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Students at PUP Protest 2,000% Tuition Fee Hike

Friday, March 19, 2010

Students set fire to desks and take over the main buildings at PUP to protest tuition fee increases (Photo by Kabataan Partylist).

Just as protests are heating up in California where there were massive protests all over the state on March 4th and a caravan of students, teachers, and unions heading up to the state capital on March 22nd, protests in the Philippines are literally heating up.

The administration of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines is proposing a tuition fee increase from P12 per unit to P200 per unit, almost 2,000 percent! Obviously, the students aren’t having it and the national democratic youth movement is seeking ways to stop this from happening.  One of the main youth organizations that is helping to take charge at this time is Kabataan Partylist, a political party tied to BAYAN that actually has its own representative in congress representing the needs and issues of youth and students in the Philippines.

Bulatlat reports:

The students, nearly a thousand of them, threw armchairs, tables and papers down to the ground floor and set these on fire. Many of them hanged streamers from the state university’s main building denouncing the proposal.

In a statement, PUP student regent Donna Pascual said the proposal means an increase from P12 to P200 per unit of tuition. “(The tuition increase) is expected to affect all incoming freshmen in the university,” she said, estimating the affected students at about 50,000.

PUP is a state university where most of its students come from the poor. “PUP is supposed to be the most accessible university with its P12 tuition fee. What would happen now to our poor students and high school graduates? They have nowhere to go to,” said Chaser Soriano, student council president.

“Arroyo’s administration cannot wait to waive its responsibilities especially in tertiary education,” Crisostomo [a member of Kabataan Partylist] said. Despite being mandated by the Constitution to have the highest share in the national budget, the allocation for education had decreased in the nearly 10 years that Arroyo was president.

According to the National Union of Students of the Philippines and Kabataan Partylist, 61 other schools in Luzon and Visayas will increase tuition by up to 20 percent by next semester.

Over at the Kabataan website they report:

Chaser Soriano, Central Student Council President-elect said that they have long feared the imposition of a tuition fee hike since the establishment of the PUP College of Technology last year wherein incoming freshmen were charged P200 per unit.

Pascual said that the proposed tuition increase is a result of the yearly budget cut in state colleges and universities.  In the approved 2010 national budget, PUP budget was reduced by P43 million to only P661 million for the entire PUP System.

“What the administration did was to test the waters by forming a new college. We sense a ‘pattern’ as they now plan to impose the new fee in the Colleges of Accountancy and Office Administration and Business Teacher Education.”

Soriano said that, if approved, the proposed fee hike will affect an estimated 50,000 incoming freshmen next semester.

“PUP is supposed to be the most accessible university with its P12 per unit tuition. What happens now to our poor students and high school graduates, wala na silang pupuntahan.”

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10 Comments
  1. Carlos Arenas Jr. permalink
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 2:59 am

    We took and passed the entrance examination just recently with out being informed with regards on the proposed tuition fee increase of almost 2000 per cent. Apparently they made us blind.
    PUP is the university for the poor students who deserve to have a high quality education, but now we don’t think if we can have it due to insensitive proposal of the new director of the campus.
    We are begging to Kabataan Party list, youth organizations and CHED to do something about it. thank you so much.

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  3. Ariel Joseph permalink
    Monday, March 22, 2010 9:29 pm

    ahem…kawawa naman po kaming mga estudyanteng papasok pa lang sa inyung unibersida ng 1st sem if nag-increase na kayo agad ng tution fee.We prefer to enter your universuty because we knew that it’s offer high quality basic eduation and the tuition fee is affordable for us to continue our studies in college.sana naman wag niyo kaming kawawaing.

  4. tony permalink
    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 10:06 pm

    [Moderator’s note: This person is an idiot and I’ve cut out most of the comment due to its stupidity, all you need to know from this person is this}
    While it is inappropriate, I agree with what the head of PUP said, “If you can’t afford it, then don’t study at PUP” [wow, way to use your critical thinking skills Tony]

  5. Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:57 pm

    bakit naman po kelangan nyo magsunog ng upuan?wala na nga tayong upuan sa school, sira sira na nga sinunog nyo pa..hindi naman siguro tama yan..laman tuloy tayo ng balita, lalo nyo lang sinira ang future ng mga gagraduate, tingin nyo nakatulong yan ginawa nyo?alam nyo bang nadadagdagan na naman ang company na magba-ban na i-hire ang mga PUP grad? look what you’ve done..i’m not affected of the banning issue since i already got my job, thank god, but what about those who are about to grad and those who are still finding jobs? what will you get after you finished your studies? pandagdag tambay na naman yan, instead it would be easy for them to find job lalo silang nahirapan ngayon.

  6. tony permalink
    Sunday, March 28, 2010 10:52 pm

    The moderator is a hypocrite. While Bayan claims that their freedom of speech is being denied, the moderator can’t seem to accept an opinion contradictory to his own. That is what leftists are, they are people who will become violent unless someone starts listening to them. But when someone voices their own opinion that differs from their opinion, they try to block them. This just proves that talking to you and your kind of people are useless. Shameful.

  7. Cris permalink
    Thursday, April 1, 2010 12:37 am

    Mam Therre, mukhang hindi mo ata naiintindihan ang kahulugan ng “bulok na upuan.” Isa ako sa mga estudyante sa PUP na nagprotesta sa tuition fee increase at yang mga sinasabi mo ngayon ay ang sinasabi rin ng mga sinungaling na administrador sa PUP. Dun naman sa dagdag tambay something na sinasabi mo, one-plus-one lang naman. Mas marami ang magiging TAMBAY kapag tumaas ang tuition sa PUP dahil ang PUP na lang ang talagang matatawag na ‘state university’ na maaaring asahan ng mga kabataang mahihirap na gustong mag-aral. Masyado niyong ino-overestimate ang pamumuhay at kakahayang pinansyal ng mga Pilipino. Kelan ba huling tumaas ang minimum wage sa Pilipinas? Hanggang ngayon nakapako pa rin sa P380 (at meron pang tinatawag na provincial rate na mas mababa pa dito ng kulang-kulang isandaang piso). At mas marami pa nga ang ilegal na sumasahod ng below minimum at ang karamihan ay nagre-range lang P50-P150. Mas mabilis pa ngang tumaas ang mga bilihin kaysa pagtaas ng sahod ng mga manggagawa. Nabulok na lang sa konggreso ang pagpapasa sa P125 Wage Increase at kinamatayan na lang ng author nitong si Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran (karamihan ba naman kasi ng mga nasa konggreso ay mga negosyante). Ano sa tingin mo Therre, hindi pa kaya makatwiran ang pagsusunog sa mga sira-sirang upuan para lang gisingin ang mga “buwayang” nagpapataba sa magaganda nilang opisina? Sabagay, wala naman nang kwenta ‘tong mga sinasabi ko ngayon sa’yo dahil, thank God, may trabaho ka na naman pala [sa call center].=P

  8. Tuesday, April 13, 2010 7:12 pm

    @Tony: Not sure why you are linking me blocking your idiot comments from my blog to BAYAN’s outlook on free speech (which you get wrong by the way) but rest assured the way I run my blog has in no way any correlation to BAYAN.

    Again, Tony, you are doing nothing but spew idiocy, which is why I’m blocking your comments on my blog cause I don’t want that stupidity showing up on my blog (ya never know where that shit might lead to).

    Ah, the Internet; it never ceases to entertain me.

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