August 16, 2017

SONAngaling!: Student Union Scores Aquino’s SONA 2015 on Education

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) counters BS Aquino III’s claims on education in hist sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) and calls it “SONAngaling!” or “A SONA of Lies.” While Aquino boasts of his sugarcoated victories in the field of education, the real state of Philippine education is revealed by NUSP’s numerous researches and grassroots work summarized in the series touted as State of the Youth Address (SOYA). “The figures cannot be denied by the magician and crook by the name of Benigno: we have an annual college dropout of 2.3 million and…

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What BS Aquino tried to hide in his SONA of lies (Part 1)

Quick Read: Here are the issues that President BS Aquino III did not want to tackle in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA). (1) KAPUS-KALUSUGAN: More than 70 public hospitals being privatized by the BS Aquino III government via the Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Privatization of public hospitals alienates the majority of the impoverished Filipinos from healthcare, said the Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) at Network Opposed to Privatization (NOP). P35 billion of the P102 billion Department of Health (DOH) funding is alloted for PhilHealth premiums. But only 40% to 60% is the actual PhilHealth beneficiaries instead of the 87% declaration of DOH. Out-of-pocket expenses…

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Education crisis worsen in Aquino’s five years in office

Insensitive, unapologetic, anti-student and anti-people. This is how the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) describes the Aquino administration for abandoning it’s responsibility in providing quality and accessible education to the Filipino students and youth. “Education is a public good, but ironically under this regime, it has become a private good because of the commercialization schemes and policies of Aquino such as tuition and school fees deregulation and the Roadmap to Public Higher Education Reforms (RPHER),” says Sarah Elago, NUSP National President. In Aquino’s five years in office, there is no action to stop the perennial tuition deregulation…

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PUP students decry campus militarization in the guise of disaster preparedness

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the Office of the Student Regent (OSR) of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Sentral na Konseho ng Mag-aaral (SKM), Sandigan ng Mag-aaral para sa Sambayanan (SAMASA) and other youth groups highly condemn the presence of military elements inside the PUP campus. Under the guise of a disaster preparedness forum, the government is intensifying the militarization of PUP in an attempt to undermine the strong progressive activism in PUP. Student groups strongly assert that the PUP administration should not allow nor tolerate any military-instigated activities and should uphold PUP’s academic…

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Where has the public character of UP gone?

It is crytal clear how the UP administration under the leadership of President Alfredo Pascual has intensified the commercialized orientation of the UP education system. With a stratospheric base tuition of P1,500 per unit, UP has lost its public character as a state university. In a television interview, Pascual said that there are mechanisms and policies for low-income students to cope with the high cost of UP education. One supposed augmenting mechanism is the student assistant (SA) program, where students are given hours of workload compensated by low salary or allowance and no other benefits. One other policy is securing…

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PUP students successfully junk exorbitant fees such as P1,200 memorabilia fee and P500 Alumni Fee (RCBC Card)

Students led by the Office of the Student Regent (OSR) of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), together with student councils, mass organizations and the Sandigan ng Mag-aaral para sa Sambayanan (SAMASA), triumphed over exorbitant and dubious fees being collected by the PUP administration. In particular, the students were able to successfully junk the P1,200 memorabilia fee and the P500-worth Alumni Fee / RCBC card that contains only P10. The memorabilia and alumni fees were unjustly collected as requisites for clearance for graduation. In addition, the PUP administration, despite the yearly collection of the memorabilia fee, has not released…

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More than 130 student councils, pubs, orgs vow to stop tuition deregulation, school fees hikes

As of today, more than 130 student councils / governments, publications, organizations and other youth and student formations in the country, and still counting, have signed the manifesto against tuition and other school fees (OSF) increases and BS Aquino III’s education deregulation. Spearheaded by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and the Rise for Education (R4E) Alliance, the manifesto continues to unite students across the country to fight for their right to education and against the high cost of education. “We urge the Aquino administration and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to implement a tuition moratorium,…

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LGBTQI Fight with Pride for the People!

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) is one with the LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersexed) community in the call for genuine equality, a stop to violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), and the forwarding that LGBTQI rights are not only gender/sexual rights, but are human rights. NUSP strongly believes that the LGBTQI struggle is not divorced from the socio-political and class struggle. LGBTQI rights are human rights – and these are part of the call of the masses of people for genuine liberation and emancipation. NUSP firmly believes that…

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P1NAS Forum: Asserting Philippine sovereignty in the wake of the China-US power play

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) together with P1NAS, a broad citizen’s movement to unite our people in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity would like to invite your respective student councils / organizations / political parties this July 25, 2015 at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Justo Albert Auditorium for a forum which will discuss the immediate threats to Philippine sovereignty – Chinese expansionism and US interventionism. With Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, together with Prof. Bobby Tuazon and Rep. Neri Colmenares as guest speakers. Kindly bring your school IDs for the…

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Student Union Urges Fraternities & Other Groups: End Violence and Serve the Students and the People

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemns the recent incident of violence involving two fraternities in the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman and calls on the UP administration for a speedy and impartial investigation regarding the incident. We call on all student formations, be it fraternities, sororities, academic organizations, political parties and other groups, to join the rest of the Filipino students and youth in the reverberating call to end the cultures of violence and impunity. Violence among students and youth is not confined nor isolated to fraternities and sororities. Violence is as harsh as…

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