Students stage initial two-day strike for greater state subsidy

to SUCs (state universities and colleges) and against the budget cuts

 

■  March to Mendiola/DBM    ■  PNU strike    ■  PUP strike   

 

■   UP Manila strike    ■  UP Diliman strike    ■  Cebu walkout

 

■  News Video       ■  Bonus Tracks

 

November 25-26, 2010

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■   March to Mendiola and to the  Department of Budget and Management
     

 

November 26, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

As the strike continues
OVER 8,000 STUDENTS STORM DBM, MENDIOLA TO PROTEST BUDGET CUTS IN SUCs

Over eight thousand college and high school students from both public and private schools marched to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) today to protest DBM Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad’s “horrendous” claim that budget cuts in state universities and colleges (SUCs) could be solved through increasing tuition rates and utilizing savings of public schools.

This week, nationwide student strikes have been launched in various SUCs – including the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), wherein more than five thousand students have stopped going to their classes for a week now; the University of the Philippines in Diliman and Manila, where a combined total of 6,000 students have joined the strike that began yesterday, together with the Rizal Technological University, Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology and several other SUCs across the country.

The nationwide mobilization, which paralyzed school operations, was prompted by the reduced SUC budget for 2011. In the budget approved by the House of Representatives last November 8, the budget for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenditures (MOOE) budget for all 112 SUCs was cut by P1.1 billion.

The mammoth protest action today was first planned to head straight to Mendiola. However, after news broke out of Sec. Abad’s statement, student protesters opted to pay him a visit first in the DBM Main Office in the Malacanang compound.

‘King and prince of lies’

Earlier today, Sec. Abad guested in a radio news program in DZMM, wherein he was asked to comment on the ongoing national students’ strike.

He denied the existence of the cut, as he did for over months since DBM finished preparing the proposed budget for 2011. He even said that for SUCs to cope with the impending budget cut, administrations of SUCs should increase tuition and utilize savings of schools for to augment scarcities that may arise.

“Panibagong kasinungalingan na naman ito ng administrasyong Aquino, ang hari ng mga baluktot na pamamaraan. Kasabwat ang kanyang tagapayong si Butch Abad, prinsipe ng kasinungalingan, muli nilang nililinlang ang mga mamamayan,” said Vencer Crisostomo, spokesperson of Kilos Na! Laban sa Budget Cuts.

“With such statement, the Aquino administration has confirmed for itself that they really root for the eventual abandonment of public tertiary education, and little by little transferring the state responsibility of providing funding for higher education to the already burdened arms of the Filipino people,” said UP Diliman University Student Council Chair Rainier Sindayen who led the 2000 strong contingent from UP Diliman.

“The reasoning of this administration has kept on getting worse. They are throwing to us dim-witted explanations, hurling to us solutions that were basically the same predictions we made on what may happen if the impending budget cuts push through,” said Crisostomo.

After disclaiming Abad’s statement through a full-blown mammoth rally in front of DBM, the 8,000-strong student protesters proceeded to Mendiola to continue the mobilization.

“Nagsisimula pa lamang nating ipakita ang galit at pagtutol natin sa walang habas na pagkaltas sa badyet ng ating mga pampublikong pamantasan. Sa mga susunod na araw, asahang titindi pa an gating mga pagkilos. Sa December 1, yayanigin natin ang senado. Kung hindi nila pakikinggan ang dumadagundong na panawagan ng kabataan at mamamayan, mayroon silang kalalagyan,” said League of Filipino Students Chairperson Terry Ridon.

The nationwide mobilization will reach its peak on Wednesday, December 1, in time for the Senate plenary deliberations for the 2011 national budget proposal.###

Reference:
Aki Merced, 09336661328, Kilos Na! Laban sa Budget Cut Media Officer
Vencer Crisostomo, 09224290258, Kilos Na! Laban sa Budget Cuts Spokesperson

 

     
     
           
     
     
     
           

 

UP Budget CUT…A call to STRIKE

by JD Agapito

Marami ng pagkilos ang naisagawa.
Sa nakaraang buwan hindi nagpabaya.
Bakit administrasyo’y nabingi na sadya,
BUDGET sa edukasyon huwag dapat ibaba.

Nakapagtatakang kay laki ng bawas,
BUDGET para sa UP ay di nakaligtas.
Bakit edukasyon ang di pinalampas.
Pero pondo sa military sadyang itinaas.

Nakakalungkot na sa bagong liderato
Ang kaltas sa budget ay sadyang lumobo.
Di ba’t edukasyo’y mahalagang aspekto.
Upang kaunlaran ay ating matamo.

Nguni’t ang nangyari ay kabaligtaran.
Pork barrel, dole out funds siyang pang dinagdagan.
Pati na ang pondo para sa pautang.
Pangunahing serbisyo’y lalong natabunan.

Kailangan ngayo’y matinding pagkilos .
Dahil mag-aaral ang tiyak maghihikahos.
Kalidad ng edukasyon ay bababang lubos.
Malaking problema na dapat iayos.

Maging kaguruan at mga empleyado.
Kay raming mga tao ang sadyang apektado.
Kaya’t dapat pakinggan ng ating Pangulo. (P-NOY)
Budget sa edukasyo’y dapat na mahusto.

Sa Poong Maykapal ako’y may dalangin.
Mga lider ng bayan inyo pong hipuin.
Desisyon sa BUDGET ayusing magaling.
EDUKASYON (at KALUSUGAN) ang dapat UNAHIN.

JD Agapito
24 November 2010

 

Dahil Kami Ang Boss
by Joanne Lara on Monday


kamakailan lamang ay itinatak sa aming isipan
kami raw ang boss kaya't kami't pakikinggan
ngunit Noynoy, bakit ka nagbibingibingihan
boses nami'y di naririnig kahit ipaglakasan

wag kaming linlangin mahal naming pangulo
wag tayo magpaikot ikot, hindi naman kami bobo
kaming mga studyante'y hindi pabor ang hinihingi
sapagkat aming karapatan ang siyang itinitindig

hindi magandang biro ang pagtapyas ng aming pondo
habang ang bayad utang at militar ay suportadong todo
elementarya't hayskul raw ang aming kaagaw sa pondo
ngunit ang totoo ay yung mga kaalyado mong Amerikano

baka sakaling hindi mo pa alam kaya aming babanggitin
karapatan sa edukasyo'y nasa saligang batas natin
bata, matanda, may ngipin man o wala, kahit sino ka pa
silid arala't upua'y dapat ibigay, walang tanong tanong pa

higit pa sa 1.39 bilyon ang mawawalang parang bula
kasama ang pangarap ng mga kabataang sa mundo'y wala pa
kung ganitong pagpapahalaga ang ipinataw sa edukasyon
iyan ba ang tinatawag na daang matuwid ng iyong administrasyon?!

mariin naming tinututulan ang iyong kalapastanganan
ginoo sa Malacanang, makinig ka sa aming panawagan
kaming boss mo ay galit na galit na
gobyerno mo'y gawing makatarungan para sa madla

kami'y hinding hindi titigil sa paglaban
hindi pwedeng karapata'y balewalain na lamang
hangga't di naipagkakaloob kung ano ang nararapat
mga iskolar ng bayan ang mabagsik mong makakatapat!

--UP Panitikan

 

           
           
     
     
     
     


For Immediate Release
November 25, 2010

On national education strikes
SUCs intensify “battle plan” for national strikes vs. budget cuts

References: Vencer Crisostomo, Sec.Gen of Kabataan , 0922-4290258
Bugsy Nolasco, Media Officer, 0922-8240740

Student, faculty, administrators and other employees of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) today gather to intensify what they call the “battle plan” for the biggest anti-budget cut protests in years.

“Paint the town red”

According to Vencer Crisostomo, Secretary General of Kabataan Party-list and spokesperson of the anti-budget cut alliance Kilos na Laban sa Budget Cut, “the historic solidarity of different sectors within SUCs have set ablaze the fight against the proposed slashing of SUCs budget for 2011. Now, we are immersing ourselves to intense organizing and conceptual work since we will be launching the biggest-ever strike against the machinations of the Aquino administration.”

Attended by SUCs from the National Capital Region, Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon, the gathering geared up for a massive protest on December 1, 2010 at the Senate, where the national budget is under deliberation. In the past two weeks, thousands have poured into the streets as Senate deliberates on the national budget. Crisostomo said that the upcoming protests will “shake the sense out of the Aquino administration” to stop the budget cuts.

“The Aquino government would do well to heed the call of the people against the budget cuts. Otherwise, we will continue on painting the town red, as it were, with determined and militant protest actions nationwide,” Crisostomo said

“Brush up on their reading skills”

Despite the strong opposition of SUCs against the budget cuts, Malacanang yesterday reiterated its prescription that SUCs commercialize and dip into their own resources. Sentors Franklin Drilon and Vicente Sotto, on the other hand, have countered the claims of budget cut as unreal and unfounded.

“The Aquino government justifies the budget cut by claiming that SUCs should commercialize to fill up budgetary deficits. What does this effectively mean? It means that tuition rates will once again increase in SUCs and that Aquino is bent on changing the nature of SUCs as schools for the can-afford. This is inadmissible,” Crisostomo said.

“The claims of Senators Franklin Drilon and Vicente Sotto that the budget cut is fictive cannot but appear as downright wrong. The slashing of the operating expenses and the zero budget for capital outlay are not part of the “congressional insertions” which have been removed from the 2011 proposed budget. They would do well to brush up on their reading skills or get a better research team,” he added.

Spirit of solidarity

Earlier this week, the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) has vowed to go full-force in joining the national protests against the budget cuts. In Congress, around 100 lawmakers have signed the petition against the cuts, as initiated by Rep. Raymond Palatino of Kabataan Party-list.

“The peddled lies and machinations of the Aquino administration and its cohorts cannot and will not douse the strong spirit of solidarity of the people against the budget cuts. We grow stronger in asserting the democratic right of every Filipino to quality and accessible tertiary education,” Crisostomo said. ###
 

--
Office of Rep. Raymond ‘Mong’ Palatino
Room 419, North Wing, House of Representatives,
Batasan Complex, Quezon City
Tel: 931-55-04, 931-5001 (loc. 7378)

Reference:
Kabataan Party-list Rep. Mong Palatino
Mobile: 0908-5927099

Bugsy Nolasco, Media Officer
Mobile: 0922-8240740
 

     
     
           
     
     
     
  Photo by Jude Iewin C. Montoya  

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 25, 2010

State schools on strike
Students and faculty protest SUC budget cuts

Thousands of students, faculty, workers and administrators of state schools walked out of classrooms today and declared a strike against the government proposed budget cuts for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

In the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, students barricaded the University Avenue and held noise barrage protests around campus. College deans of the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Science, Education, Engineering, Mass Communication, Social Sciences and Philosophy, Fine Arts, Home Economics, Public Administration and Governance expressed support for the strike.

In UP Manila, thousands of students wore red and held a sit-in protest in front of the UP Oblation. Senate Minority Floor Leader Allan Peter Cayetano, who expressed opposition to the P 1.1 Billion cut on SUCs budget during yesterday’s Senate budget hearing, was invited as guest speaker. Said students also protested against the looming cutback on the annual budget of the tertiary state-owned Philippine General Hospital operated by UP Manila. After the whole day activities, students stayed in campus for a “sleep-in” protest.

A protest concert, meanwhile, was held in PUP, where no less than the University President joined thousands of students in the “school shutdown.” A pile of chairs reminiscent of the fiery anti-tuition increase protest last March in PUP also served as blockade to the campus main gate.

Protests were also launched in the Philippine Normal University (PNU), Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Technology (EARIST) and Rizal Technological University (RTU). Even high school students joined the protests as around a hundred students walked out of Quirino High School in Quezon City.

“We owe it to the future generation”

The “Call to Strike” was issued by more than a hundred organizations and individuals under the alliance Kilos Na Laban sa Budget Cuts, to protest the:

* budget cut for the operations of 97 state universities and colleges by a total of P1.1 billion,
* zero allotment of capital outlay for our SUCs,
* reduction in the scholarship funds of the Commission on Higher Education by P650 million, and
* inadequate funds for basic education in the Aquino administration’s 2011 budget.

“We need to act now to stop budget cuts in education and other social services. The cuts will lead to skyrocketing tuition and other fees and commercialization of social services, which will result to a greater number of Filipinos being driven into further destitution,” the statement said.

The groups said that they have tried to appeal to the Aquino government and Congress to “stand for the interest of the people,” but were insulted by the Congress’ railroading of the approval of the 2011 budget, where it increased in “billions the pork barrel funds, dole-outs and patronage funds, budget for military and debt spending,” and maintained the cuts in education, health and other social services.

“We owe it to the Filipino people. We owe it to the future generation. It is during these times that the youth are being called to take up its role as hope of our motherland,” the statement said.

PASUC support

SUC presidents and administrators led by the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) have also expressed their support for the forthcoming protests.

In a press conference in RTU in Mandaluyong, PASUC called for greater subsidy for SUCs and warned of more actions if the Senate fails to stop the education budget cuts in the face of increased military and pork barrel spending.

Students are set to march to Mendiola tomorrow, November 26, to “flex muscles” in preparation for a bigger strike and rally on December 1, when the Senate is expected to hold plenary sessions on the 2011 budget. ###

References:

Vencer Crisostomo, Spokesperson Kilos Na Laban sa Budget Cuts, 09224290258 09174416739
Vanessa Bolibol, Secretary General National Union of Students of the Philippines, 09261703655
Aki Merced. Media Officer League of Filipino Students, 09336661328

Attachment: A call to strike (Kilos Na! Laban sa Budget Cuts!)
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A call to strike

We are calling on all students, councils and organizations, educators, faculty unions and associations, employees and administrators of state schools nationwide to hold mass protest activities, walkouts, class stoppages and campus strikes starting November 22.

We deem it necessary to hold bigger and more effective actions to express our opposition to the
· budget cut for the operations of 97 state universities and colleges by a total of P1.1 billion,
· zero allotment of capital outlay for our SUCs,
· reduction in the scholarship funds of the Commission on Higher Education by P650 million, and
· inadequate funds for basic education in the Aquino administration’s 2011 budget.

We need to act now to stop budget cuts in education and other social services. The cuts will lead to skyrocketing tuition and other fees and commercialization of social services, which will result to a greater number of Filipinos being driven into further destitution.

We worked hard during the past months to appeal to government and our lawmakers to stand for the interest of the people. However, Aquino allies in Congress railroaded the approval of the 2011 budget, increasing in billions the pork barrel funds, dole-outs and patronage funds, budget for military and debt spending. They maintained the cuts in education and services.

Clearly, we need to escalate our protests as Senate is set to vote on the budget. Students, faculty, employees, administrators, and other stakeholders should build the broadest and widest possible unity in our campuses for the people’s right to education.

Assemblies and protests in our campuses must be conducted for several days and may take the form of big marches, sit-in protests, class walk-outs, etc. Stoppage of the operations of our campuses for several days and closure of classrooms and buildings will be a logical consequence brought about by the participation of large numbers of students and faculty.

We are calling for a culmination of the activities to a big protest march to the Senate on December 1 to deliver the strongest message against the education and social services budget cuts.

We owe it to the Filipino people. We owe it to the future generation. It is during these times that the youth are being called to take up its role as hope of our motherland.

During the coming days let us make history and declare: we are ON STRIKE for the right to education, for the sake of our nation and our future.

Para sa bayan, para sa kinabukasan.
Kilos na laban sa budget cuts!

Signatories

National Youth Formations
National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP)
College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP)
League of Filipino Students (LFS)
Anakbayan
Kabataang Artista para sa Tunay na Kalayaan (KARATULA)
Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP)
KABATAAN Partylist

Regents of State Colleges and Universities
Cori Alessa Co, University of the Philippines System Student Regent
Sheryl Alapad, Polytechnic University of the Philippines Student Regent
Mikko James Rodriguez, Philippine Normal University Student Regent
Ana Rea Alcaza, Rizal Technological University Student Regent
Dr. Judy Taguiwalo, University of the Philippines Faculty Regent
Clodualdo Cabrera, University of the Philippines Staff Regent

Administration Officials, Deans and Faculty
Dr. Dante Guevara, PUP President
Dean Raul Pangalangan, former Dean, UP College of Law
Alfredo Pascual, former UP Alumni Regent
Dr. Roland Tolentino, Dean, UP College of Mass Communication
Dr. Edna Co, Dean, UP National College of Public Administration and Governance
Dr. Caesar Saloma, Dean, UP College of Science
Dr. Mary Ann A. Espina, Dean, UP College of Architecture
Dr. Dina Ocampo, Dean, UP College of Education
Dr. Aura C. Matias, Dean, UP College of Engineering
Prof. Florentina P. Colayco, Dean, UP College of Fine Arts
Dr. Adelaida Villaraza Mayo, Dean, UP College of Home Economics
Dr. Michael L. Tan, Dean, Dean, UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Dr. Rosalinda Pineda-Ofreneo, Dean, College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD)
Dr. Roberto E. Reyes, Director, UP Extension Program in San Fernando Pampanga and Olongapo (UPEPPO)
Sarah Raymundo, CONTEND-UP
Dr. Fidel Nemenzo
Prof. Noni Queano
Prof. Vlad Gonzales
Prof. Gerry Lanuza
Prof. Danny Arao
Prof. Jonna Asis
Prof. Katrina Macapagal
Prof. Sharon Briones
Prof. Det Neri
Prof. Choy Pangilinan
Prof. Louie Vallejo
Prof. Marian Roque
Prof. Roselle Pineda
Prof. Siao Campoamor
Dr. Reynaldo Imperial, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Prof. Cora Inienevo, College of Nursing
Prof. Carl Ramota, Chair, Department of Social Sciences, UP Manila College of Arts and Sciences
Prof. Doroteo Abaya
Prof. Edberto Villegas
Prof. Rose Roque
Prof. Risa Jopson
Prof. Roland Simbulan, former UP Faculty Regent
Prof. John Ponsaran
Prof. JPaul Manzanilla
Prof. Theo Macabiog of UP Baguio Office of the Director for Student Affairs
Prof. Leah Abayao-UP Baguio CSS Faculty
Prof. Julius Mendoza-UP Baguio CSS Faculty
Prof. Grace Bengwayan-Benguet State University

Student Councils/ Governments:
 

University of the Philippines Student Councils:
University of the Philippines- Baguio University Student Council
University of the Philippines-Diliman University Student Council
University of the Philippines-Diliman League of College Councils
UP Diliman- Asian Institute of Tourism Student Council
UP Diliman- College of Architecture Student Council
UP Diliman- College of Arts and Letters Student Council
UP Diliman- College of Business Administration Student Council
UP Diliman- College of Education Student Council
UP Diliman- College of Fine Arts Student Council
UP Diliman- College of Home economics Students Council
UP Diliman- College of Human Kinetics Student Council
UP Diliman- College of Mass Communications Student Council
UP Diliman- College of Music Student Council
UP Diliman- College of Science Student Council
UP Diliman- College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Student Council
UP Diliman- College of Social Work and Community Development Student Council
UP Diliman- Law Student Government
UP Diliman- National College of Public Administration and Governance
UP Diliman- School of Economics Student Council
UP Diliman- School of Statistics Student Council
UP Diliman- School of Library and Information Sciences
UP Manila:
University of the Philippines-Manila University Student Council
UP Manila- College of Arts and Sciences Student Council
UP Manila- College of Dentistry Student Council
UP Manila- College of Medicine Student Council
UP Manila- College of Nursing Student Council
UP Manila- College of Pharmacy Student Council
UP Manila- College of Public Health student Council
University of the Philippines- Extension Program in Pamapanga University Student Council
University of the Philippines- Baler Campus University Student Council
University of the Philippines- Visayas University Student Council
University of the Philippines- Cebu Campus Student Council
University of the Philippines- Tacloban Campus Student Council
University of the Philippines- Mindanao Campus Student Council
Philippine Normal University Student Councils:
Philippine Normal University- Manila University Student Government
Philippine Normal University- Agusan Student Council
Philippine Normal University-Cadiz Student Council
Philippine Normal University-Isabela Student Council
Philippine Normal University-Quezon Student Council
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Student Councils:
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sentral na Konseho ng Mag-aaralBenguet State University Student Government
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Student Councils:
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sentral na Konseho ng Mag-aaral
Polytechnic University of the Philippines- QC
PUP- Ragay Supreme Student Council
Eulogio Amang Rodriquez Institute of Science and Technology Institute Student Government
Student Councils in Nueva Ecija:
Araullo University -College of Law- Student Council
Central Luzon State University – University Supreme Student Council
La Fortuna College – Supreme Student Gouncil
Asian Institute of E-Commerce – Alliance of Peer Leaders
Provincial Manpower Training Center – Supreme Student Council
Eduardo L. Joson Memorial College – Supreme Student Council
College of Immaculate Conception – College Student Supreme Council
Good Samaritan Colleges – Supreme Student Council
ABE College of Business and Accountancy – Supreme Student Council
Midway Maritime Foundation Inc. – Supreme Student Council
AMA Computer College (Cabanatuan) – Student Society on Information Technology Education
Nueva Ecija University of Sciece and Technology – University Student Government
Wesleyan University – Philippines – Central Student Council
Araullo University Supreme Student Government
San Jose Christian Colleges – student Body Organization
STI Education Center – Supreme Student Council
Palayan City Institute of Technology – Supreme Student Council
First Asian International Systems College – Student Body Organization
Core Gateway College – Education Student Council
Laguna State Polytechnic University- Mechanical Engineering Society
Cavite State University- Indang College of Arts and Sciences- Students Committee
University of Rizal System
Palawan State University
University of Northern Philippines/ North Luzon Philippine State College
Bicol University University Student Government
Eastern Visayas State University - Supreme Student Government
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntipula USC
Romblon State College Student Council
University of Rizal System Student Council
Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts and Trade Supreme Student Council
Palawan State University Student Council
Romblon State University Supreme Student Council
Surigao del sur State Polytechnic College Student Council
University of Southern Mindanao Supreme Student Council
Cotabato City Polytechnic College Supreme Student Council
Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University Supreme Student Council
Western Mindanao State University University Student Council
Romblon State College Student Council
 

Alliances:
 

Alliance of Concerned Students-Partido ng Demokratikong Mag-aaral (ACS-PDM), University of Northern Philippines in Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Nueva Ecija Colleges and Universities Student Councils Association
Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights- UP (STAND-UP)
Alliance of Students for Alternative Progress-Katipunan ng Demokratikong Mag-aaral (ASAP-KATIPUNAN)
Katipunan ng mga Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP (KASAMA sa UP )
ANAK-PUP
National federation of Student Leaders in PNU
 

Organizations
 

UP Agham Youth
Alay Sining
Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity-UP Diliman
UP Anakbayan
Artists’ Circle Fraternity
Artists’ Circle Sorority
Astrum Scientis Sorority
Beta Lambda Kappa Sorority
Center for Nationalist Studies
EMC2 Fraternity
UP Gabriela
Gamma Sigma Pi Fraternity
UP Ibalon
Lambda Sigma Pi Sorority
UP League of Filipino Students
UP Moriones
UP NNARA Youth
Pi Omicron Fraternity-UP Diliman
Pi Sigma Delta Sorority-UP Diliman
UP Praxis
PROGAY-LESBOND
UP Psychological Association
UP Roma
Saligan sa CSSP
Sigma Delta Pi Sorority-UP Diliman
Sigma Kappa Pi Fraternity-UP Diliman
Sinagbayan
UP Student Christian Movement
UP Union of Journalists in the Philippines
Alliance of Concerned Dormers
Kamia House Council
Sampaguita House Council
Ilang-Ilang House Council
Ipil House Council
Yakal Hpuse Council
Molave House Council
Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity-UP Manila
Alpha Phio Omega Sorority-UP Manila
UPM Anakbayan
UPM Gabriela
Health Organization for the People
UPM Karatula
UPM League of Filipino Students
UPM NNARA Youth
UPM Pre-Law Society
Sigma Delta Pi Sorority-UP Manila

Sigma Kappa Pi Fraternity- UP Manila
UP Panitikan
League of College Student Councils
Oblation Corps
Organization of Area Studies Majors
Alpha Sigma Fraternity
Youth for Christ UP Manila
Organizational Communication Society (ORCOMMSOC)
UP Political Science Society
UP Pre-Law Society
Junior Artists Circle
Alliance of Concerned Students- PUP
Juxtapoz
KABARO
Bayan Muna
Baguio- Benguet Organizations:
Tanghalang Bayan ng Kabataan sa Baguio
Anime HQ
Alliance of Concerned Students
UPPL Pusoy
Jodera
Unite-UP
Tumbleweeds
Shadows
UP Engkuwentrong Babae
Sigma Beta
Tayaw
Rotaract Club-UP Baguio
Comsci@upb
Student Catholic Action
Tau Gamma Phi
Physics Sphere
UP Sikat
Lifebox
Set-up
Anak-UP
Math-Physics Society
UP Palaris Confraternity
PSSN Jr.
UP Vizcayanos
Biology Society
PAGTA
UP Danceworks
Astrum Scientis Sorority
Scintilla Juris Fraternity
TAO
UP Subol
Argumentum
Econsoc
Tinig Amianan
Tae Kwon Do Club
Red Cross Youth
Tau Gamma Sigma
UP Cheersquad
UP Kamalayan
UP Yoga Science Club
Student for the Visual Arts
Association of Pre-Law Students
YSIP|CADUA
Debate Society
Speak-UP
Toxophilus
Gawad Kalinga
Artists and Musician Platforms
Philo Circle| Students in Touch
UP Silag
Pi Sigma
Pi Sigma Delta
UP Kaisa
UP Write
Sigma Kappa Pi
Sigma Delta Pi
Saint Louis University Political Science Academic Society
University of Baguio Politis

Student Publications

Philippine Collegian
Manila Collegian
PUP Catalyst
Earist Technozette
The Scholastican
STI aSTIg
PNU The Torch
TSU The Work
TSU The Blaze
UP Vista
Ateneo de Davao Atenews
UPB Outcrop
UPLB Perspective
Ateneo de Naga The Pillars
TUA Trinity Observer
PLMun The Warden
UP SOLIDARIDAD
PUP Alyansa ng Kabataang Mamamahayag
PNU Pluma
University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos Tolentine Star

 

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November 26, 2010

 

Salient Points
Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano’s statements
Against the Budget Cut on SUCs
and a response to Drilon’s statement that there were ‘No actual cuts for State U’

Himayin natin yung issue.

Una, ang congressional insertion ay inilaan sa capital outlay at additional scholarship. Pero yung MOOE na P1.1-B ay hindi congressional initiative kaya nga maintenance and operation expenditure ito. That means totoo ang slash sa SUC budget.

Pangalawa, ang UP, 1.39 billion pesos ang matatanggal sa budget nila. Tunay na slash ito.

Pangatlo, ang policy mismo doon sa ‘budget message’ ng pangulo ay malinaw. Ang nakalagay sa budget message, dapat maging ‘self-sufficient’ ang mga SUCs. Ibig sabihin ng ‘being self-sufficient’ in simple terms ay “Problema mo pondo mo”. Either itataas ng SUCs ang tuition fees nila o yung mga lupain na pagmamay-ari ng mga ito ay gagamitin para kumita kaysa gamitin para sa edukasyon.

Pang-apat, ang congressional initiative ay hindi masama. Masama bang magdagdag sa edukasyon? Masama bang dagdagan ang paggawa ng building? Kung mayroon ngang pork barrel sa kung anu-ano, bakit ikakasasama ang congressional initiative pagdating sa building for state universities and additional scholars?
So rather than just saying it is a congressional initiative, the real question is, is it a good initiative or not? and definitely the bottomline is, totoong mababawasan pa rin ang budget sa SUCs, dahil kahit tanggalin man ang congressional initiative, P1.1-B parin ang matatanggal sa MOOE.

Sa lahat ng mga state universities, sa RTU lang ang mayroong additional P20 million para sa capital outlay. All the rest hindi binigyan ng capital outlay.

Ang ibig sabihin nito sa mga estudyante, “mabulok mga building niyo, auditorium, gyms, theaters , o laboratory, bahala kayo sa buhay niyo!”. I don’t think that that should be the attitude of the government towards students so I think the president is still getting the wrong information regarding this.

I am encouraging students to let their voices be heard. Ako ay naniniwala na ang mga estudyante ay dapat pakinggan din at sila’y namumulat sa mga issue tulad nito.

Napakalaki ng unprogrammed fund. I think almost P60 billion. Ano ba naman ang P1.1-B ay idagdag mo sa MOOE ng SUCs. What’s the use in giving, let’s say P21 Billion for CCT, kung ang mga nag-aaral na (ay hindi naman bibigyan ng tamang pansin).

By the way, 40% of all our college students go to state universities and colleges. so hindi lang ito 10% o 5%. 4 out of 10 na nasa kolehiyo ay sa state colleges and universities nag-aaral. Itong 40% na ito na karaniwang mahihirap ay ang magsa-suffer sa budget cuts.

Sa pagbawas ng MOOE ng SUCs, nangangamba ako na baka pati test papers, kailangan ng bayaran ng estudyante. Doon kasi napupunta ang MOOE maliban pa sa pagbili ng mga teaching supplies tulad ng chalk at blackboard.All of these including electricity and other maintenance fees are part of MOOE.

On the alleged increases in SUC budget, this increase is only for the personal services because of the salary standardization law. Admittedly maganda naman ito para sa bansa lalo na ang dagdag tulong para sa DepEd pero sa CHED at sa mga state universities, binawasan talaga.

Dalawa lang iyan, either mabulok ang mga gusali at sumama ang kalidad ng edukasyon, o di kaya’t itataas ang tuition fees.

Ang masama dito, from 100 students in the Philippines, only 23 go to college, only 17 graduate. Mababa pa ito unless buhusan natin ng pondo at ng pansin ang mga state universities natin.

For many of our students, it’s state universities or nowhere. Wala naman silang choice dahil sa kahirapan. Kung may choice naman sila at may pera din sila ay pupunta sila sa malalaking university.

Most of these state universities do really have good programs at maganda ang quality of education pero kung itataas nila yung tuition, ay hindi ito kakayanin ng karamihan ng mga estudyante

Yung 600million for scholarship at saka yung ibang capital outlay ay congressional insertions. Ibig sabihin, ang mga ito ay amendments mula sa congressmen at senadors kaya nai-release noong 2010 kung kaya’t okay lang na tanggalin ang mga ito sa budget ngayon.

Hindi totoo na lahat ng binawas ay congressional insertion dahil ang P1.1-billion para dapat sa MOOE at yung ibang para sa capital outlay ay tinanggal din talaga.

I hope that we can still bring in at least the P1.1-billion for MOOE and at least an additional P500-Million for capital outlay. Unfortunately, we have 112 state universities so from this P500 million that I’m saying, almost P5 million each bawat state U (ang mabibigay) na magagamit lang pang-pintura at pang-ayos ng mga tumutulong building ng school so kulang talaga.


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Noam Chomsky
Assaulting Solidarity - Privatizing Education

There has been a general assault in the last 25 years on solidarity, democracy, social welfare, anything that interferes with private power, and there are many targets. One of the targets is undoubtedly the educational system. In fact, a couple of years ago already, the big investment firms, like Lehman Brothers, and so on, were sending around brochures to their clients saying, “Look, we’ve taken over the health system; we’ve taken over the prison system; the next big target is the educational system. So we can privatize the educational system, make a lot of money out of it.”

Also, notice that privatizing it undermines the danger, it’s kind of an ethic that has to be undermined, namely the idea that you care about somebody else. A public education system is based on the principle that you care whether the kid down the street gets an education. And that’s got to be stopped. This is very much like what the workers in the mills in Lowell, Massachusetts were worrying about 150 years ago. They were trying to stop what they called the new spirit of the age: “Gain wealth, forgetting all but self.” We want to stop that. That’s not what we’re like. We’re human beings. We care about other people. We want to do things together. We care about whether the kid down the street gets an education. We care about whether somebody else has a road, even if I don’t use it. We care about whether there is child slave labor in Thailand. We care about whether some elderly person gets food. That’s social security. We care whether somebody else gets food. There’s a huge effort to try to undermine all of that--to try to privatize aspirations so then you’re totally controlled. Privatize aspirations, you’re completely controlled. Private power goes its own way, everyone else has to subordinate themselves to it.

Well that’s part of the basis for the attack on the public education system, and it goes right up to the universities. In the universities there’s a move toward corporatization and that has very clear effects. You see it at MIT where I teach, you see it everywhere. It means that you want to create, just like industry, you want to create a more flexible work force. That means undermine security. It means have cheap temporary labor, like graduate students, who don’t have to be paid much and who can be thrown out--they’re temps. OK, they’re going to be around for a couple of years, then you toss them out and have some more temps.

It affects research, strikingly. I’m sure you see it here, but at a research institution like where I am, MIT, you see it pretty clearly. As funding shifts from public entities, including, incidentally, the Pentagon, in fact, primarily the Pentagon, which has long understood that its domestic role is to be a cover for transferring public funds into private profit. When funding goes from the Pentagon and the National Science Foundation and others to corporate funding, there’s a definite shift. A corporation, say, some pharmaceutical corporation, is not particularly likely to want to fund research which is going to help everybody. There’s exceptions, but, by and large, it’s not going to want to fund, say basic biology, which may be a public good that anybody can use 10 or 20 years from now. It’s going to want to fund things that it can make profit from and, furthermore, do it in the short term. There’s a striking tendency, and a perfectly natural one, for corporate funding to institute more secrecy and short-term applied [projects for which the corporation has proprietary control on publication and use. Well you know, technically corporate funding can’t demand secrecy, but that’ s only technically. In fact they can, like the threat of not re-funding imposes secrecy. There are actually cases like this, some of them so dramatic they’ve made the Wall Street Journal. There was an article in the Wall Street Journal last summer, you may have seen, about MIT, my place. What had happened was that a student in a computer science class had refused to answer a question on an exam. When he was asked why by the professor, he said that he knew the answer but he was under a secrecy condition from a different professor not to answer it, and the reason was that, in the research he was doing for this other professor, they had sort of worked out the answer to this; but they wanted to keep it secret, because they wanted to make money, or something. Well, you know, this is so scandalous that even the Wall Street Journal was scandalized.

But that’s the kind of thing you can expect as there’s a move toward corporatization. After all, corporations are not benevolent societies. As Milton Friedman correctly says, though in slightly different words, the board of directors of a corporation actually has a legal obligation to be a monster, an ethical monster. Their legal obligation is to maximize profits for the shareholders, the stockholders. They’re not supposed to do nice things. If they are, it’s probably illegal, unless it’s intended to mollify people, or improve market share, or something. That’s the way it works. You don’t expect corporations to be benevolent any more than you expect dictatorships to be benevolent. Maybe you can force them to be benevolent, but it’s the tyrannical structure that’s the problem, and as the universities move toward corporatization you expect all of these effects.

And one of the effects, in a way, I think the most important, is the undermining of the conception of solidarity and cooperation. I think that lies at the heart of the attack on the public school system, the attack on social security, the effort to block any form of national health care, which has been going on for years. And, in fact, across the board, and it’s understandable. If you want to "regiment the minds of men just as an army regiments their bodies," you’ve got to undermine these subversive notions of mutual support, solidarity, sympathy, caring for other people, and so on and so forth.

The attack on public education is one example. I don’t know how it’s working here, but in Massachusetts, where I see it directly, there’s a comparable attack on the state colleges, which are there for working class people, people who come back to college after they’re half-way in their career, mothers who come back, people from the urban ghettos, and so on and so forth, that’s what the state college system has been, and they’re under serious attack by an interesting method. The method has been to raise the entrance standards for the state colleges without improving the schools. So when you don’t improve the schools but you raise the entrance standards for the people who are trying to go on, it’s kinds of obvious what happens. You get lower enrollments, and when you get lower enrollments, you’ve got to cut staff because, remember, we have to be efficient, like corporations. So you cut staff, and you cut services, and then you can admit even fewer people, and there’s kind of a natural cycle, and you can see where it ends up. It ends up with people either not going to college or figuring out some way to spend $30,000 a year at a private college. And you know what that means. All of these are part of the general effort, I think, to create a socio-economic order which is under the control of private concentrated power. It shows up all over the place.
 

May 12 2000
(Noam Chomsky, Zmag.org)

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

 

Right to strike
by Philippine Collegian 10-11 on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 8:03pm
(This editorial was published in issue 18 of the Philippine Collegian on November 24, 2010)

We did our part. We wasted no time in opposing the proposed cuts on the budget for education. We kept on reminding the government of its obligations, occupying the streets to display our dissatisfaction with the regime’s list of priorities. Tirelessly, we urged the lawmakers and the President to lend us an ear and heed our demands.

But the House of Representatives did not even take note of our calls, and passed the budget without amending the item for higher education. President Benigno Aquino III was as unrelenting as ever, despite the seemingly endless string of protest actions against his proposed budget.

We warned of a historical show of student outrage if the administration does not bend its will to serve the people. Now, the rehearsals are over. There is no stopping the strike in this university.

Strikes have often been dismissed as unnecessary disruption of peace, order and production, and as such are often vilified by the structures that maintain the status quo. However, at times like these, a disruption is just, especially when Aquino’s actions speak of deliberate state neglect rather than just ignorance.

For instance, Aquino has been inconsistent with his explanations for the budget cut. He claimed that there was in fact a budget hike if the budget for basic education is included, even though he had earlier admitted in a statement that there was indeed a cut in the budget for education. His inconsistency could mean only three things: either he is indecisive in matters of national concern, he has outrageously erred in stating the facts behind his actions, or simply that he was lying at one point or another.

As if the inconsistency was not enough, Aquino even made excuses for the P1.39 billion cut for UP. He said that the university has its own means of income generation, citing the UP-Ayala TechnoHub. The essence of a state university is actually easy to understand, and the failure of the administration to grasp a notion so simply defies logic. As a state university, UP should be mostly – if not fully – subsidized by the government. It is unlawful for such a university to sustain itself through tuition from students, because UP’s mandate is to cater to those who cannot afford the price of quality education in private schools.

Aquino apparently finds it difficult to accept this premise. He does not see how many students struggle to finish school as increased tuition bridges the gap between the budget needed by the university and the amount approved by the government. It seems that the struggle is all too unfamiliar for him to even exist.

The offenses, however, did not end with his illogical and deceptive explanations. Just recently, he ordered the Senate to approve the budget without changes. By using the pressure of his executive powers, he is attempting to defeat the purpose of free debate in the plenary, trying to shut off all criticisms against the “reform budget” that betrays its own name, trying to reduce the protests across all sectors into a silence of submission.

But Aquino should know better than to remain unyielding to the demands that the students have long taken to the media, the halls of Congress, and even to the doors of Malacanang. No form of populist posturing or attempt to discredit the protest actions could prevent the inevitable disruption, for the strike is only a logical response to the anti-student policies hammered out by the administration.

A strike is a historical means to show that the people have had enough. Although a strike is often viewed as a transgression, it is an indispensable part of social change, a way in which people assert for their rights by creating a space for protest that cannot be trespassed. In fact, in UP history, the strike of the Diliman Commune is often glorified as a monumental display of the university’s tradition of militancy. Through the Diliman Commune, the students are able to engage a government that simply does not listen.

Many reject walking out of classes as an apt response to state neglect. Unfortunately for some, academics topple every reason to engage in a mass action directed to defend their rights. But ignoring the clamor for his own rights is tantamount to prolonging the chronic education crisis. At this point, refusal to strike is consent to more years of dwindling state subsidy.

We have every reason to close off UP, until the government yields to our demands. We reserve the right to strike. And this time, we have no qualms in showing the force of students united against state abandonment.# ?

 

     
     
           
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Campus rallies against SUC budget cuts presage rising tide of youth and people's protests
Communist Party of the Philippines
November 27, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) salutes and supports the struggle of students and other school personnel of the University of the Philippines, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the Philippine Normal University and other state universities and colleges (SUCs) in Metro Manila and other regions against unjust SUC budget cuts.

The CPP hails the militancy and determination of the students, teachers and other school personnel in the mass protest actions they have launched the past two weeks. The CPP takes note of the widespread unity of students, teachers, administrative officials, non-academic workers and supporters against the US-Aquino regime's SUC budget cuts. The broad united front against the budget cuts underscores the popular opposition to the ruling regime's policy to cut state subsidies for SUCs and other direly needed social services, and concentrate the bulk of state spending for foreign debt servicing, military spending, privatization programs, "pork barrels" and the World Bank's Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program for perpetual mendicancy.

The participation of several thousand students, academic and non-academic school personnel and other sectors in campus walkouts and other protest actions the past several days significantly mark a rising tide of mass protests against the US-Aquino regime's antipeople policies.

These rallies in Philippine universities and colleges are taking place at the same time as students wage protest actions in unprecedented numbers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, some states in the U.S., and other countries where governments have carried out similar "austerity measures" resulting in brutal budget cuts in education and other necessary social spending.

The US-Aquino regime's spending cuts for SUCs spell the further deterioration of services and facilities of state tertiary education, and make university and college education more inaccessible to the vast majority of young Filipinos.

Close to 90% of college-age youth are out of school because of the high costs of going to universities and colleges. Yet, funding for SUCs next year has been cut by at least P1.3 billion. The Aquino government slashed the budget of UP by P1.39 billion (from P6.9 billion in 2010 to P5.5 billion in 2011). PUP will only get P672 million out of the P2 billion it needs. The budget of the PNU has also been slashed by P92 million (from P387.23 million to P295.88 million). Funds for government scholarships were also reduced by 43 percent.

The justification by the US-Aquino regime that it reduced the budget for SUCs to prioritize basic and secondary education evades the issue of its gross failure to allocate an adequate budget for public education in general. It also dodges the fact that is has allocated only P10.5 billion (instead of the required P91.5 billion) to solve the grave shortage of public elementary and and high school teachers, principals, books, classrooms, chairs, water and sanitation facilities this school year.

Aquino has only further enraged the students and SUC personnel when he justified the cuts as a measure to push the SUCs toward becoming self-sufficient and financially independent, a reiteration of the Philippine government's policy of abandoning state tertiary education. For the past years, this policy has pushed SUCs to increasingly engage in profit-oriented commercial operations and raising tuition rates and imposing other fees.

The spending cuts in state tertiary education highlight the continuing budgetary malappropriations. National spending priorities are determined not by needs of the people but by imperialist neoliberal dictates of privatizing public assets and turning social services into commodities, as well as by the US government-designed counterinsurgency program that hinges on further strengthening the military combined with deceptive doleout programs and cosmetics.

Despite its prating about "reforms" and "taking the righteous road," the US-Aquino government has failed to make a significant break from the rotten, antipeople policies of all previous puppet reactionary regimes, and is proving itself to be no different in terms of its pro-imperialist and elitist commercial priorities and programs.

The CPP urges students, teachers, non-academic personnel and officials of SUCs and other schools and communities to continue pressing for bigger and more adequate allocations for state tertiary education in particular and for education in general. Those in state schools should unite with those in private schools to also incisively critique the profit orientation of the entire school system. Students in private schools have as much interest in opposing the budget cuts. In the face of the state abandonment of education, owners of private colleges and universities are only emboldened to further commercialize their operations and keep on raising tuition fees.

The CPP also urges the affected students to unite with the different sectors of Philippine society who are likewises adversely affected by the US-Aquino regime's policy to reduce much-needed social spending. They should help in explaining the issues to the broad masses of workers and peasants and the millions of unemployed and urban poor who continue to suffer gravely from the government's pro-imperialist, commercial, elitist and antipoor policies.

The issues being faced by the students are tightly bound with the political and socio-economic malaise in the country and the masses' concrete problems of poverty, hunger and deprivation of much-needed social services amid the overall spiralling of costs of living and general deterioration of the people's conditions.

The significance and effectivity of mass student protest actions in the past weeks will be amplified severalfold as they unite with the other sectors and forge a broad united front against cuts in basic social spending and other political and socio-economic problems prevailing in the country.

Student councils and associations, youth organizations and progressive groups can organize the students to go en masse to factories and worker and urban poor communities near their schools and even to far-flung peasant communities to generate support for the struggle against education budget cuts. At the same time, they can extend support to the struggle of workers, the unemployed and impoverished masses for jobs, wage increases, and the provision of health, housing and other essential social services. As in many occasions in our past, the streets will again be a venue for the students and the people to make history.

The US-Aquino regime has failed to address the clamor of the people for national industrialization and land reform; for stable domestic jobs and wage increases; for government prioritization of education, health and other essential social services; and for an end to prioritization of allocations for debt-servicing, privatization, mendicancy-perpetuating doleouts, militarization and 'counterinsurgency' operations.

Because of its adamant perpetuation of the old, rotten system and government policies against the interests of the broad masses of the people, the US-Aquino regime is bound to be rocked by massive protests in the coming months and the rest of its term.

The campus strikes and protest actions of the past days and weeks presage rising tides of more wide-ranging people's protests against the policies of the US-Aquino regime that serve only the interests of the imperialists, local big capitalist compradors, big landlords and big bureacrat capitalists. The intensity and heightening of the political and socio-economic crisis in the country increasingly bears down on the people and leaves them with no recourse but to wage militant struggle and revolution.

 

     
     
     
     
           
     
     
     

 

For Immediate Release
November 25, 2010
 

State University Presidents, youth solon declare strike vs. budget cuts

References: Rep. Raymond V. Palatino, +63908-5927099 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +63908-5927099 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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For the first time in history, officials of the country’s state universities and colleges (SUCs) and students joined forces in opposing the systemic budget cuts to tertiary education and called on all sectors of the academe to stage campus strikes “until President Noynoy Aquino takes serious notice of our rightful demand for higher state subsidy.”

In a press conference held today at the Rizal Technological University, officials of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and Kabataan Partylist Representative Raymond Palatino announced that SUCs throughout the country will be staging campus strikes “to urge the government to increase the operating budget and allocate adequate funds for the capital outlay of our cash-strapped state schools.”

“In the past, student leaders and university officials have disagreed on a host of issues, but today is a time to set aside these differences and unite in our fight for education. After all, we are all in agreement that the cuts in the budget of SUCs is unjust, disparaging. ” Palatino said.

A total of P1.1 billion was slashed for the operations of the 97 SUCs while no single centavo was earmarked for the construction of new buildings and facilities. The Aquino administration also reduced the funds for student financial assistance by a whopping 43 percent.

The youth solon said, “It is unacceptable that SUCs have been presented with a budget that neglects their needs. In the course of the budget deliberations in Congress, Kabataan Partylist has been steadfast in opposing the budget cuts. And yet despite all our efforts inside the halls of parliamentary procedure, we have been ignored.”

“Thus, there is a need to show our outrage. Campus strikes would mean disrupting the normal and everyday operations of our schools, but our school officials saw the need to sacrifice even a few minutes and hours just to engage the Aquino administration and heed to our demand,” he said.

Last Friday, students, faculty, and other employees of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) had staged a strike and halted university operations in protest against education budget cuts. The University of the Philippines, which had its budget cut down from P6.9 billion in 2010 to P5.25 billion in 2011, is planning to stage its own strike today.##

 Office of Rep. Raymond ‘Mong’ Palatino
Room 419, North Wing, House of Representatives,
Batasan Complex, Quezon City
Tel: 931-55-04, 931-5001 (loc. 7378)

Reference:
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Mobile: 0908-5927099

Bugsy Nolasco, Media Officer
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STRIKE BULLETIN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 25, 2010

State schools on strike
Round up of campus strikes as of 5:30 pm

Thousands of students, faculty, workers and administrators of state schools walked out of classrooms today and declared a strike against the government proposed budget cuts for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

Polytechnic University of the Philippines

5000 students, professors and employees from 14 colleges walked out today and barricaded the PUP main gate with broken chairs and facilities. They are currently holding a rock concert as a part of their strike’s activities. Led by PUP president Dante Guevarra, the students vowed to continue protests the next day.

University of the Phililippines Manila

2000 students and professors walked out and paralyzed the College of Arts and Sciences building. The students and professors are still occupying the building and will hold a vigil until the next day. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano came to give support.

University of the Philippines Diliman

4000 students, professors, administrators and deans walked out and barricaded the University Avenue near the Oblation statue to symbolically signal the start of their strike. Congressman Mong Palatino came to give support and deliver good news of Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC)’s support of the strike. Dormers will also walk out of their dorms and hold a protest sleep-in at the Palma Hall. Protests will continue the next day at the Malcolm Hall during the University Council meeting where professors will deliberate their stand on the SUC budget cut.

Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute for Science and Technology

1000 students walked out and shut down EARIST. The students are still barricading the gates of EARIST in protest of the SUC budget cut.

Quirino High School

800 high school students of Quirino High School walked out in protest of the 210,000 peso budget cut to their Maintenance and Other Operating Expenditures (MOOE) budget, and in support of the University strikes saying that they oppose the SUC budget cut and want to go to college.

Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC)

In a press conference held today at the Rizal Technological University, officials of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and Kabataan Partylist Representative Raymond Palatino announced that SUCs throughout the country will be staging campus strikes “to urge the government to increase the operating budget and allocate adequate funds for the capital outlay of our cash-strapped state schools.”

Students are set to march to Mendiola tomorrow, November 26, to “flex muscles” in preparation for a bigger strike and rally on December 1, when the Senate is expected to hold plenary sessions on the 2011 budget.###

Reference:
Aki Merced, 09336661328

 

     
           
     
     
     

 

PRESS RELEASE
November 26, 2010
Reference: Ramh Hernandez, +09326658537

High school students fear budget cuts’ effect on their chances of going to college, hold ‘sympathy strike’

Students of the Culiat High School in Quezon City, led by members of youth group Anakbayan, held a ‘sympathy strike’ today as campus strikes in the University of the Philippines and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines entered its second day today.

The students voiced their concerns over the possible effects that the proposed P1.1 billion operating budget cut and an overall P400 million budget cut to State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) might have on their prospects of having a college education after they graduate.

“High school students have the most to lose when SUCs receive lower funding” said Anakbayan spokesperson Charisse Bañez.

She cited the experience of the University of the Philippines which hiked its tuition rate from P300 per unit to P1000 per unit in 2007 after its funding was slashed by P357 million the previous year. She also mentioned the Polytechnic University of the Philippines which proposed a 1700% tuition increase last March in response to more than a decade of inadequate funding.

In both cases, the hikes were ‘ladderized’, or applied only to incoming freshmen, to diffuse student protests, said Bañez.

Meanwhile, she slammed continued claims by the Aquino administration that there are no budget cuts

“President Aquino himself is an example of the low quality of Philippine education today. He seems to be incapable of basic arithmetic such as ‘P23.8 Billion – P23.4 Billion = P400 Million’ said the youth leader.

“It is nothing but a pathetic attempt at damage control from an administration facing its most serious challenge to its purported pro-people image in the form of the ‘campus uprisings’” she added.

The militant organization of young workers, farmers, professionals, students, and migrant and out-of-school youth has vowed to mobilize its entire membership for a massive rally at the Senate slated December 1 to pressure solons into rejecting the cuts. ###

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SUCs intensify ‘battle plan’ for national strikes vs. budget cuts
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Student, faculty, administrators and other employees of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) today gather to intensify what they call the “battle plan” for the biggest anti-budget cut protests in years.

‘Paint the town red’

According to Vencer Crisostomo, Secretary General of Kabataan Party-list and spokesperson of the anti-budget cut alliance Kilos na Laban sa Budget Cut, “the historic solidarity of different sectors within SUCs have set ablaze the fight against the proposed slashing of SUCs budget for 2011. Now, we are immersing ourselves to intense organizing and conceptual work since we will be launching the biggest-ever strike against the machinations of the Aquino administration.”

Attended by SUCs from the National Capital Region, Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon, the gathering geared up for a massive protest on December 1, 2010 at the Senate, where the national budget is under deliberation. In the past two weeks, thousands have poured into the streets as Senate deliberates on the national budget. Crisostomo said that the upcoming protests will “shake the sense out of the Aquino administration” to stop the budget cuts.

“The Aquino government would do well to heed the call of the people against the budget cuts. Otherwise, we will continue on painting the town red, as it were, with determined and militant protest actions nationwide,” Crisostomo said

‘Brush up on their reading skills’

Despite the strong opposition of SUCs against the budget cuts, Malacanang yesterday reiterated its prescription that SUCs commercialize and dip into their own resources. Sentors Franklin Drilon and Vicente Sotto, on the other hand, have countered the claims of budget cut as unreal and unfounded.

“The Aquino government justifies the budget cut by claiming that SUCs should commercialize to fill up budgetary deficits. What does this effectively mean? It means that tuition rates will once again increase in SUCs and that Aquino is bent on changing the nature of SUCs as schools for the can-afford. This is inadmissible,” Crisostomo said.

“The claims of Senators Franklin Drilon and Vicente Sotto that the budget cut is fictive cannot but appear as downright wrong. The slashing of the operating expenses and the zero budget for capital outlay are not part of the “congressional insertions” which have been removed from the 2011 proposed budget. They would do well to brush up on their reading skills or get a better research team,” he added.

Spirit of solidarity

Earlier this week, the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) has vowed to go full-force in joining the national protests against the budget cuts. In Congress, around 100 lawmakers have signed the petition against the cuts, as initiated by Rep. Raymond Palatino of Kabataan Party-list.

“The peddled lies and machinations of the Aquino administration and its cohorts cannot and will not douse the strong spirit of solidarity of the people against the budget cuts. We grow stronger in asserting the democratic right of every Filipino to quality and accessible tertiary education,” Crisostomo said. ###

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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MOOE stands for “Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses”. It is one of the three components of the budget of any government agency (the others being “Personal Services” and “Capital Outlay”). MOOE represents the funds allocated for the operations of the various services of government agencies, from payments of utilities such as water and electricity, to payment of contractual janitorial services, repair and maintenance of facilities, payment of office and laboratory supplies, among many other expenses necessary for an institution to be able to do what it is mandated to do.

The figures below are in thousand pesos terms.

 

 

 

2010

2011

Change between 2010 and 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,903,881

2,804,392

-28.16%

 

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

1,670,396

917,359

-45.08%

 

 

Euogio ‘Amang’ Rodriguez Institute of Science & Technology

23,073

24,227

5.00%

 

 

Marikina Polytechnic College

6,693

5,978

-10.68%

 

 

Philippine Normal University

53,656

51,245

-4.49%

 

 

Philippine State College of Aeronautics

10,383

9,646

-7.10%

 

 

Polytecnic University of the Philippines

114,114

90,684

-20.53%

 

 

Rizal Technological University

21,047

18,942

-10.00%

 

 

Technological University of the Philippines

83,098

62,638

-24.62%

 

 

University of the Philippines System

1,358,332

653,999

-51.85%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION I – ILOCOS

164,880

150,528

-8.70%

 

 

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University

39,550

35,775

-9.54%

 

 

Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College

8,907

8,514

-4.41%

 

 

Mariano Marcos State University

48,094

43,285

-10.00%

 

 

Pangasinan State University

37,123

33,411

-10.00%

 

 

University of Northern Philippines

31,206

29,543

-5.33%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

114,576

79,765

-30.38%

 

 

Abra State Institute of Sicence & Technology

12,621

7,759

-38.52%

 

 

Apayao State College

5,170

3,753

-27.41%

 

 

Benguet State University

41,085

32,477

-20.95%

 

 

Ifugao State University

23,730

13,257

-44.13%

 

 

Kalinga-Apayao State College

13,989

7,236

-48.27%

 

 

Mountain Province State Polytechnic College

17,981

15,283

-15.00%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION II – CAGAYAN VALLEY

183,039

120,565

-34.13%

 

 

Batanes State College

2,865

1,958

-31.66%

 

 

Cagayan State University

50,668

49,508

-2.29%

 

 

Isabela State University

82,623

45,804

-44.56%

 

 

Nueva Vizcaya State University

41,235

19,112

-53.65%

 

 

Quirino State College

5,648

4,183

-25.94%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION III – CENTRAL LUZON

247,551

236,782

-4.35%

 

 

Aurora State College of Technology

9,358

4,507

-51.84%

 

 

Bataan Peninsula State University

27,224

22,445

-17.55%

 

 

Bataan State College

 

 

 

 

 

Bulacan Agricultural State College

5,148

3,857

-25.08%

 

 

Bulacan State University

42,509

44,109

3.76%

 

 

Central Luzon State University

36,053

37,630

4.37%

 

 

Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University

11,158

11,191

0.30%

 

 

Nueva Ecija University of Science & Technology

24,994

26,244

5.00%

 

 

Pampanga Agricultural College

9,456

8,367

-11.52%

 

 

Philippine Merchant Marine Academy

37,669

36,250

-3.77%

 

 

Ramon Magsaysay Technological University

14,656

13,190

-10.00%

 

 

Tarlac College of Agriculture

8,499

7,649

-10.00%

 

 

Tarlac State University

20,827

21,343

2.48%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION IV-A – CALABARZON

182,179

166,270

-8.73%

 

 

Batangas State University

54,684

49,216

-10.00%

 

 

Cavite State University

30,872

31,891

3.30%

 

 

Laguna State Polytechnic University

24,338

22,357

-8.14%

 

 

Southern Luzon State University

37,686

31,667

-15.97%

 

 

University of Rizal System

34,599

31,139

-10.00%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION IV-B – MIMAROPA

97,346

70,768

-27.30%

 

 

Marinduque State College

10,604

8,861

-16.44%

 

 

Mindoro State College of Agriculture & Technology

6,853

5,380

-21.49%

 

 

Occidental Mindoro State College

10,058

9,052

-10.00%

 

 

Palawan State University

45,672

28,699

-37.16%

 

 

Romblon State University

8,937

8,043

-10.00%

 

 

Western Philippines University

15,222

10,733

-29.49%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION V – BICOL

218,241

163,855

-24.92%

 

 

Bicol University

86,165

69,313

-19.56%

 

 

Camarines Norte State College

10,092

9,545

-5.42%

 

 

Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges

23,127

24,283

5.00%

 

 

Central Bicol State University of Agriculture

39,294

16,518

-57.96%

 

 

Catanduanes State Colleges

18,917

17,025

-10.00%

 

 

Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture & Technology

6,487

4,938

-23.88%

 

 

Partido State University

19,218

8,296

-56.83%

 

 

Sorsogon State College

14,941

13,937

-6.72%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION VI – WESTERN VISAYAS

195,762

179,837

-8.13%

 

 

Aklan State University

16,149

14,534

-10.00%

 

 

Capiz State University

24,528

22,075

-10.00%

 

 

Carlos C. Hilado Memorial State College

12,443

13,023

4.66%

 

 

Guimaras State College

3,515

2,264

-35.59%

 

 

Iloilo State College of Fisheries

9,014

9,465

5.00%

 

 

Negros State College of Agriculture

10,106

7,745

-23.36%

 

 

Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College

17,462

15,716

-10.00%

 

 

Northern Negros State College of Science & Technology

4,630

3,812

-17.67%

 

 

University of Antique

18,623

10,731

-42.38%

 

 

Western Visayas State College of Science & Technology

23,738

24,925

5.00%

 

 

West Visayas State University

55,554

55,547

-0.01%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION VII – CENTRAL VISAYAS

138,470

128,332

-7.32%

 

 

Cebu Normal University

37,909

36,310

-4.22%

 

 

Cebu Technological University

31,080

32,634

5.00%

 

 

Bohol Island State University

23,668

21,301

-10.00%

 

 

Negros Oriental State University

41,300

34,470

-16.54%

 

 

Siquijor State College

4,513

3,617

-19.85%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION VIII – EASTERN VISAYAS

191,266

148,801

-22.20%

 

 

Eastern Samar State University

12,258

11,032

-10.00%

 

 

Eastern Visayas State University

27,947

22,002

-21.27%

 

 

Leyte Normal University

19,678

17,738

-9.86%

 

 

Visayas State University (Leyte State University)

32,586

30,540

-6.28%

 

 

Naval State University

11,388

9,349

-17.90%

 

 

Palompon Institute of Technology

12,250

8,663

-29.28%

 

 

Samar State College of Agriculture & Forestry

2,822

 

-100.00%

 

 

Southern Leyte State University

32,112

11,550

-64.03%

 

 

Samar State University

11,075

10,442

-5.72%

 

 

Northwest Samar State University (TTMIST)

11,747

11,312

-3.70%

 

 

University of Eastern Philippines

17,403

16,173

-7.07%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION IX – WESTERN MINDANAO

71,205

68,171

-4.26%

 

 

Cerilles State College

9,320

8,574

-8.00%

 

 

Jose Rizal Memorial State University

13,125

11,813

-10.00%

 

 

Western Mindanao State University

33,269

35,095

5.49%

 

 

Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College

4,854

3,469

-28.53%

 

 

Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences & Technology

10,637

9,220

-13.32%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION X – NORTHERN MINDANAO

152,259

139,079

-8.66%

 

 

Bukidnon State College

15,227

14,249

-6.42%

 

 

Camiguin Polytechnic State College

5,334

4,208

-21.11%

 

 

Central Mindanao University

35,368

37,136

5.00%

 

 

Mindanao University of Science & Technology

24,470

20,444

-16.45%

 

 

MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology

62,966

56,669

-10.00%

 

 

Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture & Technology

5,512

4,061

-26.32%

 

 

Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science & Technology

3,382

2,312

-31.64%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION XI – DAVAO REGION

67,345

46,321

-31.22%

 

 

Davao del Norte State College

5,443

3,999

-26.53%

 

 

Davao Oriental State College of Science & Technology

6,987

5,388

-22.89%

 

 

Southern Philippines Agri-Business & Marine and Aquatic School of Technology

9,255

3,122

-66.27%

 

 

University of Southeastern Philippines

45,660

33,812

-25.95%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGION XII – CENTRAL MINDANAO

60,724

55,253

-9.01%

 

 

Cotabato City State Polytechnic College

8,734

6,961

-20.30%

 

 

Cotabato Foundation College of Science & Technology

11,453

9,408

-17.86%

 

 

Sultan Kudarat State University

8,640

7,594

-12.11%

 

 

University of Southern Mindanao

31,897

31,290

-1.90%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CARAGA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

35,420

32,555

-8.09%

 

 

Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture & Technology

4,739

3,365

-28.99%

 

 

Caraga State University

12,985

11,659

-10.21%

 

 

Surigao del Sur State University

9,941

10,438

5.00%

 

 

Surigao State College of Technology

7,755

7,093

-8.54%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO

113,222

100,151

-11.54%

 

 

Adiong Memorial Polytechnic State College

4,331

2,998

-30.78%

 

 

Basilan State College

6,830

5,247

-23.18%

 

 

Mindanao State University

77,340

75,957

-1.79%

 

 

MSU-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology & Oceanography

15,266

9,239

-39.48%

 

 

Sulu State College

3,930

2,637

-32.90%

 

 

Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College

5,525

4,073

-26.28%

*Figures in thousands
Source:
Proposed MOOE budget for state schools,
GAA 2011, Dept of Budget and Management
Compiled by Kabataan Partylist

Schools with more than 50% cut in their MOOE*:

  • Southern Philippines Agri-Business & Marine and Aquatic School (-66.27%)

  • Southern Leyte State University (-64.03%)

  • Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (-57.96%)

  • Partido State University (-56.83%)

  • Nueva Vizcaya State University (-53.65%)

  • University of the Philippines (-51.85%)

  • Aurora State College of Technology (-51.84%)

Polytechnic University of the Philippines’ MOOE budget will be cut by 20.53% or P23M

 

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