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Philippine Collegian Tomo 90 Issue 16

Philippine Collegian Tomo 90 Issue 16

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Issue 16
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | 12 pages

C O N T E N T S

Editorial
Toxic affairs

News
Survival of the fittest: Registration woes and the STFAP
Scrap ‘no late payment’ policy in UPM—SR
Palparan at isa pang akusado, nagpetisyong itigil ang paglilitis sa kaso nina Karen at She
House passes 2013 nat’l budget without major changes
More than half of UPD students OK Kulê budget increase

Features
Service charged
Deadly assumptions

Kultura
A festival of fools
Sa tunay na buhay

Opinion
LAKAS TAMA: What's in a name?*
Sa Sitio Kabute
Paradigm shift
Editor's note
Issue 16
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | 12 pages

C O N T E N T S

Editorial
Toxic affairs

News
Survival of the fittest: Registration woes and the STFAP
Scrap ‘no late payment’ policy in UPM—SR
Palparan at isa pang akusado, nagpetisyong itigil ang paglilitis sa kaso nina Karen at She
House passes 2013 nat’l budget without major changes
More than half of UPD students OK Kulê budget increase

Features
Service charged
Deadly assumptions

Kultura
A festival of fools
Sa tunay na buhay

Opinion
LAKAS TAMA: What's in a name?*
Sa Sitio Kabute
Paradigm shift
Editor's note

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Opisyal na lingguhangpahayagan ng mgamag-aaral ng Unibersidadng Pilipinas - DilimanTomo 90, Blg. 16Nobyembre 14, 2012
Survival of the Fittest
REGISTRATION WOES AND THE STFAP
IN THE BEGINNING OF EVERY SEMESTER,UP STUDENTS ENDURE LONG LINES AND THELABORIOUS PROCESSES OF CLASS ENLISTMENT ANDTUITION PAYMENT. ENROLMENT THIS SEMESTER ISNO EXCEPTION. AS BOTH SYSTEMIC ANDPROCEDURAL ISSUES CONTINUE TO HOUNDUP’S FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS,MAKING IT INTO THE OFFICIAL CLASSLISTS OF THE NATION’S PREMIERSTATE UNIVERSITY SEEMSTO BECOME MORE ANDMORE DIFFICULT.
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ideal arrangement, the US merelysecures its current politicalhegemony through militarymight and neo-liberal economicpolicies. In this setup, third-world economies such as ourswaste away—while superpowerslike the US continue reaping thewealth o other nations.Amid brewing discontentcaused by his administration’sailure to eect relevant andgenuine change in the lives othe Filipino people, PresidentBenigno Aquino III sees a policyo subservience to US interests anecessary exchange or politicaland economic support.With the government turninga blind eye as the US continuesto pollute our shores with unairtrade and deense agreements,the people will not simply standand watch. The collective orcethat has once eectively uprootedthe military bases in the countrywill once again rise to cleansethe country’s sovereignty romthe flth o its neocolonial chains.
Punong PatnugotKapatnugotPanauhing PatnugotPatnugot sa LathalainPatnugot sa GrapixMga KawaniTagapamahala ng SirkulasyonSirkulasyon
We can allow ourselves toexperience vicariously thesmoothness o the exercise,but can not and should notpin our hopes on its out-come. Nothing in a US presi-dential election asssures uso anything; not in the pastand not in the uture.
TOXIC AFFAIRS
 
Mga Katuwang na KawaniPinansya
Editor’sNotes
As the Philippine Collegiancelebrates its 90th year, we revisit linesrom prized editorials that helpeddefne the publication’s tradition ocritical and earless journalism.
Pamuhatan
Silid 401 BulwagangVinzons, Unibersidad ng PilipinasDiliman, Lungsod Quezon
Telefax
981-8500 lokal 4522
Email
kule1213@gmail.com
Website
philippinecollegian.org
Kasapi
Solidaridad: UP SystemwideAlliance o Student Publicationsand Writers’ Organizations,College Editors Guildo the Philippines
Ukol sa Pabalat
Dibuho ni Ysa Calinawan
BIG DEALOn the 1992US presidential elections
Pablo John F. Garcia
13 November 1992
A FOUL OFFENSE HAS DOCKEDon our shores, its odor remindingus that the century-long toxicrelation between the UnitedStates and Philippines mustbe terminated to redeem thepeople’s dignity and our nation’ssovereignty.In Subic Bay, once the host otactically positioned militarybases o the United States,Philippine (PH) authoritiescaught vessels owned by GlennMarine Deense Asia (GMDA),a US-based private militarycontractor, lacking pertinentpermits and documents necessaryto operate in the country. Worse,the said vessels were ound tohave violated two environmentallaws or carrying withoutpermission 50, 000 gallonso domestic wastes and 200gallons bilge water withinPhilippine territory.Instead o heeding authorities,GMDA, which was spottedcollecting the contraband wastesrom a US navy ship in Subic Bay,invoked the controversial VisitingForces Agreement (VFA) to shielditsel rom any criminal liability.Both the US and Philippinegovernments later rejectedGDMA’s claims, arguing thatthe private contractor wasa “third party,” and thus notcovered by VFA.The stench o disrespect, oblunt ignorance o nationalboundaries, cannot be masked.Yet, the Aquino administrationmanaged to do the unthinkable:a complete dismissal o USgovernment liability and negligenceo the act that the contrabandwastes came rom US navy ships.The case in Subic Bay provesthe PH government’s culpabilityin reinorcing the country’ssubservience to US interests.In the recent case, the Aquinoadministration readily acquittedthe US government o liabilityand wholly blamed the GDMA,and immediately watered downthe insult done to our nationalterritory by embracing theexcuse that the dumped substanceswere household wastes. Certainly,Aquino’s words and actionsonly betray his real loyalty—to the superpower, not to theFilipino people.While the government kept onplaying the role o a US pawn,the Filipino people consistentlycondemned blatant US interventionin local aairs. Pressured by themounting public clamor to closedown military bases in the country,the Senate abrogated the US-PHmilitary bases treaty in 1991.Unortunately, less than adecade ater, Senate ratifedthe VFA, and thus signaled thereturn o American troops tothe country.The VFA has resulted to variousincidents that have trampledPH sovereignty. In 2009, LanceCorporal Daniel Smith, who wasconvicted o raping a Filipinain Subic, was released by PHcourts and allowed to returnto his country. This incidentestablished the special treatmentaccorded to US military throughthe VFA. The 12-year militaryagreement has also allowedcountless human rights violationscommitted by American soldiersto prevail in the countrysidewith impunity.And so, while America andthe champions o the ree marketare intoxicated with the reelectiono President Barack Obama, thePhilippines gets dumped withtoxic wastes rom the world’swaning superpower—a fttingscenario, considering the tumultuoushistory o US-PH relations.The relationship between USand PH is a history o subjugation,a series o uneven relationswhere the PH harbors dirt at thesuperpower’s will—without evenraising a pretense o protest. Itis this history orged by unairpolicies that predicts how Obama’sextension in power wouldimpact US-PH relations. TheFilipinos could not expect changeat the hands o Obama, not whenhe adheres to the same oreignpolicy designed to maintainUS hegemony.The US has always sought toperpetrate and even assert itsdominance at the expense o thepeoples o other countries. Bypresenting the status quo as an
 
NEW POLICIES ON THE SOCIALIZEDTuition Financial AssistanceProgram (STFAP) and stricterimplementation o existing ruleshave caused several registrationand payment issues this enrolment.Even with constant eorts toreview and revise the STFAP, thesystem itsel has inevitably causedproblems, said Student RegentCleve Arguelles.“[Based on] policy studies, as wellas direct surveys and inputs romthe students, the STFAP has ailedto meet its objective o fnanciallyaiding and assisting the studentsto cope with the high cost o UPeducation,” Arguelles said.The STFAP is a system whichcategorizes students into bracketswhich determine their capacityto pay tuition based onsocio-economic indicators, such asamily income. Only undergraduate,law, and medicine students canapply or STFAP.
Delayed STFAP results
Following the June 5 memo-randum on Bracket B certifcation(BBC), students who have not appliedor STFAP are placed, by deault,under Bracket A and thus have topay P1,500 per unit.“Nadine,” a BS Math reshmanwho requested anonymity, wasone o those automaticallyclassifed under Bracket A. She thensubmitted her STFAP applicationor Bracket D on May 30, the deadlineor the second batch o STFAPresults. However, she was assignedto Bracket B only on the releaseo the ourth batch o results onSeptember 15.Bracket results are usuallyreleased a month ater the deadlineor applications. While applicantswait or the results, some chooseto apply or BBC temporarily andpay P1,000 per unit under the saidbracket, according to the Ofceo Scholarships and StudentServices (OSSS).“Nadine” has since submitted anappeal to be reassigned to BracketD, but she had to apply or a loanto be able to pay her ull Bracket Btuition or the meantime.With the two-month delay inthe release o the ourth batcho STFAP results, students whoare unsatisfed with their bracketassignments had barely a month tosubmit appeals or lower bracketingto the University Committeeon Scholarships and FinancialAssistance (UCSFA).Composed o university ofcials,administrative sta, and studentleaders rom all UP units, theUCSFA only meets every othermonth. During their Octobermeeting, only 88 cases, or less than25 percent o the total 375 appeals,were deliberated, according tothe OSSS.The UCSFA will convene again,tentatively, in January, accordingto the OSSS. Currently, theeight-member sta o the OSSSis conducting house visits orstudents with pending appeals.Unlike the previous years, theOSSS has also decided not toaccept new STFAP applicationsduring the second semester. Thiswas done to encourage students tosubmit applications during the frstsemester, so that appeals could beprocessed during the second se-mester, OSSS Administrative StaJocelyn Aberin said.
Student loans, refunds
For the current semester,1,700 students have appliedor loans, as o November 12,according to the OSSS. To payor tuition, students can availo loans ater accomplishinga orm with parents or guardians asco-debtors.Last year, two in every three,or 2,345 o the total 3,364 STFAPapplicants, also applied or loans.Ater the release o the fnal bracketassignments, any over-assessedtuition amount is deducted roma student’s loan, said ormer OSSSofcer-in-charge Richard Gonzalo.However, some students weretagged as “ineligible to enrol” dueto unpaid loans in the OSSS. Theineligibility was eventually lited,but these students still could notapply or new loans until theirexisting loans have been settled.Meanwhile, the Ofce o theUniversity Registrar (OUR) did notprocess reund requests duringthe enrolment period to ocusoperations on registration transactions,explained University RegistrarEvangeline Amor.
‘Inherently problematic’
In response to issues raisedagainst STFAP, the UCSFA is againplanning to review the STFAP.However, no concrete plans havebeen set as committee discussionsare still ongoing, said Vice Chancelloror Student Aairs (VCSA) MariaCorazon Tan.“Education has becomeunaordable, and [the] STFAP andthe loan[s] have not proved to beuseul,” said UP Diliman UniversityStudent Council Vice ChairAlex Castro.The student regent alsomaintained that UP’s fnancialassistance programs are only “band-aidsolutions” to the perennial problem othe high cost o UP education. Inthe long run, UP must understandthat policies such as STFAP andother income-generating schemesft into the long-standing policy othe government to abandon theirresponsibility to provide higherstate subsidy, Arguelles explainedin a statement.“In the end, the UP communitymust consider enacting moresystemic changes in its policies inorder to concretely address theissues o democratic access but itshould be done within the rame odemanding greater state support toUP; not through increased studentees in whatever orm or guise,”he added.
10,000
STUDENTS
3,284
STUDENTS
4,880
STUDENTSPAY
P 22,500 
PAY
P 15,000
PAY A MAX OF
P 9,000
FOR 15 UNITS(P1,500/UNIT)FOR 15 UNITS(P1,000/UNIT)FOR 15 UNITSFAMILY EARNSOVER P1MANNUALLYFAMILY EARNSP500,000  P1MANNUALLYFAMILY EARNSLOWER THANP500,000ANNUALLY
SELF-DECLAREDBRACKET A STATUSTO COLLEGE/OURSUBMITTEDBRACKET BCERTIFICATIONDID NOT APPLY FORLOWER BRACKETSHAS A PENDINGBRACKET ASSIGNMENTFOREIGN STUDENT SECOND DEGREE
ProblemsSolutions
      A      N      D
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF
 
SEVEN REGISTRATION ISSUESCOMMONLY ENCOUNTEREDBY UP STUDENTS THISSEMESTER AND HOW THEYCAN WORK THEIR WAYOUT OF THESE ISSUESGIVEN THE CURRENTPOLICIES OF THEOUR ANDTHE OSSS
CommonRegistration
1. Tuition refund requestsnot processed by OUR
 Solution: Submit reund request when normaloperations resume onNovember 12.
2. Rebracketed from B to A
 Solution: Submit a letter to the OSSS stating thereason or not completing requirements and  attach the missing documents on or beoreNov. 16. I approved, you will be reassigned to Bracket B.
3. Pending appeals
 Solution: To pay or tuition, apply or loans. Even i the nal bracket assignment will be released near theend o the year, reund reimburse-ments will still be applicable.
4. Closed STFAPapplications
 Solution: To pay otuition, apply or loans. Thedeadline or the 1st batcho applications or next year will be at the end o March.
 
5. Unpaid loans,ineligible to enrol
 Solution: Write a promis- sory note to the Ofce o the VCSA speciying theexpected date o ull pay-ment. I approved, you willbe tagged as “temporarily eligible” to enroll but cannot apply or a new loan untilthe existing, unpaid loanhas been settled.
6. Ineligibletoenliststatus
 Solution: Completeineligibilities on grades,loans or tuition payment.
7. Unable to pay for tuitionand unable to get a loan
 Solution: Write a letter  addressed to OUR requestingor an extension or payment.Otherwise, le or leave o  absence (P150) or residency (at least P2,000 or miscellaneous ees).
STFAP Brackets: Who gets into which bracket and why
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maximum estimaterom the OSSSas o November 9, 2012estimated rom(qualifed STFAP applicants)– (bracket A, C, D, E)as o October 9, 2012Sources: OSSS, OUR
Survival of the Fittest
REGISTRATION WOES AND THE STFAP

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