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. ####
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“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
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
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.
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
Sinalubong ng Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) ang katatapos lamang kamakailan na Freshmen Welcome Assembly na ginanap noong nakaraang 13 ng June, 9:AM ng umaga sa UP Theater.
Idiniin ng bagong halal na Rehente ng mga Mag-aaral na si Cleve Arguelles ang tema ngayong taon na “Kahusayan at Karangalan sa Paglilingkod sa Bayan” na ang mga bagong Iskolar ng Bayan ay kailangang maging muwang at maalam sa paglilingkod para sa bayan gayong pinopondohan ng gobyerno ang pamantasang kanilang pinapasukan na galing sa buwis ng taong bayan.
Sa pagbubukas ng pasukan ngayong taon, sinalubong ng mga iskolar ng bayan ang malaking isyu na kumakaharap sa implementasyon ng iskemang STFAP na mula 1000 pesos kada unit ay tataas hanggang 1500 kada unit. Ang nasabing pagtaas ng tuition na dala ng nasabing iskema ay nagkaroon ng malaking epekto sa lahat ng mga mag-aaral na kinakailangan pang patunayan ang kanilang kahirapan sa pamumuhay upang hindi mapabilang sa mataas na bracket at kung sino ang hindi makapagpatunay ng kanilang hirap na estado sa buhay, awtomatiko itong babagsak sa bracket B o bracket A. Sinabi ng progresibong organisasyon na ito ay malayo sa katotohanan ng UP bilang isang state university na dapat sana ay naglalako ng murang edukasyon ngunit mataas ng antas ng kalidad ng edukasyon gayong ang UP ay kinikilalang Pambansang Unibersidad.
Nasabi rin ng grupo na isa lamang ito sa mga malalaking isyu na kahaharapin ng mga bagong saltang iskolar sa pagpasok nila sa komunidad ng UP. Nabanggit din nilang ito ay isang malaking katibayan ng komersalisasyon sa edukasyon at tahasang pag-ulila sa estado ng bayan ng pamahalaang Aquino na maranasan ng bawat mamamayan ang kalidad ng edukasyon at iba’t-ibang serbisyong panlipunan.
Serbisyo para sa bayan, para sa mamamayan
Binigyang diin din ni Arguelles kung papaano binubukbok ng kasalukuyang pamahalaan ang mga serbisyong panlipunan sa paraan ng komersalisasyon. Nabanggit nya dito ang ilang manipestasyon ng komersalisasyon sa loob mismo ng PGH na kung bakit nagkaroon ng isang pribadong pagamutan sa loob ng isang pampublikong ospital, ang kwestyonableng pagkakaroon ng private resort sa ilang unit ng UP at ang kontrebersyal ng UP-Ayala Land TechnoHub. Makikita dito kung papaano gumagawa ng sariling pamaraanan ang pamahalaan ng UP upang magkaroon ng sariling pagkukunan ng pondo, tinuturuan ng kasalakuyang estado ang mga SUCs na maging self suffcient.
Education is a RIght
Sa isyu naman na ipinapakita ng STFAP, lumalabas na kung wala kang pambayad sa mahal na bracketing scheme, wala kana ring pagkakataon na makapag-enrol, o lumalabas na ang pag-aaral sa UP ay isa na lamang pribilehiyo na taliwas sa pagkakakilanlan ng UP bilang isang Unibersidad na lilikha ng mga taong bayan na mag-aalay ng kanilang serbisyo para sa nakakaraming bilang.
Appointment of University Officials
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES SYSTEM
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE UNIVERSITY
AND OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS
4 June 2012
MEMORANDUM NO. OSU 12-17
For: Officers of Administration of the UP System, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Deans, Directors, Heads of Units, Faculty, REPS, Administrative, Personnel and Students
Subject: Appointment of University Officials
This is to inform you that the BOARD OF REGENTS, at it’s 1280th meeting today, approved the appointment of the following.
Dr. FLORA ELENA R. MIRANO as Dean, College of Arts and Letters, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015
Dr. ROLANDO B. TOLENTINO as Dean, College of Mass Communication, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015
Asst. Prof. RONUALDO U. DIZER as Dean, College oh Human Kinetics, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015
Dr. MARION R. DELOS REYES as Dean, School of Urban and Regional Planning, effective 1 June until 31 May 2015
Dr. CYNTHIA PALMES-SALOMA as Director, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, effective 1 June 2012 until May 2015
Dr. MA. THERESA H. VELASCO as Dean, College of Development Communication, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015
Dr. AGNES D. MEJIA as Dean, College of Medicine, effective 24 June 2012 until 31 May 2015
Prof. MARY ANN T. GUMBAN as Dean, College of Management, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015
Dr. WILFREDO V. ALANGUI as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective 12 April to serve at the pleasure of the Chancellor
Dr. JESSICA K. CARINO as Vice-Chancellor for Administration, effective 14 April 2012 to serve the pleasure of the Chancellor
Dr. ANNA CHRISTIE VILLARBA-TORRES as Dean, College of Arts and Communication, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015
Dr. LORELEI CRISOLOGO-MENDOZA as Dean, College of Social Sciences, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015
Dr. ROSEMARY M. GUTIERREZ as Dean, College of Science, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015
Dr. CORAZON ABANSI as Director, Student Affairs, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 October 2012
LILIAN A. DE LAS LLAGAS
Secretary of the University
and of the Board of Regents
Para sa mga Iskolar ng Bayan na may student number na 2011 at 2012:
Ano ang mga kailangang i-submit?
-Bracket B Certification Form
*Kung hindi pa naaacquire ang document na ito, maaari namang i-note ng OSSS na “to follow” na lamang. Given na mami-meet ang itinakdang deadline which is October 31.
What are the implications of this?
Kapag hindi nakapag-submit si student number 2011 or 2012 ng lahat ng documents, he/she will automatically be placed under Bracket A for the 2nd semester. Technically speaking, default bracket for the first sem is Bracket B. Pero para maiwasan na natin ang ganitong mga aberya at marami pang tanong, isabay na natin ang submission nito habang tayo ay nagri-register.
Para sa mga Iskolar ng Bayan na may student number na 2007, 2008, 2009, at 2010:
Ang patakaran sa Bracket B Certification para sa inyo ay dedepende sa patakaran ng College Secretary ninyo. Clearly, wala naman nang kailangang isubmit sa OSSS. Kung pababalikin man kayo ng College Sec sa OSSS, sabihin niyo na “may memo na po at kayo na po, ang aming College Sec, ang bahala sa amin.”
Para naman sa mga miyembro ng VAAS:
Yes, kailangan din po ninyong magpasa ng Bracket B Certification. Dahil inaalala rin po natin ang inyong Bracket assignment once hindi na tayo bahagi ng line-up sa succeeding sem.
Yes, extended ang deadline. Pero indefinite pa ito. Basta i-submit na po natin ang ating STFAP Application THIS JUNE (deadliest deadline could be the third week na siguro). So ayan, para po sa mga hindi nakaabot sa May 31 na deadline, don’t lose hope, keep on fighting. Manalangin tayo na dumating ang panahon na lahat ng Iskolar ng Bayan ay nasa Bracket E2 na.
**Para sa mga kumuha ng STFAP at hindi pa lumalabas ang bracket assignment at walang pambayad ng tuition in reality (kagaya ko), maaari po tayong mag-acquire ng loan mula sa OSSS. Bu then again, 70% to 80% lang ang maaari nating ma-loan dito kung kaya naman kailangan nating paluwalan ang remaining 20% to 30%. E minsan malaki-laki pa rin yun (umaabot ng libo to be precise). Sa ganitong kalagayan po, pwede naman tayong sumulat (bilang wala nang blue slip for late payment) sa OUR at mag-appeal for late payment nung remaining amount na yun. Once na lumabas naman na ang ating bracket assignment (Bracket E2 hopefully), dadaan naman tayo sa proseso ng refund.
So para hindi na tayo parating nasa aberya, mga Iskolar ng Bayan, patuloy ang ating panawagan:
Education is a right. Fight for Greater State Subsidy!
By Mr. Eds Gabral
On the ‘Revised STFAP Scheme’
Office of the Student Regent
3 June 2012
Students from different UP units raised concerns again as they were welcomed by the issue of ‘Bracket B certification/Revised STFAP scheme’ as registration for the 1st semester for AY 2012-2013 starts. This was the same issue that has already been raised to the UP administration last year and favorably resolved thru a dialogue with the UP administration headed by President Alfredo Pascual, the Office of the Student Regent and sectoral representatives from UP Kilos Na.
Adjusting the Default Bracket
While implementation was deferred last year, this revised STFAP scheme shifts the “default bracket” or “base tuition” from Bracket B (P1000/unit for Diliman, Los Banos and Manila; P600 for Baguio, Visayas and Mindanao) to Bracket A (P1,500/unit for Diliman, Los Banos and Manila; P1000 for Baguio, Visayas and Mindanao). This means that students who did not apply to or failed the STFAP will have to pay the tuition fee for the highest bracket (Bracket A). The old scheme put everyone into Bracket B, automatically paying P1000 or P600 per credit unit, unless they apply for a lower bracket or they declare that they belong to the highest bracket. With the new scheme, students wishing to belong to Bracket B or to pay the supposed “base tuition”, have to submit a notarized Bracket B certification signed by the parent and the student together with a vicinity map of their residence, plus other documents* to the office concerned. Failure to submit the certification and other supplementary documents will put the students in Bracket A. This new process was observed in almost all UP units including regional.
While it has been the position of the Office of the Student Regent and the systemwide-wide alliance of UP student councils KASAMA sa UP that there is a policy change with regards to STFAP especially the change in “default bracket,” it has been the position of the UP administration that there hasn’t been a change in the “default bracketing” because there is no “default bracket” or “base tuition” being followed in the university. The administration even stated that the idea of a “default bracket” only came up because there are no requirements needed to belong to this bracket; therefore many assumed that it is the “default bracket”. However, this position of the UP administration is inconsistent with the policy reports of then-UP President Emerlinda Roman (De Dios Report) used to propose the tuition and other fees increase (TOFI) including the changes in STFAP during 2006.
Is STFAP Working?
Aside from what was aforementioned, President Pascual asserts that there is no new scheme but rather a stricter implementation of STFAP to ensure that students will be honest about their socio-economic standing and that more financial aid applicant will be accommodated. However, the first phase of Office of the Student Regent’s STFAP Review and data from the Philippine Collegian proved otherwise.
In a study done by the Philippine Collegian, 1 out of 10 STFAP applicants during the year 2011 was dissatisfied with their approved bracket and appealed to be put into a lower bracket. Statistics also show that STFAP has consistently increased the number of students in Bracket A and decreased the number of students in lower brackets (Bracket D, E). Worse, even those who were put into lower brackets have to apply for a tuition loan (2out of 3).
On another note, almost all respondents in the first phase of the STFAP Review cited inconsistencies in the requirements and processes and difficulties and expensiveness in the processing of documents required.
Position & Analysis
It is the opinion and the stand of the Office of the Student Regent guided by the reports of the students in the different UP units that the new scheme/policy changes in STFAP effectively changed/raised the “default bracket” resulting to an increased “base tuition/tuition fee.” The high cost of UP education has always been the primary concern of the students as well as the general public weakening democratic access and compromising the public character of the university.
It is also in the opinion of the OSR guided by policy studies as well as direct surveys and inputs from the students that STFAP fails to meet its objective of financially aiding and assisting the students to cope with the high cost of UP education. STFAP has always served against the interest of the students acting as a smokescreen for increases in tuition, justifying the systematic and continuous abandonment of the government to its responsibility to provide enough subsidies, and transforming a public university into an income-generating institution that relies heavily on its own income.
In the immediate, the UP administration must defer the implementation of this new scheme pending policy consultation with other stakeholders as well as a comprehensive review of the STFAP taking into consideration the results of the studies of the different student institutions.
In the long-run, it is crucial that UP must understand that policies such as STFAP, utilization of idle assets, public-private partnerships and other income-generating schemes fit into the long-standing policy of the past and present governments to subscribe to the neoliberal policy of deregulating the education sector- abandoning the responsibility to provide subsidy and privatizing educational institutions.
In the end, the UP community must consider ‘enacting more systemic changes in its policies in order to concretely address the issues of democratic access but it should be done within the frame of demanding greater state support to UP; not through increased student fees in whatever form or guise.’ The pledge of the UP administration to strengthen the public character and public service nature of the university will always get full support from the ranks of the students in the context of democratic governance and uncompromised rights, interests and welfare of the students.
Statements and Reports from Student Regent Krissy Conti and UP Kilos Na
KASAMA sa UP
*Raised during the 1280th BOR meeting, 4 June 2012**Meeting with President Alfredo Pascual, 5 June 2012- updates to follow
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