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UNIVERSITY STUDENT COUNCIL A.Y.

2013 2014

THE USC CENTENNIAL GOALS


*In coordination with the League of College Councils

Prepared by: USC Chairperson Alex CASTRO and USC Vice-Chairperson Jules GUIANG

The PREAMBLE of the Constitution of the University Student Council of the University of the Philippines Diliman states that: We, the students of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, desirous of establishing a Student council that will unite the whole U.P Diliman studentry, promote and protect students rights and welfare, and foster a close relationship among the students and the other sectors of society in order to instill national consciousness for the advancement of the Filipino people, do hereby ordain and promulgate this constitution. Guided with the essence of this Preamble, the Centennial USC shall focus on THREE PILLARS: 1. Unite the whole of UP Diliman studentry in fighting for our RIGHT TO FREE AND ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION; 2. Promote and protect the rights and welfare of the Iskolar ng Bayan; and 3. Foster a firm relationship with all sectors of society. Each pillar shall be composed of Centennial Goal/s. In this way, the Iskolar ng Bayan may see the clear direction of the council on how age-old struggles of the USC are translated into actions that are relevant in our time today. The following are the eight USC CENTENNIAL GOALS: 1. FULL STATE SUBSIDY & REPEAL STFAP 2. GOOD GOVERNANCE 3. GENDER RIGHTS 4. LABOR RIGHTS 5. JUSTICE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATONS 6. STUDENTS RIGHTS AND WELFARE (STUDENTS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND VARSITIES) 7. FIRM RELATIONSHIP WITH COMMUNITIES 8. COMMITMENT TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT Eight Centennial Goals for the Academic Year 2013 2014. USC will MAKE 8 HAPPEN FOR ONE STRONG UP.

Below is the distribution of the USC Centennial Goals to their respective pillars: I. RIGHT TO FREE AND ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION 1. Full State Subsidy & Repeal STFAP 2. Good Governance II. RIGHTS & WELFARE OF THE ISKOLAR NG BAYAN 1. Rights of Student Organizations and Varsities 2. Gender Rights 3. Justice for Human Rights Violations III. SECTORS OF SOCIETY 1. Labor Rights 2. Firm Relationship with Communities 3. Commitment to Preserve and Protect the Environment

I. RIGHT TO FREE AND ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION 1. Full State Subsidy & Repeal STFAP The struggle of the student movement in asserting that education is a right continues to intensify. The USC establishes its firm commitment to lead the youth sector on manifesting that the youth should be provided with quality and accessible education. As mandated by the 1986 Constitution of the Philippines, education should be made accessible to all students in all levels. In line with this, the Centennial USC banners its campaign to upgrade from fighting for greater state subsidy to FULL STATE SUBSIDY. Annually the UP System Administration submits its budget proposal to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The proposal consists of pertinent needs of all campuses of the UP System; however, while the government minimally increases the universitys approved budget yearly, the proposed budget of UP has been always halved. For instance, when UP proposed P18 billion for Fiscal Year 2013-2014, only around P9 billion was approved. For 2014, the UP System will suffer another strike of budget cut, from UPs proposed P17 billion budget, it was halved by DBM to P8.09 billion. Comparing this am ount to last years approved budget, UP will suffer a P1.43 billion budget cut. With the insufficient budget given to the university, the UP Administrators have no choice but to utilize the idle assets of the university. Income generating projects (IGPs) are carried out within the academic lands of UP, whats worse is that these IGPs do not even contribute for the advancement of the universitys academic core.

When President Noynoy Aquino assumed office in 2010, he mentioned that UP has income generating projects like the UP-Ayala Technohub which financially assists the operations of the university. This blatant manifestation of the President only proves that the Aquino Administration plans to make all State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to be financially self-sufficient. The obligation of the government is transferred to the SUC and unfortunately there is a big possibility that the burden would be passed on to the students. The Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP) was introduced in the latter 80s to give assistance to students with financial constraints. However, despite its objective to help the students, it seemed to be an excuse for the university to raise tuition. In 2007, the latest Tuition and Others Fee Increase (TOFI) occurred where each unit already amounted to P1,000.00. After which, the STFAP changed its bracketing system to adjust with TOFI. This is a clear manifestation that due to the insufficient funding from the government, the burden was transferred to the students. In this mode, the Centennial USC sees that the STFAP has been used as an excuse of the government to provide sufficient funding to the education sector. The Centennial USC opposes the STFAP and stands to REPEAL STFAP, with a maximum alternative to demand the government to provide full state subsidy and allocate funding for the Iskolar ng Bayans tuition, thus pushing for ZERO TUITION. To attain USCs maximum call, the council will lobby for a legislation that shall mandate the government to allot sufficient funding to the whole education sector. In 1996, the UNESCO set a benchmark of allocating AT LEAST 6% equivalent of the Gross National Product (GNP) to education spending. Currently, the administration only allocates an estimate of 2.5% per year. This is a clear indicator that our education system is definitely behind compared to other developing country. If our government is true to their commitment that education will be our tool for the countrys development, it should manifest in the budget that is allocated to our sector. *Academic Calendar Shift Recently, the Board of Regents approved the Academic Calendar Shift in most units of the UP System, expect for UP Diliman. Due to lack of consultation of the students, the Centennial USC deemed it necessary to conduct a consultation with sufficient information regarding the matter; thus the League of College Councils would conduct What Does the Shift Say? an Information Dissemination and Online Survey Campaign. Results would just be one of the factors of the councils stand.

2. Good Governance UP has been labelled as the microcosm of the Philippines. Most of the leaders of our country hail from our university, yet our country suffers continuously from the culture of corruption that has been embedded in our system. What does this imply to us as Iskolar ng Bayan? The USC believes that as students, we have a prime role to steer the direction of our government into the right path. With our united force, we can demand what we deserve as Filipino people. As students of the countrys national university, we are mandated to lead the youth sector and integrate with other sectors of society to register our calls by conducting concrete and strategic campaigns that will bring about relevant results. In this light, the Centennial USC shall be launching campaigns and events within the year that shall cover our calls for both national and local issues that relate to our struggle for the practice of good governance in the system. National Mode In the national scene, the whole country was recently bombarded with the Pork Barrel scam relating to the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of some Senators and Representatives by allocating it to ghost NGOs. PDAF is a discretionary fund of legislators to be used for soft and hard projects for the benefit of their chosen beneficiaries (for Senators) and districts (for Representatives). In each Fiscal Year, each Senator is allocated with P200 million; while P70 million per Representative. Records have also proven that this amount is just the starting value. Some legislators get the lion share depending on their influence in their chamber. Relating this issue to the USCs call for full state subsidy, it is with anger that the council demands f or transparency and make all proven violators to be accountable to their greed. The P10 billion PDAF scam is a shame when we compare it to the need of the whole of UP System to provide free tuition to all students, which is only P1.2 billion. The USC will be one with the Filipino people in struggling for the ABOLITION OF THE PORK BARREL SYSTEM; while the League of College Councils (LCC), shall conduct a consultative mode by surveying each college, through the Grill the Pork campaign, to determine the pulse of the students with regard to the heated issue of either abolishing or reforming the Pork Barrel. The age-old PDAF issue could have been avoided if the legislative branch enacted the Freedom of Information bill. For more than one decade already, the struggle of various sectors and institutions in society has intensified so as to get rid of the culture of corruption in government; however, all Congresses, particularly the House of Representatives, have not prioritized the passage of this bill. It is in this light that the USC, with the LCC, shall intensify our campaign to lobby in Congress for the passage of the FOI bill this 16th Congress.

University Mode Within the university, we also struggle for the institutionalization of transparency and accountability in the governance of UP. While the USC and local councils strive to establish it within their operations, the USC shall demand the UP Administration to put up policies that shall mandate them to release pertinent documents that are of publics interest, such as documents relating to finances, income generated from rented UPs land space, contracts, among others. Also, since the enactment of RA 9500 of the UP Charter of 2008, the university, supposedly, shall be granted with benefits as the countrys national university; however, since then the university still pays a big chunk of amount for taxes. The charter entails that the university may be exempted from various taxes but since up until now, the charter has no Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), there are no specified offices that shall mandate the materialization of the provisions stated in RA 9500.

II. RIGHTS & WELFARE OF THE ISKOLAR NG BAYAN 1. Rights of Student Organizations and Varsities Students concerns are one of the priorities of the Centennial USC, as mandated by the USC Constitution. Thus basic campaigns to forward the rights of the students are necessary to be implemented by the councils such as the tambayans, the varsities, and by conducting regular consultations. To achieve these objectives, the USC deems it necessary to work with various sectors of the UP Community such as the faculty, staff and even the alumni. 2. Gender Rights One of the campaigns that the Centennial USC would forward is to intensify our call for Gender Equality, thus extensive awareness initiatives must be made, through the annual Pride week, Ang Paglalantad, etc. These avenues will be used to discuss basic issues such as women empowerment, sexual harassment, RH Bill, HIV, sex education, among others. 3. Justice for Human Rights Violations UP has always been the bastion of activism, and this is the challenge to the Centennial USC on how to ignite this identity, most especially regarding human rights. The Council must maintain its campaign to fight against human rights violations such as bannering our struggle to surface all victims of enforced disappearances and to free all political prisoners. In line with this, the USC must maintain its firm call to demand for continuous justice for all victims of Martial Law. Recently, the Board of Regents also passed a ruling that the College of Business Administration shall be called Virata School of Business. The USC, together with the LCC, must maintain its firm stand against this and demand the BOR to revert the name back to CBA, for renaming the CBA to a
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single person, most especially who became one of the forefront people during the Martial Law is a disrespect to the victims of that regime and a disgust to the Filipino people. III. SECTORS OF SOCIETY 1. Labor Rights The USC is a council of the People. We unite with various sectors such as the labor sector because as Iskolar ng Bayan, we are obliged to serve the People by integrating with them and be one with their struggle. Their issues may not directly affect the youth sector, but as one community, we are challenged to step up and intensify our sector to manifest that labor issues are issues of the youth as well. After graduating, the youth will experience the struggles that the labor sector is facing. Most workers are only receiving minimum wage, but is this enough for a family considering the unstable increase of prices of food, electricity, water, gas, and even basic social services? Whats worse is that these workers do not even enjoy their security of tenure. In just a period of time, they are not sure if they still have their jobs because of contractualization. They would not be sure if they can still provide funds for their families daily living. Alongside with ensuring the welfare of the labor workers, the youth sector, through the efforts of the USC, must integrate with their plight. In this mode, the USC shall consult with them on how the youth can reach out in ensuring that their rights will be responded by the government. One way of making sure that this will be given attention by the youth, the USC shall spearhead means to educate the students through Basic Masses Exposures and Integration. The USC shall also consolidate efforts within the university that respond for the concerns of the labor sector.

2. Firm Relationship with Communities The mandate of the USC goes beyond serving the students; our primary responsibility is to serve the People. In this light, the USC must ensure that the concerns of communities are also responded accordingly. In the centennial year of the council, the IskoOperation Relief Project shall be institutionalized as an adhoc program of the USC. It shall be strengthened not just as an emergency relief operation initiative but as well as complete program that shall offer disaster preparedness programs, trainings, among others. The USC shall also maintain its call to the government that communities should have the right for their shelter. Social progress shall only occur if there is social justice. Non-stop demolitions shall always be condemned by the USC. The programs/projects/campaigns of the USC, initiated by the offices of the Chairperson, ViceChairperson and all committees shall also be extended to the communities. This approach shall strengthen
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the relevance of the USC outside the realms of the university. It shall also introduce a more inclusive approach because the beneficiaries of such initiatives shall cater a greater number of people. Lastly, on October 2013, the whole country shall be having the Barangay and SK Elections. Thru the League of College Councils TATAK BOTANTE, the USC shall provide voter education programs and forums that shall tackle issues surrounding the said national event. One of which is a thorough discussion of the abolition or reform of the Sangguniang Kabataan. This effort also aims to encourage the people to exercise their right to vote.

3. Commitment to Preserve and Protect the Environment Recent studies have shown us that climate change is worsening, thus more violent natural disasters occur anytime when we least expect it. One pertinent matter that people should realize is that these occurrences is actually human induced. On a global perspective, developed countries emit excessive greenhouse gases that eventually destroy the atmosphere. Though destructive, these countries would not cease their activities because it essentially boosts up their economy. To be able to make it seem right, these developed countries create clean development mechanism (CDM) projects for developing countries like the Philippines. Once developed countries have made this action, they would be more legitimate to continue their activities. Whats ironic is, even though they create CDM for developing countries, these countries do not even emit too much greenhouse gasses compared to the emissions of developed countries. They are just utilizing the CDMs as an excuse for them to continue their economic activities. This is CLIMATE INJUSTICE. In this manner, the Centennial USC shall be at the forefront in encouraging the youth sector to handle this issue as our issue, because at the end of the day, the future of the next generations depends of the actions of the youth of today. The USC shall also take the principle of social progress with social justice in the context of the environment. In the Philippines, one of the most controversial issues is mining. This year, the USC shall provide more in depth awareness projects that shall eventually lead to more concrete actions that shall respond to this issue.

RIGHT TO EDUCATION Full State Subsidy & Repeal STFAP OSR-USCLCC Budget Campaign Team Good Governance

THE USC CENTENNIAL GOALS [With respective programs/projects/campaigns] RIGHTS & WELFARE OF THE ISKOLAR NG BAYAN Rights of Gender Justice for Labor Student Rights Human Rights Organizations Rights and Varsities Violations Tambayan is a Right: STRAW and LCCs Resolution Pride Week Justice for Karen and She

SECTORS OF SOCIETY Firm Relationship with Communities Demolitions Commitment to Preserve and Protect the Environment Climate Justice: LCCs Resolution and Campaign Recyclables Fair

FOI (thru LCCs DARe Movement and FYI) Abolish PDAF/Pork Barrel Mobilization ; Scrap The Pork Alliance; Grill the Pork Campaign IRR of the UP Charter of 2008 University Policies that will mandate the transparency of files.

Contractualization

Education Fair

Tambayan Caravan

Women Empowerment

Enforced disappearances

Security of Tenure

DRRM concerns

STFAP Debate (UP Diliman) STFAP InterCampus Event

Position paper on: 1) Full State Subsidy; 2) Repeal STFAP; & 3) Zero Tuition

LCCs National Congress of College

Release of information regarding income of IGPs of UP. LCCs DARe Movement to ask for documents LCCs TATAK BOTANTEs for the 2013

Diliman Summit and Org Cluster Summit Regular dialogues with the Administration regarding student concerns (Code of Student Conduct) VAAS and Equipment at CHK

Sexual Harassment VAWC

Impunity

Living Wage Rights of Workers

Land title

Compensation for victims of Martial Law brutality

IskoOperations

Magna Carta for Women

Naming CBA to Virata School of Business

COOP

Programs to be extended to communities (Livelihood, Sex education, and GST)

Coaches LVL UP

RH Bill

LCCs Resolution regarding Human rights

LCCs Resolution to Support Digitel

Barangay and SK Elections (thru LCCs Tatak Botante)

Councils

Push for a legislation that will made government to allot at least 6% of GNP to education spending thru LCCs NCCC Academic Calendar Shift: LCCs Survey and USCs consultation s SONA Mobilization

Midterm National Elections Tatak Botantes Campaign for 100% Voters Turnout in the USC and Local Elections 2014

Employees Union Maroons support to Magazine HIV Awareness of students regarding labor issues

Sponsors

Sex Education

LCCs Resolution to support Pentagon Employees

FOReUP/Alumn i Support

Ang Paglalantad

MultiSectoral Alliance