition and other shool fees increases, price hikes of commodities, oil, water, and energy, among others, the LRT-MRT fare hikes dictate a massive impact on the students and the people. “Wala na o halos wala na kaming baon dahil napunta na lahat sa tuition at other school…

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Students intensify campaign to junk all other school fees

Student leaders are geared to junk all other school fees (OSF). Today, students under the banner of the Rise for Education (R4E) Alliance troop to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to condemmn the commission’s pro-commercialization  scheme and for being a stampad for tuition and OSF increases. “OSF are other school fees aside from tuition that are rapaciously being collected by universities and colleges, both private and state-run, that hinder students from accessing education. OSF are characterized as exorbitant, dubious and redundant,” points out Ms. Sarah Elago, Rise for Education Alliance (R4E) Convenor. “Through the years, OSF actually surpass the…

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In commemoration of the International Students’ Day: Educ alliance converge in Liwasang Bonifacio, call for junking of other school fees

Hundreds of student and youth leaders led by the Rise for Education (R4E) Alliance converge in Liwasang Bonifacio today, November 17, 2014, to commemorate the historic International Students’ Day. According to Ms. Sarah Elago, R4E Convenor and National President of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), “Since 1941, November 17 has been marked as a day to remember the sacrifices, struggles and victories of students’ collective action. Commemorating the martyrdom of Czech students that protested Nazi fascism and the take over of the University of Prague, the International Students’ Day is a strong reminder for students to…

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Student union dares BS Aquino; have the heart to visit Yolanda survivors

“Accountability is next to admission” BS Aquino’s insufficient yet corrupted rehabilitation program in affected areas of typhoon yolanda is nothing but an open secret. President Aquino cannot hide nothing from the Filipino people. He must face the sad reality of his incompetent governance. The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) is one with the Yolanda survivors in calling for BS Aquino to be accountable for over a year of uncertainty, injustice and negligence in Eastern Visayas. NUSP dares Aquino to “have the heart” to visit the Yolanda survivors for him to see straight in the eye of poverty and…

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NUSP seeks justice for another hazing victim

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemns the continuing culture of hazing and other forms of violence inflicted upon students and youth. NUSP seeks justice for the death of alleged hazing victim Ariel Enopre, who succumed to death two weeks after the October 19 hazing incident. According to reports, Enopre died due to kidney failure. Enopre was a former student of Southern Luzon State University (SLSU). NUSP condoles with the family of Enopre and is one with them in seeking justice for Ariel. NUSP reiterates its stand to end the cultures of violence, hazing and impunity. Furthermore,…

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VFA is a three-letter acronym for injustice: There’s Nothing Mutual in an Enforced Agreement –NUSP

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Juan dela Cruz, Nicole, Jennifer Laude and hundreds and thousands of Filipinos have had enough of the fifteen violent years of the Visiting Forces Agreement, and the more than hundred years of American neocolonialism, US bases and militarization, neoliberal policies and programs, US-puppet regimes. The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest and broadest alliance of more than 650 student councils and governments all over the country, underscores Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s statement that “The VFA is a historic document of inequity between a former colonizer and its former colony, which some global political analysts describe as…

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Students All Geared Up for “Rev Up Philippines”; International Students Day to be Commemorated

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Student formations and organizations converge to push for student empowerment and involvement through REV UP Philippines in commemoration of the International Students Day. The 17th of November is the International Students’ Day, an international observance of student involvement and a recognition of the key role students and youth have played for genuine social transformation. “In the midst of problems and issues besetting the country and the world, students play a pivotal role in bringing genuine societal change. Now more than ever, students need to ‘Rev Up’ and raise the ante in protecting and promoting the rights and welfare of the…

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End Rape and All Forms of Violence in the University Campus; Vigilance Imperative to Deliver Justice!

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) denounces the rape of another University of the Philippines – Los Baños student last October 15. The rape of the 17-year old UPLB student is disheartening and enraging, most especially that the rape and slay of another UPLB student Given Grace Cebanico happened in October three years ago. Rape and other forms of violence against women, including students, are alarming and symptomatic of the how Philippine society views and treats women. The Student Union is alarmed at the continued violence against students. Gender-based violence such as rape has been a recurrent…

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US marine should be put under the wires of PH justice!; Justice for Jennifer Laude and all US Victims of Violence!

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemns the killing of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, a 26-year old transgender from West Tapinac, Olongapo City. According to initial reports, Jennifer was slained by a US marine force last Sunday at Celzone Lodge in Magsaysay Drive. The US marine troop is currently detained-on-dock in a US warship in Subic waters. NUSP reiterates Gabriela representative Hon. Emily De Jesus, League of Filipino Students (LFS) and the Kapederasyon LGBT Sectoral Organization’s stand for BS Aquino not to allow the case to end up like what happened to Lance Corporal Daniel Smith. “Violence against…

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