May 28, 2017

On ASEAN 2017 and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA)

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) urges progressive students and organizations/formations across the country to take a staunch position against the further liberalization of Philippine economy through its deepening integration to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the continuing domination of US Imperialism in the country as embodies by military agreements like the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). ASEAN: Intensifying Poverty and Exploitation The 30th ASEAN Summit—with the participation of its ten (10) member states namely Brunei, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines—is currently being held in Manila, Philippines. Aside from…

The Proposed Academic Calendar Shift, Globalization and Modern Day Slavery – NUSP

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) expresses strong opposition to the change in the country’s academic calendar. The change in the academic calendar is not a mere issue of the shift from June to August or September as the opening of classes. Moreover, what is most needed to be underscored is the real raison d’etre behind such shift – the so-called “internationalization” of education to suit the political and economic thrusts of neoliberal globalization under the name “ASEAN Economic Community 2015.” The Philippines, after Thailand shifted its academic calendar last 2011, is the sole ASEAN (Association of…