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High School Editors Guild of the Philippines Congress

Greetings from the National Office!

CEGP is the oldest and widest intercollegiate alliance of student publications in the country. This year, the Guild celebrates its 81st year of existence committed to the advancement of campus press freedom.

With the theme, “The Campus Press towards genuine social change,” the College Editors Guild of the Philippines will hold its 1st High School Editors Guild of the Philippines (HSEGP) Convention and Congress on August 31-September 2 at Our Lady of Antipolo Retreat House, San Jose Extension, San Isidro, Antipolo, Rizal.

The said convention will provide lectures and workshops on basic, intermediate and advanced journalism skills. Likewise trainings on different literary genres will be given. And as part of the Guild’s dedication to educating student journalists regarding the plight of the country, various socio-political discussions will also be featured. The Guild has invited respected media practitioners and luminaries of Philippine literature.

Also, promising literary writers will be honored in the 1st Gawad Lorena Barros (GLB), CEGP’s annual literary contest for high school Students.

In this regard, we invite your publication to attend the HSSPC. Registration fee is pegged at P2,000.00 which is inclusive of food, lodging and kit for each participant. Attached herewith are the program and GLB’s mechanics.

There is no limit on the number of the delegates who wish to attend. Do confirm your attendance before August 16.

Invited speakers are: Prof. Jun Cruz Reyes, Multi-Palanca Awardee, Prof. Michael Andrada, Palanca Awardee, Hon. Raymond Palatino, Representative of Kabataan Partylist, Ronalyn Olea, Editor of, Mayette Camacho, Director of IBC 13, and many more.

For queries, you may contact Jian Carlo Gomez 09262622040 or (02)437-0148 or email us through Do bring copies of your publication for sharing with the rest of the delegates.

We look forward to your publication’s participation.

For a free press,

Pauline Gidget Estella
National President


CEGP launches Strike Lead for Education Budget Monitoring


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.

Three functions

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

Invitation to Delegates | 2012 UP Student Congress


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 or at the online registration form in the Facebook page 2012 UP Student Congress.

Other Details

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.

Contact Us

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!


Student Regent, Board of Regents

University of the Philippines System


National Chairperson, KASAMA sa UP

UP Mindanao


National Chairperson, UP Solidaridad

UP Diliman

From 2012 UP Student Congress facebook page

SONAngalingan: Mga Ilusyong pagbabago ng hunyangong Pangulo


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.

Break of Dawn: A briefer on the case of UE Dawn

Break of Dawn

A briefer on the case of the University of the East Dawn

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” – Salman Rushdie, Booker Prize awardee

In essence, the University of the East (UE) administration has abolished the Dawn, the official student publication.

This was the first time in decades that the Dawn has not released an issue for the opening of the schoolyear. Students and other members of the UE community were asking the expected questions, “Nasaan ang Dawn? Bakit walang release ang Dawn?” However, almost everyone had the same speculation: it was a sanction for releasing an “offensive” lampoon issue followed by very critical opinion pieces.

Paralyzed operations

What happened was a systematic crack down on the publication. After the lampoon issue was released November last year, the Dawn received a “collective statement” from the UE-Manila university student council. The statement was a written complaint against the publication, which, the council claimed, released an issue that was a “great disrespect to UE…a great damage to our image.”

For three weeks in December, the Dawn, a weekly publication, was not able to circulate copies. There was no clarification whether the fund was withheld or not. The publication’s operations were paralyzed when 2011 ended.

Around this time, the editor in chief of The Dawn was no longer reporting to the editorial board. She was able to withdraw around P120, 000 from the Dawn account. However, she left an unpaid obligation of P33, 000 to the contracted printer and the staffers were not able to receive their honoraria. She also dropped all her classes this semester and could not be reached.

Manual collection

To prevent the “disappearance” of the editors in chief who were given discretion over the fund, the administration had to set up measures, said UE President Esther Albano-Garcia in an open letter to the students. In March this year, the administration met with the student councils of both UE Manila and Caloocan, and the Dawn editorial board. It was agreed upon in this meeting that the university would collect the fund (as per previous practice, the Dawn publication fee, which is P50 per student, will be included in the list of miscellaneous fees to be paid upon registration) to be disbursed according to set guidelines.

But on March 27, Garcia released an open letter to the UE students, stating that it is her “final decision that the university will no longer collect the Dawn fee starting this Summer 2012.” She said the Dawn representatives in the meeting showed sincerity in complying with the plan (the university will collect the fund but the disbursement will be according to guidelines agreed upon by the administration, councils and editorial board), but the March 12-18 articles “essayed their aversion to the proposal.”

This was her sole reason for imposing a manual collection scheme, in which the Dawn staff, composed of more or less 20 individuals, will have to collect P50 from each of the more than 6,000 students in both campuses of UE. This impossible task has effectively crippled the institution. In the first semester, less than 100 students paid the publication fee, amounting to only around P3,000, only 0.3 percent of the usual collection.

The Dawn was still able to publish a summer issue because they still have left-over funds (around P300,000 cumulative fund left from the previous terms). When the summer issue was released on May 14, the Student Affairs Office (SAO) informed the staffers through a letter that the term of the ad interim editor in chief has ended on March 31. Therefore, the staff should not have released a summer issue because from March 31 onwards, nobody in the ad interim editorial board has the “legal personality…to carry out any other activities in connection with the Dawn,” the administration claimed.

The statement that the term of the ad interim editor in chief has ended on March 31 was questionable, because according to the “Policy Guidelines of the Total Student Care Program: On Matters Concerning Student Publication,” a document governing the affairs of the UE student publications, the term of the editor-in-chief shall be limited to one school year and one summer. Hence, the term of the interim editor in chief should have ended after the summer term, or beyond March 31.

It was also last summer that the staffers were blocked from enrolling because of the administrative case. They were allowed to enlist subjects only after they signed a waiver, in which it was stated that they are enrolled until the administration releases a decision that is not in their favor.

On June 4, the first day of classes in UE, no Dawn was circulated. There was no editorial board

No staffers

On July 23, the SAO administered a “qualifying examination” for all staffers. Anyone who wishes to be part of the Dawn must pass the exam. It was curious, however, that even those who already passed the exam a year or years before must also take the test. By the publication’s practice, staffers who already passed the test need not retake the exam.

The members of the ad interim editorial board were not allowed to take the exam because of a pending case regarding the lampoon issue. In essence, they were expelled from the publication.

The administration then informed the staffers that nobody from the 32 students who took the exam passed the test. They did not post results. There was no transparency, just the cold, definite statement that nobody passed the exam.

As if the crackdown was not enough, the administration filed a libel case against the editorial board. Three of the Dawn artists from UE Caloocan already received a subpoena.

One of the staffers who tried to conduct an interview for an article was reportedly told by an administrator that the Dawn does not exist anymore. He, or the administration for that matter, was wrong. In fact, they were wrong on numerous instances and they committed serious violations of Campus Journalism Act of 1991 and their own university guidelines (this is not to mention the serious breach of student democratic rights):

  1. The manual collection scheme does not have any basis. According to Article 7 of the UE “Policy Guidelines of the Total Student Care Program: On Matters Concerning Student Publication,” the “editorial board, in coordination with the school administration, may provide a system for the collection of publication fees from the students.” Therefore, at some distant point in the past, both parties had agreed on automatic collection, meaning the university shall collect the publication fee upon enrolment, meaning the publication fee is included in the list of miscellaneous fees to be settled upon registration. And this has been the practice since time immemorial.  

The only way for the collection scheme to be changed is when the editorial board, not any other          student organization or institution, and the administration have agreed on shifting to manual collection. In this case, the administration did not even consult the editorial board. In fact, it was only the president who decided that the manner of collection be changed.

By all means, the administration had to collect the publication fund that was not collected during the months of manual collection. Failure or refusal to do so can serve as a ground for a case.

Moreover, according to the Campus Journalism Act of 1991, in no way shouldthe school administration concerned withhold the release of funds sourced from the savings of the appropriations of the respective schools and other sources intended for the student publication.”

This is not the first case in which the administration imposed a manual collection scheme after the publication has written articles that earned the ire of the school officials. In various instances, this scheme has trimmed down the funds of critical student publications, thus restricting their capacity to circulate copies, to hold trainings for the staffers, and to conduct other relevant activities, as in the case of the Angelite of the Holy Angel University in Pampanga. It has been a tried and tested method of suppressing campus press freedom.

2. The qualifying examination is invalid. By practice, the staffers who passed the qualifying exam a year ago or years ago need not retake the test. On what basis, then, did the administration, without consulting the editorial board, require all staffers to take the test? Also, there is no school policy that prohibits students facing an administrative case to take the qualifying examination.

3. The convening of the screening committee, which administers the qualifying examinations, has violated the provisions of the Policy Guidelines of the Total Student Care Program. The members of the committee should include one media practitioner acceptable to “both school administration and the editorial board” and two past editors in chief “to be chosen by the outgoing editorial board.” However, it was only the administration that selected the members of the committee and did not involve the editorial board in the process. Hence, the qualifying examination administered by the committee is invalid.

The UE administration should bear in mind that the student publication is one of the concrete manifestations of students’ democratic rights in the campus. An institution can hardly claim that it is democratic if a student publication does not exist. Needless to say, a publication is an indispensible vehicle for information dissemination and exchange of ideas. Historically, the student publications served as the alternative lens at a time when the vibrant press was gagged and only the crony press operates.

It is clear that the UE administration has tried almost all the methods to shut down a publication that is beginning to speak against what it deems as unjust policies and questionable fees. Freedom of expression lies on the idea of opening spaces for a healthy discourse, a debate in which ideas are refined and pitted against one another. The truth will emerge in the competition of arguments in the “marketplace of ideas,” as Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. said.

But the administration, instead of addressing the concerns and engaging in free discourse, has chosen to incapacitate the publication, even violating its own guidelines in the process. It has even filed a libel case against the staffers. Let us remember that the libel case is a criminal case, and to file such a case against a student is tantamount to saying that he or she is not a budding journalist whose venue for training is the academe, that he or she stands on the same ground as professional media practitioners, and that the premise of academic freedom can do little to exempt him or her from being a defendant in such a case.

The disciplinary cases filed against the staffers can never be enough justification for withholding the funds or ceasing the operations of the publication. For the publication was established by the students for the students, and no other force or institution can abolish the publication or suspend its operations through various means.

For months now, the university has been in the dead of the night, if truth and knowledge is the sunlight that pierces through the darkness. The student publication, the primary venue in which the students’ voices will be heard, is an essential vehicle of truth and knowledge. The UE administration should know that it could not keep the sun from rising, it could no longer keep the students in the dark.


Pauline Gidget Estella

National President

PANGAKONG NAPAKO: Isang pagtatasa sa dalawang taong panunungkulan ni Benigno Simeon Aquino III

Sa Pagsugpo ng Kahirapan

Unang kwarto ng taon nang iulat ang 6.3% na pagtaas ng Gross Domestic Product, lagpas sa target batay sa Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016 ng administrasyong Aquino. Ngunit para lang sa mga malalaking negosyante ang pagbuti ng kalagayan ng ekonomiya. Nitong Marso, umabot sa 32.4% ang walang trabaho katumbas ng 13.8 milyong manggagawa.

Pinakamalala ang kahirapan sa ilalim ng administrasyong Aquino kumpara sa mga nagdaang rehimen. Ang average unemployment rate sa unang dalawang taon ni Aquino ay 26.8%, higit na malaki kaysa 19.6% ni Arroyo, 9.2% ni Erap, ayon sa survey ng Social Weather Station.

Imbes na lumikha ng trabaho, pawang pamatidgutom ang solusyon ng rehimeng Aquino. Halimbawa ang Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) na prayoridad sa badyet, mula P12 bilyon noong 2010, halos dumoble ito sa P23 bilyon noong 2011 at umakyat pa sa  P39 bilyong ngayong 2012. Kung tutusin ay paglustay ito ng pambansang badyet at walang pang-matagalang lunas sa kahirapan ang pamahalaan-manipestasyon ng hindi sinserong paglutas sa problema ng bansa.

Dagdag sa atrasadong ekonomiya ang lumulobong utang panlabas ng bansa. Mula P4.7 trilyon noong 2010 ay umabot sa P5.1 trilyon ngayong taon, pinakamataas sa kasaysayan. Lapat sa mandato ng International Monetary Fund (IMF) at World Bank (WB) ay inilaan ng administrasyon ang P738.6 bilyon, katumbas ng 85% ng kabuuang kita ng gobyerno ng nakaraang taon.

Sa usapin ng langis, kimid-balikat pa rin ang pamahalaan sa pagbabasura ng Oil Deregulation Law na nagbibigay laya sa mga kartel ng langis (Shell, Petron at Caltex) na magdikta ng labis na tubo sa mga produktong petrolyo. Nitong Mayo, napako sa P7.80 kada litro na overpriced ang Diesel. Samantala, nasa 61-71% ang patong sa presyo ng krudo dulot ng  manipulasyon at pandaigdigang monopolyo.

Sa Paglabag sa Karapatang Pantao

Higit na tumaas ang bilang ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao sa bansa, kapansin-pansin ito sa mga lugar kung saan mataas ang bilang ng deployment ng militar sa ilalim ng Oplan Bayanihan.

Sa mga unang buwan ni Aquino bilang pangulo, isang indibidwal sa bawat linggo ang biktima ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao, higit pa sa bilang ng mga biktima sa mga unang buwan ni Arroyo sa katungkulan. Umabot na sa 76 ang biktima ng pampulitikang pamamaslang at 96 ang biktima ng tortyur. Umabot na rin sa mahigit 350 ang bilang ng bilanggong pulitikal sa bansa tulad nina Ericson Acosta, Maricon Montajes at Randy Malayao, mga dating peryodistang pangkampus.

Samantala, sa taya ng Demolition watch, may 16,000 pamilya  sa 20 komunidad ang naging biktima ng marahas na demolisyon sa Metro Manila. Ngayong taon naiulat ang dalawa sa pinaka marahas na demolisyon, gaya ng naganap sa Corazon De Jesus sa San Juan noong Enero kung saan tinatayang 50 ang nasugatan at 2000 pamilya ang walang habas na tinanggalan ng karapatan sa paninirahan.

Hindi parin napapanagot ang nagdaang administrasyon sa 1,206 kaso ng pampulitikang pamamaslang at 206 na sapilitang pagdukot.  Malaya paring nakagagalaw ang mga salarin tulad ng dating Maj.Gen. Jovito Palparan na tinaguriang “berdugo” ng mga progresibong organisasyon.

Sa pagpapataas ng kalidad ng edukasyon

Imbes na itaas ang badyet sa sektor ng edukasyon sa bansa, dagdag pasakit pa ang nakitang sagot ng pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng K to 12 program. Nanatiling nasa laylayan ng prayoridad ng pangulo ang sektor ng edukasyon, mas pinagtuunang pansin ng pamahalaan ang militarisasyon at pambayad utang panlabas.

Binansot rin ng pamahalaan ang kakarampot na badyet ng mga state universities and colleges sa bansa, mula sa 1.816 trilyong pondo ng pamahalaan, 21.8 billion lamang ang inilaan para paghahati-hatian ng lahat ng pampublikong pamantasan at kolehiyo.

Sumatutal, katiting na 2.2% lamang ng Gross Domestic Product ng Bansa ang nilimos ng administrasyong Aquino sa sektor ng edukasyon, malayong malayo sa 6% na rekomendasyon ng United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Sa serbisyong pangkalusugan

Kung binarat ang sektor ng edukasyon, halos binalewala ng pamahalaan ang kalusugan ng mamamayan, kakarampot na P42 bilyon o 0.5% ng GDP ng bansa lamang ang inilaan ng pamahalaan para sa kalusugan ng mahigit 90 milyong Pilipino, higit na malayo kumpara sa 6% na rekomendasyon ng World Health Organization.  Ito’y sa kabila ng tumataas na bilang ng namamatay sa panganganak at lumalalang kakulangan sa ospital sa bansa.

Iniluwal ng kakapusan sa badyet pangkalusugan ang patuloy na pagtaas ng bayarin sa mga pampublikong hospital. Bagaman bumababa ang mortality rate, marami pa rin ito kumpara sa mga kalapit na bansa. Nakapako pa rin sa parehong antas ang mga kaso ng still birth o batang iniluluwal ngunit patay na, o kung mabuhay man ay hindi nagtatagal o lumalampas sa panahong inaasahan.


From College Editors Guild of the Philippines Website

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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