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…

#NeverForget Mendiola Massacre; 28 years of Injustice and Impunity

Land distribution to farmers has always been part of electoral promises. But history has shown us that the centuries-old battle of the Filipino people for genuine agrarian reform has always been met by state violence. Such violence was experienced by Filipino farmers during the dark Mendiola Massacre of January 22, 1987.  The perennial problem of landlessness of the majority in the country is perpetuated not only by the ruling elite but also by state-sponsored bogus land reform policies named “Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Policy” (CARP) and its worsened form, Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER). Moreover, foreign and multi-national companies…

A Call to Vigilance this 2014: Year-end Statement of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP)

This 2014, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) affirms its commitment to promote and protect the democratic rights and interests of the students, youth and the Filipino people. NUSP also affirms the necessity of collective action in pushing for genuine education and social transformation. It is through the unwavering and unfaltering collective action of the students and the masses that saw 2013 as a historical year even in the midst of crude anti-student and anti-people policies and programs of the BS Aquino government. While students, youth and the people were belittled, pushed against the wall, deprived of…