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[Event] Start There: You(th) Can Shape Tomorrow -by NoBox Transitions Foundation, Inc.

Start There: You(th) Can Shape Tomorrow
by NoBox Transitions Foundation, Inc.

Nowadays, when we watch the news, scroll though our timelines, or read tweets, we are left with a sense of “ugh, this again!”

Is there anything left we can do??

People from different fields will share their stories about how they, in their own way, were able to help shape a kinder future for Philippine society. And at the end of the day, leaving you with ideas and tools you can use to make a difference.

Whoever you are, wherever you go, you can #StartThere.

Join us on October 26, 4-7pm at the College of Engineering Theater, Melchor Hall, UP Diliman

This NoBox Ed event is made possible in partnership with the Youth for Mental Health Coalition (Y4MH), UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), and the UP Diliman University Student Council (UPD USC).

Register for #StartThere at nobox.ph/startthere! Registration for the event is free of charge.

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[Statement] DUTERTE: Kaaway ng Manggagawa’t Kabataang Pilipino -SPARK

DUTERTE: Kaaway ng Manggagawa’t Kabataang Pilipino

Bubuhos ang libo-libong masa sa lansangan, isisigaw ang mga panawagang naghahangad ng pagbabago. Kasabay ng mga talumpati ng mga lider ng iba’t ibang grupo maririnig ang ingay ng mga sasakyang bumubusina. Ang mga kalsada na kadalasang larawan ng trapik ay magmimistulang naglalagablab na damdaming palaban ng masang patuloy na naghahanap ng kasagutan sa kanyang abang kalagayan. Ito ang matutunghayan sa Pandaigdigang Araw ng Paggawa.

Mangingibabaw ang daing ng sambayanang naniniwalang ang lipunang may ganap na panlipunang hustisya, walang pagsasamantala at masagana, ay hindi imposible sa pinagsama-samang pwersa ng pagkakaisa ng mga aping uri.

Ngunit sa kabila ng mga ingay ng okasyon na ito ay may katahimikang mas madalas, mas malawak at mas maraming bilang kumpara sa dami, ng taunang paggunita ng Araw ng Paggawa.

Ito marahil ang mga buntong-hininga ng masang tila ba namanhid na sa hirap ng pang-araw-araw na buhay, mga Pilipinong tinanggap na lamang ang kalupitan ng sistemang umiiral.

Magta-tatlong taon na mula ng mapwesto ang administrasyong Duterte sa Palasyo subalit hindi maitatanggi na hindi kailanman naging para sa mahihirap ang kanyang pamamahala. Bagkus, puro pretensyon lamang ang laman ng kanyang mga pahayag. Noong panahon ng kampanya, todo yabang niyang sinabi na wawakasan niya ito sa araw na maupo sya sa pwesto. Ang mga pangako ng hambog na Duterte ay nauwi sa pagpapaasa at lantarang pagtra-traydor sa masang manggagawa.

Business as usual pa rin ang kaliwa’t kanang abuso’t kawalanghiyaan ng mga hayok sa tubo gaya ni Henry Sy at Lucio Tan. Nagpapatunay lamang na hindi talaga para sa mahihirap si Duterte kundi isang tuta ng mga kapitalistang nagpapasarap sa pawis at sakripisyo ng mayorya.

Dagdag pa sa mga atraso ni Duterte ay nang sinadlak niya ang milyong mala-manggagawa o yung mga walang pirmis na kita sa panibagong salot, ang TRAIN Law. Ito ang nagbunsod sa papatinding pagtaas ng presyo ng mga batayang pangangailangan ng pamilyang Pilipino.

Habang binaba nito ang buwis ng mga mayayaman, ipinasa naman nito sa pinakamahihirap na seksyon ang obligasyong tustusan ang kanyang programang Build, Build, Build gayung ‘di naman ito direktang papakinabangan ng mga maralita.

Sa hanay naman nating kabataan, patuloy pa rin ang paghabi ni Duterte sa kasinungalingang matatamasa na ng lahat ng kabataan ang kanilang karapatan sa edukasyon sa papasok na semestre.

Pawang panloloko ito dahil sa dami ng restriksyon ng RA 10931 at mga ‘di kwalipikadong lokal na kolehiyo ay mapagkakaitan pa lalo ang mga kabataang maralita na may katamtamang IQ ng kanilang karapatan umahon sa kahirapan.

Habang ang daan-libong bagong gradweyt nitong Marso ay nabibilang na sa estatistika ng walang hanapbuhay na susugal hanapin ang kanilang kapalaran sa ibayong-dagat.

Ganito pinapaikot ng kapitalistang gobyerno ni Duterte ang buhay ng pamilya ng manggagawa. Hindi tao ang turing, kundi mga instrumento lamang para lumikha ng kanilang tubo at tagatustos ng mga pribilehiyo ng mga pulitiko’t mga nasa burukrasya ng walang kwentang gobyerno .

Nananatiling nakalubog sa kumunoy ng kahirapan ang Pilipinas. Hindi umangat kahit isang pulgada ang buhay ng mga mahihirap. Ito ang lipunang mamanahin nating mga kabataan. Pinalalabas nilang wala tayong ibang mapagpipilian kundi magpa-alipin sa sistemang kapitalismo at manatiling mga maamong tupa na maari nilang lokohin, abusuhin at pagsamantalahan.

Bilang tagapagmana ng bagsik ng kapitalismo, ngayon pa lamang ay basagin na natin ang nakabibinging katahimikan ng pighati at kawalan ng paki-alam sa lipunang ating ginagalawan. Magsilbing boses, mitsa at simbolo ng pag-asa sa sambayanang nagnanais ng tunay na pagbabago. Kailangan nating paglagablabin ang ating ideyalismo para hawanin ang landas tungo sa radikal na pagbabago ng lipunan, tungo sa pagpapabagsak ng lipunang pinaghaharian ng iilan.

Sa makasaysayang Pandaigdigang Araw ng Paggawa, sama-sama nating itakwil at ideklara na si Duterte ay kaaway ng manggagawa’t kabataang Pilipino.

Laban ng Manggagawa, Laban ng Kabataan!

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[Press Release] Youth demand DOLE to disclose results of their investigation of SM -SPARK

Youth demand DOLE to disclose results of their investigation of SM

SPARK KabataanMore than a month after a mandatory conference was held between the management of SM Supermalls and the labor department to investigate allegations of labor-only contracting, a youth group demanded from the agency to disclose its findings on the extent of contractual employment being exercised in the retail giant’s operations.

The Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) in a statement said that, “A month is more than enough to ascertain the extent and gravity of the 5-5-5 employment scheme in SM and make it public. The DOLE is duty-bound to disclose the results of its investigation since the perverse practice of contractualization has been going on at SM for the past three decades and is only now that anomalies are being unraveled”.

Before the said conference, the Bureau of Working Conditions, an agency under the labor department asked SM Supermalls to submit its organizational chart to address the issue of regularization and labor standards after officials estimated that SM has violated labor standards.

The group fears that a prolonged release of the report may result in a whitewash, utilizing legal loopholes in order for SM to maintain its high profitability and confidence of its investors.

“It is no secret that SM pioneered the circumvention of labor rights to the point that contractualization has become the common employment practice in the retail industry and has been replicated by thousands of other companies in other industrial lines”, says SPARK spokesperson Jade Lyndon Mata, a three-time five month sales utility clerk at different branches of SM Supermalls.

Mata likewise rebuked the SM management for insisting that it is compliant with all labor regulations even if Secretary Bebot Bello of the labor department himself revealed that the retail giant has violated labor standards.

The group alleges that many former SM employees complain that besides undermining their right to security of tenure despite performing ‘usually necessary and desirable‘ in the daily operation of its malls its employees receive only half of their supposed overtime pay and that many of the manpower agencies that SM engages with fail to reimburse employee cash bonds that were deducted from their measly wages.

“The continued attempts by the top honchos of SM to gloss over their anomalous yet surreptitious employment schemes manifest their business-as-usual attitude despite persistent calls to abolish all forms of contractual employment and heavy-worded pronouncements by no less than President (Rodrigo) Duterte.”

SPARK vowed to rigorously campaign for the abolition of contractualization and demand indemnification for decades of exploitation inflicted on its workers.#

PRESS RELEASE
12 November 2016
Contact person: Jade Lyndon Mata 0935-1449575

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[Press Release] Youth group fires back after QC Vice Mayor defend curfew ordinance -SPARK

Youth group fires back after QC Vice Mayor defend curfew ordinance

SPARK KabataanAN ANTI-CURFEW youth organization criticized Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte after she claimed in a live interview that the curfew ordinance in Quezon City has been “very successful” in reducing the crime rate.

Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) spokesperson, Joanne Lim responded by saying that, “In as much that we would prefer that the Mayors-respondents to reply to our petition before the Supreme Court instead of issuing public statements, we will have to disagree with Vice Mayor Belmonte’s assessment. Her assessment is just as vague as her ordinance”.

The group filed a petition before the Supreme Court last Friday, July 22 asking the high court to issue a temporary restraining order on the curfew ordinances of the cities of Manila, Quezon and Navotas for vagueness. overbreadth and runs contrary to a national law, Republic Act no. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Act.

The three-term Vice Mayor expressed her approval for the continuity of the curfew. She asserted that the success was reflected upon the restored discipline and order at Quezon City, as the youth “were not loitering outside the streets at wee hours in the morning”. Apart from that, the parents were also “reminded … again of their responsibility over their children.”

Lim reiterated that “the ordinance violates the parents’ natural and primary right in the rearing of their children. The parents know best for their children and for them to be penalized with detention for allowing their children to go out during this period either ‘knowingly or by insufficient control’ is unjust”.

Lim wondered what was the basis or means of measurement for Belmonte to claim that the curfew was “very successful”.

“Belmonte is mistaken into believing her own propaganda that the much vaunted peace and order in Quezon City is brought about by their curfew. This can be easily debunked by the twenty-two extra-judicial killings in her city from July 1 to 21 alone,” Lim said.

“Empty streets does not translate that crimes are not happening. Belmonte must first prove that the curfew has a direct correlation to the decline of crime and if there was any decline, it must be because of the heavy-worded pronouncements of President Rody Duterte and Police chief Bato dela Rosa. To think that the Quezon City ordinance was enacted more than two years ago,” Lim maintained.

SPARK reminded the public that the youth engage in many other activities that are vital in their development, instead of assuming that a minor out on the streets late at night is engaged in criminal activities.

Lim stressed that while the curfew ordinances bear the promises of peace and order, in recent experience and actual implementation, the curfew does otherwise.

“It harbors fear among the youth. They know that they are not doing anything wrong, but they also know that the simple act of staying out late entails the label of criminals, and also the subsequent possibility of being detained and punished”.

PRESS RELEASE
JULY 25, 2016

Joanne Lim 0906-4045023
Member, National Secretariat

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[People] Behind the Drug Culture is Child Neglect by Fr. Shay Cullen

Behind the Drug Culture is Child Neglect
Fr. Shay Cullen

325-fr-shay-cullenA society without respect and openness to accept and listen to children and youth is like a land without water- everything dies.

Parents, relatives and enlightened community leaders are increasingly alarmed and shocked with the spread and common availability of personality and mind-altering dangerous drugs. With the “internet-of-everything” connecting everybody on smart phones, tablets, laptops and even eyeglasses, young people are exposed to a bombardment of influences more powerful, compelling and dangerous than ever before.

The role model they see before them when entering adolescence has the greatest influence on their lives and self-image. The most important is the loving, caring parent that teaches by good actions as much as by positive words.

The young person can be inspired and become a socially-involved and active youth helping others if listened to, involved in the life of the family, have good parents or brothers and sisters they can admire and imitate.

If left to themselves as busy parents get more involved with themselves and forget their children’s needs for friendship and companionship, then they could lose their child. Hundreds of thousands of children are running away from home and unloving and abusive parents than ever before. They join street gangs and use dangerous, banned drugs to forget their problems.

In some families without guidance and positive leadership, the children are all too easily groomed, enticed and seduced to the dark side of life by predators lurking on the internet. If they have underlying childhood problems and hurts because of a dysfunctional family, they are extremely vulnerable, rebel against the neglectful parents and take to hostile behavior. Such a family is in grave danger of losing a son or daughter.

FR SHAY 061416 copyThe inspiring good example of parents and friends that leads to close bonding and supportive friendship is perhaps the only way in today’s world to bring them to live a safe life of value, fulfillment and dignity. Many a good loving family who care and support their child can lose their children to the influence of a drug-taking peer group. There is no doubt that acts of abuse and hurt against a child leaves a life-long inner scar that may never heal. We live in a world where one
in every four children suffers abuse. It has created a generation of scarred, pain-filled youth who want justice and retribution. Some may seek relief in pain killing drugs.

The growing neglect and physical and sexual abuse of children in the early formative years of life is the cause of violence and can drive youth to join terrorist groups to take revenge on society.

As young people grow to adolescence, they are seeking meaning and purpose to their lives and yet childhood hurt blocks the happiness they deserve and need. They have more feelings of exclusion and rejection caused by the childhood memories and inner scars of fear of adults and punishment and they to turn to chemical substances to try and heal themselves.

That essential experience of feeling of being loved, whole and complete, is essential for a positive life. When there are few people willing to listen and understand troubled youth, they turn to other sources of comfort- dangerous drugs.

The desire for elation and relief found in chemicals can drive them to assuage and anesthetize with drugs their anxieties and feelings of alienation.

When they are materially as well as emotionally-poor and deprived of the essentials of life like secure home life, nutritious food, education, respect and dignity, they are on the edge of despair and even suicide.
Added to that the failure of teenage relationship- how much more they will seek out relief in alcohol and dangerous drugs.

The knee-jerk reaction of misinformed and ignorant authority figures is to react in anger and to condemn, blame and punish young people for drug-taking. The adults must listen and learn. What the youth need is to be listened to, express themselves and state their needs and be given supportive counseling.

Their parents and adult leaders must see them as others in great need and give them emotional reinforcement and human understanding. The youth experimenting with pain killers will feel a lot more pain when condemned and they will reach out for more pain killers rather than less.

The branding as criminals deserving harsh punishment and even summary execution of impoverished drug dependents is criminal behavior. It is a total failure to understand the underlying plight and needs of the next generation.

Likewise legalizing any dangerous drug solves none of the problems but exasperates them all the more. It is lunacy to supply chemicals to youth to tranquilize their deep emotional family problems. What they need is emotional support, understanding and security.

June 26 is designated World Drug Day Against Illicit Drug Use and Trafficking by the United Nations Anti-Drug Agency. Drugs are no substitute for a loving, supportive, listening family and community. Teachers, parents, community leaders and peer leaders must listen and learn how to respond to the deepest needs and problems of the youth today. This we can do with wisdom, patience and living a live giving good example and caring for our family and doing good to others.

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[People] The Destructive Trade in Dangerous Drugs by Fr. Shay Cullen

The Destructive Trade in Dangerous Drugs
Fr. Shay Cullen
28 May 2016

325-fr-shay-cullenYoung people by the thousands are dropping dead by consuming chemicals into their bodies to forget their problems or just to get an exciting high and overcome inhibition. A few weeks ago in an open air dance concert in Manila, another five people collapsed in the outdoor dance area and died on the spot or later in hospital from presumed drug overdose. Ecstasy and a powerful variety of marijuana and crystal meth are easily available. These young people were seemingly victims of the drug culture. What a tragic loss of young lives and pain and suffering for their family and friends. They could be your children or grandchildren, nephews or nieces- all are targets of the drug pushers and dealers. We cannot stand idly by wringing our hands helplessly. We must act and campaign for a drug-free society, not a society that tolerates, ignores, or as in some Northern hemisphere countries legalizes dangerous drugs.

Murdering drug pushers or denouncing them without evidence or a trial or accusing them before TV cameras is wrong. It is a violation of their rights. In that system anyone can accuse you or me and we could be shot without due process.

Any person accused is entitled by law to due process and a fair trial. Vigilante killing of suspects without a trial is not a solution, it is murder. More pushers, drug lords and dealers will take their place, who would they be? If they are politicians with hit squads who kill suspects they are no saints and can easily take over the drug business and remain in power forever. Goodbye democracy, here come the goons.

It is only by having a high value of our lives and health of our children and all our citizens and teaching our children by good example to be drug and alcohol-free and eat healthy food will they have a healthy, productive meaningful life. The drug users did not have these values and are victims. They need recovery, therapy and rehabilitation.

The youth must be taught to be smart, knowledgeable and committed to a life of drug-free dignity. When we end the demand, then we end the supply. This can be done by the inspiring words and deeds of responsible youth, parents, teachers and national leaders. They must give moral leadership and good example of a disciplined drug, alcohol and vice-free life.

Public campaigning and government legislative action and public education has driven back the smoking scourge and now its hip to be tobacco free. That is an example of success and a non-violent solution. Knowledge is power and we have to empower others and ourselves with the truth to oppose the drug use and make it unacceptable in society.

Drug abuse can be defeated. In other countries, activists must prevent it being legalized as is happening in some places in the USA and Europe.

The sex trade and human trafficking is drug driven. The victims are lured, made dependent or forcibly addicted in order to subdue and control them. Before they are abducted and trafficked, they are frequently tranquilized with drugs to make them docile and submissive. Then they are sold into sex slavery to many customers who are high on drugs especially marijuana with high levels of THC.Government must stop giving operating permits and licenses to the sex brothels and bars.

Campaigners in Northern hemisphere countries are protecting youth and children from the dangers of drugs by working to stop the legalization of some dangerous drugs especially cannabis. Their campaign is knowledge-based and backed by cutting edge scientific research and important findings. These are the great unsung, but often criticized, heroes of our time.

The decades-long campaigner Grainne Kenny, honorary president of Europe Against Drugs (EURAD) and Irish Laureate 1989 Women Of Europe Award for her campaign to save youth from drug use, has this to say to those working to decriminalize cannabis use.

“Decriminalization will bring the drug problem out of the scope of penal (criminal) law. Law enforcement will no longer be provided for the export. Import, manufacture, distribution, sale, publicity, possession and use of drugs that are up till now controlled within the scope of international conventions. The consequences are that society will have no law or lever to use to direct drug addicts towards help and treatment. Neither does society have means to suppress trafficking”. (Eurad’s founding papers) Cannabis and other drugs of abuse, including alcohol, is the cause of a huge rise in broken homes abandoned children and many deaths in road accidents in recent years as the percentage of THC chemical is now so strong and powerful. In the UK the 16% cannabis is called Skunk. In years past the percent of deadly THC was 1% to 2% .Now it is deadly dangerous drug if ever there was one. ( wwwcannabisskunksense.co.uk.) It causes severe damage to our brains and DNA and this will cause birth defects in children of the next generation.

Dr. Akira Miroshima, authority on cytogenetic and formerly of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons said: “… in my twenty years of research on human cells, I have never found any other drug, including heroin, which comes close to the DNA damage caused by marijuana.”

If cannabis or marijuana is legalized and then damage to children is shown in their DNA, then the governments that legalized the drug and the companies who sold it will be liable for huge damage claims into the billions of dollars as happened with other legalized drugs that caused harm.

It is our duty to protect our children of this generation and of the next by preventing harm and hurt. This is by making drug use the social menace and pariah in society and teaching our children to stand against it and resist peer pressure to use it.

shaycullen@preda.org

 

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[Press Release] Student-Leaders challenge Aquino, Duterte to address ‘neglected’ IP issues in country -SPARK

YOUTH GROUPS: HYPE WON’T SOLVE BADJAO GIRL’S PROBLEMS
Student-Leaders challenge Aquino, Duterte to address ‘neglected’ IP issues in country

SPARK KabataanYouth groups expressed concern over the growing hype surrounding rising internet sensations from marginalized sectors in society, particularly Rita Gabiola, popularly known as ‘BadjaoGirl.’

Viral photos of Gabiola, taken while she was begging for alms in the streets of Lucena City, have propelled the young girl to be propelled into popularity. Since then, several personalities and institutions have rushed to shower her and her family with donations and other forms of aid.

SamahanngProgresibongKabataan (SPARK), a national organization of students which engages issues of exploitation and massive inequality in the country, noted several factors which are downplayed by the hype surrounding Gabiola’s rise to popularity.

“Members of the Badjao community, like many other indigenous groups in the country currently face issues of displacement, exploitation and alienation from their very own cultural heritage because of the growing inequalities, violence in their ancestral lands and the destruction of their native environment and livelihood,” said SPARK National Coordinator Arvin Buenaagua.

“As of 2015, data has placed the population of the Badjao community at 26, 400 scattered across Eastern Visayas, Northern Samar, San Bernardino Strait, Capul Island, San Isidro Island and Manila. While they are traditionally a seafaring tribe, some Badjao families have settled in impoverished coastal sections of highly-urbanized areas due to poverty and displacement,” Buenaagua said. “This leaves open the possibility of members of the tribe, especially children and women, to be subject to exploitation and harassment, not to mention the detachment of younger generations to their well-established traditions and culture,” he added.

“The surrounding hype implies that most people only notice IPs when they are ‘photoshoot-material’ and thus, ‘sellable,’” said Alex Castro of NagkakaisangIskolar Para SaPamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA UP).

Castro, currently studying Law in the University of the Philippines Diliman, stressed that the ‘romanticizing’ the plight of Gabiola and her family will do very little difference to the quality of life experienced by indigenous tribes. “Since the passage of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act in 1997, no successful attempt has been initiated to address the issue of poverty and exploitation among these nomadic tribes. Not to mention the disenfranchisement of these groups in policies addressing armed violence and environmental destruction in rural and coastal areas of the country,” she elaborated.

Castro noted that while civil society and individual citizens’ efforts to help the family of Gabiola are admirable, the Philippine government must recognize the societal realities that put Gabiola’s family into such dismal conditions. Castro also noted the fact that education in all levels remain inaccessible to most IPs, with its high cost and discriminatory policies.

“Gabiola’s desire for a quality education is reflective of the desire espoused by all citizens, especially those who see it as a tool for social mobility and self-realization,” said Castro. “We cannot simply address this issue by giving out token scholarships, but by providing free education for all citizens, regardless of where they came from and which group they belong to,” she concluded.

Duterte and PNoy urged to integrate IP issues in development policies
Castro and Buenaagua urged the incumbent Aquino government in its last few weeks. and the incoming Duterte administration to take drastic and immediate action to uplift and secure the lives and livelihoods.

“President-elect  Rodrigo Duterte, as the first President to hail from Mindanao, must be very familiar with the poverty and violence IPs have to face daily and therefore should prioritize the integration of their issues in the country’s policies on development and peace,” said Buenaagua. “This entails a departure from the neoliberal policies espoused by the Aquino PDP, which President-Elect Duterte also professed to adopt, putting business interests ahead of the urgent demands of the people and resulting to massive displacement, loss of livelihood and the concentration of wealth to a privileged few.”

References:
Arvin Buenaagua, SPARK National Coordinator – 0915 352 3951
Ale Castro, KAISA Spokesperson – 0906 404 5023
Email Address: spark.diliman@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/SparkKabataan
Website: progresibongkabataan.weebly.com

 

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[Press Release] #PilipinasDelayed: Youth sector decries absence of youth agenda in electoral debate -SPARK

 

#PilipinasDelayed: Youth sector decries absence of youth agenda
in electoral debate

SPARK Kabataan“The fiasco we have seen transpired in national television is the reason why more and more members of the youth are becoming disillusioned with Philippine politics,” said one youth leader concerning the three-hour long COMELEC-organized debate which aired Sunday on TV5.

SPARK – Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan National Coordinator Arvin Buenaagua expressed disappointment over the outcome of the second national debate consisting of candidates vying for the position of President, as the event set the stage for mere “slander, mudslinging and name-calling.”

Buenaagua denounced how key issues concerning the youth, specifically education and the lack of regular jobs for newly-graduates, were left out in the debate. “Not even one candidate cared to bring up what they would do for the one million new graduates who are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed,” he said. SPARK expressed concern over the decreasing opportunities for regular jobs, as at least 75% of the work force in the Philippines remains contractual or casual workers.

“With the current policy of contractualization, made possible by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Order 18-A, the prospects for social mobility to be experienced by the youth become less and less,” Buenaagua said.

Youth organizations also expressed dismay with the presidentiables’ lack of a clear educational platforms or policy direction. “Year after year we experience tuition fee-related suicides from students of public universities, and with the current implementation of the K to 12 program, education is becoming increasingly expensive, especially for marginalized sectors,” said Joanne Lim of UP Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (UP KAISA).

“Adding to that, the past administration has proven that it is incompetent in providing assistance to those students who rely on scholarships in order to pursue their studies.” Lim cited the report by the Commission on Audit (COA) that P1 Billion worth of funds allotted for scholarships remained unreleased by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), citing several inefficient and dubious measures employed by the office.

Both student leaders decried the “rude and undignified” behavior of all candidates, as no presidentiable stood above the rest in how they related with each other and addressed issues.

“Only last week there was outrage over the alleged ‘impoliteness’ of a UP Los Banos student who asked one of the candidates a legitimate and serious question,” Lim recalled. “And yet, today we see how these bastions of courtesy scramble for attention and dominance at the expense of substance.”

Buenaagua found it disturbing that candidates could get away with glorifying extrajudicial killings and unrestrained outbursts in national television. “We must hold candidates to a higher standard. If society looks to the youth as its hope, it must look to its leaders and find inspiration, not fear or disgust,” he concluded.

Press Release
21 March 2016

Contact details:
Arvin Buenaagua 0915-3523951
SPARK National Coordinator

 

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[Press Release] Youth group slams CHED for P1.2-B unspent funds for poor students -SPARK

Youth group slams CHED for P1.2-B unspent funds for poor students

Members of the youth criticized the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Aquino government for failing to spend over 1.23 billion pesos-worth of funds meant to be spent on financial assistance for impoverished college students.

SPARK KabataanStudent-leaders from SPARK – Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan, cited the recently-released 2014 report by the Comission on Audit (COA), in condemning the failure of CHED to spend P1.23 billion of the allotted P5.2 billion aimed at helping almost 400,000 poor college students through student financial assistance programs (StuFAPs).

“This development highlights the deception of the Aquino government in repeatedly boasting that it has increasingly expanded spending on education, with the number of its beneficiaries financial assistance programs increasing ten-fold in 2014,” said SPARK National Coordinator Vin Buenaagua. “But in reality, the budget it has allotted failed to reach those students who need it the most because of inefficiency and shady practices in the bureaucracy.”

Buenaagua cited the recently-released Commission on Audit (COA) report in saying that CHED has repeatedly failed in allocating slots for StuFAPs, as well as processing and releasing allowances for supposed beneficiaries.

“The failure of CHED to verify cash advances they have released amounting to P108 million and its P3.44 million-worth of excess, double and multiple payments point not only to government inefficiency, but possible corruption in the provision of StuFAPs,” Buenaagua added.

COA, in the report, also mentioned the delayed release of allowances to at least 25, 442 students by up to 14 months, as well as P9.3 million-worth of checks which failed to reach its un-notified beneficiaries as part of CHED’s “internal control weaknesses.”

Tuition a matter of life and death; Greater education subsidy encouraged

Joanne Lim, member of the University of the Philippines-Diliman University Student Council (UPD-USC), described this development as disturbing, given the succession of education-related deaths the youth sector has suffered under the Aquino administration.

“The deaths of UP’s Kristel Tejada, Cagayan’s Rosemary Sanfuego, and EARIST’s Jhoemary Azaula, show us that matriculation and financial capability are matters of life and death,” said Lim. “That there are funds which did not reach beneficiaries in time or did not reach them at all is nothing less than injustice.”

Lim, who serves as the UPD College of Science Representative to the USC, demands that the Aquino government and the current CHED administration “must be held accountable.” “Reports like this mean nothing if no one is punished once irregularities are exposed,” she added. “Transparency without accountability is nothing.”

“These anomalies are not unexpected in the government’s approach to student financial assistance,” said Buenaagua. “Like what we have seen in the pork barrel system and the disbursement acceleration program (DAP), allocating a huge sum of resources in lump-sum to be spent on previously unspecified items, is prone to patronage, corrupt practices and underspending.”

Buenaagua emphasized that an across-the board increase in spending on education provides a better, more efficient and just alternative to the present system. “If the end goal of StuFAPs is primarily to incentivize the student to pursue education, there is no better way of doing this than to increase its quality and accessibility,” he concluded.

SPARK – Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan
Vin Buenaagua, Coordinator – 09159729119, vin.buenaagua@gmail.com
Joanne Lim, UP Diliman USC – 0906 404 5023,  jrslim69@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE
January 13, 2016

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[Press Release] Progressive Youth Groups Slam CHED for Pro-Business, Anti-Student Policies -SPARK

Progressive Youth Groups Slam CHED for Pro-Business, Anti-Student Policies
Memos issued within the year condemned for raising tertiary education costs

A week before the anticipated week-long suspension of classes due to the APEC Summit, students from different universities in Metro Manila stormed the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) head office to protest against policies and positions it issued within the year deemed to be slanted in favor of big businesses at the expense of the youth.

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Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) led the mobilization condemning the office, led by CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan for resolutions and policies it released in the past year, which include enabling 313 private universities and colleges to raise the cost of tuition fees without regulation, and the memorandum dated July 13, 2013 which forces college undergraduates who have yet to complete their college degrees by 2018 to start high school over again, as part of the transition towards the K to 12 program.

“As governments of the Asia-Pacific converge in the country to discuss economic policies which will make it easier for big businesses to grow, the youth must remind its own government of the effects of unbridled profiteering in the context of education,” said SPARK National Coordinator Vin Buenaagua.

“CHED’s decision last May raised the cost of private higher education institutions to raise tuition costs across all regions by 6.48 percent in this year alone, with 283 schools increasing their tuition fees with an average of 30 pesos per unit, while 212 schools increased other school fees by 135 pesos.”

Buenaagua also noted how the wide-scale tuition hike coincided with the death of Jhoemary Azaula, a graduating student from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), wherein affordability of education in the State University was a significant factor. “We cannot forget the deaths of our fellow students Jhoemary, Rosemary Sanfuego and Kristel Tejada, in the same way we cannot forget Dr. Licuanan’s statement saying that college education in the Philippines is a privilege, justifying the Commission’s lack of initiative in making it more accessible,” Buenaagua added.

Costly education towards cheap labor

Students marched with some wearing togas and sablays clad with logos of multinational corporations, the real winners in the rampant privatization of public education and the increased support for technical and vocational training programs.

“Malinaw kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng higher education para sa CHED at sa administrasyong Aquino,” (“It is clear what higher education means for CHED and the Aquino administration,”) said SPARK Coordinator Lyndon Gomez. “Ito ay walang-iba kung hindi edukasyong para lumikha ng mas maraming mumurahing teknikal at bokasyunal na manggagawa para sa mga kumpanya.” (“It means nothing but an education aimed at producing a wave of cheap technical and vocational workers for the company.”)

Gomez cites how pro-business, neoliberal policies of deregulation, privatization and state abandonment diminishes the freedom of students, especially those from impoverished families, to choose the kind of life they want to lead. “Sa aming paaralan, kitang-kita kung paano ang paglago ng pondo at suporta para sa mga kursong teknikal at bokasyunal kasabay ng pagkawala ng slots para sa iba pang mga kurso,” (“In our school, it is obvious how support and funds for technical and vocational courses increased while slots available for students to take other courses decreased,”) Gomez said.

The increased private sector participation in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) coupled with increasing rates for tuition and other fees are also among the issues raised by the students. “The ongoing development plan for the University of the Philippines shows how private companies profit from state abandonment,” said UP Diliman University Student Council (USC) College of Science Representative Joanne Lim of Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA-UP).

“Coupled with the millions-worth of revenue generated through the Socialized Tuition System (STS) which will enable the University to run and function on its own like a corporation, UP is becoming more of a venue for good business and less of a venue for accessible education.”

After a brief program, the students peacefully dispersed from the first of the series of actions it has set in the duration of the APEC Summit. “SPARK to engage the dialogue of world leaders with an alternative platform of creating political and economic cooperation and policies centered on progress and justice, instead of profit and business,” said Buenaagua. “This includes our campaign for free and accessible education, a necessary tool for the development of individuals across nations.”

Press Release
10 November 2015

Reference: Vin Buenaagua 0915-56140703

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The understanding and grasp of young people about the meaning of human rights and its principles is relatively low. This is mainly due to the lack of programs regarding human rights education. Because of this many of our nation’s youth grow up with a lack of understanding about the rights that they as individuals are entitled to and which the state has the obligation to protect. In other words, without human rights education the people will not have the capacity to assert their rights in the face of the State’s failure to its obligation to respect, protect, and fulfill these rights.

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The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), a human rights organization and a mission partner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) has been organizing youth and students from schools, communities and parishes to form Youth for Rights (Y4R). It is an organization of student leaders, individuals, and other youth groups that seek to popularize human rights principles embodied in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

To develop individual and collective action from the school and community based in advocating human rights in and out of the school.

To establish Y4R Chapters in different schools and communities that will serve as a campaign and advocacy platform for educating, organizing, and mobilizing the students regarding issues concerning human rights and the right to development.

To generate support on the campaign on Human Rights issues by organizing school based activities in coordination with student councils, student organizations, and other groups in the academe.
To popularize human rights issues and concerns emphasizing the promotion and protection role of the government as outlined in the articles of the UDHR through different forms of activities.

1. To establish the awareness of the youth thru training and workshops.
2. Having the initiative to join movement for the campaign.
3. To establish and prolong the fellowship among youth.
4. Communion to other sector of community in terms of variety of issues.

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[Press Release] Unique obstacle run to relive Martial Law period -UP SAMASA Alumni Association

Unique obstacle run to relive Martial Law period

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in that dark period of our nation’s history when the free press was shut down, the voice of the people was suppressed, and thousands of Filipinos were abducted, tortured and summarily executed?

The University of the Philippines is again living up to its reputation as the bastion of youth social consciousness, this time through an obstacle run that will give runners a taste of what it was like during the years of Martial Law.

Dubbed The Great LEAN Run (TGLR), the activity will feature obstacles reminiscent of dictatorial rule, such as barbed wire, water cannons, anti-riot police, arbitrary arrests and much more. Runners will aim to survive the challenges of the course for a chance to win prizes, not to mention unique bragging rights.

TGLR honours the life of Lean Alejandro, student leader of the 1980s who led the student movement that helped a national people’s action to depose then President Ferdinand Marcos.

Atty. Susan Villanueva, Chairman of the UP SAMASA Alumni Association, said, “The overthrow of the dictator and our subsequent return to democracy is a major victory of the Filipino people. The youth of today should be made aware of the real situation at the time so that they can learn from it and be guided by its lessons as they become the new leaders of the nation.”

Proceeds of the obstacle run will go to the UP fund for the Liwasang Lean Alejandro.

The Great LEAN Run will be held on September 19, Saturday, 5:00pm at the UP Sunken garden and Academic Oval in Diliman. Registration is ongoing online at the Great LEAN Run Facebook page and Chris Sports branches at SM Megamall, SM City North, Glorietta 3 and Metro Marjket Market BGC. For details, interested participants may contact Irish Vayne Alacar at 0906270646 and vayne.alacar@withoulimits.ph.

Reference:Atty. Susan Villanueva 09178450376 and/or sd.villanueva@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatLEANRun/timeline

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[Campaign] Take the #ItsNeverHardToBeGreen challenge!

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Express your concern to the environment by recording a video of your talent and dedicate it to the cause. Then challenge three (3) of your friends to do the same.

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Upload your video to your facebook account together with the sentences below.

“I am sharing my talent to inform and inspire people to act for the right to environment.” I challenge ______________, ___________________, and ___________________ to share yours. Take the #ItsNeverHardToBeGreen challenge!

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[Campaign] #ItsNeverHardToBeGREEN: Protect our environment and the right to safe sound and balance ecology!

It’s never hard to be green
Protect our environment and the right to safe sound and balance ecology!

green shield2“More than 2 million annual deaths and billions of cases of diseases are attributed to pollution. All over the world, people experience the negative effects of environmental degradation ecosystems decline, including water shortage, fisheries depletion, natural disasters due to deforestation and unsafe management and disposal of toxic and dangerous wastes and products. Indigenous peoples suffer directly from the degradation of the ecosystems that they rely upon for their livelihoods. Climate change is exacerbating many of these negative effects of environmental degradation on human health and wellbeing and is also causing new ones, including an increase in extreme weather events and an increase in spread of malaria and other vector born diseases. These facts clearly show the close linkages between the environment and the enjoyment of human rights, and justify an integrated approach to environment and human rights.” -UN Environment Program (UNEP)

Safe, balance and healthy environment is essential to the realisation of human rights not only of the present but of the future generation. Each of us depends on protecting the environment as the resource base for all life.

INFORM, INSPIRE THE YOUTH TO ACT!

Our CALL FOR GOVERNMENT- IT’S NEVER HARD TO BE GREEN!
• Protect our environment and the right to safe sound and balance ecology!
• Enact the 3 GREEN Bills! (AMMB, NALUA and FRB)

Our CALL FOR the YOUTH- IT’S NEVER HARD TO BE GREEN!
• Assert and defend human rights and the environment!
• Defend the Environment! Be an environmental human rights defender!

Follow the campaign @Facebook  and Twitter @NotHard2BGREEN

Website @ https://itsneverhardtobegreen.wordpress.com/

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[Petition] Never Forget Mary Jane Veloso: Our Fight for Clemency #grasiuntukmaryjane -ASEAN Youth Forum

Never Forget Mary Jane Veloso: Our Fight for Clemency #grasiuntukmaryjane

Ramadan clemency for Maryjane

Dear all,

The ASEAN Youth Forum (AYF) started a campaign a few weeks ago in need of support to ask President Joko Widodo to grant grasi or clemency for Mary Jane Veloso, Filipina migrant on death row yet is now proven victim of the drug trafficking ring in the region, during or after Ramadhan.

To support and sign a petition, please visit: Ramadan Clemency for Mary Jane Veloso #grasiuntukmaryjane

Sign petition @www.change.org

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[Announcement] Call for application: ASEAN Youth Forum 2015

ASEAN Youth Forum 2015ASEAN Youth Forum 2015
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
21-22 April 2015
Apply until April 5, 2015
Results of Chosen Participants:  April 7, 2015

Apply now: AYF Form
For inquiries: Contact Tom at aseanyouthregional@gmail.com

Passionate? Forward Looking?
WE ARE INDEED MOVING FORWARD!

We are opening the door for passionate, committed, forward-looking and hardworking Southeast Asians (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam) aged 15-35 years old to be part of the most important turning point of the movement towards a youth driven, rights-centred and SOGIE-embracing ASEAN region!

The ASEAN Youth Forum (AYF) has been serving as a space and mechanism for young Southeast Asians to amplify their voices, to further their and to forge a youth driven and rights-centred Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Forum has already been conducted in six countries (Bangkok & Huahin, Thailand in 2009, Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010, Jakarta, Indonesia in 2011, Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2012, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam in 2013 & Yangon, Myanmar in 2014). The most recent AYF in Myanmar achieved milestones for and by the ASEAN Youth:

∙         Development and Acceptance of the Yangon Declaration http://aseanpeople.org/yangon-declaration-asean-youth-statement-2014/ (ASEAN Youth Statement 2014)
∙         Development of initial strategies with other youth groups, ASEAN CSOs and ASEAN bodies
∙         Meaningful ASEAN Youth Interface Meeting with leaders in May 2014 (Nay Pyi Taw)

2015 is witness to the ASEAN Chairmanship of Malaysia. Young People, which consist of 60-70% of the region’s population, will be greatly affected by the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community 2015 (AEC 2015). At the same time, the youth can significantly contribute to either its success or failure. It is the crucial time to meaningfully be part of national and regional processes to ensure that our rights and freedoms are fully respected, promoted and protected.

The ASEAN Youth Forum (AYF) 2015, nationally hosted by Akademi Belia, will take place on 20-21 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two day forum will involve strategic planning sessions, dialogues with ASEAN and CSO stakeholders and a chance to experience life as a young person in Kuala Lumpur.

Potential participants are invited to apply for that coveted spot at the AYF 2015.

Participant has to be a young Southeast Asian who is working on a particular social, development, peace or human rights issue.
Participant needs to have strong knowledge and understanding of national and ASEAN processes on youth, peace, human rights and AEC
Participant has to be willing to work on the monitoring of the Yangon Declaration for the next six months (monitoring of the Yangon Declaration at the local and national levels)

Fill the Application Form up on or before 5 April 2015 (17:00 BKK/JKT/LAO/CAM/VNM; 17:30 YGN; 18:00 MNL/KL); Results of Chosen Participants by 7 April 2015

NOTE: Chosen participants have to shoulder their international flight costs and travel expenses. Organisers will take care of food, accommodation (19-22 April) and forum materials.

For inquiries and concerns, contact Tom (Lead Regional Liaison Officer) at aseanyouthregional@gmail.com. Thank you and hope to see and work with you in Kuala Lumpur!

Regional Core Team for
the Institutionalisation of an Independent and Relevant ASEAN Youth Body

in full pursuit of the Yangon Declaration
for a Rights-Centred & Youth Driven Southeast Asian Community

Secretariat to be established in Yangon, Myanmar

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[From the web] Position paper on the postponement of the SK elections by Sigaw ng Kabataan

Position paper on the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan elections by Sigaw ng Kabataan

The Commission on Elections issued COMELEC Resolution No. 9905 last October 22, 2014 stating the calendar of activities for the upcoming 2015 Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, less than a month from now. Just last January 22, the election period for the said election had started, especially on the highlight in the imposition of gun ban by the poll body. [1]

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We think that we would be happy after more than a year, we are now on the mechanisms of governance again, but suddenly last January 22, the same time the election period had started, the 16th Congress had decided to give another youth a heartbreak.

On that said date, the House of Representatives and the Senate had reached an agreement to postpone the electioans, resetting it once more in October 2016. [2][3] But the poll body’s spokesperson James Jimenez said through a text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer that they (the poll body) had not yet received a formal letter regarding this matter and they are waiting to see how it turns out. [2]

It is so disappointing in the fact that the hopes of the youth to serve their fellow youth and their community would be on hold for more than a year again, but Congress reasoned out that the postponement is for the reforms in the Sangguniang Kabataan will be discussed to be approved upon.

Why is it for all legislators to fast-track the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan elections whereas they are slow just like an old conservative man when they push for its reforms? Why is the poll body so concerned of the funds for the said polls if they can’t just iron out the issue for the 2016 National and Local Elections automation system which involves big amounts of taxpayers’ money?

For the institutions that are involved in this postponement, we could only say that this is a disservice to us youth. Congress, you have given yourselves ample time to correct things in Sangguniang Kabataan, yet you have not accomplished anything? Are you just giving us false hopes? Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., why are you reasoning out that your good office is busy for the preparations for the upcoming polls? Are shoving us away from the involvement in governance?

We, in Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition will consider postponement in one condition: You (Congress) should fast-track things in the empowerment of the Sangguniang Kabataan before the last session of the 16th Congress. Take note that the political careers of each legislator lies on the youth, as the biggest voting share in the 2016 elections.

(SGD.) VON ROJOHN D. RUBIO
Visayas Regional Ambassador, SKC
Former Sangguniang Kabataan Kagawad
SK Reform Advocate

NOTED:

(SGD.) ELLIRIE A. AVILES
President, SKC

References:

[1] – Villa, J. (2015, January 20). COMELEC REMINDER | SK election period starts Thursday (January 22). Retrieved January 25, 2015, from http://www.interaksyon.com/article/103410/comelec-reminder–sk-election-period-starts-thursday-january-22

[2] – Ager, M. and Coralles, N. (2015, January 21). Congress postpones SK elections to 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2015, from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/667154/congress-postpones-sk-elections-to-2016

[3] – Del Rosario, A., Aliping, N. Jr., Primicias-Agabas, M., Piamonte, M. Jr., Magsaysay, E.. Romualdo X.J. and Castelo, W. (2014, December 3**). AN ACT POSTPONING THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN ELECTIONS TO THE LAST MONDAY OF OCTOBER 2016, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9164, AS AMENDED, ENTITLED “AN ACT PROVIDING FOR SYNCHRONIZED BARANGAY AND SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN ELECTIONS, AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7160, AS AMENDED, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE OF 1991”, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Retrieved January 24, 2015, from http://congress.gov.ph/download/billtext_16/hbt5209.pdf

** – Date stated when Senate received the bill from the House of Representatives.
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[In the news] PH youth urge Pope Francis: ‘Hear our true story’ -RAPPLER

PH youth urge Pope Francis: ‘Hear our true story’

In an open letter to the Catholic leader, a nationwide coalition of youth groups details the challenges faced by Filipino youth, from the peace process and disasters, to corruption in government

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MANILA, Philippines – A day before the arrival of Pope Francis in Manila, a nationwide coalition of youth groups asked the pontiff to listen to the Filipino youth’s story and give guidance in helping solve problems in the country.
In an open letter to the Catholic leader on Wednesday, January 14, the group led by the Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP) detailed the challenges faced by Filipino youth, from the peace process and disasters, to corruption in government.

“The youth in the countryside and the provinces continually suffer from landlessness and backward agricultural processes, a situation perpetuated by landlords who have remained vastly powerful both politically and economically” the youth groups said.

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[Statement] Our education is not for sale -Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition/FDC

Our education is not for sale

On this day of the Global Week of Action to Reclaim Education, we, the undersigned Filipino youth and non-youth, students and teachers, activists and workers, join the youth and peoples all over the globe for a loud and united call for emancipatory education for all. We are one with the International Student Movement and the youth movement across the world because wherever we come from and where we live in, we all face the same struggle – against the relinquishment by governments to private business of one its prime duties, that is, to provide quality education for all; against profit-driven interests and their hold on our education.

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For the past decades, in the Philippines, and true as well in many countries, we are faced with budget cuts to public spending on education; with either closures or corporatisation of public school and universities; with the retreat of regulation by the state, thus, the climbing costs of living and tuition fees. These are all in line with the logic of the dominant economic system, the track of commercialization and privatization of all facets of public life, including education.

Since 1996, when the Delors Commission submitted its recommendations to UNESCO pegging its benchmark for public expenditure to education at 6% of Gross National Product (GNP), the Philippines has not breached 4% of its GNP even at the government’s highest spending, and has only invested in education and in the youth’s future, on the average, 2.2% of GNP for the past five years. It should not come as a surprise, therefore, that the right to quality education in this country effectively remains to be beyond the reach of millions of poor Filipinos, beyond the reach of around 6.24 million Filipino out-of-school youth.

Across the globe, we witness students, and their families, drowning in debt. Faced with these debts, supported by the individualistic notion of “investing in one’s own future”, students then are burdened to re-pay by selling their future labor. Our youth’s futures are mortgaged even before they graduate. For us, this is unacceptable.

Education is supposed to emancipate minds and people, not enslave them.

It is with this dream of emancipation for all, today, that we call on the peoples of the world to unite and to pressure their governments to unshackle education from the hold of profit and business.

We, in the Philippines, call for the increase to 6% of GNP of the annual budget for education, through the repeal of the automatic appropriation for debt service law and through progressive taxation to raise more revenues for education.

We stand with the all the youth and non-youth, students and teachers, activists and workers all around the world: OUR

EDUCATION IS NOT FOR SALE!
‪#‎EducationNot4Sale‬
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)
Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition
JOINT STATEMENT
November 19, 2014

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Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition 

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It’s an independent coalition of Students/ Youth organizations, young workers/professionals.

Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition was established on August 18, 2013 by a group of youth leaders at the PSLINK national headquarters.

Public Service Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK) played a major role to its formation through trainings, exposure and educating the members.

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OBJECTIVES

Establish solidarity among youth /youth-serving organizations, student council/government, professionals, Young workers and out of school youth for the promotion of the social, moral, political, economic and professional well being of its members and the youth sector through collective bargaining and other concerted activities
Coordinate and cooperate with other organizations wherein its activities are chiefly concerned for the common good of the youth and the community.
To strive for adoption of legislation, policies and other measures that will promote the economic, social and general well-being of all the members in particular, and the youth, in general.
To ensure that the internationally recognized fundamental rights and principles of the youth are universally implemented.
Mission:

To promote a sustainable development in the empowerment of the youth in participation to the social, economic and political progress in our country.

Vision:

Sigaw ng kabataan coalition is a leading network of organizations, working in solidarity to achieve progressive goals. We develop a legacy of leaders that will initiate greater change and establish a humane,just and peaceful society.

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