Sandigan para sa Mag-aaral at Sambayan Party Alliance (SAMASA-PA) Slate 2013

Sandigan para sa Mag-aaral at Sambayanan Party-Alliance
GENERAL PROGRAM OF ACTION (GPOA) 2013

With three decades of unwavering commitment and consistency in serving the people and securing concrete victories for the students behind it, the Sandigan para sa Mag-aaral at Sambayanan Party Alliance presents its General Program of Action for this year’s student council elections.

At the heart of our cause are the defense of the students’ democratic rights and interests and the instilling of the spirit of genuine service to the people among iskolars ng bayan. We continue to push for a student council that is militant, autonomous, nationalist and democratic. Years of campaigning for a higher education budget have borne fruit with the additional allocation for the university and the education sector. This gives us hope as we continue the fight against commercialized education and for a truly nationalist, scientific, and mass-oriented education.

This victory once again proves that genuine solutions to the issues confronting us students can only come from our collective action and the linking of our struggles with the struggles of the people. Let us continue 33 years of collective action and collective victories for the students and the people.
• Continue the fight for a higher budget for education and social services: Last year, our protests compelled the government to increase the budget for UP and education. While the hike is not enough to reverse the commercialization of state universities, this nevertheless proves the potency of our militancy and inspires us to continue our fight.

• Oppose graduation fee hike: We oppose the proposal to increase the graduation fees from the present P300 rate to a soaring P1,200 after three years. As alternative, we push for cutbacks inextravagant spending like the expensive hotel accommodation and dinners for UP system officials instead of burdening students and parents with additional graduation payments.

• Rollback tuition, scrap STFAP: Even as we welcome the holding of consultations on the STFAP as a positive result of our years of opposition to the program, we believe that mere reforms cannot change its fundamental character as a commercialization scheme. We call for the replacement of STFAP with a more mass-oriented tuition scheme.

• Serve the people:Hold outreach programs and basic masses integrations in peasant, workers, and urban poor communities; be one in the Filipino people’s struggle for genuine land reform, nationalist industrialization, higher wages and decent livelihood, accessible social services, and the respect of human rights.

• Defend the environment: Initiate clean-ups, tree-plantings, awareness-raising on environmental issues, disaster-preparedness drills, and raise our strong opposition to mining plunder and other environmentally-destructive projects by multinational corporations.

• Promote nationalist consciousness: Lead the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio. We carry on the torch of Bonifacio’s struggle against foreign domination and promote his genuine brand of service to the people that compose the nation.

• Uphold gender rights:Work with UPV admin offices in pushing for the liberation of women and LGBTs against all forms of discrimination and violence brought about by the feudal-patriarchal system and the intrusion of capitalist relations that view them as commodities and sex objects.

• Improve campus services: Allow the serving of half meals in the CUB to make food more affordable for students; push for more security measures in the campus; call for a review of dormitory policies that were imposed without democratic consultations.

• Empower student councils and student organizations: We push for the democratization of student council funds through directing the Student Council fee budget to the students from enrollment collection of fees and pushing for the effective use of deposit fee fund. We also push for a genuine student consultation between student councils and students and between students and the UPV administration. We call for initiating programs, activities, fora, talks etc., anchored from students’ needs and interests.

• Military-free campus: We oppose the involvement of trigger-happy military men in the road construction in UPV; we call for an end to red-baiting that endanger the security of vocal students and leaders in the university; we remain vigilant against all forms of repression of student’s rights.

• Support Kabataan Party-list legislations: We support the bid of Kabataan Party-list to once again secure youth representation in Congress so that it can re-file the following laws: a genuine Magna Carta of Students, a law requiring the allocation of 6% of the GDP for education, an authentic Freedom of Information bill, among others.

This year, we present our Militant, Autonomous, Nationalist and Democratic slate:

USC Representatives:

1. Novelyn Anne Bitoonon

2. Keysie Gomez

Chairperson:

1. Jhon Philip Fuego

Vice Chairperson:

1. Raoul Danniel Manuel

Councilors:

1. Rushell Joyce Dalmacio

2. Marifel Dagangan

3. Fydah Marie Sabando

4. Paul Joseph Untaran

5. Vanessa Yunque

Governor:

1. Jaifreed Cabangal (Redbolts)

SAMA-SAMANG KUMILOS! SAMA-SAMANG MAGTAGUMPAY!
SERBISYONG EPEKTIBO, PRINSIPYONG SUBOK NG PANAHON!
MULA SA MASA, TUNGO SA MASA, NOON HANGGANG NGAYON!

ANAKBAYAN | LEAGUE OF FILIPINO STUDENTS (LFS) | OIKOS ECOLOGICAL MOVEMENT
SAMAHAN NG MAG-AARAL AT KABATAANG KABABAIHAN (SAMAKA-KA) | SAMASA ORGANIZATION
HAMILI BROTHERHOOD | HAMILIA SISTERHOOD

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