April 23, 2017

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…

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…

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…

NUSP: Ipaglaban ang Edukasyon, Karapatan at Tunay na Pagbabago!

“Hindi na matitiis ng kabataan at mamamayan ang higit na pagkakait sa karapatan sa edukasyon, paglabag sa karapatang pantao at patuloy pang kahirapan at pambubusabos. Nananawagan kami sa gubyernong Aquino na itigil ang mga patakaran ng komersyalisasyon at mga pagtataas ng matrikula, ibasura ang Oplan Bayanihan at itigil ang paglabag sa karapatan, at tumindig para sa tunay na pagbabago.”

Launching of E4ALL Education for All Alliance on June 20, 2012 at De La Salle University – Manila

http://dlsu-usg.com/announcements/education-for-all-e4all-alliance-relaunching/

On the questions regarding SUC budget cut

Is there a budget cut for SUCs in the 2011 Aquino budget? Yes. Aquino said it himself in his budget message to congress last August 24, 2010: “We allocated P23.4 billion to 112 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in 2011. This is 1.7 percent lower than the P23.8 billion budget for 2010. We are gradually reducing the subsidy to SUCs to push them toward becoming self-sufficient and financially independent..” Note that not only did his government cut the budget, but he intends to gradually reduce funding for SUCs. The government is claiming that there are no cuts since they are…

December 1: We March as One

We salute and congratulate the thousands of students, councils and organizations, educators, faculty unions and associations, employees and administrators in state schools nationwide who made history last week in a resounding expression of unity and commitment to oppose the planned budget cuts on education and social services. We stood up, walked out and waged a strike, not only for ourselves and our schools. We fought for right of every Filipino to education. We suspended our classes so that more students may be able to study. We barricaded our campus gates for days so that our schools may be open to…

Statement of the UP Manila League of College Student Councils on the 2011 Proposed Budget Cut to UP

We, the League of College Student Councils of the University of the Philippines Manila, strongly oppose the proposed 1.39 billion-peso budget cut to the University of the Philippines. Traditionally, the government recognizing UP’s role as a state university and as a national university has been giving subsidies in the form of budget appropriations. However, in the past administration of GloriaMacapagal- Arroyo characterized by anti-student and anti-people policies, especially on plans to commercialize tertiary education, has abandon its role in ensuring that the University of the Philippines will remain its public character as the University of the People that is accessible…

UP Manila- PGH community “prescribed” a notice of strike to fight budget cut to UP ad PGH

In the University of the Philippines- Manila, UP Manila professors, administrators, students, and PGH health workers announced in a press conference today that the UP Manila community will hold its strike on November 25 and 26 to intensify its call to stop the P1.39 Billion UP Budget cut and P114 Million budget cut in the Philippine General Hospital. The press conference was attended by: Dr. Jose Gonzales, PGH Director Hon. Judy Taguiwalo, UP Faculty Regent Hon. Claudualdo Cabrera, UP Staff Regent Hon. Cori Alessa Co, Outgoing UP Student Regent Prof. Carl Marc Ramota, Department of Social Sceinces Chairperson and CONTEND-UPM…

Pictures of the ‘opening salvo’ in the PUP’s strike against education budget cuts

Picture of today’s symbolic barricade at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines vs. budget cuts. In a press conference today at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines’ Main Campus at Sta. Mesa, Manila, representatives of the various sectors of the university’s community announced that they are ‘uniting’ against proposed budget cuts to education in the 2011 national budget. Led by PUP president Dr. Dante Guevara, administration officials, faculty members, non-academic employees, and student representatives declared their opposition to the P23 million cut.