National Day of Action:

Fighting for greater state subsidy to education and social services

 

Mendiola, Manila

 

September 23, 2011

 

 

 

 

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►   Bulacan, Bicol, Baguio, Mindanao: March/Rallies against the budget cuts and for greater state subsidy to education and social services, Sep. 23

 

►   University of lthe Philippines at Los Baños community strikes back vs budget cuts and demands greater state subsidy to education and social services, Sept. 23, 2011

 

►    UP Diliman community hold rally at Palma Hall and march to Mendiola, Sept. 23

 

►    UP strikes back, Sept. 21

 

►    At UP Iloilo:Pagpupugay sa mga Iskolar ng Bayan! Magpatuloy at Maglingkod sa Bayan! Sept. 23, 2011

 

►    National Day of Action for Education and Social Services: Fighting for greater state subsidy to education and social services, Sept. 23, 2011

 

►    The Second UP Diliman Unity March Against the Budget Cut Sept. 14, 2011

 

►    Jogging against education budget cuts at the UJP campus, Sept. 11, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The budget for the state universities and colleges like UP has been decreasing through the year. In 2011 and 2012 the budgets for the DND, CCT, PDAF etc have been increased by big amounts in the billions. Look at the unprogrammed funds (pork barrel) of the President: It is 66 billion pesos in 2011 and will be P161 billion in2012.

 

The future of this country is n the hands of the youth so why are the leaders of this country not putting our funds in facilities and provisions for the youth's education and general health care and other services?

 

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Photos by Arkibong Bayan, Joselle Ebisate, Judy Taguiwalo, Kabataan Partylist,
Roselle Pineda, Saligan sa CSSP  and Victor Villanueva as indicated by the filenames
           
     
SUCs launch “protestivals” for higher budget and burn “octopenoy” effigy in Mendiola
     
     

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skolar ng Bayan’ on strike


Thousands of students, faculty and administrators march for higher budget for education, social services

September 23, 2011

Students, faculty, and administrators from different State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) walked out of their classes, declared a strike and marched to Mendiola today to call for higher state subsidy for education and social services.

Thousands of Iskolars ng Bayan from University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Philippine Normal University, Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, Rizal Technological University, Marikina Polytechnic College and Technological University of the Philippines walked-out from their campuses and marched.

A historic “long march” was launched by the UP Diliman community which they dubbed as “Isko Tsunami Walk,” but theirs was more daunting than Shamcey’s signature walk, as they traveled more than 13 kilometers from Quezon City to Manila.

Strikes, campus walkouts and mass planking activities also took place in La Union, Baguio, Pampanga, Bulacan, Laguna, Bicol, Iloilo, Tacloban, Cebu, and Lanao.

According to Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of youth group Anakbayan and convenor of Kilos Na Laban sa Budget Cuts, the youth and people are “extremely fed up and will not allow another round of budget cuts and misprioritization.”

“We stand-up today as Iskolar ng Bayan and pag-asa ng bayan. The Aquino government stop ‘planking’ ala-tuod. We will not tolerate a government which chooses not to provide adequate education and health services for its people. This is both a wake up call and a warning,” said Crisostomo.

In the National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2012, P21.8 billion was allotted for 110 SUCs, far from the more than P45 billion requested by the SUCs. This is lower than the this year’s SUC budget of P22.03 billion. Fifty schools will have their total budget slashed by a combined P569.8 million, 45 will have cuts in their MOOE funds by P250.9 million, and 58 will have cuts in Personal Services (PS) by P403.3 million. Budget allotted for Capital Outlay is zero.

The basic education budget of P238 billion is likewise insufficient said Crisostomo which will in real value amount to only P6.68 per Filipino per day spending. The UN recommended is 6% of the GDP which is at P550 billion.

Budget for health services meanwhile is at P44.4 billion, far from the P90 billion proposed by the health sector and the P440 billion recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Health spending for every Filipino is at P1.20 per day.

“Meanwhile, they have increased the military budget by 9.9 % to P114.4 billion. Last year, pork barrel funds have been increased by P10 billion. They have a P39 billion budget proposed for dole-outs from only P10 billion in 2010. Billions of ‘intelligence’ and PPP funds are inserted. These should be realigned to social services. Mas mahalaga ang libro kaysa bala, edukasyon kaysa kurupsyon, buhay ng mamamayan kaysa kita ng iilan,” said Crisostomo.

Crisostomo said that these wrong priorities show a “defect” in the elite, haciendero-led social system under the Aquino administration, which should be “dismantled and changed.”

“We want social change, real change, not loose change. The youth and people should wake up to the reality that nothing will change unless they rise up and defend their rights and fight for real change. We have been waiting for so long, we have been played for fools for so long, and they will keep doing so. It’s time that we strike back,” he said.

Crisostomo said bigger actions are being prepared in the next few months to push Congress and Senate to reject the 2012 “anti-people” Aquino budget. He said they will anticipate the Senate hearings and the bicameral conferences “do whatever it takes to fight for the peoples’ rights and increase budget for social spending.”

References:

Vencer Crisostomo, 09224290258
John Francis Losaria, 09289996194
Vanessa Faye Bolibol, 09261703655

 

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PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY

PRESS RELEASE
September 22, 2011
Reference:
Arsadon Vera
VP Internal
09278795754

Donadette Belza
Editor-in-Chief, The Torch Publications, official students publication of PNU
09165126022

PNU students call for strike against budget cuts
Future teachers denounce Aquino’s second round of budget cut in education and other social services.


“Tulad ng UP, PUP at iba pang state universities sa bansa na naglunsad na ng iba’t ibang porma ng kilos-protesta laban sa pagkaltas sa badyet, nandito rin ang PNU upang mariing tutulan ang pagkakaltas sa sektor ng edukasyon lalo pa’t itinuturing kaming National Center for Teacher Education,” said Arnold-John Bulanadi, Student Government President and Student Regent.
Further, Bulanadi exemplified that the meagre 2011 PNU approved budget cannot sustain the university’s operations. As a direct effect this semester, PNU experimented on a merging of classes program to save budget for faculty salary.
With this situation, students-leaders initiated a build-up activity strike encouraging the PNU community to protest against budget cut in education through a RED DAY CAMPAIGN. This involves red nail polish application, red ribbon and balloon set-up, and free t-shirt printing of No To Budget Cut call.

*The Torch Publications *PNU Manila Student Government *ANAKBAYAN-PNU
*GABRIELA Youth-PNU *ACT Teachers Party-list-PNU *Office of the Student Regent

 

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UP, SUCs “strike back” for higher budget
by ANAKBAYAN on Sep 21, 2011


UP community holds strike, calls for higher budget for education, health and social services
Thousands of students, faculty, administrators and staff walked out of their classes in University of the Philippines – Diliman (UP Diliman) today and declared the start of a three-day campus strike in protest of low budget for education, health and social services.
Colleges were shutdown as thousands marched along the UP academic oval, barricaded the University Avenue and sang the campus hymn UP Naming Mahal in front of the Oblation. A whole day activity, including a fashion show dubbed as “Budget Couture” will be featured in the afternoon.

UP President Alfredo Pascual, UP Diliman Chancellor Saloma and at least sixteen college deans supported the fight for higher budget for UP and education and signed the unity statement of UP Kilos Na Laban sa Budget Cuts, a broad alliance spearheading the strike.

“We are alarmed that state support for education under President Aquino is diminishing in measures, and deteriorating in quality. Amidst the low wages of the Filipino workers and the skyrocketing prices of basic goods and services, it is high time to ensure that fundamental education does not become a further burden to the ordinary Filipino,” said the statement.

In the National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2012, P21.8 billion was allotted for 110 SUCs, far from the more than P45 billion requested by the SUCs. This is lower than the this year’s SUC budget of P22.03 million. Fifty schools will have their total budget slashed by a combined P569.8 million, 45 will have cuts in their MOOE funds by P250.9 million, and 58 will have cuts in Personal Services (PS) by P403.3 million. Budget allotted for Capital Outlay is zero.

For the University of the Philippines system, P1.16 billion was slashed 2010 and 2011, and an additional cut of P200 million is pending for 2012, bringing down the UP system budget from P5.75B to P5.54B — an allocation that amounts to only 32% of the UP budget proposal of P17.07B.

According to Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairperson and convenor of Kilos na Laban sa Budget Cuts, the UP strike is part of a week-long nationally coordinated “strike back” of about a hundred State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) nationwide against cuts in their budget and calling for greater state subsidy for SUCs and education.

Yesterday, up to 8,000 students of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) walked out of their classes and marched around their campus together with their administrators. The PUP strike continues today with “teach-ins” and “alternative classes” to be held in front of the campus gate.

In UP Manila, meanwhile, a different kind of protest — a dodgeball tournament against budget cuts – was held in preparation of their own campus strike, which will start tomorrow. Various actions were also held in Philippine Normal University, Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, Rizal Technological University and other state universities and colleges.

“We commemorate Martial Law by embodying the activism of the earlier generation of young people which fought for social change. Today we strike in defiance of a government which chooses to abandon education in favor of corruption, foreign and military spending. We will barricade the school gates for several days so that many may still be able to enter them and afford education in the future. We fight for change for the nation and the future generation,” said Crisostomo.

Crisostomo said that a big march to Mendiola will be held on Friday September 23. The UP community is expected to conduct a historic march from UP to Mendiola which they called “Isko Tsunami Walk,” in allusion to Shamcey Supsup’s Miss Universe walk.

“We are calling on Congress and the Aquino government to rechannel funds from military, corruption and dole-outs to our schools and hospitals. Bigger actions are being prepared to make sure that the Aquino government does not get away with a weng-wang budget which the people rejects,” says Crisostomo.

 

 

     

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

Photo by Stand UP-CMC

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September 23, 2011
PRESS RELEASE

Pauline Gidget Estella
CEGP National Deputy Secretary General
09069357722

More than 8,000 youth march to Mendiola to protest budget cuts

At the end of the “strike week,” more than 8,000 youth from different schools in Metro Manila marched to Mendiola in a “historical show of rage” against the impending cut on the budget for education and other social services.

This week, schools including University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD), UP Manila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), and Philippine Normal University (PNU) launched a series of protest activities. These activities range from the creative – mass “planking,” die-ins, “funeral marches” – to massive build-ups such as the PUP unity march with 8,000 students, faculty and employees.

“This day is the culmination of the week-long spate of protest activities against the social services cutback. The P146 million cut on the budget for state universities and colleges (SUCs) will lead to higher tuition rates and bloated miscellaneous fees, making education a privilege exclusive to those who can afford,” said Vencer Crisostomo, spokesperson of Kilos Na Laban sa Budget Cuts, an alliance of organizations condemning the “continuing trend of state neglect of basic services.”

The students started the program in front of Mendiola Peace Arch at around 2 P.M. They were joined by other sectors such as employees, health workers, teachers, among others. Administrators from different SUCs also joined the students in the protest action.

Earlier this week, Senator Allan Peter Cayetano and some lawmakers already expressed solidarity with the groups caling for higher state subsidy.

In other regions, students staged their own massive actions. In Central Luzon, for instance, 11 schools held symbolic activities and protest rallies against the budget cut.

“Last year, we have already registered our opposition through consecutive strikes in several SUCs. The government, however, did not draw any lesson from our collective show of force. It even tried to discredit our claims through deceptive explanations,” said Pauline Gidget Estella, national deputy secretary general of College Editors Guild of the Philippines, the widest and longest-running alliance of student publications in the country.

The government claimed that the budget for SUCs even increased by 10 percent through the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) and the SUCs Development fund. However, these are “conditional” funds because the institutions must first fill up the regular employee positions before the MPBF could be released, while the SUCs Development fund will be given only to schools whose curriculum is patterned after the administration’s priority areas like tourism, Estella explained, adding that they should be given directly to the SUCs or simply added to the allocation.

Moreover, there are questionable funds that the lawmakers can realign to the allocation for SUCs, said Estella. For instance, intelligence and confidential lump sum funds for national defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines amounting to over P5 billion could be rechanneled to social services, especially because there are reports of corruption in the use of these funds.

“There’s no question in the validity of our demands. For a government that chooses to prioritize flawed policies over our basic rights, this historical collective action is our response,” said Estella.

 

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September 22, 2011
PRESS RELEASE

Pauline Gidget Estella
CEGP National Deputy Secretary General
09069357722

A day before the national day of action against budget cuts
Schools nationwide stage creative activities, massive build-up actions

A day before the national day of protest against the education cutback, schools in Metro Manila and other regions staged numerous activities ranging from the creative – planking, die-in, cultural night – to the massive build-up actions like snake rallies and noise barrages.

Around P146 million was slashed from the budget for state universities and colleges for 2012. “Even for the schools that received an increase, the allocation still falls short of the required budget,” said Pauline Gidget Estella, national deputy secretary general of College Editors Guild of the Philippines, the widest and longest-running alliance of student publications in the country.

In UP Manila (UPM), students kicked off the strike by walking out of their classes, followed by a symbolic closing of the university at 10 A.M. The students, along with faculty and employees, marched in a “snake rally” around the campus.

“UP Manila is an institution characterized by commitment to providing quality and affordable health services. However, with the impending cut on the budget for social services, particularly health services, this is a duty that cannot be fulfilled,” said Cleve Arguelles, vice chairperson of UPM.

At 6 P.M., the students gathered in UPM College of Arts and Sciences lobby for the cultural night and bonfire film-showing, in which films about the national situation were shown.

At the same day, Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Techonology (EARIST) students started its one day strike, with hundreds of students joining the “bandwagon,” in which the mob will march around Nagtahan bridge in Sta. Mesa starting 10 A.M. The students then marched to Mendiola at 1 P.M.

Creative activities

Meanwhile, in Philippine Normal University, students launched the “Red Campaign,” in which red balloons and red ribbons were tied to bulletin boards and class rooms. They also painted their nails with red, with each letter of “Budget cut” written on each nail.

The activities in Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and UP Diliman were as creative. On the second day of UP Diliman strike, organizations staged “Olats sa Cuts, the Stations of the Cuts Cultural Program,” in which students showed the actual situation of each sector of the society under President Benigno Aquino III’s term. At night, before the dormitories’ campout, the university held a “retro night” titled “Walastik, Dehins sa Cuts, Repapips!”

PUP students held a modelling show and their own version of UP Diliman’s “budget cuttoure.” Like EARIST students, they also staged a “mass planking” and lied stiff like a plank of wood inside school premises.

In Southern Tagalog region, students in UP Los Banos (UPLB) mounted a “Pose to Oppose” protest center in Humanities building. Photos of students with “I pose to oppose” written on them were shown in the exhibit. Students also held a protest action in the center at 4 P.M.

In Northern Luzon, different sectors in UP Baguio gathered around a “campfire” from 6 P.M. onwards. The campfire was a culminating activity in which members of the community talk about their situation in relation to the impending budget cut.

“On the day before the 23rd, the schools have become a venue where the youth have devised creative means to show their indignation over the continuing trend of state neglect. On the September 23 national day of action, the activities will be more than just an array of creative methods, but a show of force through numbers,” said Estella.

UP Diliman kick-off and boodle fight

Yesterday, UP Diliman kicked of its strike when more than 1,000 students, faculty and administrators joined the unity march around the Academic Oval. Since 8 A.M., the students have been gathering at different colleges. In the College of Arts and Letters, the building was closed down and classes were cancelled.

At around 12 P.M., the strikers gathered at Palma Hall steps and formally declared that the “university is on strike.” “UP Naming Mahal” was sung after the declaration.

The strikers then watched “Budget Cuttoure,” a fashion show where the models tried to represent the budget cut through their outfit. UPM also held a dodgeball event known as “Dodge that cut,” a representation of the students’ opposition to the budget cut.

Another creative way of representation is UPLB’s “funeral march.” Students marched around the premises at 4 P.M. yesterday and carried a caskette with “RIP Education” painted on it. They also attached crosses with “Resurrect on September 23! Save Our Education!” to bulletin boards.

Meanwhile, PUP started its second day of strike through a boodle fight, a symbolic activity in which students and faculty ate rice and tuyo on banana leaves laid out on long tables.

“This signifies the unity of the PUP sectors in the fight for greater state subsidy. Although there has been an increase in the budget for PUP, the increase is not enough to fill the gap between the amount needed and the amount given,” said Rommel Aguilar, PUP student regent. Last September 20, on the first day of PUP strike, around 8,000 people joined the unity march.

 

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Strike Two: UP Mindanao students slam PNoy admin’s second round of budget cuts

DAVAO CITY - Students from University of the Philippines (UP) - Mindanao staged a protest action at the campus in Mintal, simultaneously with the on-going strikes against budget cuts on social services in other parts of the country.

“The Aquino administration has turned a deaf ear once again to the voices of the people. With another round of budget cut in social services like education and health, the PNoy admin has shown its insincerity in addressing soci-economic problems of the country. Hindi tayo ang kanyang “BOSS”,” said Rendell Cagula, chairperson of the UP Mindanao University Student Council.

For the fiscal year 2012, the Aquino government allotted only P21.8 billion for the budget of 110 state colleges and universities in the country, lower than last year’s P22.03 billion.

Last year, students and other sectors nation-wide conducted strikes and protests against budget-cuts by the government. And with another round of budget - cuts this year, thousands and thousands of students are expected to join strikes.

“For Pres. Aquino to claim that his administration prioritizes education and other social services is a bitter pill to swallow. It is evident that his administration’s proposed national budget, will only increase the already swelling number of students dropping out or not enrolling to school so as a consequence to the continued slashes from subsidy to state universities and colleges on top of skyrocketing tuition fees,” said Cagula.

“The students and the people will continue to protest against the PNoy administration as it continues to implement anti-student and anti-people policies. We are being denied of our most basic rights to education and social services. And this is enough reason for more people to join us as we intensify our actions in the coming weeks,” stressed Cagula.###

For reference:
Krista Melgarejo
Chairperson, National Union of Students of the Philippines - Davao City Chapter
09393392075

Photo Credits: Kit Frias

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National Union of Students of the Philippines

Davao City Chapter
Mobile: +639266453953
Email: nusp.dvo@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/nusp.smr

 

 

▲   Planking for a cause .... in Mendiola  ▼
     
     
     
     
...  in Congress  ▼
  .... in UP Diliman  ▼  

 

Plangka
Ni Kislap Alitaptap
25 Setyembre 2011

Ilapat sa kalsada ang
Pawisang mukha.
Langhapin ang aroma ng
Kalsadang pinison ng kakulangan.
Hanapin sa kaharap na kalsada ang
Butil-butil na kalawang na nagsibitaw
Sa mga umaarangkadang makina.

Hayaang yakapin ng usok
Mula sa gasolinang nasusunog
Ang kasuotang may bakas
Pa ng matagal na pagkakatiklop.
Hayaang ilahad ng kalsada
Sa inyong mga pandinig
Ang katapatan ng inyong mga ibig.

Hayaang magtalsikan ang
Bumubulang laway ng mga bantay
Sa kastilyong wang-wang.
Hayaang magpatalastas ng
Pagbabawal ang mga pantas ng batas.
Hayaaan silang magsipirma
Sa mga republic act.
 


Muli, ilapat sa kalsada
Ang inyong pagpapasya.
Pagpapasyang tatawid,
Babagtas, at sa inyo’y maghahatid
Sa hangganan nitong
Sementadong kalsada.
Iplangka sa kalsada
Ang inyong kahandaan.
Kahandaang humakbang,
Sumuong, sumalubong,
At makipagkamay sa mga
Palad na walang pagpapanggap.

Muli, pakinggan ang paghinga
Ng lupa sa ilalim nitong kalsada.
Pakinggan ang walang katiyakang
Paghakbang ng mabibigat na mga paa.
Pakingga’t maghanda sa paghatid
Ng hangin sa napagkaisahang hudyat.
Abe! Baking! Magmintina!
Kaloy! Plangka sa kaliwa!
Muli, ilapat sa kalsada ang
Pawisang mukha. #

September 22, 2011
PRESS RELEASE
Reference:
Fatima Villanueva
Sentral na Konseho ng Mag-aaral
09057553964

Rommel Aguilar
Student Regent
09291422695

Media Officer:
Maybelle Gormate
Editor-in-Chief The Catalyst, official student publication of PUP
09993172620

Solidarity Day in PUP,
Students plank against budget cut


UMAKSYON-PUP holds a Solidarity Day in accordance with its week-long strike that calls for a higher PUP budget. The said event aims to register to the government the insufficient fund it gives not only to PUP, but to the education sector particularly the State Colleges and Universities in an entertaining but striking way.
 

Though deviant from the traditional holding of placards and propaganda materials, this event equally shows the students’ fervent support to the call. Their mere participation in the Solidarity Day is a clear manifestation of how they really suffered in the lack of funding in the university.
Students plank in protest for the insufficient fund allocated by the government. There are also nationalistic performances from the student organizations, speeches in support of the strike, and a noise barrage that awakens the minds of the people in the government. Through these, PUP community oneness is once again proven.
 

PUP Student Regent Rommel Aguilar said that in this event, the talents of PUPians are harnessed to call for the higher budget for the university. “It is given that PUPians are talented students, but because of the lack of funds, facilities that can help develop more our talents are not present here. As a result, we are now using our talents to tell the government that they must give us a higher budget.”
 

Aside from the performances, teach-in protests are also present and continued where students take alternative classes about the present society.###
 

.... at PUP
           
    NO TO CUTS!    

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

Press Release
September 24, 2011

Aquino stoking more street protests with 'planking' attitude towards people's clamors--CPP

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today said the the Aquino government "is stoking more massive protest actions with his 'planking' attitude towards people's democratic demands to put an end to IMF-imposed policies of liberalization and privatization."

The CPP issued this statement at the end of a week marked by street protest actions. The CPP congratulated the tens of thousands of people who marched to the streets and registered their protest against the anti-people and pro-IMF policies of the Aquino regime. "These protest actions are the people's only resort to the increasingly intransingent attitude being exhibited by the Aquino regime."

Last Monday, jeepney drivers launched a nationwide protest strike against what they denounced as overpricing by big foreign oil companies which has resulted in oil prices being jacked up by at least 20 times this year. Jeepney drivers have been demanding a P9 per liter rollback in the price of petroleum products. Monday's protest action was one of the biggest transport strikes in recent years. It was carried out by jeepney drivers after the Aquino government refused to heed the drivers' clamor to repeal the Oil Deregulation Law which has allowed oil companies to raise oil prices with impunity.


 

Yesterday, close to ten thousand students from state colleges and universities in Metro Manila marched to the Mendiola bridge to protest planned cuts in budgetary allocations for education and social spending and against the policy of privatization of the school system. Several thousand more students walked out of their classrooms in various parts of the country. In the proposed 2012 budget of the Aquino regime, allocations for capital outlay for education, health care and other social services were reduced as the governments pushes state universities and colleges and public hospitals to generate their own income through commercial activities.

The protest actions yesterday were marked by the simultaneous "planking" of thousands of students who lay still in their campuses and on the Mendiola bridge to protest the inaction of the Aquino government to their demands for greater budgetary allocations for education and its intransingence with regard to implementing policies imposed by the IMF and World Bank.

"In the face of the widespread protests, the Aquino regime is acting like a 'plank', ignoring the sufferings of the people under the policies of liberalization, privatization, deregulation and denationalization imposed by the IMF and implemented by successive regimes since the late 1980s," said the CPP. "The Aquino regime is wont to dismiss the protest actions as mere 'inconveniences' and publicity stunts in a desperate attempt to belittle the demands of the people."

"By acting like a 'plank' with regard the people's clamor for change, the Aquino regime is stretching the limits of the people's patience," added the CPP. "Mr. Aquino is stoking the people's rage and risking more massive protest actions in the future."

           
     
     
     
Mendiola! Mendiola!  ▼
     

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KABATAAN PARTY-LIST
Office of Rep. Raymond V. Palatino

North Wing Room 419, House of Representatives, Batasan Complex, Quezon City
Email: cong.mongpalatino@gmail.com Telefax: (+632) 931-5504, Trunkline: (+632) 9315001 loc 7378
Headquarters: 118-B Scout Rallos Extn, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City Telefax: 352-1054

Press Release:

September 23, 2011

References:
Rep. Raymond ‘Mong’ Palatino, Kabataan Party-list, 0908-5927099
Bugsy Nolasco, media liaison officer, 0922-8240740

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SUCs nationwide launch strike vs. P24 billion lack in funds

Prayer rallies, noise barrages, white ribbon wearing, mass planking, stop dance, parade of colors – some of the activities launched by State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) today as part of the nationwide strike against budget cuts and the P24 billion lack in funds of public higher education.

According to Kabataan Party-list Rep. Raymond “Mong” Palatino, “The nationwide strike embodies the outrage of our SUCs against the inaction of the Aquino administration to reverse the cuts and provide sufficient funding for our public universities”

Last Tuesday, Palatino submitted in Congress a petition letter addressed to Committee on Appropriations chair Rep. Joseph Abaya containing a list of proposed budget amendments including a P24 billion increase for the budget of SUCs.

Palatino said that the P21.8 billion budget given to SUCs for 2012 is actually P24 billion short of the P45.8 billion budget requirement based on the needs of SUCs.

“I urge the Aquino administration to grant these amendments. Otherwise, we’ll be left with no choice but to continue with the protest actions up until President Aquino heed the just demands of our SUCs,” Palatino said during an inter-faith prayer rally in the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP)

In the National Capital Region (NCR), thousands of students, faculty and administrations marched to Mendiola where they burned an effigy called “OctoPnoy” to signify the eight (8) budget wrongs committed by President Aquino such as budget cuts to social services like education and health, debt-servicing, and palliative measures like the Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs), among others.

Palatino said that based on the conservative estimates of SUCs nationwide, 20 thousand students, faculty and administrators have joined the coordinated strikes today. ###

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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

 

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Office of Representative Antonio L. Tinio
ACT Teachers Party-List
House of Representatives

PRESS RELEASE
September 23, 2011

References: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)
Julie Anne D. Tapit, Media Officer (0915-762-6522)

ACT Teachers solon pushes for higher subsidy for SUCs as students hold nationwide strike

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio called for a drastic increase in the budget of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to address the shortage of regular faculty in the country's public higher education institutions.

"There is a gross shortage of qualified regular faculty in all 110 state universities and colleges," said Tinio. "Congress must address this by allocating the necessary funds."

Tinio made the call in support of today's nationwide youth strike against the budget cuts to higher education proposed by the Aquino administration in its 2012 national budget.

"We're one with the students, faculty, staff, and administrators of the country's 110 State Universities and Colleges in their call for increased allocations to higher education," said Tinio.

The ACT Teachers solon proposed an additional Php 2.4 billion for SUCs for the creation of 8,000 full-time faculty positions as an amendment to the 2012 General Appropriations Bill currently under consideration in Congress

Tinio explained that the creation of new teaching positions has not kept pace with the explosive growth of enrollment in SUCs in the past two decades. "Enrollment in SUCs has more than doubled since 1990, but the number of regular faculty has remained more or less constant in the majority of SUCs." He cited the case of the Mindanao University of Science and Technology in Cagayan de Oro. It had 185 regular faculty and an enrollment of 4,000 when it opened in 1978. Since then, not a single new faculty item has been added to their roster even though their enrollment has grown to over 9,000."

Tinio decried what he described as a "de facto moratorium" on the creation of new teaching positions in SUCs. "This has forced SUCs to hire large numbers of faculty on a part-time, contractual basis.

He noted that, of the 40,307 teachers serving in SUCs last year, 12,462 were part-time faculty. "Almost one-third of the teaching force in SUCs are part-time faculty." In some instances, part-time faculty outnumber their full-time counterparts. He cited the case of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines with 1,695 part-timers over 1,186 full-timers. "One of the most glaring is J.H. Cerilles State College in Zamboanga del Sur, which has 522 part-timers against 114 full-timers.

He described part-time faculty as among the most exploited among the ranks of teachers. "They are paid a very low hourly rate, giving them an average monthly compensation of around Php 8,000 a month, which is below minimum wage. They have social protection benefits such as GSIS and Philhealth, are not allowed to unionize, and have no job security. It becomes more difficult for our SUCs to attract and retain qualified faculty given such working conditions."

"In the ongoing public debate on budget cuts to higher education, much has been said about the reduced allocations for maintenance and operations and the zero capital outlay of SUCs," said Tinio. "This is understandable, given their direct impact on tuition and other fee increases. But the most massive cuts are being made in personnel--specifically the freeze on hiring of regular faculty and the large-scale deployment of part-time, contractual teachers. This is where the biggest costs are cut, through the exploitation of teachers."

Tinio further noted that budget cuts on teaching personnel have the greatest impact on the quality of education in SUCs. "It directly affects teaching and research, which are the core functions of universities. No new regular faculty items in the context of burgeoning enrollment means larger class sizes, heavier teaching loads, longer teaching hours, drastically reduced time for research and professional development for faculty." #
 

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Office of Representative Antonio L. Tinio
ACT Teachers Party-List
"Ang Tunay na Tinig ng Teachers!"
Office Address Rm 618 South Wing, House of Representatives, Batasan Hills, Quezon City, Philippines 1126
Tel. +632-9316193 +632-9315001 loc. 7317
Email tinio.dal@congress.gov.ph rep.antonio.tinio@gmail.com

 

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Youth solon hits “hasty” approval of the 2012 national budget
17 SEPTEMBER 2011

Upon the approval on 2nd reading in the House of Representatives of the P1.81 trillion national budget for 2012, Kabataan Party-list Rep. Raymond “Mong” Palatino called the move an “utter disregard to the funding needs of basic sectors such as education and health.”

“The hasty passage of the 2012 national budget in the House reveals the skewed funding priorities of the government with its utter disregard to the funding needs of basic sectors such as education and health. One finds it hard to stomach such haste in light of budget cuts to basic social services and the bloated funding for inadequate programs like the CCTs and PPPs. How can we, as supposed servants of the people, approve such disproportionate budget?” Palatino said.

Responding to the statement that last night’s session was an achievement for its prompt approval of the national budget, Palatino said that it “smacks of superficiality to consider the hasty budget approval an achievement.”

“More than the quick passage of the national budget, what we should ultimately consider is its content. Whom does it serve? Does it properly address the funding needs of our people?” Palatino said.

Palatino reiterated the plan of various sectors especially the youth to launch nationwide actions next week to protest against the budget cuts to social services like education and health.


Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino

Anakbayan Chair Vencer Crisostomo
     
     
     
     
     
           
           
           


 

 

Para sa kabataang lumalaban, para sa kabataang makabayan
ni Judy Taguiwalo, former UP Faculty Regent


Inihanda para sa Protesta sa Mendiola
Setyembre 23, 2011

Oo, inaamin ko, senior citizen na ako! Kasabay nang pag-amin na yan-ipinagmamalaki kong naging bahagi ako ng henerasyon ng kabataan na kalahok sa First Quarter Storm ng 1970, sa Diliman Commune ng 1971, at sa paglaban sa diktadurang Marcos mula 1972 hanggang Pebrero 1986.

Ipinagmamalaki kong kabahagi ako sa daluyong ng protesta sa kalsada noong 1970 hanggang 1972 na nagpalaganap sa pambansa-demokratikong pagsusuri at linya. At isinabuhay ko ang panawagang “Digmang Bayan, sagot sa martial law” sa panahon ng batas militar.

Mahusay na iniugnay ng pambansa demokratikong kilusan na ang problema ng kabataan, sa krisis sa edukasyon at kawalang kinabukasan; na ang problema ng mga magsasaka sa laganap na kawalan ng lupa; na ang problema ng mga manggagawa sa napakababang sahod at kawalan ng seguridad sa trabaho; na ang panunupil sa mamamayang lumalaban ay mahigpit na nakakawing sa tatlong ismo—sa imperyalismo na nagtitiyak ng kontrol malalaking dayuhang kapitalista sa ekonomiya at pulitika ng ating bansa; sa pyudalismo na nagtitiyak sa patuloy na paghahari ng malalaking panginoong maylupa sa milyun-milyong ektarya ng lupaing agrikultural; sa burukrata kapitalismo bilang tagapagmantene ng sistemang mala kolonyal at mala pyudal sa ating bayan at nagpapalaganap ng pasismo.

Sa pamamagitan ng dambuhalang mga rali, mga lakbayan ng mamamayan, mga pulong pag-aaral sa mga komunidad, mga discussion groups sa eskwelehan, sa mga statements na pinarami sa pamamagitan ng mimeographing machines, mga likha ng mga artistang bayan tulad ng mga street theatre, mga tula, mga awit at mga dibuho, malawakang naipalaganap ang pambansa demokratikong pagsusuri at ang sosyalistang hinaharap nito.

Siyempre, hindi naman sa isang iglap nangyari ang malawakang pagyakap at pagkilos ng libo libong estudyante’t kabataan at mamamayan sa pambansa-demokratikong linya. Produkto ang malalaking mobilisasyon sa mahabang panahon nang masikhay at matiyagang pakikipamuhay sa masang estudyante, manggagawa’t magsasaka, pakikipag-aralan, pag-oorganisa at pagpapakilos sa kanila. 1961 ipinunla ng mga kasamahang tulad nina Jose Ma. Sison, Juliet de Lima at Fidel Agcaoli ang binhi ng bagong pambansa demokratikong kilusan at 1969 bumulwak ang mga campus strikes sa iba’t ibang unibersidad laban sa mataas na tuition at 1970 pumutok ang First Quarter Storm. Ang susi sa pagdaluyong na ito, at lagi natin itong tandaan: tama ang pagsusuri at linya ng pambansa demokratikong kilusan na may sosyalistang perspektiba at handa ang mga aktibista’t kadre para tahakin ang linyang ito sa pamamagitan ng pagmumulat, pag-oorganisa at pagkilos laluna sa hanay ng masang manggagagawa at magbubukid.

Hindi naging maalwan o derecho ang naging takbo ng kilusang pambansa demokratiko. May mga kahinaan at pagkakamali at sa gitna ng mga hamon at kahirapang dinanas ng aking henerasyon, binigyang lakas kaming magpatuloy sa katotohanang wala pa ring esensyal na pagbabago sa katangian ng lipunang Pilipino at nanatili ang tatsulok ng mga uri sa ating lipunan. Binigyang lakas kami ng mga akda tulad ng Paglingkuran ang Sambayanan, Sa Gunita ni Kasamang Norman Bethune at ang Ang Matandang Hangal na Nagpatag ng Bundok.

Ngayong gabi, nakikita ko kayo mga kabataan ng inyong henerasyon na yumakap sa pambansa demokratikong kilusan, at ipinaabot ko sa inyo na narito kami matatandang hangal na nag-umpisang magpatag sa mga bundok ng imperyalismo, pyudalismo at burukrata kapitalismo sa panahon ng aming kabataan, patuloy na kabalikat ninyo sa pagpapatuloy sa di tapos na proyekto ng Rebolusyong 1896 para sa tunay na kalayaan at demokrasya at para sa kaginhawaan ng mayorya ng ating mamamayan na hanggang ngayon ay sadlak sa pighati at sa hirap.

Nais kong magtapos sa pangungusap ni Mao Zedong na siya ring sumulat at nagsabuhay ng Matandang Hangal na Nagpatag ng Bundok:

Sa inyo ang daigdig, at sa amin din. Ngunit sa huling pagtatasa, ito'y sa inyo. Kayong kabataang lubos ang sigasig at lakas, namumukadkad ang buhay, tulad ng araw sa ika-walo o ika-siyam ng umaga. Nasa inyo ang aming pag-asa. Sa inyo ang dagidig. Sa inyo ang kinabukasan ng ating bayan.

Mula sa aking henerasyong matatandang hangal na nagpatag ng bundok:
 

Mabuhay ang kabataang lumalaban!
Mabuhay ang kabataang makabayan!
Mabuhay kayo, pag-asa ng bayan!
Ipagpatuloy ang di tapos na Rebolusyong 1896!

 



 


 


 
   
           
           
     
 More than 8,000 convered in Mendiola from the PUP, TIP, ERIST, PNU, UP Manila and UP Diliman
     

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UP Manila, EARIST shut down campus, thousands plank nationwide
by ANAKBAYAN on Sep 22, 2011

 

SUC strikes continue
UP Manila, EARIST shut down campus, thousands plank nationwide

Students, faculty and administrators in University of the Philippines (UP) – Manila and Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Technology walked out from classes and closed the gates of their campuses as the nationwide strikes of state universities and colleges (SUCs) for higher budget continue.

Today’s strike also came alongside a nationally coordinated planking protest for higher education budget, wherein thousands of students from La Union, Baguio, Southern Tagalog, Iloilo and Lanao also participated. Mass demonstrations and flash mobilizations were also held in Rizal Technological University and Marikina Polytechnic College.

In UP Manila, students walked out and barricaded their campus at around 11am and held a noise barrage in front of Philippine General Hospital (PGH) where they called for higher budget for health services. They were met by PGH Director Joe Gonzalez.

“UP Manila is an institution characterized by commitment to providing quality and affordable health services. However, with the impending cut on the budget for social services, particularly health services, this is a duty that cannot be fulfilled,” said Cleve Arguelles, vice chairperson of UP Manila student council.

At about 1pm, students held a “planking” protest along Padre Faura which was also done in other campuses nationwide.

“Sa totoo, parang ang gubyerno ang naka-‘plank’ kung pag-uusapan ang edukasyon at serbisyo. Para silang tuod. They are doing nothing to improve the lives of the people and to provide education and health care,” said Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of youth group Anakbayan and main convenor of Kilos na Laban sa Budget Cuts.

Crisostomo said the gov’t must realign funds to SUCs, education and social services. Only P21.8 billion was allotted for SUCs for 2012, down from P22.03 billion last year, and far from the needed P45 billion.

Crisostomo said they have broken down their proposal to congress to realign P23.8 billion from “intelligence,” pork barrel, debt, conditional cash transfer, privatization and military to the budget of SUCs.

“Nakita namin na maraming pera na pwedeng ilaan sa SUCs at edukasyon. They should prioritize education and social services and stop corruption prone and unneccesary spending. Mas mahalaga ang edukasyon kaysa pondo sa kurupsyon, mas mahalaga ang libro kaysa bala, ang buhay kaysa negosyo,” said Crisostomo.

On Tuesday, up to 8,000 PUP students and faculty walked out and declared the start of their campus strike. Yesterday, thousands of UP Diliman students together with college deans, Diliman Chancellor Cesar Saloma and UP President Alfredo Pascual declared a strike against cuts.

In UP and PUP, various activities were also held today including a retro concert in preparation for a huge march to Mendiola tomorrow, September 23. All SUCs nationwide are also expected to participate in various protests and marches.

Leading the movement are youth groups Anakbayan, National Union of Students of the Philippines, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, League of Filipino Students, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, Kabataang Artista Para sa Tunay na Kalayaan, and Kabataan Partylist.

 

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A concrete proposal: Gov’t must rechannel military, corruption and dole-out funds to SUCs and social services
by ANAKBAYAN on Sep 22, 2011

 

The Aquino government and congress should amend the 2012 budget to give what is due for the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), education and social services.

The Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) submitted a proposal of P45 billion budget for 2012 to the government. The current budget of P21.8 billion, down from P22.03 billion last year, is grossly insufficient to fund our SUCs.

The Aquino gov’t and Congress should rechannel the following funds to SUCs:

1. “Intelligence” and “confidential” lump-sum funds amounting to P789.3 million mostly from OP, DND. These funds are unaudited and are lump sum funds which have been earlier found to be source of corruption. The funds should be alloted to SUCs.

2. AFP modernization lump-sum fund of P5 billion. This is questionable amidst reports that funds are being used for corruption. Moreover, education should be prioritized over military spending. This should instead be rechannelled to capital outlay of schools.

3. A portion of the conditional cash transfers and PAMANA dole-outs worth P15.2 billion. These dole-outs are corruption prone and are artificial, ineffective and expensive projects which will not help solve poverty.

4. The funds allotted to the Comission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund worth P2.5 billion should be directly allotted to the SUCs.

Realigning these funds can increase the budget of SUCs substantially by P23.8 billion and provide the bare necessities the school needs to operate. Government should work towards increasing the SUCs budget substantially every year.

There are more funds not yet mentioned which can be rechanneled to education and other social services such as debt servicing (P700+ billion), PPP funds (P21 billion) and others. For basic education we feel that the government should work to give the 6% UN recommended budget or about P550 million to DepEd. This is far from the P238 billion proposed for 2012. For health, government should give P90 billion needed for our hospitals and reject the meager P44 billion alloted. It must stop privatization of social services.

The Aquino government should put its money where its mouth is and stop making excuses. It should act now to fund provide quality education and sufficient social services.

 

 

     
     
           
     
     
     
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PRESS RELEASE
SUC strikes continue
UP Manila, EARIST shut down campus, thousands plank nationwide
September 22, 2011
 

Students, faculty and administrators in University of the Philippines (UP) – Manila and Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Technology walked out from classes and closed the gates of their campuses as the nationwide strikes of state universities and colleges (SUCs) for higher budget continue.
 

Today’s strike also came alongside a nationally coordinated planking protest for higher education budget, wherein thousands of students from La Union, Baguio, Southern Tagalog, Iloilo and Lanao also participated. Mass demonstrations and flash mobilizations were also held in Rizal Technological University and Marikina Polytechnic College.
 

In UP Manila, students walked out and barricaded their campus at around 11am and held a noise barrage in front of Philippine General Hospital (PGH) where they called for higher budget for health services. They were met by PGH Director Joe Gonzalez.
 

“UP Manila is an institution characterized by commitment to providing quality and affordable health services. However, with the impending cut on the budget for social services, particularly health services, this is a duty that cannot be fulfilled,” said Cleve Arguelles, vice chairperson of UP Manila student council.
 

At about 1pm, students held a “planking” protest along Padre Faura which was also done in other campuses nationwide.
 

“Sa totoo, parang ang gubyerno ang naka-‘plank’ kung pag-uusapan ang edukasyon at serbisyo. Para silang tuod. They are doing nothing to improve the lives of the people and to provide education and health care,” said Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of youth group Anakbayan and main convenor of Kilos na Laban sa Budget Cuts.
 

Crisostomo said the gov’t must realign funds to SUCs, education and social services. Only P21.8 billion was allotted for SUCs for 2012, down from P22.03 billion last year, and far from the needed P45 billion.
 

Crisostomo said they have broken down their proposal to congress to realign P23.8 billion from “intelligence,” pork barrel, debt, conditional cash transfer, privatization and military to the budget of SUCs.
 

“Nakita namin na maraming pera na pwedeng ilaan sa SUCs at edukasyon. They should prioritize education and social services and stop corruption prone and unneccesary spending. Mas mahalaga ang edukasyon kaysa pondo sa kurupsyon, mas mahalaga ang libro kaysa bala, ang buhay kaysa negosyo,” said Crisostomo.
 

On Tuesday, up to 8,000 PUP students and faculty walked out and declared the start of their campus strike. Yesterday, thousands of UP Diliman students together with college deans, Chancellor and UP President declared a strike against cuts.
 

In UP and PUP, various activities were also held today including a retro concert in preparation for a huge march to Mendiola tomorrow, September 23. All SUCs nationwide are also expected to participate in various protests and marches.


Leading the movement are youth groups Anakbayan, National Union of Students of the Philippines, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, League of Filipino Students, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, Kabataang Artista Para sa Tunay na Kalayaan, and Kabataan Partylist.

References: John Francis Losaria, 09289996194
Vanessa Faye Bolibol, 09261703655

 

     
     
           
     

What is the name of this umbrella organization? Could not be BAYAN since BAYAN was not there although some of its members like LFS and ACT were there.
It was truly a very hot day.

   
     

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STRIKE LEAD NEWS AND PHOTOS
September 22, 2011

Schools nationwide stage creative activities, massive build-up actions against budget cut

Yesterday, on the anniversary of martial law, UP Diliman kicked of its strike when more than 1,000 students, faculty and administrators joined the unity march around the Academic Oval. Since 8 A.M., the students have been gathering at different colleges. In the College of Arts and Letters, the building was closed down and classes were cancelled.

At around 12 P.M., the strikers gathered at Palma Hall steps and formally declared that the “university is on strike.” “UP Naming Mahal” was sung after the declaration.

The strikers then watched “Budget Cuttoure,” a fashion show where the models tried to represent the budget cut through their outfit. UPM also held a dodgeball event known as “Dodge that cut,” a representation of the students’ opposition to the budget cut.

Another creative way of representation is UPLB’s “funeral march.” Students marched around the premises at 4 P.M. yesterday and carried a caskette with “RIP Education” painted on it. They also attached crosses with “Resurrect on September 23! Save Our Education!” to bulletin boards.

Meanwhile, PUP started its second day of strike through a boodle fight, a symbolic activity in which students and faculty ate rice and tuyo on banana leaves laid out on long tables.

“This signifies the unity of the PUP sectors in the fight for greater state subsidy. Although there has been an increase in the budget for PUP, the increase is not enough to fill the gap between the amount needed and the amount given,” said Rommel Aguilar, PUP student regent. Last September 20, on the first day of PUP strike, around 8,000 people joined the unity march.

The protest atmosphere continues in Mindanao, where students in Marawi State University hanged banners with "No to Budget Cut" on some areas in the campus, while some joined the painting session.
 


Chino Roces must be mighty proud of
 Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino....
 

,.....  and Dean Rolando Tolentino of the UP College of Mass Communications
 
           
     
Students from private schools (UST, UE, etc) join their fellow students from SUCs
in the protest vs budget cuts, a desirable kind of public-private partnership
     

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KILOS NA PARA SA MAS MATAAS NA BADYET SA EDUKASYON, KALUSUGAN AT SERBISYO
NEWS RELEASE
September 23, 2011

Continuing absolute state abandonment on education, services may lead to ouster says anti-budget cut alliance
Reference: Mark Louie Aquino, Kabataan Partylist 2nd Nominee and Kilos Na! Spokesperson [0929.276.6548]


“We warn the Aquino administration of a brewing ouster call as he continues the absolute state abandonment on education and services,” said Kilos Na! Spokesperson Mark Louie Aquino as the anti-budget cut alliance joins the thousands who marched today to Mendiola asserting higher state subsidy on basic social services.

“The state itself is creating the condition for an uprising under his regime. This is despite of the administration-shaking lessons of last years’ call for higher state subsidy on education and his ignorance on the current clamor for genuine pro-people government spending,” said Aquino.

The young leader cited the programs of previous administrations to further explain the ‘absolute state abandonment’. “Under the Ramos regime, there was Philippines 2000. Estrada pursued the IMF World Bank-imposed globalization scheme specifically deregulation, liberalization and privatization. Arroyo further worsened the globalization scheme when she stood as one of the sponsors of GATT-WTO,” he cited.

“All of the previous administrations implemented policies that brought about the decline of the government spending for and the number of state universities and colleges (SUCs) across the country. What makes Aquino the gravest is that he will cap all of these with his Public Private Partnership program where he intends to ‘gradually reduce subsidy to SUCs... (to) push them toward becoming self-sufficient and financially independent’,” he said, “Previous administrations were faced with intense ouster calls. The way it looks, Aquino may definitely face the same if he won’t adhere to the demands of his bosses.”

Despite downplaying by the Palace, SUCs under the Kilos Na! alliance are joining the National Day of Protest for Higher State Subsidy on Education, Health and Social Services today. Prior to the main assembly point in Morayta, España today, SUCs conducted various local actions in their respective schools. Students from Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Taguig staged a noise barrage and planked in their school, Marikina Polytechnic College also staged a planking activity at the Freedom Park, Technological University of the Philippines-Manila conducted an interfaith mass along with Kabataan Partylist Representative Raymond Palatino, hundreds of students from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology walked-out of their classes and Rizal Technological University students also staged a noise barrage.

“If by 2020 there will be no public hospitals, SUCs will also be under the same condition. We join the thousands of people today who assert people’s right to free or affordable and quality social services. We are unquestionably enraged with the absolute state abandonment on education and social services. There is no holding back in our stand to strike back,” Aquino ended. ###
 


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Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter S. Cayetano
Kapihan sa Senado Transcipt
Re: a call for an increase in SUCs budget for 2012



Relevant Facts and Figures

In discussing the budget issue on State Universities and Colleges, let us first look at the bigger picture by analyzing key relevant facts and figures.

In a survey, the three top reasons for non-attendance in a university is: one, looking for employment or work. Two, high cost of education. And yung pangatlo, lack of personal interest.

It also reflects the state of our economy na 14 lang out of 100 ang gumagraduate at hindi pa rin makahanap ng trabaho. That means kakaunti ang trabaho out there or may mismatch yung dami ng graduate sa availability ng trabaho.

The next is just to emphasize that in international ratings by credible organizations, the quality of our tertiary education is faring very poorly. Out of 2,180 higher education institutions, only 4 made it to the Top 200 Asian Universities list.

Likewise, the QS ranked the country’s top universities outside of the world’s top 300 in its latest rankings for 2011 to 2012. UP dropped from 314 to 332. Ateneo dropped 53 notches to 360, meaning they were 307 before. Las Salle dropped to the 551-600 level. UST dropped out of the 600 top schools.

Under the Global Competitiveness Report for 2011-2012, the Philippines ranks 71 out of 142 countries in the 5th pillar of Higher Education and Training up from 73 out of 139 countries in 2010-2011.

These are some rankings and basis of the 5th pillar. The next slide is just to show you that as enrolment goes up, our budget allocation plateaus when it comes to higher education or SUCs.

In real terms, mas masama pa, if you factor in inflation, what we are really spending on education is going down. Average cost of education per student in nominal value as you see since 2009 have been going down.

Conflicting claims of DBM and Anti-SUC Budget cut groups: What’s the real deal?

If you listen to the DBM, they’re saying that there’s a 10% actual increase. Dalawa ang basis nito, una may P2.039 B under the Miscellaneous Personal Benefit Fund (MPBF). Dinidispute ito ng mga SUCs dahil according to them kinuha ito sa mga vacant positions sa plantilla nila which ginagamit nila to pay for contractual dahil mas murang magbayad ng contractual.

So if they actually use it to hire professors they’ll be able to hire less people pag nailipat ito sa MPBF.

Pangalawa, yung CHED allotment for universities and colleges. I’m happy that DBM has provided the funds. But since it is a lump sum, it has the possibility of being used as a pork barrel of maybe Malacanang, or maybe CHED. Bakit hindi nalang natin kunin yung P500M at ibigay directly sa mga SUCs? Why would they have to plead with CHED for them to implement programs na magaganda?

For example, wala tayong state university na hindi kailangan ng building or ng bagong facilities. So kung bigyan lang nila ng tig-P5M for Capital Outlay for buildings aabot na ng P500M yun.


Support for higher State Subsidy for SUCs

The bottomline is that I support the state universities’ and the students’ call for higher subsidy. We’re doing a budget analysis now and we did note that there is a certain department na malaki naman ang tinaas.

Ang tanong ko lang bakit parang may discrimination o masama ang tingin o may some sort of hindi magandang impression ang gobyerno pagdating sa SUCs?

Madalas ko ring marinig sa CHED at sa iba na sobra kasi ang dami ng SUCs. But I’d like to correct that notion. The 100 plus SUCs caters only to P1M students and this is only the 20 or 15% percent na pumapasok.

If we are to consider the 80 plus percent na hindi pumapasok sa college, we will know that mas murang pumasok sa SUCs kaysa sa mga private schools. So paano mo sasabihin na masyadong marami ang SUCs natin and also the LGU colleges and universities if out of 2.5 or 2.6B going to college, P1.6M go to private schools and P1M go to public schools but you have another 77 percent who do not enter?

And of the 23 that enter, makikita niyo 9 out of 23 drop out. Meaning kahit mura yung SUCs kulang pa rin. And yung quality of education, bumabagsak din. Kasama dito yung faculty, yung facilities, yung modern equipment.

‘Our future will depend on the quality of education today’

What should be the alarm bells for us is that our future will depend on the quality of education we have today. If you’re going to look at employment four years from now, it would depend sa mga graduate natin today.

So kung hindi natin binubuhusan ng pera ang mga SUCs, yung mga college graduates ngayon, magmmaintain tayo na 14% lang ang naggraduate, ang mga colleges natin both private and public, HEIs natin bumabagsak, what can we expect in the future?

‘There are sufficient funds to increase SUC budget’

I join the other legislators and I join the students in asking that mag-leave naman tayo ng pondo papunta sa SUCs. There are sufficient funds in the GAA or the NEP of 2012 to put at least P1 or P2 billion in the SUCs. I am hoping CHED will present to us and to the president a five-year plan on how to improve our SUCs.

Ang nakalagay sa budget last year is that dapat self-sustaining sila. This assumes kasi that looking at the Havard, Stanford, malalakas ang kanilang alumni associations kaya ang kanilang trust funds and donations malaki.

Number two, prime yung mga properties nila and may perang pangdevelop so may income generation yung mga universities. We should understand that it is almost just UP that has this potential na magkaroon ng income-generation sa mga lupa nila.

In other SUCs, they need more dormitories, CRs, laboratories. Wag mong sabihin na uunahin nilang magtayo ng malls kaysa sa itayo ang mga school buildings. Hindi mo pwedeng sabihing private sector kasi hindi marami sa mga universities na ito ang may location na conducive to commerce.

Q: Is it a proper observation that the budget for education is the same?

Let me be fair to the administration, binubuhusan talaga nila ‘yung basic education, which is good. They’re seeing the results in the conditional cash transfer, which is also good. In the mind of this administration, they’re indirectly helping by having better graduates from elementary and high school and by putting money directly into the poor’s hand with an indirect effect that when these young ones reach college, they will qualify and be able to pay.

‘Tertiary Education is being discriminated under this administration’

But I can say without blinking that I also believe that the tertiary level of education or the SUCs are being discriminated under this administration. Meaning, hindi sabay ‘yung strategy. Ang tingin nila, kung gusto mo mag-college, sagot dapat ng pamilya mo ‘yon, rather than fully supporting them. Why? Because last year, they had cuts. Most were restored, but some were not.

This year, napaka-minimal o pakitang-tao lang ang increase. Even if you look at the scholarship funds of CHED, it’s not sustainable. Ang concept kasi dapat ng scholarship fund natin ay simple: kapag pinanganak ka nang walang wala ka, kahit wala kang magulang, you’re supposed to be able to go to college na sagot ng state.

‘There’s a policy flaw’
Why? Even if you say that it’s not an obligation under the constitution unlike primary and secondary education, we all know that if you are a college degree holder, you will be able to work. And, when you work, you pay taxes. Pero kung hindi ka college degree holder, limited ‘yung option mo for work. Mas mababa din ang ibabayad mo na tax.

Kahit saan mo tingnan, whether human development o national development, lamang ang state kung mag-iinvest tayo sa tertiary education. That’s why I cannot see why we cannot increase the funds of the SUCs, if we’re also doing that in other departments.

What I’m seeing here is, really, a policy flaw, rather than a lack of funds. I think, right now, the thinking of policy-makers in Malacanang is that for college students, sagot na dapat ng pamilya. Bahala na kayo. This cannot be done in a country where 80 percent of the people are poor.


Q: May validation na ba na ang cash transfer ay napupunta sa education o sa food?

I think it’s logical that the cash transfer will go to the most basic muna. Number one is food and housing and medicine. Assuming that they will have enough, o makabangon sila nang kaunti, susunod ang education na tertiary.

But there’s no validation yet that it will go to tertiary education because the condition, really, is keeping your children in elementary school. And usually, kung may pang-tuition ka, hindi ka na qualified. Because that means you have a little bit of disposable income.

What I’m saying is that tuition fees in any amount in education should be considered by the government as a basic need of our people, and should be provided for.


Q: Do you think the Senate or Congress will still be able to increase the SUC budget?

My experience in this congress and last year, first of all, nakapag-lipat-lipat kami ng between P2 billion to P5 billion. Number two, it’s really a process of negotiation. If the Senate will take a hard stand and will say that these are our priorities.

Ang nagiging problema, iba-iba ang priority ng 23 senators kaya ang nagiging compromise palagi, i-realign lang natin na small amount na kani-kaniya, rather than magkaroon ng concensus ang mga senador na let’s say, there are two areas, halimbawa, health and education, or SUCs at isa pa, na pagtulungan natin na malagay ng additional.

Kasi ang nangyayari, kapag nabi-bring up namin ‘yung pag-realign ng funds, ‘yung mga environmentalists, they want some funds realigned for environment. ‘Yung mga pro-infrastructure development, ‘yung sa infra ang gusto nilang i-realign.

What I’m saying is that we have to decide as a family. Hindi ba, sa isang pamilya, magtatanong ang nanay at tatay at mga anak, ano ba ang priority natin?

Malaki ang chance kung may concensus ang mga senators. But if we keep pushing for our own advocacies, rather than what the priorities are, ang nangyayari, it’s 98% Malacanang’s budget. Baka nga more. Baka wala pang 1% ang nagagalaw ng Congress.

I can say that in the past few budgets, 99 percent, palagi, Malacanang budget. We’re supposed to be partners—Congress and Malacanang. Congress is supposed to make the changes that they deem proper.

Q: Any success in ‘convincing the family’ to increase SUC budget?

Well, one by one, and then in the caucus, but there are also some who are actually advocates. For example, Senator Angara, because he’s the chairman on the committee on education, he’ll be a natural advocate for this. But even that, halimbawa, to his heart, very close ang science and mathematics, so he’s also pushing for scholarships in the high school level of science and math, and in the college level.

It’s a complicated task. Because while we’re trying to convince them about SUCs, they’re also trying to convince me about health, environment, etc. Kaya ang panawagan dito, talagang manindigan at marinig ang boses ng mga kabataan at ng mga campus.


‘The youth groups are right for asking for an increase; the government is wrong for not accommodating their appeal’

I think its rally is in the hands of the lobby groups. Dapat loud and clear ang boses ng mga youth. ‘Yung gusto nilang suportahan at ‘yung mga susuporta din sa future nila.

Sila naman ang nagiging susi talaga. Even in the last budget hearing, they were present outside the Senate, except that the youth have been constrained to do protests in a more creative way, and, really, it’s through the media na naipapahayag ang damdamin dahil ngayon, ang cost lang ng pagpunta sa Manila, o mag-rally dito, ay napakalaki na kaya nahihirapan talaga na maipakita ang damdamin ng mga estudyante at mga propesor.

Look at the statistics. They’re right. We’re wrong. Sila ang tama na dapat dagdagan ang pondo, at ang gobyerno ang mali na hindi dinadagdagan ang pondo.

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8 September 2011
Updates from the UP Student Regent
Reference: Krissy Conti

Government withheld P6.19B from UP allocated funds over nine years

The national government owes the University some P6.19 billion in unreleased annual appropriations from 2002 to 2010, new data made available to the UP administration today shows. A report prepared by the Center for National Budget Legislation this year tracked the UP budget as approved by Congress vis a vis funds disbursement. (CNBL is a non-government organization founded by former staff officers from Congress.)

Withheld amounts were calculated as savings of the government from UP. The total now exceeds the UP budget proposal for 2012 – it is 112% of the P5.54 billion provided for in the National Expenditure Program of President Aquino. That fund, if paid to UP within the next years, would contribute significantly to pending projects of the University such as the National Science Complex and the Engineering Research and Development for Technology, the Philippine Genome Center, and faculty/staff/research development.

This fund must be released as soon as possible. We work hard every year to secure Congressional allocations for UP and other state colleges and universities but apparently, it is only half of the work to commit government funds. Even if funds have already been earmarked for UP’s expenses, they are either caught up in the intricacies of budget release or impounded outright. Savings in the national government are very different from our literal appreciation; they aren’t derived from administrative efficiencies or rationalization.

In practice, the chief executive may refuse to release and spend funds that have already been appropriated. Impoundment during the previous administration was a common practice, and it hit an all-time high of P140 billion in 2008. These are “forced savings” that when so categorized, may be used by the executive at its discretion.

Our campaign for greater state subsidy necessarily asserts that the government must appropriate sufficient budget AND timely release it. Yet in both aspects, the most apparent government policy is this: to keep as much money away from UP and tertiary education.

Last night, Kabataan partylist representative Raymond Palatino disclosed that the Department of Budget and Management has a directive to consistently reduce subsidy to state colleges and universities, even as it noted rising enrollment figures. His plenary speech yesterday hopefully drives the point that the education system will be in a protracted crisis.

We have already laid out our short- and long-term actions for this campaign. For the moment, while the budget is not yet final, we will push for budget realignments or Congressional insertions. On 7 September 2011, some 40 neophyte congressmen graciously invited school presidents and student leaders to air out concerns in a roundtable discussion. They were highly sympathetic, especially after reading our unity statement, “Stand for our right to education, fight for greater state subsidy!” signed by various student councils and organizations and supported by our five regents, 12 deans, two vice-chancellors. The period of amendments to the NEP is next week.

Ultimately, we understand that to solve this crisis we must demand policy changes. At last weekend’s UP Luzon-wide Students’ Congress in UP Los Banos attended by 50 delegates, we pledged to contribute to an atmosphere of protest and the struggle for principles. We call for demonstrations week after week in UP; parallel activities that at the same time fete the tenacity of President Alfredo Pascual, one of our strongest allies in the fight for higher subsidy to education. For meaningful change, UP will go on strike on 21-23 September!

Remit the P6.19 billion unreleased appropriations to UP!
No to P800 million budget cut to UP in 2012!
Reinstate the budget for unfilled positions!
Add more public funds to maintenance and other operating expenses!
Oppose zero capital outlay; put funds for new building and facilities!
Fight for greater and sufficient state subsidy to education and social services!

Let’s strike back against budget cuts on September 21-23, 2011!
• Join the counterpart lobbying efforts
• Sign the system-wide unity statement
• Wear campaign pins or other paraphernalia
• Wear black on 9 and 16 September
• Run for a cause on Sunday, 11 September
• In UP Diliman, marching in unity on 14 September around the academic oval
• Finding alternative educational spaces and environments, and joining student-led discussions
• Walking out of your lectures
• Organizing the strikes!

If you are still undecided as to whether you will personally be supporting the strikes, or if you are perhaps just worrying about the prospect of missing class, think of this as one battle in a protracted war for accessible and quality education: it is something so much more than missed classes, quizzes or lectures – it’s about securing for the next generation verily, the chance to go to school.

Krissy Conti, UP Student Regent 09165435216

 

     
     
     
           

 

Makasaysayan ang kahapon,

Makasaysayan, hindi sa pakahulugan na inilalagay natin sya sa pedestal.

Makasaysayan, sa simpleng dahilan na naroon ka, at kasama ang sambayanan.

Makasaysayan ang mahaba ngunit masayang martsa, hindi natin inalintana ang geograpikal na distansya ng Diliman at Mendiola. Hindi natin inalintana ang pagod at hirap, gutom at uhaw, at higit sa lahat, ang ubos kayang pagtitiyak na nakasinsin ang ating hanay.

Makasaysayan ang malalakas na mga sigaw, mga hiyaw ito na simbolo ng pagbabalikwas. Maging ang mga kanta, palakpak, takbuhan at tawanan – lahat ito ay nakapagpagaan sa bigat nating pasan.

Makasaysayan ang pag aaral natin ng lipunan sa lansangan ng Mendiola. Ang walang pagod at mapagkumbabang pakikipag aralan sa masa, ang matiyagang pagpapatimo at pagpapayakap sa kanila ng ating linya at programa. Pambansa Demokratikong Programa na nilikha para sa kanila, higit kanino man.

 

Makasaysayan ang gabi ng mga sulo at apirmasyon. Muli itong nakapagpanumbalik ng lakas sa ating diwang pagal at nakapagpataas sa ating mga moral. Hanggang sa huling martsa pa-Morayta, isinigaw nating mga panawagan mula edukasyon hanggang digmaan, mula kalunsuran hanggang kanayunan.

At sa pagtatapos ng lahat, alam kong kasabay ng itinakdang pansamantalang paghihiwalay, ay makikita ka ulit kinabukasan na kumakaway.

Makasaysayan ang kahapon,

Makasaysayan, hindi sa pakahulugan na inilalagay natin sya sa pedestal.

Makasaysayan, sa simpleng dahilan na naroon ka, at kasama ang sambayanan.

Nagpapatuloy at nagsusumikhay sa pinili nating larangan.

24Sept2011
07 : 23PM
USC Office,V

 

From:

http://soralmalaya.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/makasaysayan-ang-kahapon/

 

 

           
           
   
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NEWS REPORTS

 

Students boycott classes at UP Los Baños | Inquirer News
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Students walked out of their morning classes at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños on Friday to protest the “insufficient budget” allotted by the government for higher education in 2012.

 

Students go 'planking' vs SUC budget cuts | ABS-CBN News
www.abs-cbnnews.com


Thousands of students on Friday walked out of their classes, joined planking activities or did their own version of Shamcey Supsup's "tsunami walk" to protest the looming budget cuts for state universities and colleges.

 

Students, teachers hold mass protest in Mendiola vs budget cuts | Inquirer News
newsinfo.inquirer.net
 

About a thousand students from different universities in Metro Manila marched to Don Chino Roces Bridge (formerly Mendiola Bridge) Friday to protest the looming budget cuts in education.

 

 

8,000 students to march to Mediola over education cuts | Inquirer News
newsinfo.inquirer.net


About 8,000 students from different state universities and colleges are set to march to Mendiola Friday to demand for sufficient government subsidy for tertiary education.

 

Students blame budget cuts for declining quality of education | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine He
www.abs-cbnnews.com


MANILA, Philippines – After the nationwide protest of state colleges and universities or SUC's Friday, the students reminded the government that no Philippine schools broke in the top 300 World University Rankings this year of QS, a London-based research institute.
 

 

 

 

UP administration, students scoff at Abad’s justification for SUC budget
PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2011
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO

“If we are given a zero budget, would that mean that we would land in the top position?” UP student regent Krissy Conti told bulatlat.com, adding that Malacañang should not compare the University of the Philippines with other private universities that are profit-oriented.

 

My Strike 2 Story by Nikki Gregorio

 

'Planking, tsunami walk' highlight student protests vs budget cut - Nation - GMA News Online
www.gmanews.tv


Highlighted by their mass "planking" and "tsunami walks," thousands of students in Metro Manila and 10 other provinces on Friday culminated their respective week-long protest actions over cuts in the 2012 budget for state universities and colleges.

 

 

 

See video of speech of Prof. Mykel Andrada here

   
     
     
     

A manifesto calling for Congress to increase state subsidy to SUCs
signed by several congressmen

 


The Department of Budget and Management had said the proposed budget for SUCs was already higher by 10.1 percent from the current year’s P23.7 billion. The P26.1-billion proposal is still being deliberated in Congress.
 

Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino, however, said the proposal is at P21.8 billion, barely half of what SUCs actually require for effective operations in 2012.
 

The National Union of Students of the Philippines said roughly 50 SUCs would suffer cuts of up to P569.8 million under the 2012 budget, according to their estimates.
 

For instance, Malacañang’s proposed P5.54-billion budget for UP in 2012, already higher than this year’s P1.39 billion, is still far from the estimated P18 billion the UP system would need to properly run its campuses across the country, according to the NUSP.
 

The proposed P737-million budget for the Polytechnic University of the Philippines is meanwhile less than half the P2 billion it would need to educate some 65,000 students across the country.
Estimating that SUCs should receive a total P45.8 billion next year, Palatino this week filed a petition with the House of Representatives’ committee on appropriations seeking a P24-billion raise in the tertiary education budget.
 

The cuts in state subsidies come in the wake of higher enrollment in public tertiary schools, a trend CHEd has observed in recent years as students move to state schools in light of the rising cost of tuition in private institutions.
 

“I think we support the call of members of Congress, the House of Respresentatives, lobbying for increase in the budget. But to get it, we’ll have to go through the bicameral committee,” Vitriolo said.

 

“The [budget] pie is limited to a certain size and more and more schools are sharing it… enrollment is increasing but the size of the pie remains the same, so the budget is diluted,” Vitriolo said.
 

London-based research and ratings firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) recently released its world university rankings, where no Philippine school made it to the top 300.
 

Only four schools —UP, Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas — placed within the top 600 list. Other than UP, no other state school made the list as

 

QS noted the declining state spending on education.
 

“What’s a bit alarming is that, for instance, in the case of UP (University of the Philippines), they want to pursue projects to be able to compete in the world rankings [of top universities], but they cannot pursue ambitious projects with limited funds,” Vitriolo said.
 

Vitriolo explained that the budget for SUCs was calculated based on the principle of “normative financing,” where spending priority was given to performing schools while slashes in the operating budget were made for under-performing schools.
 

“It’s performance-based. So it depends on your research output, enrollment, passing rate in licensure exams,” said Vitriolo.
 

He said plans were underway to rationalize the system of tertiary education, among them the “clustering and amalgamation” of state schools in certain regions with a number of institutions offering the same courses.
 

He said schools in Northern Luzon, the Cordillera Administrative Region and Northern Mindanao were already “warm to the idea” of amalgamation, which aims to more efficiently distribute and maximize limited state subsidies.

 

 

CHEd backs calls to increase education budget
By Tarra Quismundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
7:46 pm | Friday, September 23rd, 2011
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/64061/ched-backs-calls-to-increase-education-budget

 

MANILA, Philippines—As thousands of students marched against cuts in the subsidy for state schools, the Commission on Higher Education expressed support Friday for calls to raise the budget for public tertiary education, saying the proposed 2012 allocation was barely a “survival budget.”
 

CHEd Executive Director Julito Vitriolo said state universities and colleges (SUCs) would be unable to afford “ambitious projects” to raise their quality as the proposed P26.1 billion budget for some 110 schools was enough only for their “subsistence.”
 

“Because there is no dramatic increase in the subsidy, there is a standstill in quality.… It is only enough for their subsistence,” Vitriolo told the Inquirer.
 

“The budget is just to maintain a certain level. It’s not even a development budget. It’s a survival budget. It’s not the kind of budget that could dramatically improve [the quality of education in SUCs],” he added.
 

   
   
Bonus Tracks
A Grade II pupil and the strike against the budget cut
 


While her parents sell various goods at the footbridge in front of the University of Santo Tomas  this Grade 2 girl does her homework filling the blanks of a workbook.

 

In the distance you can see the budget cut protesters from PUP  massing up on the sidewalk of UST.and  waiting for  fellow students and rallyists marching from UP Manila, PNU, TIP, ERIST and UP Diliman which is 13 kilometers away.

 

It is for the benefit of this girl and millions like her that more than 8,000 students, faculty and supporters ignore the noon day heat and dust to march to Mendiola and air the just and reasonable demand for greater state subsidy to education and social services. But it is a demand that the Aquino administration does not seem to  understand..
 

 
           
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