Tag Archives: University of the Philippines Diliman

[Statement] AFP, Get out of UP! -Spark

#HumanRights #DefendUP

AFP, Get out of UP!

SPARK condemns the illegal and tyrannical unilateral decision of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to terminate the 1989 Sotto-Enrile Accords, which prevents the entry of military personnel into campuses of the University of the Philippines. The AFP claims that this was prompted by the presence of the CPP-NPA – which it has recently classified as terrorist organizations – inside University of the Philippines campuses, thus incurring the need for UP campuses to be garrisoned by military forces.

The recent decision to brand the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization was recently taken by the Anti-Terrorism Council, a presidentially-appointed body created by the Anti-Terror Law which is empowered to brand any organization and/or individual it deems to be “terrorist.” The AFP, as usual, has failed to back up its claims on the presence of the CPP-NPA within UP campuses.

That this action has been taken by the AFP at a time when campus activities have been moved completely online exposes not only the paranoia of state forces, but also the grossly-misplaced priorities that the Duterte administration continues to have, even as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens.

Furthermore, the scaled-up repression and harassment of members of the opposition is happening a year away from the 2022 Elections. Whether or not the Duterte administration intends to strangle the space for free political organization and participation in the run-up to the elections, such actions do contribute to this. This is utterly unacceptable, and once more shows the predatory nature of the elite: while they maintain the ruse of democracy through electoral systems, in truth, such practices are marred by widespread violence, intimidation, and corruption instigated by those in power.

The AFP’s demand to militarize UP campuses is an issue that concerns the very basics of our democratic life. Should we let them succeed in UP, the path is open for them to militarize all schools. The relevance of our schools as academic institutions and centers of free conscience and speech is at stake.
We urgently call on all schools to condemn the AFP’s actions in the strongest terms possible, and to consider steps to extend solidarity to the University of the Philippines in resisting these developments.

We call on all students, faculty, and their organizations to likewise condemn the AFP’s actions, and to organize to resist the encroachment of militarization into our campuses, and to defend our democratic rights with all dedication.
We stand in solidarity with the University of the Philippines, its students, faculty, and non-teaching staff. We owe them nothing less than to stand by their side all the way. Rest assured that only our collective action will serve to defend our right to be in our schools.

DefendUP

ResistTyranny

EndEliteRule

Submit your contribution online through HRonlinePH@gmail.com
Include your full name, e-mail address, and contact number.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos, etc.

[In the news] Duterte gov’t ends 1989 deal barring troops from UP -Rappler.com

#HumanRights #Freedoms

Duterte gov’t ends 1989 deal barring troops from UP

The Duterte administration through the Department of National Defense (DND) ended the government’s decades-long accord with the University of the Philippines (UP) that prevented state forces from entering its campuses.

In a letter dated January 15, DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the accord was “terminated or abrogated effective this date.”

The accord, signed in 1989, prevented state forces from entering UP campuses without notifying the university administration. If the termination is implemented, this means police and military can enter UP campuses freely.

Read complete article @www.rappler.com

Submit your contribution online through HRonlinePH@gmail.com
Include your full name, e-mail address, and contact number.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos, etc.

[Event] Benedict Anderson to Lecture at the UP Asian Center

Benedict Anderson to Lecture at the UP Asian Center

Anderson+poster

In celebration of its 59th anniversary, the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman will host a lecture by Benedict Anderson on Monday, 10 November 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Anderson will discuss “The Age of Globalization: Anarchism and the Anticolonial Imagination,” a 2013 revised and updated version of “Under Three Flags,” which was first published by Verso Books in 2005. Read the lecture abstract below.

Cosponsoring the event will be the UP Third World Studies Center, the UP Department of Political Science, and the UP Department of English and Comparative Literature.

Benedict Richard O’Gorman Anderson is Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government and Asian Studies at Cornell University. He is best known for his book, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, which was first published in 1983 but has since undergone countless editions. It is a path-breaking and highly innovative work that has supplied one of the most popular and oft-quoted concepts in the academe and beyond. His other books include The Spectre of Comparisons (1998) and The Fate of Rural Hell: Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand (2012).

Serving as discussant is George Aseniero, a Rizal scholar and author of “From Cádiz to La Liga: The Spanish Context of Rizal’s Political Thought,” published in Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia (Vol 49:1 2013)[ http://asj.upd.edu.ph/index.php/archive/213-asian-studies-49-1-2013%5D, where he examined Rizal’s political thought in relation to Spanish liberalism and French anarchism/mutualism.

Dr. Aseniero was previously with the United Nations University (UNU), first in Geneva and then in Tokyo. He was in charge of UNU research projects on development, regional studies for Latin America, and the project on Africa. He also worked with the Max Planck Institut in Starnberg, Germany. He pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Uppsala and doctorate at the University of Geneva. Now an independent researcher/writer, he continues his research in world-system studies focused on East/Southeast Asia and is writing a book on Rizal’s political thought.

Seats are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, please contact Janus or Kat at 981.8500 local 3586 or email asiancenter@up.edu.ph for inquiries.

Lecture Abstract

The Age of Globalization’s focus (is) on the final decades of the nineteenth century. The near simultaneity of the last nationalist insurrection in the New World (Cuba, 1895) and the first in Asia (the Philippines, 1896) was no serendipity. Cubans and Filipinos did not merely read about each other, but had crucial personal connections and, coordinated their actions – the first time in world history that such transglobal coordination became possible. But the coordination was mediated through “representatives,” above all in Paris, and secondarily in Hong Kong, London and New York. Both Filipinos and Cubans found, to different degrees, their most reliable allies among French, Spanish, Italian, Belgian and British anarchists – each for their own, often non-nationalist reasons. The book attempts to map the gravitational force of anarchism between militant nationalism on opposite sides of the planet. Following the collapse of the First International, and Marx’s death in 1883, anarchism, in its characteristically variegated forms, was the dominant element in the self-consciously internationalist radical Left. – Liberally excerpted from the book’s “Introduction”

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc.

[Campaign] “Rights All- You-Can” campaign -UPJC

“Rights All- You-Can” campaign

FINAL LOGO-Thumbnail (1)

This year, as part of the UP Journalism Club’s (UPJC) 59th anniversary celebration, the organization is conducting a revolutionary campaign entitled: Rights All- You-Can, which aims to enable the youth to become aware of the need for the revival of human rights education in Philippine school curriculums.

Support “Rights All- You-Can” campaign. Join the information campaign online by liking and sharing information materials posted at https://www.facebook.com/upjournalismclub.

Offline, a human rights exhibit on September 16-19 at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and a forum will be held on September 20. These events will be UPJC’s concrete cumulative project, that both of which centers on human rights education awareness in the Philippines. The event is open to students inside and outside UP Diliman.

For more details pls follow UPJC @ https://www.facebook.com/upjournalismclub.

The UP Journalism Club (UPJC) is an academic organization based at the College of Mass Communication in the University of the Philippines – Diliman. For 58 years, UPJC has been continually striving to uphold the professional and the ethical standards in journalism through its tradition of critical thought and action, and has since then been in the service of the college, the university and the Philippine society.

Iboto ang iyong #HRPinduterosChoice para sa HR CAMPAIGN.

Ang botohan ay magsisimula ngayon hanggang sa 11:59 ng Nov 15, 2013.

Ikaw para kanino ka pipindot? Simple lang bumoto:
• i-LIKE ang thumbnail/s ng iyong mga ibinoboto sa HRonlinePH facebook, i-share at ikampanya.
• Bisitahin ang post sa HRonlinePH.com (links sa bawat thumbnail) at pindutin ang button sa
poll sa ilalim ng bawat nominadong post.
• Most number of the combined likes sa FB at sa poll buttons ang magiging 3rd HR Pinduteros
Choice na kikilalanin sa 2013 HR week celebration.

Makiisa sa pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon hinggil sa karapatang pantao. Pindot na!

WHAT IS 3RD HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE AWARDS? https://hronlineph.com/2013/10/01/3rd-human-rights-
pinduteros-choice-awards/

HRonlinePH.com supports UPJC’s “Rights All- You-Can” campaign

[Event] Screening of two video documentaries “Alas-as: Sitting on a Volcano” and “Minera:Women-miners of Benguet” -UPTWSC

Screening of two video documentaries “Alas-as: Sitting on a Volcano” and “Minera:Women-miners of Benguet” 

UPTWSC

 

Dear colleagues,

The UP Third World Studies Center cordially invites you to the screening of two video documentaries “Alas-as: Sitting on a Volcano” and “Minera:Women-miners of Benguet” on 15 August 2013 (Thursday) from 2:30 to 5:00 in the afternoon, at the Audio Visual Room, PH 207, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines-Diliman. These documentaries are part of a video documentary project between University of the Philippines and University of Montreal, where Filipino, French, and French-Canadian students produced
documentaries focusing on issues of socioeconomic development and equity and the impact of extractive industries on people.

This event is free and open to the public.

Should you have further concerns regarding this event, please feel free to get in touch with us via uptwsc@gmail.com. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Ricardo T. Jose, PhD
Director

Third World Studies Center
Lower Ground Floor
Palma Hall
P.O. Box 210
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines
Diliman, 1101 Quezon City, Philippines
Phones: +63 2 981 8500 ext. 2442 (Administrative Staff), 2488 (Research Staff)
Telefax: +63 2 920 5428
Mobile: +63 926 710 2926
Email: uptwsc@gmail.com
Blog: http://uptwsc.blogspot.com/
Website: http://www.upd.edu.ph/~twsc
Social Networking Sites:
http://www.facebook.com/up.twsc

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc.

[Featured Site] A project in honor of the Nameless Heroes and Martyrs Launched

A project in honor of the Nameless Heroes and Martyrs Launched

namelessIn time with the commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of the EDSA people power and the signing of the Compensation Act for Victims of Martial Law, a project called “Nameless” was launched last February 20 2013, during a “Forum on the Relevance of Activism Today”, at the University of the Philippines CSSP Audio-Visual Room, Room 207.

The Forum and the launch were presented by the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of the Philippines (Diliman) in cooperation with UP PADAYON and UP SAMASA.

CSSP UP Diliman Assistant Dean Neil Santillan welcomed the participants. Ruben Felipe of the Nameless Collective talked about the Project Nameless, and their web site. Messages from Alan Jazmines and PAHRA were delivered and a video of “Ang mga walang pangalan,” produced for the launch was premiered. Poems were read. The Forum featured Teddy Rigoroso, Raffy Aquino, Bong Bongolan, and Liza Dacanay as speakers.

The Project Nameless Collective

The Project Nameless Collective looks after The Nameless web site. The Collective is composed of volunteers, who contribute content to the web site and perform other tasks to keep the site running. The Collective also works on other projects, such as mobile exhibits about the heroes and martyrs honored on this web site; it also collaborates with individuals, groups and organisations to maintain and grow the site, and other related projects. Collective members are comrades, relatives and friends of the heroes honored on this virtual shrine.

Project Nameless Collective members include:

Maria Teresa Battad
Mario L. Cuezon
Viol de Guzman
Ma. Katherine De Jesus-Clarin
Ruben Felipe
Ferdinand Llanes
Nini Matilac
Eileen Matute
Christian Ramilo
Louie Rogado
Veronica Uy

For more information on the Collective, write to info@nameless.org.ph.

http://www.nameless.org.ph/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nameless-Unsung-Heroes-Martyrs/233694680077990?fref=ts

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc.

[From the web] Young leaders: “There should always be room for FOI!”; Student council reserves a room in their building for Evardone -youth4foi.blogspot.com

Young leaders: “There should always be room for FOI!”; Student council reserves a room in their building for Evardone

A student council has taken the initiative to provide a venue for the long-delayed Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill hearing in the House of Representatives. Rep. Ben Evardone, Chair of the House Committee on Public Information, earlier reneged on the initial commitment of holding the meeting within the third week of October. According to earlier reports, Evardone pushed the date to November 13 due to the alleged lack of available rooms in the Batasan Complex to accommodate the hearing for the measure.

“Since he didn’t take up Rep. Erin Tañada’s earlier offer of a committee hearing venue, we took it upon ourselves to give him another choice and another chance,” said Carlo Brolagda, Chairperson of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Student Council (CSSPSC) of the University of the Philippines – Diliman and Convenor of the FOI Youth Initiative (FYI).

The FYI is a national network of youth and student organizations pushing for the passage of the bill together with the Right to Know, Right Now Coalition.

Read full article @ youth4foi.blogspot.com

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc.

[Press Release] An Outing “to remember” by victims and survivors of Martial Law -PAHRA

An Outing “to remember” by victims and survivors of Martial Law
University of the Philippines, Diliman. Quezon City

Victims and survivors of Martial Law human rights violations gathered today at the Sunken Garden of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, for an outing “to remember” the dark years of Martial Law 40 years ago as well as the swell of people’s courage to resist and struggle for basic freedoms, human rights and democracy.

The gathering also remembered the student resistance put up by the “Diliman Commune” who barricaded the university’s entrances against the entry of the police and other security forces.

This activity is part of a 6-months- “rememberML@40”- campaign to evoke the broadest efforts to inform about the gross and heinous perpetration of human rights violations during the repressive years of Martial Law and Marcos dictatorship.  On every 21st day of the month starting March until September, activities will be conducted so as to inspire people, especially the youth, to make human rights their preferred values and a way of life to ensure that martial law never happens again as well as the courage to fight against any repression of fundamental freedoms and human rights.

The day of outing included jogging, kite flying and sharing of stories by victims and survivors of martial law to inspire the next generation of the courage of those who resisted the repression of freedoms and rights during the martial law years.

Among the participants in the Diliman activity were the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and Claimmants 1081.

Max de Mesa, the Chairperson of PAHRA, stated in his opening remarks that: “Our thrust this morning is not only to inform, to inspire and to remember Martial Law after forty years, but also to gather support for the passage of a law to compensate the victims of human rights violations during the bloody Marcos dictatorship.”  He added that “compensating the victims is a necessary and correct step towards ending impunity.”

One of the main highlights of this latest unity of human rights defenders was their public signing of a petition calling on both the Philippine Congress and the Aquino administration to  immediately pass a legislative measure to compensate the victims of human rights violations during the bloody Marcos Dictatorship.

After signing a giant-sized petition printed on a tarpaulin, the human rights activists further posed with their ‘red ribbon tied-pinky fingers’ while holding up a placard saying: ‘We inform, inspire and remember ML@40’.  This was to contribute to the currently popular on-line campaign tagged ‘#rememberML@40’. This Facebook-based cyber campaign aims to gather 40,000 supporters by September 21 of this year (to mark forty years after Martial Law).

A member of Claimants 1081, an organization representing the numerous victims of Martial Law under the Marcos Dictatorship, said in closing: “Remembering is our tribute to all those who struggled for freedom, human rights and democracy.  Remembering is our way of inspiring the next generation to stand up for the same.” .  The other organizations which joined and supported today’s affair were: Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights), Medical Action Group (MAG), Youth for Rights (Y4R), Tbak, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Metro Manila Vendors Alliance (MMVA), and SANLAKAS. #30#

*For more information/details, please contact:
Mr. RASTI DELIZO (PAHRA-Campaigns Staff Volunteer)
Cellphone#: 09998092461

[Press Release] The CSWCD Announces the Selection of Salvacion Basiano as Recipient of the 2012 UP Gawad Tandang Sora

The College of Social Work and Community Development Announces the Selection of Salvacion Basiano as Recipient of the 2012 University of the Philippines Gawad Tandang Sora.

The College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) of the University of the Philippines Diliman announces the selection of SALVACION “NANAY SALVE” BASIANO , Founding President of the Confederation of Older Peoples’ Associations of the Philippines (COPAP) as the recipient of the 2012 GAWAD TANDANG SORA. Nanay Salve embodies the spirit of social involvement and volunteerism for the good of the community that Tandang Sora represented. She is the second recipient of the Gawad which started in 2010 with retired UP Professor Flora Celi Lansang as the first awardee. .

The awarding will be on February 21, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. during the CSWCD’s College Week celebration and UP Diliman’s commemoration of the 200th birth anniversary of Tandang Sora. The awardee will receive a trophy made by UP Artist and College of Fine Arts professor Leonilo Doloricon and a cash award from the Office of the Chancellor of UP Diliman.

Nanay Salve is recognized for her long history of involvement in social development particularly working among the poor and disadvantaged. She has actively organized to build cohesion among beneficiaries of low-cost housing in Quezon City by stressing the importance of community building and establishing a pre-school for children in the community. Married to a husband with disability, Nanay Salve also became active with the Ephpheta Foundation for the Blind.

In recent years, Nanay Salve focused her energy on advocacy for the elderly. She is the Founding President of the Confederation of Older Peoples’ Associations of the Philippines (COPAP), an umbrella organization of 109 older people’s organizations in the country. She was the spokesperson of the elderly in the lobbying efforts to pass the bill which is now Republic Act 9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010”. Such lobbying involved both presentations in committee meetings of the House and the Senate but also mobilizations in Mendiola to highlight the urgency and necessity of the passage of the bill. She twice represented Philippine non-government organizations of the elderly in the United Nations conferences in New York where her presentation on the need for speedy actions for the elderly and the importance of the participation of older people in asserting their rights and welfare.

The U.P. Gawad Tandang Sora is the award bestowed to outstanding social development academics and/or practitioners or social development organizations. It honors individuals/organizations who/which have excelled in social work, community development, women and development and social development. The recognition, which comes with a trophy, is given to an individual or organization every two years. It is administered by the College of Social Work and Community Development of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

The award is named after Melchora “Tandang Sora” Aquino, the “Mother of the Philippine Revolution” whose life and deeds represent love of country and service to her fellow Filipinos.

Contact Person:

Prof. Judy M. Taguiwalo

Chair, 2012 Gawad Tandang Sora Committee

College of Social Work and Community Development

Tel: 9298438

[From the web] Sanlakas Youth’s Call for a Revolution within the Fraternity System

Sanlakas Youth’s Call for a Revolution within the Fraternity System
by Sanlakas Youth UP Diliman
Source: http://www.facebook.com/#!/SanlakasYouthUPDiliman

It is but dreadful to understand that UP’s history of honor and excellence, of nationalism and social relevance is stained with unending series of events of fraternity-related violence. That one’s definition of true manhood is identified by the angst, range, anger, pain and hurt they inflict, they endure and return back to those who challenge them. That for the longest time, Greek (and Latin) societies acknowledge violence mutual to their existence, that violence allows them to be recognized, identified rising above others.

Fraternity violence claimed the life of our comrade and former chairperson, Alexander Miguel Icasiano, as it has claimed the lives or ruined the futures of others. We continue to advocate for justice for them, but we recognize that there can be no justice without peace.

Sanlakas Youth UP Diliman unites with the entire UP community in undertaking a road free of violence, in putting an end to the vicious cycle of the culture of violence in the university.

As SY-UPD continues to rally its advocacy against frat-related violence, we hope more fraternities would stand out in proving to have higher understanding of moving forward and learning from their past. That while it is easier to simply retaliate brawl with brawl, we hope more of them would choose the path towards peace.

WE CONTINUALLY CALL FOR A REVOLUTION WITHIN THE FRATERNITY SYSTEM. We challenge all enlightened and progressive fratmen to take power in their respective fraternities and reorient them. Work together across organizational lines, dismantle this corrupt, violent system and replace it with a peaceful, principled alternative.

Along the first steps of the revolution, we also call for cooperation and unity among the UP community to destroy the spirit of indifference and superficial judgment. No action or step is too small or too irrelevant, especially when that step is towards achieving peace. Ultimately achieving unity within the university shall serve as the guiding force of these brotherhoods in claiming this goal.

Together let us join hands in completely abandoning the culture of violence that is hunting and tearing us down for generations. Together let us all have a vision of a violence-free university and unite in working towards it.

[Blogger] Climate Change and the Indigenous People: Communicating Adaptation, Impact and Mitigation for Sustainable Sectoral Development

Climate Change and the Indigenous People: Communicating Adaptation, Impact and Mitigation for Sustainable Sectoral Development*

by Rodrigo Rivera

* A reflective discourse originally presented by the blogger to Dr. R. Guioguio for the requirement in a post-graduate course on Philippine Communication Environment, University of the Philippines-Diliman, 2010. Permission for reprinting is granted as long as proper citation is observed, according to the principle of creative commons’ sharing of online resources.

Climate change is a major environmental problem that represents social and economic threats to everyone in the globe. Risks have become higher as the potential danger of natural disasters looms to almost unmanageable extent – longer periods of rain, harsher storms, prolonged dry spells, extreme heat and cold temperatures, more frequent hot days and nights, flash floods, forest fires, rising sea level, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and the warming global temperature are among the many signs that “mother earth” is now ringing a sick call to all her children.

The peril resulting from climate change is no way particular to creed, wealth, faith, age, gender, race or color. It spares no one. The ecology of all things in the world suggests that every creature will experience the impact of climate change.

Climate change is a global concern, but it has impact which is specific to communities and sectoral groups. The problem is too broad to manage for a sector, yet there are enormous possibilities for a sector to contribute to its resolution; at least for their own adaptation, to mitigate climate change impact and to sustain community-base development. The indigenous are communities of people who contributed the least to the problem of climate change, but they are not spared from its impact. Economically and socially marginalized, the indigenous far greatly suffer from the impact of climate change and to international mitigation measures.

What is the potential impact of climate change to the indigenous people? What are  the existing and needed adaptation means to climate change specific to sustain survival and livelihood of the indigenous? How important is a communication framework in climate change impact mitigation for the indigenous people? These questions call for some reflective thinking.

Read full article @ rodrigo75.wordpress.com

[Statement/Events] Unahin ang mga Titser! Pahayag ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC)

Unahin ang mga Titser
Pahayag ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), Mayo 26, 2011

“Ang paraalan ang salamin ng bayan… ang saligan ng lipunan. Ipakita ninyo sa amin ang paaralan ng bayang iyan at ipakikita namin sa inyo ang kinabukasan ng bayang iyan.”
Jose Rizal (Noli Me Tangere)

Magpapasukan na naman. Mistulang bagong taon para sa ating mga guro ang ganitong panahon. Magsisimula ang mga panibagong hamon. Muli tayong sasabak sa mga paghahanda- Brigada Eskwela, school-based INSET, enrolment at meetings.

Ang mga kakulangan

Minsan pa’y mapapansin ng madla at masmidya ang mga kakulangan sa ating mga paaralan. Kulang na classrooms, upuan, mesa, banyo, libro, computer at iba pang pasilidad. Higit sa lahat, kulang ang mga guro. Ang masaklap, tayo ang pumapasan sa lahat ng kakulangang ito.

Sino nga ba ang nagkulang?

Ayon mismo sa datos ng DepEd, aabot sa 152, 000 ang kulang na classroom para sa taong ito, samantalang mahigit sa 100, 000 guro ang kakailangan. Subalit, naglaan lamang ng budget para sa 13, 000 classrooms at 10, 000 teachers. Taun-taon pa nama’y nadaragdagan ang bilang ng ating mga mag-aaral, mas mabilis silang lumaki kaysa budget na inilalaan.

Ang K+12

Samantalang wala tayong pagtutol sa batayan ng programang ito, hindi naman tayo kumbinsido na ito na nga ang ultimong solusyon sa problema. Kailangan pa rin ng kumprehensibo at sinserong konsiderasyon sa kalalagayan ng mga pampublikong paaralan bago tayo tumungo sa isang ambisyosong programang gaya ng 12-year basic education system. Kailangang tugunan muna ang mga pangunahing pangangailan bago ang ipatupad ito, sapagkat kung hindi ay maaring masayang lamang ang oras at guguling ilalaan dito. Higit sa lahat, mga guro muli ang maisasakripisyo.

Universal Kindergarten System

Itinutulak natin ang free and universal kindergarten system upang mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang lahat ng bata, maging ang mga anak ng maralita na mabigyan ng pre-school education. Subalit hindi naman tayo pabor sa uri ng implementasyon na balak gawin at ginagawa ng ating kagawaran hinggil dito. Batay mismo sa DepEd Order No. 37, s. 2011 ay nakatakdang lumobo ang bilang ng contractual teachers. Sila ay mga gurong magtuturo na walang katiyakan sa seguridad sa trabaho at pasasahurin lamang ng P3, 000 hanggang P6, 000 kada buwan. Sila ang mga gurong nakatakdang magpatupad ng inisyal na programa ng K+12. Ibig sabihin, sa K+12 na pangunahing programa ng ating pangulo sa edukasyon ay muli na namang isasakrispisyo ang karapatan, kagalingan at dignidad ng mga guro.

Bigyang-prayoridad ang Edukasyon, Unahin ang mga Guro

Kung sinsero ang Pamahalaang Aquino na iangat ang kalidad ng edukasyon at abutin ang international standard, dapat ay hindi lang sa haba ng taon tayo sumabay. Dapat ay ihanay natin sa buong mundo ang ating istandard sa budget, pasilidad, class size, teacher to student ratio atbp. Higit sa lahat, dapat ay unahin natin ang kapakanan ng ating mga guro. Sapagkat lahat ng programa sa edukasyon, gaano man ito kaganda ay hindi magtatagumpay kung hindi seryosong tutugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga guro. DAPAT UNAHIN ANG MGA GURO!

Sapat na Benepisyo sa mga Guro, Sapat ng Badyet sa Edukasyon!

Sa Hunyo 5, 2011, huling araw ng bakasyon, ito ang ating panawagan. Ipakita natin sa buong mundo na ang mga gurong Pilipino ay handa nang tumugon sa hamon ng paglilingkod. Hamunin din natin ang pamahalaan na tugunan ang mga pananagutan nito sa mga guro at buong sistema ng edukasyon. Sumama sa ating mga pagkilos at pagdiriwang.

==========================

“Bike for Teachers’ Dignity, Bike for Education”

June 5, Sunday, 7:00AM from UP Diliman to Quezon Memorial Circle.

Everyone is invited to join with their bicycle, motorcycle or any kind of vehicle for UP-QCMC ride/motorcade. The front row will be filled by bicycles inspired by Pres. Aquino’s recent bike ride in QCMC.

Simultaneous activities in other places:

Bataan-Walk for Teachers and mass in Balanga Cathedral

Pampanga- Walk for Teachers and program in San Fernando City

Quezon- Motorcade in Lucena City and mass at Lucena West ES

Laguna- Motorcade from Sta. Cruz to Calamba

Cavite- Motorcade from Trece Martires to Aguinaldo Shrine (Kawit)

Sorsogon- Walk for Education in Sorsogon City

(Please feel free to communicate with the numbers below for details of these activities)

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City
Hotline: (02) 3853437/Telefax: (02) 4350036
Mobile nos: 0920-5740241/ 0922-8831467/ 0915-3785069/ 0908-9933045
Email/FB: teachersdignity@yahoo.com.ph/ Website: http://www.teachersdignity.com