SUC students stage strikes vs budget cuts

STUDENTS of state colleges and universities (SUCs) all over Metro Manila held different activities to express their opposition against the budget cuts to education and social services.

Various student organizations held a flash rally at the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Recto Station early morning yesterday to express their disgust over the railroading the proposed 2011 national budget in the House of Representatives, while maintaining the cuts to state schools and other basic social services.

“We worked hard during the past months to appeal to government and our lawmakers to stand for the interest of the people. However, Aquino allies in Congress railroaded the approval of the 2011 budget,” said Trina Federis, National President of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.

In the University of the Philippines- Diliman, students, teachers, and university workers held a multi-sectoral summit to discuss the budget cut.

“The different sectors inside the university need to act now to stop budget cuts in education and other social services. The cuts will lead to skyrocketing tuition and other fees and commercialization of social services, which will result to a greater number of Filipinos being driven into further destitution,” said Rainier Sindayen, chairperson of the University Student Council- UP Diliman.

After the summit, the students and the other sectors have formed a human formation in the Sunken Garden saying, “No to SUC budget cut!”

In University of the Philippines-Manila, students participated in a “short shorts day” to protest  the “shortening of budget of SUCs, PGH, and health.”

According to UP Manila University Student Council chairperson Ces Santos, “Better our pair of shorts cut off than our budget.”

Santos added that the budget of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is under the budget of the University of the Philippines. The PGH budget will suffer a P114-million budget cut next year. D’Jay Lazaro

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