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Red Congratulations to Quebec Students and Youth!

WOW! Pagpupugay sa mga estudyante’t kabataan sa Quebec! Sana ganito rin ka-militante ang mga estudyante, Iskolar ng Bayan at Kabataan sa Pinas. “Now can we make college affordable to Filipinos?”

“This is why RADICAL movements are mercilessly mocked” by anti-protesters, intellectuals, State, etc because “they can win.”

In militancy, there is victory!

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Huwag Patayin ang Apoy ng Diwang Nasyonalismo | Mensahe para sa Nat’l Youth Day of Protest (Cebu) 2012

Mga kasama, madalas na sinasabi nila na walang patutunguhan itong mga pagmamartsa natin. Madalas na sinasabi nila na walang nagagawa ang pagra-rali natin.

Pero mga kasama, sa kasalukuyan, itinaas ng Department of Budget and Management ang badyetpara sa edukasyon at iba pang mga batayang serbisyo nang 14 na porsyento para sa susunod na taon.

Ang tagumpay na ito ay dulot ng ating mga militanteng kolektibong pagkikilos. Sa ating mga pag-walkout, sa ating bawat pagmamartsa, sa pagdadala natin ng mga placard, sa bawat sigaw natin, at sa ating pagkakaisa’y katunayan ay nasisindak natin ang gubyerno upang ibigay sa taumbayan kung ano ang tama’t nararapat.

Datapwa’t di pa rin tayo dapat maging kampante. Una, ang ibinigay na dagdag na badyetay di pa rin sapat para pag-aralin ang nakararami sa mga anak ng magsasaka, sa mga anak ng mangingisda, sa mga anak ng manggagawa. Ikalawa, ang dagdag na badyet ay nasa lebel ng DBM pa lamang at maaaring mabago sa deliberasyon ng Kongreso. Maaari ring ang dagdag na badyet ay isangpabango lamang sa Administrasyong Aquino lalupa’t malapit na ang eleksyon.

Mga kasama, nakakagalit na kinakailangan pa nating magmartsa sa Daang Matuwid upang ipaglaban ang ating mga karapatan. Subalit ito’y naging realidad na at wala nang ibang nakakalamang pa sa paraang ito upang makamtan natin ang ating mga karapatang ipinagkait nila. Bagkus, nararapat lamang na ipagpatuloy natin ito sapagka’t kung hindi, wala tayong matatamasang dagdag na badyet at wala tayong matatamasang tunay na demokrasya.

Mga kasama, huwag patayin ang apoy ng Diwang Nasyonalismo sa ating mga puso! Padayon kita sa pagsulong ng Pambansang Demokrasya! Maraming salamat!

 

Kristian Jacob Abad Lora

Representante, Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante (NKE)


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UP and SUCS’ Budget Increased! | With Our Militant Action, We Win!

History will never fail us to appreciate that our victories in our struggle for equality and justice and for our rights have been achieved with our guided militant action, specifically speaking about our fight for greater state subsidy for basic social services including education.

We welcome, but with no single amount of complacency, the recent developments of our struggle:

“Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said that 34.8 percent or P698.4 billion of the P2.006-trillion proposed budget has been earmarked for social services, higher by 14 percent compared with this year’s P613.4-billion funding” (Leyco n.p.).

For State Universities and colleges (SUCs), particularly:

“…DBM also increased the total budget of 110 state universities

and colleges (SUCs) by 41.25 percent from P26.29 billion in 2012 to 37.4 billion next year. The increase is also particularly attributed to the 97.73 percent or P3.7 billion increase in the MOOE of SUCs, from P3.21 billion this year to P6.42 in 2013” (Mariano 3).

As for UP budget:

“The P10.78 billion budget approved by DBM for inclusion in the 2013 National Expenditure Program (NEP) is 57.6 percent higher than the P6.84 billion allotted to UP this year under the General Appropriations Act (GAA)” (Mariano 3).

Photo from Philippine Collegian FB Account

 

With our MILITANT Action, we win!

“Last year, our definition of ‘paggugol na matuwid was spending that has direct, immediate and substantial impact to the people—’diretso sa tao.’ This year, we defined “paggugol na matuwid” as something that the people, especially the poor, have been asking for—even demanding for—from their government,” DBM Secretary Florencio Abad said (Mariano 3).

Though there are matters in the DBM proposed budget that are questionable despite the increase, it is clear that the increase in budget is brought about by our MILITANT COLLECTIVE ACTION through the years. This credits much our rallies, walkouts, pickets, cultural protests, etc along with dialogues with the government and lobbying in the Congress, that were geared towards our call for greater state subsidy, among others.

Last month (June 21), our fellow Iskolars in UP Diliman and Manila trooped to the Dept. of Budget and Management (DBM) office to lobby for budget increase while we had our signature campaign (by our Student Council and NUSP Cebu). UP Student Regent Cleve Arguelles then tweeted, “Matagumpay ang protesta natin ngayong araw sa DBM. Dialogue resulted into an agreement that there will be an increase in the budget.”

Last year (September), students from SUCs around the country walked out while we had our black-shirt, candle-lighting and planking protest.

In November 2010, around 400 of us walked out as we support the Nationwide WALKOUT for Greater State Subsidy. The massive mobilization shook the Aquino government and the Congress, pushing the latter to increase the (MOOE) budget for SUCs by more than P400 Million.

Courtesy of NKE

 

No single amount of complacency

However, we should not consider the recent increase as an “ultimate victory” in our struggle for greater state subsidy. Our movement should not stop because everyday is a struggle. It is worth noting that the recent increase is just on the DBM level. The proposed budget will still undergo Congressional Proceedings, wherein it may be approved, disapproved or amended.

Unless the sufficient percentage of the national budget is automatically appropriated and the automatic appropriation for debt servicing is repealed, we must not settle; instead, we must remain vigilant and must keep on fighting.

KABATAAN Partylist has filed House Bill (HB) 1962 that pushes for automatic appropriation of at least 6% of our GDP (Gross Domestic Product) to education and other basic social services while repealing automatic appropriation for debt servicingthat eats up more than one-third of our national budget, annually (“HB 1962” n. p.). We mustsupport the passage of this bill. At the same time, we must back this up with our mobilizations in the streets — the same mobilizations that brought us the recent tactical victories.

As what Kabataang Makabayan (that fought against Marcos regime) founder Jose Maria Sison said, “Only through militant struggle can the best in the youth emerge” (Sison n. p.).

 

Congratulations, mga Iskolar ng Bayan!

Join the National Youth Day of Protest on July 17!

Iskolar ng Bayan, ipagpatuloy ang laban hanggang sa kapanalunan!

Fight for Greater State Subsidy!

Continue pushing for a Nationalist, Scientific and Mass-oriented Education!

Change the System!

SERVE THE PEOPLE!

 

Disclaimer: This my personal statement and does not reflect the views and opinion of the organizations I am affiliated with.

 

References:

“HB 1962 – Repeal of the Automatic Appropriation for Debt Service.” KABATAAN Partylist n. d.: n. p. Scribd. Web. 15 Jul. 2012. (http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/365230/dbm-details-2013-proposed-budget)

Leyco, Chino S. “DBM Details 2013 Proposed Budget.” Manila Bulletin 9 Jul. 2012: n. p. Manila Bulletin. Web. 15 Jul. 2012. (http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/365230/dbm-details-2013-proposed-budget)

Mariano, Keith Richard D. “DBM OKs more than half of proposed 2013 UP budget.” Philippine COllegian 11 Jul. 2012: 3. Philippine Collegian. Web. 15 Jul. 2012. (http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/193/9/9/philippine_collegian_issue_4_5_by_kule1213-d56xr9u.pdf)

Sison, Jose Maria. “Youth on the March.” The Philippines Free Press [Quezon City] 2 Nov. 1968: n. p.