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Administrators of UP Manila: revoke the "no late payment" and "forced leave of absence" policies
  • Petitioned Administrators of UP Manila

This petition was delivered to:

Administrators of UP Manila
Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Administrators of UP Manila: revoke the "no late payment" and "forced leave of absence" policies

    1. Alcuin Papa
    2. Petition by

      Alcuin Papa

      Antipolo, Philippines

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March 2013

Victory

The UP administration has LIFTED the "no-late-payment" policy!! http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/03/19/13/lifts-no-late-payment-policy http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/300011/news/nation/up-lifts-no-late-payment-policy-following-freshman-s-suicide To quote UP Manila Chancellor: "Just to make it clear, this means that the no late payment policy has been lifted. Any student with financial constraints will no longer have any problems with regard to tuition fee payment deadlines." If the "no late payment policy" is lifted, that means students can stay in the class list and there would be no need for them to go on leave for the next semester! This is a first step to making UP more responsive to the needs of the students, to a more open university that will accept into its arms students who genuinely thirst for knowledge no matter the status in life. This victory is not ours alone. We claim this victory in the name of all UP students who struggle everyday to go to their classes facing financial, logistical and emotional difficulties; for those who continue to struggle for quality education for all; and for all the alumni who want to see a real "university of the people." This victory would not have been possible without each and everyone of the more than 6,600 signers of this petition. We did this together. As you know, each time the petition is signed, an email is sent to the UP Manila officials. With the emails, our message was loud and clear and it worked to bring about change. It is proof that each and every one of us has the capacity and the power to change things for the better. Allow me to thank all of you who signed the petition. Thank you for joining me in this journey. - Alcuin Papa

“Faced with the difficulty of not being able to pay her tuition, a 16-year old female freshman at the University of the Philippines-Manila has reportedly poisoned herself.” - Newsdesk Asia

Media is now reporting her death was linked to the university policy that forced her to take a leave of absence when she was unable to pay her tuition.

UP has a long history of providing underprivileged students with a chance of bettering themselves through higher education.

Whether the policy is a reason for her suicide or not, policies such as the "no late payment" and "forced leave of absence" are anathema to the UP system's nature as a "university of the people."

I have always known the University of the Philippines system as committed to producing "scholars of the people." It was drummed into the minds of graduates that upon leaving the halls of the university, it behooves them to pay back their education through service to the country since the system is funded by taxpayers' money.

According to media reports, the administration of UP Manila ordered professors to bar students who have not paid school fees from attending classes. It also threatened students who have not paid the fees with forcible leave of absences if they are unable to settle their dues.

Please join me and call on UP Manila to provide better support to students under financial distress and to not bar them from classes if payments are late.

To:
Administrators of UP Manila
Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Revoke the "no late payment" and "forced leave of absence" policy.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. The latest word

      Alcuin Papa
      Petition Organizer

      I am getting word that the UP Manila Chancellor has suspended the implementation of the "no late payment" policy. This repressive policy has not been lifted or revoked. We must continue to be vigilant and ask for the total revocation of this oppressive policy before it can be used against any other students in the future.

      I also learned that a revocation of the policy is only possible through an action by the UP BOR. Let us continue the pressure so the BOR can revoke these policies.

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
    4. What happened in the UP presscon

      Alcuin Papa
      Petition Organizer

      I attended today's presscon of UP to ask a question and to deliver the petition to UP officials.

      I tried to ask a question during the open forum but was shooed away from the mic by Prof. Popoy De Vera of NCPAG because I was not representing any media outfit. I went there as a taxpayer who started the petition. I wanted to ask my question as the petition starter and taxpayer. I was disappointed by the treatment I got from Prof. De Vera. If this is the way he treats taxpayers who pay HIS salary, UP is in a lot of trouble. This is not the UP I know.

      In any case, UP officials were talking more on the STFAP and what they are doing to correct whatever weaknesses there is in the system. But what UP students have known all along is that the STFAP has been defective since it was implemented 20 years ago. Why then are these so-called reforms coming only now? These officials are realizing the problems only now? Where and what have they been doing all this time?

      UP Manila Chancellor Agulto ev

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Word of the Palace

      Alcuin Papa
      Petition Organizer

      I just want to share statements made by the Palace, through Valte, on the issue.

      http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/299609/news/nation/valte-in-wake-of-student-s-suicide-palace-has-no-control-in-tuition-policies

      I find the statements quite puzzling since 1) it is the President who appoints members to the Board of Regent, the highest policy-making and governing body of the UP System, and 2) the head of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) is a member of the Board of Regents. The CHEd is an office under the Office of the President.

      You guys decide.

      Valte in wake of student's suicide: Palace has no control in tuition policies

      Malacañang on Saturday admitted it was helpless in changing tuition policies of state colleges and universities, in the wake of a University of the Philippines Manila student taking her own life supposedly because she could not afford to pay tuition.

    7. Reached 4,000 signatures
    8. Thanks for signing

      Alcuin Papa
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all those who signed the petition and to those who passed it around along with calls for more signatures. I have read your comments and learned so much. Education is indeed a right and no one should curtail this right through repressive policies.

      The revocation of the two policies has become more important with the recent news that a review of policies that prevent students from continuing their education because of financial constraints has been ordered (http://www.interaksyon.com/article/57239/review-of-policies-that-force-students-out-was-ordered-on-eve-of-up-students-suicide).

      With the review, revocation of the policies is highly possible. Let us continue passing the petition around and continuing our call for the revocation of these two policies. Let us exert more pressure on UP Manila administrators. The revocation of these policies is a first mighty step towards any attempt to make the University of the Philippines a real "university of the people."

      Review of policies that force students out was ordered on eve of UP student's suicide - InterAksyon.com

      UP campuses were ordered to review policies that prevent students from completing their education because of financial constraints, practically on the eve of a UP Manila freshman's suicide, reportedly after being forced to go on leave for not being able to pay her tuition on time.

    9. Reached 3,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • mara lorca MAKATI CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 11 months ago

      Ako rin ay isang mag-aaral sa kolehiyo at batid ko ang hirap na dinadanas ng aking mga magulang upang makapagbayad ng tuition. Kung magiging maluwag ang unibersidad sa pagtatakda ng petsa ng pagbayad ay mas makakahinga ng maluwag ang aking mga magulang at pati na rin ako.

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    • Alan Martin Chua Luna BAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 12 months ago

      Because these two policies the administrators of UP Manila had imposed are violative to the constitutional rights of the less fortunate yet more deserving students of legal age to access for better education.

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    • Manilo Galina MAYNILA, PHILIPPINES
      • 12 months ago

      JUNK VFA AT MDT! IMPERYALISMO, IBAGSAK!

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    • Lawrence Lanipa SURIGAO CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 12 months ago

      This is one of the basic rights of every Filipino, no law/policy should passed depriving the right to education...

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    • Von Leander AURORA, PHILIPPINES
      • about 1 year ago

      Kasi ito ang pangarap ko.

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