On Benguet State University’s Foundation Day this June 28, 2013, PIGSA Baguio – Benguet demand that the BSU Administration heed the pleas of the students regarding proper consultation on university policy-making.
The improper means of implementing regulations, administration orders and policies in the university remain a dementing issue on the democratic rights of students.
The Library Fee Increase for the AY 2013 – 2014 is an example of the unconstitutional raise in fees. Upon the provision of the Commission on Higher Education, consultation with all well-represented sectors should commence first upon the proposal to raise university / school fees. The Library Fee Increase was implemented on some students last 2nd semester of the AY 2012 – 2013, creating irregularities in the tuition fee of some students. Because of student inquiries, the BSU Administration was forced to push through the Student-Administration Dialogue.
PIGSA, together with the students, welcome the efforts of the Supreme Student Government for the Student-Administration Dialogue last AY 2012 – 2013, wherein it tackled the issues on amalgamation, activity permits, Library Fee and Development Fee. However, the BSU Administration cannot claim this as the sole event for university consultation.
Aside from this, the Student-Administration Dialogue resulted in a unanimous vote from the students versus the Library Fee Increase, with the BSU Administration agreeing in terms to refund the collected fees from affected students that semester.
Despite this, the BSU Administration chose to implement the increase for the AY 2013 – 2014.
Meanwhile, it remains a fact that the university holds a number of Income Generating Projects (IGP) to supplement the lack of state subsidy. It also remains a fact that the existence of IGPs are to prevent raising the tuition fee of the students. It is a question, then, why immediately raise the Library Fee of the students as an option amidst the marketing ventures of the university?
This implementation is a clear violation of CHED provisions and an underestimation of student democratic rights. Had this persisted as a normal event in the university, constituent empowerment will not be realized.
Democratic Rights repression will continue. The rising cost of education will persist. The future of the Cordilleran youth, the Hope of the Motherland, will become bleak. The students, faculty and non-faculty in the university should be vigilant of their rights. After all, BSU is supposed to be a democratic university.
The students, the primary stakeholders of BSU, have the capacity to change the existing status quo for the “Greater Good” of the Cordillerans and of the Filipino people. Unconstitutional fee increases in state universities forges the “iskolar ng bayan” spirit to fight for their right to education. The state of democratic rights repression from some university policies to the unconsented fees, old and new, is enough.
PIGSA, together with other concerned students and organizations in BSU, pushes for a ROLLBACK in the LIBRARY FEE INCREASE and a REFUND of the collected fees of affected students!
We demand for proper consultation, not mere information-dissemination to existing fees, old and new.
In particular to the Development Fee, we push for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
We condemn the unconstitutional implementation of the Library Fee Increase.
Student, faculty and non-faculty rights must prevail at all times.
ROLLBACK LIBRARY FEE INCREASE! UPHOLD DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS IN EDUCATION!
FIGHT FOR HIGHER STATE SUBSIDY, NOT TO TUITION FEE INCREASES!
FIGHT FOR A NATIONALIST, MASS-ORIENTED, SCIENTIFIC EDUCATION!
BENGUET, BONTOC, IFUGAO, KALINGA, ABRA, APAYAO – AGKAIKAISA A MANGIPUKAW, KAIGOROTAN LUMABAN!
-PROGRESSIVE IGOROTS FOR SOCIAL ACTION BAGUIO-BENGUET