AMPLIFY THE CALL: #MassPromotionNow

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HON. PROSPERO E. DE VERA III, DPA

Chairperson Commission on Higher Education (CHED)

Dear Mr. De Vera,

Warmest greetings from the genuine representation of students!

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) Metro Manila is one of the 13 chapters of the broadest and widest alliance of student councils/governments in the country. As an SEC-registered organization, NUSP has 13 regional chapters and more than 650 member councils and is recognized as the premiere national student center.

Due to the prolonged lockdown declared by President Rodrigo Duterte since March 15, we forward to you our position paper consisting of the possible measures and actions that your good office must enjoin Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to implement to respond to the emerging needs of students and their families during this crisis.

We call on the CHED and HEIs in Metro Manila to:

1. end semester now as students cannot practically continue with the sudden shift to online learning for which most are not equipped

2. implement mass promotion as a humane and compassionate gesture towards students and their families and to allow them to engage in helping out their own communities in whatever way they can if their academic requirements and this semester is no longer in the way

3. refund of fees, especially for those who have paid their full dues, be they undergraduate or graduate students, for there were only less than a 1/3 of the semester conducted physically and students were not able to make use of the school's facilities and those who has kept up with their classes had to use their own facilities

4. waiver of balances for those who have paid on installment basis as the balances are bigger than the downpayments and the students and their have less now than when they paid their tuition at the beginning of the sem; there should also be no deadline or a requirement to pay imposed before the student is allowed to enrol for the next term

5. government subsidy for private schools to better enable them to pay refunds, implement waiver of fees and pay the salaries of teachers and employees.

6. no to tuition increase in the incoming school year.

We humbly request your esteemed office to take into consideration the following demands of the students and provide as well the necessary actions to address and ease the struggles of the poor and marginalized Filipino families being the most vulnerable sectors amid the pandemic.

In service of the students and the Filipino people,

Angelo Gabriel A. Cocharo

Head, Committee on Campaign and Advocacies

NUSP Metro Manila