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.
EDUCATION IS A RIGHT!
STOP TUITION INCREASE THROUGH STFAP!
SCRAP STFAP! ROLLBACK THE TUITION! FIGHT FOR GREATER STATE SUBSIDY!
OPPOSE US-AQUINO’S EDUC POLICY OF COMMERCIALIZATION!
STRUGGLE FOR A NATIONALIST, SCIENTIFIC, MASS-ORIENTED EDUCATION!
From Stand UP Diliman Website
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:
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.
DEFEND CAMPUS PRESS FREEDOM!
UPHOLD OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS!
*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
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
Media Liaison Officer
College Editors Guild of the Philippines National Office
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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
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