Davao Regional State University System DRSUS, a betrayal to the people!

DRSUS, a betrayal to the people!

  • “The state shall assign the highest budgetary priority to education…”(Art. XIV, Sec 1 of Philippine Constitution). Ironically, the biggest chunk on our budget (20-40%) goes automatically to the payment of debts.
  • HB 5311 or Davao Regional State University System (DRSUS) seeks to merge all four SUCs in Davao Region.

Long Term Higher Education Development Plan (LTHEDP)             2001-2010 of CHED*

Roadmap to Public Higher Education Reform Program              (2011-2016) RPHER

Davao Regional State University System (DRSUS)

Reduction of the number of SCUs from 264(1998) to 111(2004) and 24 by 2010.

Four (4) Regional University Systems (RUS); and two (2) specialized HEIs pilot-tested from 2012-2016; RUS Bill (RXI) in process during the plan period.

Sec. 3. Creation of the Davao Regional State University System. (Integration of 4 SCUs into 1)

 

6 SCUs should have semi-corporatized operations.

SUCs are mandated to have IGPs, collaboration with big private business and generate funds through tuition fee and subsequent increases, essentially SUCs operate as a corporation.

Sec. 5. The Regional University System shall have the general powers of a corporation…

Sec. 8 (x). Privatize where most advantageous to the Regional University System, the management of non-academic services such as health, food, building…

20% of SCUs should be self-reliant and raise its own funds. They will not receive any government subsidy.

Rationalizing resource utilization and maximizing resource generation. Improve SUC capacity to generate resources and reduce dependence on government subsidy for government operation.

Generic socialized tuition fee scheme designed for SUCs by 2013, and piloted in 10 SUCs in 2014-2016.

Sec. 8 (s). Enter into joint ventures, …with business and industry for profitable development and management of assets… including land grants..;

Sec. 8 (e). Fix the tuition fees and other necessary school charges.. ;

Sec. 8 (f). Adopt and implement a socialized scheme of tuition and other school fees…

50% will have its own active income generating projects.

22 leading SUCS with viable income generating projects will shoulder 50% of its budgetary requirements through internally generated income by 2016.

Sec. 8 (s) and Sec. 8 (t) will also apply.

60% of the SCUs should establish links with big industries and business

Asset inventory and management for resource generation. Business plans for utilization of SUCs assets and viable IGPs in 10 SUCs. To establish private, public partnership in resource generation and management.

Sec. 8 (t). Develop consortia and other economic forms of linkages with local government units (LGUs) as well as public and private institutions and agencies, local and foreign…

A closer look would reveal that…

  • DRSUS’ objective of rationalization in guise of efficiency and fiscal autonomy is actually the implementation of the impositions of International Monetary Fund-World Bank (IMF-WB) in exchange of the debts we incurred to them.
  • The LTHEDP* is consistent to the recommendations of the IMF-World Bank. After Cory Administration entered into Structural Adjustment Program, the scheme of G-8 nations led by the U.S., neo-liberal policies of privatization of government assets, liberalization of the economy(being open to dictates of capital) and deregulation of government intervention, were gradually implemented by all the succeeding administration including P-Noy’s as expressed in his RPHER.
  • SCUs should be at the forefront on the debates and resolutions of the nation’s problems and potentials. Thus, it should be prioritized; however the state’s agenda on education manifests its deliberate abandonment of its responsibility. SCUs will eventually cease to its very existence of producing productive individuals sensitive to the needs of the society.
  • The SUCs corporatization (privatization) and the private schools spiraling costs of education, manifest a prohibitive character of educational system. Education becomes even more commercialized and inaccessible especially to the increasing number of marginalized sector of the country.
  • DRSUS is not only an issue of the USEP community or of the other 3 state colleges but also of the people in general. It will further the crisis on education and hinder our aspiration for democratization and national progress, development and sovereignty.

What will our future look like when our leaders are slaves of corporate greed and foreign interest, when the state’s agenda on education is profit driven, when the slogan “tuwid na daan” is in reality the road to further subservience to the monopolized global economy and betrayal to the Filipinos?

We USEPians, as “iskolar ng bayan” have suffered long enough. We will not allow DRSUS to further insult and violate our rights.

Reject DRSUS!

USEPians along with the Filipino youth, the forbearers of the future will unite and assert our right to education!

No to state abandonment of the education sector! Greater state responsibility to social services! Stop commercialization of education!

Struggle for a nationalist, scientific and mass-oriented education system!

Youth for Nationalism and Democracy – Davao (YND)

 

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