KALasag (Opisyal na Papel Pampahayag ng Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas)

KALasag, ang Opisyal na Papel Pampahayagan ng Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. Ito ang magsisilbing pahayagan ng mga pananaw, usapin at paninindigan ng mga estudyante hinggil sa mga mahahalagang isyu. Ito rin ay magiging daan tungo sa pagbuo ng identidad ng kolehiyo at paghahanap ng lugar nito sa pamantasan at lipunan.
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Estella, bagong Pambansang Pangulong ng CEGP

Nahalal na bagong Pambansang Pangulo ng College Editors Guild of the Philippines si Pauline Gidget Estella ng Philippine Collegian, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman noong nakaraang Mayo 21, 2012 na ginanap sa Palawan State University.

Matapos ang limang araw ng pagtitipon ng mga mamamahayag pang-kampus sa 72nd National Student Press Convention and 36th National Student Biennial Press Congress, pormal na ngang kinilala ang dating Punong Patnugot ng Philippine Collegian (Opisyal na Papel Pampahayagan ng mga Mar-aaral ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman) na si Pauline Gidget Estella. Bago pa man maging pambansang pangulo, nanilbihan muna si Gidget sa CEGP bilang National Deputy Secretary-General sa loob ng halos isang taon matapos nyang palitan sa posisyon si Edz dela Cruz ng The Scholastican.

Kabilang narin sa mga bagong halal na pangalawang pangulo kada isla ng bansa ay sila Anna Patricia Santos (Vice President for Luzon) ng The New Frontier NCBA-Cubao, Angelo Karl Doceo (Vice President for Visayas) ng The Pillars University of Eastern Philippines at Monico Malubay (Vice President for Mindanao) ng Collegiate Headlight ng University of Southeastern Philippines.

Matapos ang nangyaring halalan, itinalaga ni Gidget si Annaliza Tolentino ng EARIST Technoztte bilang National Secretary-General at Marc Lino Abila bilang National Deputy Secretary-General ng The LPU Independent Sentinel.

Inaprubahan naman ng buong konseho ang pagkakaroon ng Deputy Secretary-General kada isla upang maging mas matibay pa ang ugnayan ng CEGP National sa lahat ng provincial at city chapters nito. Iniluklok sila Carl Adrion ng The Technoscope Pangasinan State University, Alya Mongaya ng Tug-Ani University of the Philippines Cebu at Almira Jane Villegas ng Atenews Ateneo de Naga University bilang mga Islang Deputy SecGen.

Si Pauline na nga ang ika-13 na Pangulo ng pinakamatandang alyansa ng mga mamamahayag pangkampus sa buong Pilipinas at Asya-Pasipiko na nagmula sa Philippine Collegian ng UP Diliman.

Monico Atienza Alternative Studies Festival

Monico Atienza Alternative Studies Festival Online Enlistment

The Monico Atienza Alternative Studies Festival is a project initiated by different national democratic mass organizations such as Alay Sining, Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students, Center for Nationalist Studies, and Student Christian Movement on December 2010. It aims to provide students with the necessary theoretical foundations in pursuing alternative studies on social realities. Ultimately, it hopes to motivate them to take action and be part of the struggle for genuine social change. The educational festival intends to respond to the challenge of being the Second Propaganda Movement tracing back to the propaganda movement led by Gat Jose Rizal. It seeks to continue the great tradition of iskolars ng bayan during the 1960s when the Student Cultural Association in UP (SCAUP) launched study circles to learn the teachings of the great philosophers such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Mao Zedong. A movement that led to formation of the most-comprehensive youth organization, Kabataang Makabayan (Patriotic Youth) which aims to continue a new type of revolution tracing back from the Andres Bonifacio’s Katipunan. The activity also aims to commemorate Prof. Monico Atienza, former President of SCAUP and Secretary-General of Kabataang Makabayan during the First Quarter Storm, and his contribution to the youth and revolutionary movement. The organizers hope that the youth will be inspired by the life of Prof. Atienza as a youth leader, an activist, a writer, a professor, and a revolutionary. The Monico Atienza Alternative Studies Festival is held quarterly. Past festivals were held in cooperation with the Kabataan Partylist, the UP Diliman University Student Council, the College of Arts and Letters Student Council, and the College of Mass Communication Student Council. THE NEXT FESTIVAL IS ON JULY 28, 2012. Interested organizations, classes, other groups and individuals may enroll by contacting Ms. Dawn Aquino of UP Alay Sining, the current project coordinator, at 09352372778, or by signing up below. You may also request to schedule an educational discussion on a topic of your choice, including primers and situationers on different issues and other topics not listed below. Join the online community at http://facebook.com/groups/monicoatienza Courses offered: 1. Short Course on Philippine Society and Revolution by Amado Guerrero 2. The Three Special Mass Courses (Peasant, Women, Youth) 3. Activist Course (Introduction to Marxist Standpoint, Viewpoint, and Method) 4. Programs of the National Democratic Movement 5. Imperialism, Highest Form of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin 6. Scientific and Utopian Socialism by Fredrick Engels 7. Wage, Price and Profit by Karl Marx 8. On Contradiction and On Practice by Mao Zedong 9. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels 10. Mao Zedong’s Revolutionary Aesthetics by Alice Guillermo

Click the link below to enlist for the Educational Festival
From STAND UP Diliman website

Military atrocities exposed today in a Public Forum

Quezon City—Human rights activists slam Aquino government and gave the president’s two years in office failing marks as grave human rights violations committed by eight battalions of state security forces deployed in Quezon province are revealed in a public forum and press conference today.

The public forum and press conference held at 9am today at the CM Recto Hall in the University of the Philippines Diliman are the culminating events of the eight-day Mercy Mission and Peace Caravan in Quezon Province which began on June 25.

The said Mercy Mission provided services such as medical and relief operations, fact-finding, cultural and psycho-social therapy and ecumenical services to about 1,500 residents of South Quezon and Bondoc Peninsula including 100 children who were exposed to military abuses.

The activity was done in response to the alarming increase of military presence in civilian communities and reports of human right violations in the province, which began in March 2012.

Human Rights organization Karapatan explained that the massive deployment of military is part of the implementation of the Aquino government’s “counter insurgency” program Oplan Bayanihan, which has mainly resulted in the violation of rights of farmers and poor residents of Quezon.

Children are also reported to be at the receiving end of brutal human rights violations committed by state forces.

Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) reported in the public forum that about 100 children in Brgy. San Francisco B, Lopez, Quezon, were terrorized by indiscriminate firing of drunken soldiers and encounters between military forces.

These children expressed their fears toward guns and military statures. Several of them also confessed that they were forced to hold guns and ammunitions by military men holding camp in their communities.

Although successful in their conduct of the activity, participants of the Mercy Mission themselves claim to have experienced first hand military coercion and dirty tactics in the stretch of the Mercy Mission and Peace Caravan.

SBPM spokesperson Pedro Gonzales said “the military vilified us, accusing us as members of the New People’s Army. They threatened to kill our beneficiaries if they join our activities. They also attempted to sabotage our activities by conducting parallel medical mission and singing contests on the same date and venue that have been long set for our Mercy Mission.”

Another spokesperson from the group, Orly Marcellana, meanwhile, pointed out the failure of Aquino administration in advancing human rights and raised the challenge of ending the anti-people Oplan Bayanihan.

“The gravity of the human rights violations committed by the military indicates the poor performance of the Aquino administration for the past two years. Now that the public know better, we are confident that the campaign to pull out military troops in Quezon and junk Aquino’s counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan will succeed very soon,” said Marcellana.

The SBPM announced their plan intensify their campaign against militarization in the coming weeks and months following the gratitude and overwhelming support their received from the people of Quezon who ardently wish for the immediate pull out of the AFP in their villages.

“Having witnessed how people already beleaguered by rural poverty are made to suffer more by military deployment, the convenors and supporters of SBPM vow to bring the issue to the wider public. Our campaign will intensify as we arrange public forum and demonstrations within the next days,” said SBPM in a statement. #

For more information, please contact: ICA-09058460174/09082197034

From Save Bondoc Peninsula Movement

Road Map to Education

road map to education

The state of the education sector will undoubtedly worsen under the Aquino administration.

Exactly two years in his term, Aquino has bared his road map for Philippine education to serve its colonial master manifested in the implementation of K+12 program, the measly spending for SUCs, and the incessant tuition increases in both public and private universities.

These policies contradict the people’s right and interest to quality and free education. On the other hand, it fulfills the foreign and local private corporations’ hunger for profits.
Crisis in UP: Budget & STFAP

University of the Philippines (UP) is among the public-funded universities that continuously suffer due to meager state subsidy that is ever worsened by annual budget cuts.

The Aquino administration boasts of an increase in UP budget by 11 percent despite of the fact that it has actually dwindled a total amount of P6 million minus all the congressional initiatives. The allotment for personal services (PS) dropped by P600 million, while the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) decreased by P2 million.

With the steady decrease in the allotment of Maintenance and Other Operating Expenditures (MOOE) for the past years, it is by no surprise why the UP administration increased our tuition fee by P500/unit by setting the millionaire’s Bracket A (P1,500/unit) as the default bracket from the 2006-approved Bracket B (P1,000/unit).

The new scheme has effectively generated around 4,000 UP Diliman students who paid P1,500/unit this semester, almost double from last year’s 2,413. It must also be noted that the total number of students under Bracket A increased by 660% since the implementation of the Bracket B certification in 2011.

Adverse impacts of tuition increase on the students and their families are undeniable. The high cost of UP education resulted to almost 1/3 of qualified students deferring their enrollment or dropping out from UP, record-high number of students applying for scholarships and loans, and more students entering into full-time or part-time jobs.

Clearly, the STFAP is an inconspicuous means to increase the university’s profit by making sure that more students are placed in the upper brackets. In fact, President Pascual admitted in a dialogue with student leaders that his administration is considering a raise for the Bracket A tuition fee.

Having Bracket A as the default bracket and having more students categorized in the said bracket, the raised tuition will undoubtedly bring UP education farther away from the reach of ordinary citizen.

Meanwhile, added burden will be brought about by proposals to increase laboratory fees in various units of the UP System. In UP Diliman, the administration of College of Human Kinetics expressed its intent to push through with the proposal to implement a P1,000/unit tuition for Physical Education subjects.
Furthering the crisis: K+12 program

The implementation of K+12 program aggravates the education crisis as it subscribes to the general design of abandonment of public tertiary education. With the implementation of K+12, high school education is designed to produce semi-skilled graduates that are ready for cheap employment by foreign and domestic corporations.

K+12 program provides a major contribution to the realization of President Aquino’s road map to state abandonment of public higher education. It sets the conditions to justify the decrease of SUCs, budget cuts, and rationalization programs.

As the capacity of SUCs to take in students decrease, students who opt to study higher education is left with no choice but to enroll in private colleges and universities. In these universities, the tuition rate and quality is kept unregulated by the government to satisfy the interest of corporate school owners for super profits.
Budget increase in 2013?

Now, the Department of Budget and Management boasts of its approval of a 43% increase in UP’s budget for 2013 (from P7.53 in 2012 B to P10.78 B). At the same time, it brags about the P10.85 billion increase (from P26.3 B in 2012 to P37.15 B) in SUC funding, which includes the addition from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as part of the reform roadmap designed by Commission on Higher Education (CHED), DBM and the SUCs themselves.

Is change now underway?

It must be noted that the increase was due to the general increase in the national budget, from P1.65 trillion this year to a targeted P2 trillion in 2013. The nominal increase in budget does not mean that positive changes are underway for the Filipino people. It does not indicate a major policy shift on the part of the Aquino administration.

In fact, debt servicing will continue to enjoy the greatest budget allocation due to automatic appropriations, mainly serving the interest of US and other superpowers. The Armed Forces of the Philipppines (AFP), accountable to numerous HR violations will surely get a lion’s share of the budget as AFP modernization will start by 2013. Meanwhile Conditional Cash Transfers dole-outs, a source of corruption and primarily used in civil-military operations in the countryside as part of Oplan Bayanihan, will be increased by 30%.

As for our University, the 2013 allotment is still way far from the university’s needs amounting to P18.4 billion, and it will never be enough to meet all the systemwide needs of UP. We also have to take into account that next year’s increase would not offset the cuts that were made in the past.

True enough, the approval of the 2013 budget does not necessarily signal the end of education’s commercialization. In fact, STFAP and other forms of income generation are encouraged by the Aquino administration to promote “self-sufficiency”, a condition for state abandonment.
The Road to Travel

We cannot doubt the victory of our militant collective action to call for greater spending for UP and education in the past years. Our analysis of Aquino’s education policies proves unrelenting need to continue to fight for our right to education.

But we fought and we will continue to struggle because we aspire for a major policy shift to prioritize education, social services, and the needs of the people over foreign interests. We are driven not by the desire for greater budget for UP alone, but for a nationalist, scientific, and mass-oriented type education.

We as iskolars ng bayan are determined to live up to our tradition as social critics in the service of the Filipino people. We shall launch multiple front campaigns for greater state subsidy for education and basic social services. We shall forward the people’s agenda in the campus, in government halls, and in the streets among the people to demand immediate action from the elite-ruled government that has deliberately ignored our rights and interests for long.

From Stand UP Diliman Website

ROOTCROP: Anatomy of the Libel Case against Outcrop

In Outcrop’s 50th year, we chronicle the dates and details of what was once again an assault to campus press freedom.


Here is the chronology of the libel case issue that the Outcrop is currently facing:

  1. August 23, 2011- A letter addressed to the current Outcrop Editor-in-chief, Jesusa Paquibot, was sent by a professor of the university. The letter was was also sent to the following: Chancellor Priscilla S. Macansantos; Dean Purificacion G. Delima; Professor Ruth M. Tindaan; Professor Victoria R. Costina; Professor Jimmy B. Fong; SC Chairperson, Brill Deg-ay Daupan and previous editor-in-chief John Levi Masuli. The letter expressed that the July 2011 Yupiang Yupi article violated the constitution of the student publication and was a personal attack to the professor.
  2. On September 8, 2011, the Editorial Board (EB) gave a reply to the Professor. Copies of the letter were also sent to the same people who were furnished with the professor’s letter. The EB expressed apology for any emotional distress that the lampoon article might have caused her. The EB also clarified that lampoon article was not meant to attack her personally and that the Outcrop, as a student publication, is with the professor in pursuit of responsible journalism. The Outcrop did not receive any response, thereafter.
  3. November 11, 2011- Upon arriving at her boarding house, Jesusa L. Paquibot was given a subpoena which required her to submit a counter-affidavit in defense of the complain that the professor filed at the City Prosecutor’s Office on August 25, 2011.
  4. November 25, 2011- With the assistance of Attorney Jose Molintas, the legal representative of Outcrop, Jesusa Paquibot filed the counter-affidavit wherein the letter from the professor and the letter of apology from the Outcrop, in response to this, were attached. 
  5. November 29, 2011- The City Prosecutor’s Office filed a resolution stating that the article was not libelous due to the lack of the element of specificity. The article, indeed, never defames anyone. Its nature is not in opposition of persons, but rather in the acts of persons. It does not identify anyone and definitely should not be a venue for any personal attack.
  6. On December 19, 2011- A motion for reconsideration was passed to the prosecutor’s office from the complainant’s side. The case was then considered libelous after a student and a professor from the CAC officially declared that they recognized the fictional character in the said Yupiang Yupi article to be professor. The Outcrop was not able to respond to this, however, given that it was Christmas break when most of the staffers came back to their homes.
  7. January 1, 2011, Jesusa Paquibot, upon arrival from her hometown, received a letter from the Municipal Trial Court stating that it “find(s) sufficient evidence to charge and prosecute the respondent for the crime of Libel”. The resolution was signed on November 24, 2011. After, the motion for reconsideration dated December 19, 2011 was also received by Paquibot.
  8. It contained the reason for the decision of the case to reconsider the dismissal of the cases; Some individuals identified the fictive character to be the professor. Thus, the prosecuting office deemed that Paquibot, “with deliberate, and malicious intent and evil motive of impeaching the character, integrity, virtue and reputation of the complainant and to subject her character and reputation to public contempt” committed the crime of libel.


The resolution, however, stated that the respondent (Paquibot) failed to submit a counter-affidavit, which is contrary to the account dated November 25, 2011.


On January 18, 2011, the filing of the warrant of arrest to detain Paquibot was made official in accordance to the Resolution of the Regional Trial Court after the motion for reconsideration was approved.


Yesterday, the Outcrop, with other organizations and individuals came to the Justice Hall to post a temporary bail to prevent the arrest of Outcrop’s current EIC. A total of Five Thousand Six Hundred was donated from groups, organizations, students, and individuals who are in support to the campaign against Campus Press Repressions and Violations to the Democratic Rights of student-journalists.


We are also taking this chance to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who extended help and will continue to be with the publication in its struggles.







*The “Rootcrop” was originally the rebel issue of the Outcrop. Published during the Martial Law days, the Rootcrop, was part of the mosquito press, among a few others which continued to expose the dictatorship of the Marcos Regime and the consequences of tyranny.

During the 80’s the Rootcrop was accessed by the UP Baguio students via the library. Copies of which were inserted in some of the books at the library and was successfully circulated through this.

Most libel cases filed against Outcrop also dates back to this time, when Campus Press Freedom was largely violated by the government in its attempts to control the Filipino people, even if it meant repressive acts and countless human rights violations.


From UP Baguio Outcrop Facebook Page

On the sixth anniversary of Karen and She’s disappearance Campus journalists, youth orgs slam Aquino’s incompetence in addressing human rights situation



Pauline Gidget Estella

National President, CEGP



On the sixth anniversary of Karen and She’s disappearance

Campus journalists, youth orgs slam Aquino’s incompetence in addressing human rights situation

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, campus journalists condemned the Aquino administration for failing to deliver justice to the victims of various human rights violations such as UP students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan, who were abducted by alleged military elements six years ago.

“The culture of impunity continues under the Aquino regime, which proudly claims that it prioritizes human rights and is different from its predecessor. To date, there are 76 cases of extra-judicial killings and 96 of torture, according to KARAPATAN,” said Pauline Gidget Estella, national president of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), the oldest and widest alliance of student publications in the country.

CEGP, along with other organizations, staged a multi-sectoral protest action in front of Camp Aguinaldo at 10 AM today. The The Guild is one of the main convenors of Tanggulan Youth Network for Human Rights and Civil Liberties, an alliance of youth organizations and church groups.

In a matter of a few months, Tanggulan has documented 26 cases of human rights violations among the youth and in a single week has received reports numbering to six cases.

“We staged this action in front of the headquarters of the supposed protector of the people. In reality, however, this protector is the perpetrator of numerous human rights violations in which the victims were mostly members of progressive groups,” said Estella. “This day should serve as constant reminder of the Aquino’s administration’s incompetence in addressing the culture of impunity and lawlessness prevalent in this country,” she added.

“We condemn the Aquino administration for claiming that its counterinsurgency plan Oplan Bayanihan is different from Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay Laya. The militarization of communities in Quezon – the surveillance, the intimidation, abduction and extrajudicial killings – is all too familiar,” said Estella.

To date, 48 cases of human rights violations (125 individual victims) have been recorded in the two districts of Quezon. These violations include enforced disappearance, torture, illegal search and seizure, among others. The perpetrators were reportedly military elements.

“Aquino is claiming that Oplan Bayanihan is ‘humanitarian’ in nature and is quite different from Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay Laya. But we have received reports that violations still continue even in communities under Bayanihan, and activities like medical missions were used as a means to conduct surveillance,” said Estella.

“Oplan Bayanihan is similar to the previous counter-insurgency programs because it does not distinguish between legal, progressive organizations and the armed rebels. These progressives, such as CEGP alumni Ericson Acosta, James Balao and Maricon Montajes, were just three among the victims of human rights violations,” Estella explained.

“The horror that these ‘uniformed men’ bring heightens with increased US military presence in the Southeast. As we all know, the US is set to deploy 60 percent of its warships in the region,” said Estella. “History has shown that in areas where US military operations took place, various human rights violations were reported, including numerous rape cases,” she ended. ####

For inquiries, please contact Jonalyn Paz, media officer, at 09164744412

Pauline Gidget Estella
National President
College Editors Guild of the Philippines National Office

Jonalyn Paz
Media Liaison Officer
College Editors Guild of the Philippines National Office


College Editors Guild of the Philippines
Website: www.cegp.org
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Born For This | UP Students of Destiny

Born This Way | UP Students of Destiny

Watch out for our Freshie Treat! Mark your calendars! July 3,4,5.

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Takbo para sa ‘Hustisya’

Takbo para sa 'Hustisya'

Rep Mon Palatino kasama ang magulag ni Karen at She, at ilang lider organisasyong masikhay na nakilahok sa pagtakbo.

nina Angela Angala at Gerald Gamboa

“This is not a fun run, dahil hindi fun ang paglabag sa karapatang pantao.”

Ginanap noong ika-22 ng Hunyo, 2012 ang ikalawang taon ng “Run For Your Life” sa ganap na alas-5 ng hapon, sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman Academic Oval na nilahukan ng mahigit isang daan ng mga estudyante, faculty at iba’t ibang organisasyon sa unibersidad pati narin ang mga organisasyong nagsusulong ng karapatang pantao na inikot ang 4.4 kilometro ng walking lane.

Layunin nitong bigyang hustisya ang mga nawawalang estudyante ng UP na sina Karen Empeño at Sherlyn Cadapan at ilan pang mga biktima ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao, tulad nina Ericson Acosta, James Balao, at Maricon Montajes na pawang mga estudyante ng U.P. Diliman.

Matatandaang sina Sherlyn Cadapan at Karen Empeno ay dinukot mula sa kanilang inuupahang bahay habang gumagawa ng pananaliksik tungkol sa mga magbubukid ng Bulacan. Gugunitain ngayong darating na June 26 ang ika-anim na taon ng pagkakawala ng dalawang iskolar ng bayan matapos ang itinuturong salarin sa pangyayaring ito ay si Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. na hanggang ngayon ay Malaya paring nakakatakas at napapabalitang itinatago lamang ng mga kasamahan nitong military.

Sinimulan ang programa sa pamamagitan ng pagsasalita nina Jejeth Stella na nagsabing nagpapatuloy pa rin ang paglabag sa karapatang pantao at hindi nakakamit ang hustisya. Sinabi rin niya na talamak ang mga ganitong kaso ng paglabag sa Timog na bahagi ng probinsya ng Quezon, kasama ang Bondoc Peninsula.

Sina Gng. Connie Empeno, at Gng. Erlinda Cadapan ay nagpahayag ng kanilang saloobin sa pagkawala ng kanilang mga anak, ani nila, hindi sila titigil hanggang hindi nila nakakamit ang hustisya para sa kanilang mga anak.

“Ang programang ito ay panawagan din sa libu-libong biktima ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao” ayon kay U.P. Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs, Propesor Danny Arao na nagpahayag din ng mensahe sa programa.

Pinangunahan nina Gng. Empeno at Gng. Cadapan, kasama si Kabataan Partylist Representative Raymund Palatino na dating kasamahan ni Sherlyn sa U.P. ang pagtakbo tungo sa pakikipaglaban para sa hustisya.

Naging atraksyon ang simbolikong pag-aresto kay Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. na kung saan ito ay ikinulong sa isang ginawang selda.

Nagwakas ang programa sa pagsigaw para sa pagkamit ng hustisya ng dalawa at ng iba pang biktima ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao

Pauline Gidget Estella, CEGP National President. “Run for your Life”.

Rep Mon Palatino kasama ang magulag ni Karen at She, at ilang lider
organisasyong masikhay na nakilahok sa pagtakbo.

UPHOLD Campus Press Freedom

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines support the HB 4287 or the Campus Press Freedom Bill introduced by Kabataan Party-list Representative Raymond “Mong” Palatino and Bayan Muna Representative Teddy A. Casiño. This House Bill will protect the rights and promote responsible journalism among the campus press.

Pass HB4287. Junk CJA!

From College Editors Guild of the Philippines-National


Quality education promises, gone down the drain

As long as the chief executive keeps Noynoying on pressing issues of his countrymen, he will approve revamps that are unnecessary and anti-people. He should be listening to the loudest cry of the populace, and study the current situation of the nation he should be serving but he is not.

While President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III boasts about upgrading the education curriculum “to be globally competitive”, the youth, students, parents and teachers says otherwise. The youth sector stands firm that the K-to-12 is NOT the solution in the current educational situation in the Philippines.

The US-Aquino2 regime flourishes a systemic way of making the Filipino people accept the remake of a commercialized, colonialized and fascist characteristic of education in the country. In line with this, the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (Ched) just let the sky-rocketing increase of tuition and other fees both in public and private educational institutions.

Misallocation is Mis-education

According to the 1987 Philippine Constitution, Article XIV Section 1 “The State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels, and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all.” On the contrary, the 2012 national budget prioritizes debt servicing P738.6 billion while the education sector got only P238.8 billion or 2.1% of the GNP for the current year, way less than the suggested 6% of  United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The Philippine education system’s core problem is that it receives very low budget which is insufficient to provide the needs of its supposed scholars. IBON Foundation data shows that the education sector is lacking 95,600,000 textbooks, around 13.23 million school chairs, 150,000 water and sanitation facilities, 104,000 teachers and 152,569 classrooms to accommodate the youths and provide quality education.

In the current state of education in the Philippines- poor facilities, massive brain drain and collection of fees that increases on a yearly basis, only 1.4% of the students who enter Grade 1 can finish college, and only the half of which will be absorbed by the labor force. According to a study of Kabataan Partylist, with the statistics of 10.9% unemployment and 19.4% underemployment, the youth, aging from 15 to 24 is more than half of the unemployed labor force, with forty percent of unemployed youth possessing college degrees.

More fees, less studes

While the President is Noynoying- lax on the issues that the toiling masses experience under his regime, just this enrolment for Academic Year 2012-2013, schools welcomed students with an average of 10% tuition fee and other fees increase. Ched admitted that it has no power to prohibit Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from tuition fee hike- in fact; it has not disapproved any application for tuition and other fees increase, while DepEd permitted State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to do so as well.

The University of the Philippines schemed a tuition hike by masking it as a new process of application in the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program. This will increase the tuition fee of the university’s Bracket B (default bracket) students from P1000-P1500 in A Campuses- Diliman, Manila, and Los Baños and P600 to P1000 for B Campuses- Baguio, Pampanga, Visayas, and Mindanao. This was already proposed last year but was hindered by student protests; increase will surely hit the dropout rate and non-enrolment in the premiere state university in the country.

Another glaring example is the Polytechnic University of the Philippines where students paid for a whooping P500 increase for miscellaneous fee, which is illegal. This increase took place when the Student Regent’s term just ended therefore. The said increase was not disseminated among students, no consultation was called and no announcement was made before the enrollment.

This administration passes on its responsibility on its people who pay taxes and collaborates with the private institutions, commonly called as public private partnership or PPP, which make business from education instead of providing quality education. We have observed the rise of market-driven colleges in the last decade- an example of the boom-and-bust economy capitalizing on the students.

Making it more impossible

The K to 12, as the said flagship program of the US-Aquino2 regime on education, will not solve the main problems in the education system. This program’s largest flaw – desperately trying to make in-school students ‘competitive’ in various fields without looking on ways on how to encourage and give the out-of-school population the opportunity to study.

Amidst yearly hike on basic commodities, K to 12 will serve as an added burden to the Filipino families, especially to the youth sector and will result to a higher drop-out rate as it is designed in the elite manner that draws the lines of those who can and cannot afford.

Declared as a basic right of every Filipino, education will now be a sumptuous privilege for those who can afford a longer stay in the academe, it will not serve as a tool to enhance skills and provide knowledge to the youth. This step of the US-Aquino2 regime on overhauling the current curriculum will not ensure a greener pasture for its graduates, but will just produce semi-skilled workers to join the labor force.

This step of the administration institutionalizes the commercialization of education making it acceptable as if it was for the betterment of the people, but is a masked tool for the bourgeoisie to make more profit out of private educational institutions, and to swipe the need for the government to provide ample budget to provide its people basic quality education.

 Youth, Unite!

We, from the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, are calling all youths to join the campaign and claim our right to education. Uphold academic freedom and promote a nationalist, scientific and mass-oriented education in the Philippines.

Fight for higher subsidy in the education sector!

No to commercialization of education!

No to K-to-12 of the US-Aquino2 regime!

From CEGP National


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