MEDIA ADVISORY | SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
MEDIA COVERAGE IS REQUESTED.
Reference: Allen Lemuel Lemence
State universities and colleges (SUCs) are expecting another round of budget cuts as progressive party-lists and nationalist organizations review the National Expenditure Program (NEP) 2012 of the Aquino administration.
According to Kabataan Party-list in a joint budget review with Kilos Na Laban sa Budget Cuts alliance, 112 SUCs are only allocated with P21.89 million next year, P569.8 million lower compared with this year’s allocation. The maintenance fund for 45 SUCs will be reduced by P250.9 million, the personnel services fund of 58 SUCs will be reduced by P403.3 million amid automatic appropriation as per Salary Standardization Law and capital outlay fund of all SUCs will remain at zero peso.
The country’s premier state university, the University of the Philippines, will receive budget allocation with P800 million budget cut, including the almost P700 million slash on salaries of teachers and employees.
Because of this abandonment of the Aquino administration of the basic social services, we, concerned students, parents, teachers and educators, school officials, and other groups and individuals, convened to establish the SAVE OUR EDUCATION MOVEMENT to firmly assert for a sufficient state subsidy for education and link such call for a pro-people National Budget responsive to the needs of the Filipino People.
STRIKE BACK against BUDGET CUTS!
DATE & TIME
BACKGROUND & PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES
|Sept 20, 4pm||Funeral march||Title: ““You Can Do the Resurrection, Strike Back for Education!”
An activity after the ‘Calamba 7’ hearing. Calamba 7 includes the five UP students and 2 Anakpawis party-list members that were detained after heckling “Walang pagbabago sa ilalim ni Aquino!” during Aquino’s speech on Calamba Day in Calamba City.
Students led by Samahan ng Kabataan para sa bayan through the initiative of Anakbayan-UPLB, League of Filipino Students-UPLB, Gabriela Youth-UPLB, UPLB Kultuang Ugnayan ng Kabataan para sa Bayan, Umalohokan, Inc. and National Union of Students of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog will march with a coffin where the word “RIP Education” is painted. The students will put crosses around the campus with the words “Do the resurrection for education! Strike back on Sept 23!” The coffin will be burned down as students vow to protest for education to resurrect as an inalienable right of the people.
|Sept 21, 4pm||multi-sectoral mobilization (4pm)||Different sectors led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Southern Tagalog through the initiative of of Anakbayan-ST Gabriela Youth-UPLB and League of Filipino Students-UPLB will march from Carabao Park in UPLB to Junction, Barangay Batong Malake,Los Banos Laguna.|
|Sept 22, 5-10pm||New CAS Rooftop mini-concert & film viewing in UPLB and vigil until Sept 23 UP system-wide strike||Sponsored by Katipunan ng mga Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP-UPLB through the initiative of University Student Council-UPLB
Band performances will come from homegrown bands, poem reading from UPLB Writers’ Club, Kartunista-Manunulat Kolektib and UPLB teachers and mini-skits from the Umalohokan, Inc and Freshman students from Isko’t iska 2011.
|Sept 23, 10pm-12nn||UP system-wide strike featuring UPLB planking against budget cuts
Red Ribbon wearing
|Sponsored by the Save Our Education Movement through the initiative of University Student Council-UPLB, UPLB Sociology Society, kapatirang Plebeians-UPLB Curia, Samahan ng Kabataan para sa Bayan and UPLB Kulturang Ugnayan ng Kabataan Alay sa Bayan.
A solidarity program of students, teachers, employees, school officials, parents and alumni will gather at the Oblation ground in UP Los Banos.
UPLB planking will be held, where in students will lie face down in Oblation ground forming the word (tentative) “No To Budget Cuts!”
Red Ribbon wearing is sponsored by the Alyansa ng mga Manlalaro sa UPLB
|Sept 20-23||Free t-shirt printing||Sponsored by the Anakbayan-UPLB, League of Filipino Students-UPLB, Gabriela Youth-UPLB, Student Christian Movement-UPLB
Available at the Humanities Building Lobby every 10am-5pm. Students bring t-shirt appropriate for red and black print and they will obtain free t-shirt print with an Aquino caricature cutting down a chair with a hand-saw, and a ‘stop’ sign on it, with a “No to Budget Cut!” statement below the caricature.
|Sept 20-23||Mobile art exhibit||Sponsored by the UPLB Kulturang Ugnayan ng Kabataan Alay sa Bayan
Different artworks of resistance, photos of strikes and student protests and human performance art will be displayed on building open area such as lobby. The exhibit will be hopped on different buildings everyday.
|Sept 20-23||“Strike A Pose to oppose” photo booth||Sponsored by Samahan ng Kabataan para sa Bayan and UPLB Kulturang Ugnayan ng Kabataan Alay sa Bayan in cooperation with InFocus Camera Guild.
A student will pose in his/her chosen area. The photo will be edited so the statement “I pose to oppose budget cut! Strike on Sept 23!” will be attached. Photos are collated in a photo album in Facebook.
|Sept 20-23||Noise Barrage||Sponsored by the Anakbayan-UPLB, League of Filipino Students-UPLB, Gabriela Youth-UPLB, Student Christian Movement-UPLB
Noise barrage everyday will be held at Carabao park and Humanities steps in UPLB.
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