Conflict. One of the elements of news. We read articles and watch news programs about warring political factions, protests, demolitions, and even murder cases. Indeed, the phenomenon of clashing forces is a disturbance that has been and will always be documented.
We have seen news pages and current affairs websites laden with stories about the different forms of resistance – students joining actions against cuts in the budget for social services, farmers marching across provinces to call for land distribution, employees who refuse to work due to lack of benefits, among others. Among these forms, one of the most powerful and daring responses would be the strike.
A strike is a marriage of occupation and paralysis. The constituents paralyze all operations vital in sustaining an institution. Students, for instance, walk out of their classes. There is also an element of reclaiming a space, of trying to make it function in a way that the strikers deem appropriate.
It is therefore a necessity to cover the strike as the people’s response against assaults on the right to education, to a home, a decent livelihood, free press, among others. Under this premise, the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, the widest and oldest alliance of student publications, established Strike Lead, the information desk of the people’s strike.
Launched in September last year, Strike Lead is running up for the 1 year of its success. Strike Lead has served two functions. First, it served as a venue for organizations to release their media advisories, schedule of activities, analyses, and other materials about the different sectoral issues. Strike Lead, in turn, sent the materials to its own network of media and campus press contacts. It also posted select materials in social networking sites.
Second, it served as the alternative lens on the student strikes against the 2012 budget deliberation and fighting for higher state subsidy. Strike Lead is the primary machinery during the Nation-wide Action SONA 2012 leading the correspondents from the campus press, student organizations, and teachers from different regions.
This August and upcoming September, the consultations for tuition and other fee increases have started in many educational institutions. And even for Budget monitoring for Education. The “skyrocketing cost” of education is an issue of the youth, for education, after all, remains to be a right rather than a privilege for those who can afford.
Education Budget Monitoring
In this light, Strike Lead will also be a center for monitoring budget education for SUCs around the country, “Bantay Budget Monitoring” and even for the tuition fee increase monitoring for the Private schools with reports coming from students. Is 2012 Education Budget enough to sustain the needs of different SUCs? Did the Philippine Government allocates the 6% Education budget suggested by the UNESCO?How much was the increase? Did the increase undergo consultation? Were the students informed? Did the students disapprove of the increase and what actions did they take to register their disapproval?
At a time such as this, arming the youth with the knowledge to take courses of action is most important. The right to information is a constitutional right, and clearly not without reason.
Reports will be coursed through text, email or face-to-face correspondence. If you want to be part of Strike Lead, you can volunteer as a correspondent/photographer/artist for the desk. For inquiries, contact Jian Carlo R. Gomez, CEGP National Strike Lead Officer, at 09262622040
This Year’s Student Congress
The Office of the Student Regent (representing the 50,000 students of the UP System in the Board of Regents), in partnership with KASAMA sa UP (the oldest and largest alliance of student councils in the Philippines) and UP Solidaridad (the UP System-wide Alliance of Student Publications and Writers’ Organizations) will be co-hosting the 2012 University of the Philippines Student Congress with the theme: “#CHANGE: Revolutionizing Trends in Youth Involvement in Nation-building.” This annual Student Congress is the only venue which gathers UP’s top student leaders from student councils, organizations, publications, and other student formations from the different UP campuses to discuss our different concerns as well as to formulate our unified response.
This Year’s Theme
UP students have always been at the forefront of different advocacies such as environmental justice, reproductive health, youth welfare, human rights, gender equality, and good governance. While UP students maybe differing in advocacies, we have always been one in recognition that there are many areas in which our country needs change. More than this, we have always claimed the role of the youth in forwarding these changes. This Congress, we aim to synthesize the different trends of our involvement, develop unity on our common concerns, and formulate a collective response on the challenges ahead.
This Year’s Hosts
Our Student Congress will be hosted in the following key UP campuses nationwide:
Mindanao-wide| UP Mindanao, Davao | August 31, 5pm -September 2, 5pm
For UP Mindanao, UPM SHS Koronadal, South Cotaboto
Aside from being the largest city in the Philippines, Davao is known for its durian, must-visit places such as the Crocodile Center and Eagle Center, and restaurants offering delicious servings for a cheap price. It is also near to Samal Island- a place offering the glory of nature ranging from white sand beaches to breathtaking falls.
Visayas-wide | UP Cebu | September 14, 5pm- September 16, 5pm
For UP Cebu, UPV Tacloban, UPV Iloilo, UPV Miag-ao, UPM SHS Palo, Leyte
Cebu, being the oldest city in the Philippines and known as the Queen City of the South, offers many historical places, old churches, and other era destinations. It is also home to grand beaches as well as to the hard-to-find and amazing ‘butandings’ or whalesharks.
Luzon-wide | UP Baguio | September 21, 5pm- September 23, 5pm
For UP Baguio, UP Diliman, UP in Pampanga, UP Manila, UP Los Banos, UPM SHS Baler
The Philippine version of a city that never sleeps is Baguio home to scenic views, strawberry farms, and famous ‘ukay-ukays’ or night markets. Six hours away from Manila, Baguio welcomes you with thousands of pine trees and a cold weather ranging from 15-20 degrees Celsius.
This Year’s Program
The three Congresses will feature keynote speeches of national leaders, discussions on different pressing national concerns by notable advocates, workshops on various issues confronting UP, resolution-building synthesizing proposed solutions, and overnight community integration. As a twist, a Congress Declaration titled as the ‘Panata ng Iskolar ng Bayan’ is also expected as an output representing our unified response and renewed commitment.
We will be charging all delegates only at cost. Subsidies or financial assistance may be granted depending on the amount of sponsorships that the organizers will get.
Total ALL-IN Fee (without transporation) PHP 1,000.00
Basic fee (overhead cost, materials, etc.) 200.00
With food (8 meals @ 50 ea) 400.00
With accommodations (2 nights @ 200 ea) 400.00
Confirmation of attendance should be submitted 2 weeks before the scheduled Congress for your unit (August 17 for Mindanao-wide, August 31 for Visayas-wide, September 7 for Luzon-wide) through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the online registration form in the Facebook page 2012 UP Student Congress.
Solicitation letters is also available to assist delegates in financing their registration.
Travel advisory will also be available three days before the scheduled event to guide delegates to the venue. We can also arrange group travel for willing delegates for easy transportation.
For inquiries and other concerns, the organizers can be contacted thru
Eds Gabral- 09273841392 (Luzon Coordinator)
Roscelle Cruz- 09068761234 (Visayas Coordinator)
Orly Putong- 09151125979 (Mindanao Coordinator)
Mariel Quiogue- 09178670120 (Finance Officer and Overall Coordinator)
This is the only venue where student leaders from different UP campuses can come together not just to meet and know each other but to discuss pressing concerns of the university and our country. It also gives us the chance to know the situation in other UP campuses as well as get fresh ideas coming from other student leaders.
We are excited to see you and other student leaders!
CLEVE KEVIN ROBERT ARGUELLES
Student Regent, Board of Regents
University of the Philippines System
RENDELL RYAN CAGULA
National Chairperson, KASAMA sa UP
KEVIN MARK GOMEZ
National Chairperson, UP Solidaridad
From 2012 UP Student Congress facebook page
Pahayag ng College Editors Guild of the Philippines
Tunay ngang napakaganda ng mga inilahad ni Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III sa kanyang SONA nitong nakaraang linggo, ang problema nga lamang ay hindi natin alam kung anong bansa ang tinutukoy niya.
Ang state of the nation address o SONA ang taunang pagtitipon ng mga naghaharing uri sa Pilipinas kung kailan sinusubukan ng pangulong bumanggit ng pinakamaraming kasinungalingan, sa lagay ngayon sa loob ng mahigit isang oras.
Tulad ng inaasahan ng taong bayan, hindi nanaman nagtugma ang tinalakay na katayuan ng bansa sa konkretong kalagayang nararamdaman ng mamamayan. Ipinamandila ang 6% na pagtaas ng Gross domestic product ng Pilipinas na puros malalaking kapitalista lamang ang nakinabang, pagtaas ng ekonomiyang hindi man lang naramdaman ng masang anakpawis.
Ipinagmalaki pa ang pagpapatupad ng K to 12 program na lalong nagpahirap sa mga maralitang magulang. Sa kasalukuyang estado ng ating bansa, hinding hindi angkop ang k-12 na naglalayon lamang tugunan ang malaking pangangailangan sa murang lakas paggawa ng mga dambuhalang ekonomiya ng mga kanluraning bayan. Hinahasa lamang nito ang kabataang Pilipino upang maging alipin ng mga banyaga, tulad ng marami pang napilitang umalis ng bayan dulot ng kawalan ng nagsasariling industriya ng Pilipinas.
Isa rin sa mga tampok na tinalakay sa SONA ang pagpapanagot sa mga nagkasala noong nakaraang rehimen, ngunit matapos ang dalawang araw, pinakawalan ang pinakamasahol na mamatay tao sa ating bayan, si Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA). Halatang halata na pinapaasa lamang ng kasalukuyang administrasyon ang mamamayan na makakamit ang hustisya mula sa pandudusta ni GMA. Sina James Balao, Randy Malayao, Maricon Montajes at Benjaline Hernandez ay ilan lamang sa mga mamahayag pang-kampus na naging biktima ng Extra-Judicial killings, desaparecidos at mga detinidong pulitikal na hanggang ngayon ay hindi parin nabibigyang katarungan.
Bukod sa hindi pa napapanagot ang mga nagkasala noong nakaraang administrasyon, ipinagpatuloy pa ng administrasyong Aquino ang “culture of impunity” sa bansa. Laganap ang paglabag sa karapatang pantao sa ilalim ng Oplan Bayanihan, isang iskema ng paniniktik at pagkakampihan ng iba’t ibang kagawaran ng administrasyon, panloloko at walang habas na paglabag sa mga karapatan ng mamamayan sa kumpas ng Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Samantala, ang dagdag na pondo sa mga State Universities and colleges ay isang bogus na naglalayon ng tuluyang paglugmok sa komersalisasyon ng edukasyon. Nagbigay ng patakaran ang Malacanang na ang mga pamantasan at kolehiyong mabibigyan ng dagdag ng budget ay yun lamang magpapaigting ng mga programang lapat sa global market. Samakatuwid, inaasahang ang 32.7 bilyong piso na inilaan sa mga SUCs ay para sa lalong pagpapaigting ng neo-liberal policies na sinusunod ng gobyerno sa kumpas ng Estados Unidos. Hindi ito ang kailangan ng kabataan, bagkus ay ang pagpapataas ng kalidad ng nabubulok na ngang edukasyon ay lalo pang inaabandona ng pamahalaan.
Wala namang nabanggit ang pangulo ukol sa usapin ng lumalalang pananamantala ng mga dayuhan sa ating mga kababayang migrante sa ibang bansa. Ipinapako ang mga suliraning kinakaharap ng mga OFWs, tuluyang pagtalikod sa kapakanan ng mga bagong bayani, na ang ilan ay nasa bingit ng hatol na kamatayan o biktima ng karahasan sa kamay ng mga banyagang amo.
Hindi rin nagkaroon ng malinaw na resolusyon o plano ukol sa pagpapamahagi ng Hacienda Luisita at repormang agraryo ang pangulo. Bagaman nagdesisyon na ang korte supremang ipamahagi ang haciendang matagal nang pinaghugutan ng yaman ng pamilya Cojuangco, hindi parin lubos ang tagumpay ng mga magsasaka ng Hacienda Luisita. Patuloy paring naghahabol ng mas malaking kabayaran ang pamilya, na sukdulang humingi ng 10 bilyong kabayaran sa mga magsasaka para sa mahigit 6000 ektaryang lupain na buong buhay nang dinilig ng dugo ng mga manggagawang bukid.
Pinatutunayan lamang ng pamahalaang Aquino ang hindi pagiging sinsero nito sa paglutas ng mga isyung panlipunan. Hindi na sasapat pa ang pagdaluyong lamang sa lansangan ng mga kabataan at iba’t ibang sektor, bagkus ay patuloy nating ipanawagan ang tunay na pagbabagong panlipunan.
Inilatag ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM) sa Kongreso ang P2 trilyon badyet na mas mataas ng halos 10 bahagdan kumpara sa P1.816 trilyon para sa 2012.
Kaugnay nito, nadagdagan ang badyet sa edukasyon na nagkakahalaga ng P238.8 bilyon upang mas lalong paigtingin ang pagpapatupad ng K-12 program sa mga pampublikong paaralan sa elementarya at hayskul.
“Dito natin nakikita ang pagpupursigi ng rehimeng Aquino na ibenta ang kabataan at murang lakas paggawa sa mga dayuhan imbes na isulong ang sistema ng edukasyon kung saan makikinabang ang karamihan ng mamamayang Pilipino,” ayon kay Anna Patricia Santos Vice President for Luzon ng College Editors Guild of the Philippines.
Hindi nilinaw ng DBM sa badyet para sa 2013 ang tutunguhin ng karagdagang halagang inilaan sa SUCs. “Ang patuloy na komersalisasyon ng edukasyon ang siyang dahilan sa patuloy na pagtaas ng matrikula at iba pang bayarin ng mga mag-aaral sa SUCs at maging sa mga pribadong institusyon,” dagdag ni Santos.
“Ang dagdag na badyet sa SUCs ay ilalaan sa mga programang PPP sa loob ng mga institusyong dapat ay nagsisilbi sa mga kabataang mahihirap na nais makapag-aral,” ayon pa rin kay Santos. “Ang patuloy na komersalisasyon at pagtutulak sa mga kabataang magtrabaho sa BPOs at pangingibangbansa ang nagiging sagot ni Aquino para makapagtrabaho.”
Sinasabing kalakhan ng dagdag sa badyet para sa 2013 ay ilalaan sa mga proyekto ng administrasyong Aquino na pawang mga panandaliang tugon sa paghihirap ng sambayanan tulad ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) o Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) at Public-Private Partnership (PPP) habang nabawasan ang badyet sa pambayad ng utang panlabas.
“Nanawagan kami sa lahat ng provincial, regional formation ng Guild pati sa mainstream media na maging mapagmatyag sa mga paglalaanan ng badyet para sa edukasyon at iba pang serbisyong panlipunan,” pagtatapos ni Santos.
KABATAAN, nanguna sa pagtulong sa mga nasalanta ng kalamidad
Kasalukuyang nangangalap ng tulong, donasyon at gamit ang Kabataan Partylist, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, National Union of Students of the Philippines, League of Filipino Students, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, Anakbayan, Karatula at iba’t ibang organisasyon ng kabataan para sa mga nasalanta ng masamang panahon ngayong linggo.
Mahigit 1.2 milyong indibidwal o katumbas ng 270,000 pamilya na ang apektado ng pagbaha dulot ng tuluy-tuloy na buhos ng ulan sa Kalakhang Luzon nito lamang nagdaang limang araw. Sa kasalukuyan, mahigit 783,000 katao sa 90 munisipalidad at lungsod na ang nagsisiksikan sa mga evacuation centers sa iba’t ibang parte ng Timog katagalugan, Gitnang Luzon at Kamaynilaan.
Ngayong araw ay inilabas ng administrasyong Aquino ang 5.9 bilyong pisong Calamity fund mula sa 7.5 bilyon para sa kasalukuyang taon. Ngunit ayon sa Republic Act 10121, batas na nagsasaad kung kailan at saan dapat gamitin ang pondo ng pamahalaan sa panahon ng sakuna, 70% ng pondo ay marapat na gamitin sa “disaster risk reduction” o paghahanda upang maiwasan ang mga pangyayaring maari sanang agapan tulad ng pagbaha. Ngunit sa kalagayan, tila kinulang ang pamahalaan sa paghahanda sa papalapit na delubyong ngayon ay kinakaharap na natin.
Sa katunayan itinigil ng rehimeng Aquino ang 1.9 bilyong pisong halaga ng flood control projects sa mga lugar sa Luzon na kadalasang binabayo ng baha. Kung sakali’y makapagpapababa sana ito ng epekto ng sakuna lalong lalo sa Metro Manila na pinaka nasalanta ng masamang panahon.
Patuloy namang lumalabas na ang may kasalanan sa malaking bilang ng mga nasalanta ng bagyo ay ang mismong mga maralitang taga-lungsod, itinuturong walang disiplina ang ating mga kababayan. Kung uugatin ang problema, dudulo ito sa laganap na kahirapan sa ating bansa. Patuloy na tinitiiis ng mga maralitang taga-lungsod ang pagtira sa gilid ng ilog at estero dulot ng kawalan ng maayos na pabahay ng gobyerno, Kakulangan sa matino at nakabubuhay na pasahod, patuloy na kawalan ng sariling industriya ng Pilipinas at neo-liberal na polisiyang ipinapatupad ng rehimeng Aquino.
Pinipili ng ating mga kababayan ang manatili sa kanilang mga tahanan dulot ng kawalan ng maayos na relokasyon at pabahay. Pinatutunayan nito ang paglubog sa baha ng marami sa kilalang relocation site tulad ng Montalban at Rodriguez, Rizal, dagdag pa ang kawalan ng matinong patubig, ilaw at kabuhayan.
Samantala, nananawagan ang “Bantay Bigas” na ipamahagi na ng pamahalaan ang nakumpiskang 420,000 sako ng bigas sa Subic Bay na pinaghihinalaang ipinuslit mula sa ibang bansa
Sa mga panahong tulad nito, hindi na sasapat pa ang magtiwala lamang sa magagawa ng pamahalaang kapos sa mga proyekto upang protektahan ang kaniyang mamamayan. Pagkakaisa at sama-samang pagkilos ang kailangan upang maibsan ang pinsalang dulot ng mga kalamidad, na pinalala pa ng mga taong kunwari’y nagsisilbi sa bayan.
Bilang tugon sa lumalalang kakulangan sa maagap na aksiyon ng pamahalaan, ang CEGP, katuwang ang Kabataan Partylist ay nagsasagawa ng mga relief operations sa iba’t ibang panig ng Metro Manila at karatig na probinsiya, para sa mga nagnanais na magingvolunteer, sadyain lamang ang aming website “cegp.org” at hanapin ang volunteer form, maari rin kayong magpadala ng inyong mga donasyon sa University of the Philippines, College of Human Kinetics Main Gym.
An Unforgivable Omission: The Non-Acknowledgment of the Role of the UP Community in “UP President Thanks Pnoy for Increased Budget of UP, Other SUCs”
UP Kilos Na Statement
July 20, 2012
The UP website today, July 20, headlined “UP President Thanks Pnoy for Increased Budget of UP, Other SUCs” (http://www.up.edu.ph/index.php/read-more/20-announcements/275-up-president-thanks-pnoy-for-increased-budget-of-up-other-sucs)
While UP Kilos Na welcomes the news of Malacanang’s proposed increase of P3.9 billion in UP’s 2013 budget and an increase of P11.3 billion for the 2012 budget of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), it does so with scepticism until :
1) this proposal is passed by Congress and enacted as the 2013 General Appropriations Act; and
2) a clearer breakdown of the increases in the personal services and the MOOE is clarified. The allocation for personal services is expected to increase because of the implementation of the fourth and last tranche of the Salary Standardization Law III which was passed in 2008. And we do not know the itemization of the MOOE or even the details of the allocation for Capital Outlay.
What is revolting about the announcement released by UP Vice President for Public Administration, Prospero de Vera, aside from it being premature, is the abject manner by which President Alfredo Pascual expressed his gratitude to President Aquino, to DBM Budget Secretary Abad and to CHED Chair Licuanan:
“The leadership of President Aquino, coupled with committed support from CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan and DBM Secretary Butch Abad, is responsible for the biggest ever increase in the UP budget and we thank the PNoy administration for this decisive action, adds Pascual.”
The statement of President Pascual denies the fact that it was Aquino and Abad who were principally responsible for the cuts in the UP budget in 2011 and 2012.
We allocated P23.4 billion to 112 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in 2011. This is 1.7 percent lower than the P23.8 billion budget for 2010. We are gradually reducing the subsidy to SUCs to push them toward becoming self-sufficient and financially independent, given their ability to raise their income and to utilize it for their programs and projects.
– Pres. Noynoy Aquino in his Budget message (August 24, 2010)
The statement of President Pascual also denies, omits, and erases the role of the UP community, its students, faculty and staff in almost all constituent universities, in opposing the budget cuts and in demanding for higher state subsidy to UP and for all SUCs!
It is historical revisionism at its worst and is tragic because barely a year has passed since the 2012 UP Strikes Back campaign and already the role of the UP community has been deleted from the official statement of the UP President!
But if such role is not acknowledged by President Pascual, the various documentation of the actions in 2010 and 2011 provides clear evidence that the proposed increase in UP’s budget for 2013 is not due to the generosity of the powers-that-be but is the recognition of the validity of the demand, raised by the UP community in various venues and various forms, that public universities should be adequately supported by the state!
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The Pascual Administration’s “amnesia” on the role of the students, faculty, and staff in asserting and in fighting against the diminishing public character of the University does not augur well for the UP community. But as the history of the University itself has shown, a united and militant studentry, faculty and staff, regardless of who sits in Quezon Hall and the extent of its kowtowing to Malacanang, will continue to fight, to march and to claim UP as a public university, as a university of the people and in the service of the poor and marginalized.
And even as the UP President thanks Benigno Aquino III, UP Kilos Na, will march on July 23 and join the People’s SONA in proclaiming Aquino as anti-people and pro-foreign interests.( https://www.facebook.com/notes/up-kilos-na/2012-sona-statement-of-up-kilos-na-aquinos-promise-of-change-nasona/409553879082387)
Walang pagbabago sa ilalim ni Aquino!!!
UP ang galing mo, ialay sa bayan!
From UP Kilos na Official Facebook Page
Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III
Vice President for Public Affairs
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has officially released a statement that the University of the Philippines “is set to receive a P3.9-billion increase in (its) budget, raising (the) total 2013 allocation to P10 billion.” This is 63 percent more than the 2012 UP budget of P6.2 billion as provided for in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) passed last year. The DBM also announced that “the 2013 budget for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) was raised by P11.3 billion to P37.1 billion, up by 44 percent from their 2012 budget.”
As regards the 2013 UP budget, DBM gives the following details: “(Capital Outlay) support rose from P190 million in 2012 to P1.45 billion, while the allocation for Personal Services was pegged at P6.5 billion, up by P1.2 billion from this year… (Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses) activities under UP will receive a 188.2 percent boost amounting to P2 billion, which will cover research and other related activities for the university’s nationwide campuses. The remaining amount will be devoted to retirement and life insurance premium (RLIP) support for faculty and staff.” A footnote points out that the stated Personnel Services amount “does not include unfilled positions.”
For this year, an additional P1.3 billion for Capital Outlay was allocated to UP through the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) as part of the Disbursement Acceleration Plan (DAP) of President Aquino. The combined GAA budget and additional DAP allocation from the Disbursement Acceleration Fund resulted in a total government funding to UP of about P7 billion for 2012 (excluding unfilled positions).
UP President Alfredo Pascual acknowledges the support of Malacañang, DBM and CHED in increasing the 2013 budget for the country’s national university. According to Pascual “the dramatic increase in UP’s budget shows that the national leadership has recognized that UP is worth investing in.” He explains, “Money given to UP is not an expense but an investment in the country’s human capital and knowledge base. UP contributes to national development by producing leaders in various fields, expert manpower needed by industry and higher education, plus research outputs that drive innovation and national competitiveness. UP also makes use of the knowledge and expertise of its faculty and staff to deliver public service.”
As the national university, UP is mandated by its charter of 2008 (RA 9500) to “perform its unique and distinctive leadership in higher education and development”.
“The increased budget”, says Pascual, “will help UP to strengthen its research capability; modernize its technological infrastructure; repair its aging physical facilities; recruit, develop, and retain the best faculty and staff; improve support for its students; deepen its public service; and reclaim its standing as a center of learning in Asia and the world.”
“The leadership of President Aquino, coupled with committed support from CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan and DBM Secretary Butch Abad, is responsible for the biggest ever increase in the UP budget and we thank the PNoy administration for this decisive action,” adds Pascual.
Written by Danilo Arao
Almost 2 days is counting for the upcoming UAAP Season 75 Opening Ceremony, but the University of the Philippines Athletic Men’s Volleyball is still looking for some good hands that will help them to continue giving grace to it’s University. Despite of it, the Atleta ng Bayan is more vigorous while facing this catastrophic financial aid that will give them enough chance to pursue their career in UAAP.
University of the Philippines Men’s Volleyball Team (UPMVT)
The UPMVT needs help!
by Mico Lucindo
The UP Men’s Volleyball Team (UPMVT) is a group of highly-motivated, energetic and committed young students from the University of the Philippines. Despite the lack of adequate financial and emotional support, the team has placed in the top four of the annual UAAP competitions most of the time for the past few years.
Despite its modest achievements, the team does not have major sponsors. Oftentimes, team members are forced to fend for themselves due to lack of funds. During the last University Games, the UPMVT members had to pay for their own plane ticket uniform and food expenses. Not everyone was able to raise funds. As a result, the UPMVT was unable to compete as a full team.
The UPMVT is also lacking in athletic gears and supplies. Shoes would normally arrive a semester after the UAAP competitions. There is no regular bus service for the team. Most of the time, team members take jeeps, buses, pedicabs and tricycles on their way to each UAAP game. Even more sadly, team members recruited from far-flung provinces could not readily find a lodging house inside the university.
The UPMVT is appealing to generous individuals, companies and institutions to assist the team in fulfilling its task to representing the University of the Philippines with the best of its abilities as varsity athletes. The team needs adequate monetary support for the ticket fare of its members for the annual National UNIVERSITY Games, the registration fees of the team during pre-season leagues, and for its regular meals. The team also needs volleyball supplies (uniforms, shoes, jacket, bag, towel, volleyball net and volleyball balls).
The University of the Philippines, through UP Diliman’s College of Human Kinetics (CHK), does not receive adequate support from the national government to finance the operations of its varsity teams. Despite a general lack of basic training equipment and facilities (e.g., (Uniform, shoes, jacket, bag, towel, volleyball net and volleyball balls, drinking water etc.), it is amazing how the UPMVT managed to stay in the race.
As we continue to strive to bring honor and pride to our country’s national university, while promoting the values we learned from our sport, we would like to ask for your generous support during the 2012-2013 UAAP volleyball season. Your donations will not only help us monetarily. It will also boost team morale as well.
Should you wish to give a monetary donation of any amount, you can arrange for the pickup of your pledges. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact: Mico Lucindo, (Team Captain) at 0922-8144975 / 0935-3000508 or email him at email@example.com
We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
DOMINICO MARANAN LUCINDO