Davao students enraged by Aquino's cut on budgets of SUCs
November 29, 2010
|Photos courtesy of Karlos Manlupig|
November 29, 2010
DBM scored for “cover up”
Martinez said that likewise with the SUC
budget, Malacanang has also played a “misleading spin” to cover-up the
budget slash in appropriations for the LAF and ATN.
He also questioned the wisdom of assuming cash
balances for the 2010 LAF “when the year is not even over yet and there
are at least seven OFWs who are scheduled to be sentenced to death before
the year ends”.
RA No. 10022 Budget, FY 2010-2011 (in million pesos)
Education Under Siege
A Statement Opposing UP’s 1.39 billion budget cut
We cannot deny nor underestimate the implications of the proposed 1.39 billion budget cut on all
sectors of the University of the Philippines. As members of the academic sector, the All UP Academic
Employees Union joins the students, staff, and workers in opposing the proposed budget cut which
undermines the pursuit of academic excellence and integrity.
The university's dwindling budget signifies the gradual transformation of UP from being an academic
institution to a commercial site. We have seen how UP has had to engage in commercial ventures in
order cope with budgetary constraints. As the university continues to enter corporate tie-ups, its focus
shifts from knowledge production to profit accumulation, which is in fact manifested in UP's research
and teaching policies. Research topics that have "promising commercial applications" (Sec. 13, UP
Charter) are encouraged over those that are socially and nationally relevant.
While research topics are compromised, the impact of insufficient funding on the tenure track and
regularization of faculty and research extension and professional staff is another issue to contend with.
Instructors, lecturers, and REPS remain vulnerable as they make do with low salaries and exclusion
from benefits. Commercial gain is once again considered in salary adjustments, as reflected in
President Roman’s assessment that salary differentiation based on non-similar market opportunities in
different disciplines is “In principle, not a bad idea.” The possibility of contractualization and shortterm appointments is an imminent threat, much like the current trend of “fixed-term” and “contingent” staff hiring in American universities.
As faculty members compete for commercially viable grants, the scarce budget provides justification
for the unequal allocation of funds between teaching and non-teaching academic staff and
administrative workers. REPS and administrative workers are left with less funds for promotion, sick
leave, and SAGAD award benefits.
The commercialization of education, compounded with tuition hikes caused by insufficient resources,
is slowly being incorporated in the design of courses. Students take the role of consumers and are
made to regard subjects like commodities being sold. The negative ramifications of the Revised
General Education Program is felt in how students find themselves choosing a course not on the basis
of substance and relevance, but the ease of getting high grades and satisfying the demands of the
global market. In UP Los Banos, the large-size class policy poses serious effects on the teaching
quality and autonomy of educators, and the learning process of students.
The consecutive budget cuts experienced by UP and other state colleges and universities in the
country is part of a larger picture of education under siege. This assault on education has become a
worldwide concern, with governments forsaking public education for profit, as encouraged by
international money-lending institutions that have made privatization a condition for granting loans.
In such stifling conditions, members of the academic sector are hindered from fully realizing the
capacity for innovative thinking, academic excellence and academic integrity. The times demand that
we, members of the academic sector, unite with other sectors to uphold the real meaning of learning,
scholarship, and service to the people.
LET'S JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE BUDGET CUT!
All UP Academic
Students, teachers join 2-day strike vs