8th National Congress of Student Councils and Political Parties, Cebu City

29 04 2012

 

“THOSE WHO DO NOT MOVE, DO NOT NOTICE THEIR CHAINS”:
Moving the Progressive Youth Agenda Forward!

8th National Congress of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines

Dayon, bai!

Join the largest student council and student political party alliance in the country as it convenes to share experiences and strategies as student leaders this June 1-3, 2012 in Cebu City, Philippines! =)

Visit our website at http://www.scapnational.wordpress.com.

You may contact our National Secretariat at +63917-362-7480 or scap.neb @gmail.com.

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Largest student formation holds 1st NCR Presidents’ Meeting for 2012

15 04 2012

Student council presidents include Ms. Heart Dino of the UP Diliman University Student Council, Jason Alacapa of the UP Manila University Student Council, Barry Codera of Colegio de San Juan de Letran Student Council, Jana Cabuhat of the De La Salle University-Manila University Student Government, Dawn Po Quimqe of the PUP-COC Student Council, Hanz Ocampo of the University of the East-Manila Student Council and Gio Alejo of the Ateneo de Manila University Student Council.

For the academic year 2012-13, the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, the largest student council and student political party formation in the country, held its 1st NCR Presidents’ Meeting at the Ateneo de Manila University last April 14, 2012.

Hosted by the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila (Ateneo de Manila University Student Council), the meeting discussed strategies for The Alliance’s major campaigns such as the Students’ Rights and Welfare Bill, Reproductive Health Bill and the SK Reform and Empowerment Bill among others.

The meeting was attended by the student council and student political party presidents and vice presidents from major schools namely the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University – Manila, University of the Philippines – Diliman, University of the Philippines – Manila, University of the Philippines – Los Banos, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of the East – Manila, College of St. Benilde, and Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

The meeting, to be replicated in other chapters, also agreed to institutionalize the Presidents’ Collective (PresCol) as a genuine convergence of student leadership within The Alliance.

The PresCol will reconvene in Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Intramuros, Manila in May 19 for the formation of the Secretariat and the designation of The Alliance’s new National Spokesperson. For more details of the activities of The Alliance, student leaders can get in touch with the National Secretariat through scap.neb@gmail.com.





Human rights body may review student handbooks

1 04 2012

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2012/04/01/human-rights-body-may-review-student-handbooks-214328

Sunday, April 1, 2012

MANILA — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Sunday it may review the handbooks of schools after some students were barred to join the graduation rites for allegedly posting lewd photos on the Internet.

Last week, an incident in Cebu City caused online attacks towards St. Theresa’s College (STC) when it did not allow five of its students to attend the graduation rites because of supposed “bikini” photos posted on Facebook.

Although the court ordered that the said students be made to attend their graduation, the school administration refused to honor the issued order.

Another case was reported in Infant Jesus Academy in Marikina City where six boys were denied of joining their graduation rites because of photos posted on the same social networking site showing them simulating a kiss.

Both institutions are Catholic schools.

“We may look into it as this will be in accordance with mandated standards and norms on the right of the child to education and against discrimination and child abuse,” CHR Chairperson Etta Rosales said.

“CHR is in the best position to police these academic institutions,” JC Tejano, national spokesperson of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (Scap), said.

Tejano said they regularly receive reports from students of various schools presenting similar dilemmas.

For Scap, Catholic academic institutions resort to punish their students in an unfair manner under the guise of academic freedom.

“Schools are protected because of academic freedom. But academic freedom should not be used as an excuse to control students in this manner. Students’ personal space, which includes social networking sites such as Facebook, should not be governed by any school policy,” Tejano said.

Earlier, Scap alleged that STC violated the students’ rights to freedom of expression and speech and several provisions in the Magna Carta for Women by causing psychological and emotional trauma.

The group is also urging legislators to expedite the passage of a law protecting students’ rights. Currently, several versions of students’ rights bills are pending before the House of Representatives and the Senate. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)





Student Group Lists Rights Violations

1 04 2012

SCAP is the largest student council and student political party formation in the country, present in more than 150 campuses and 30 chapters nationwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By INA HERNANDO-MALIPOT
April 1, 2012, 3:08am

http://mb.com.ph/articles/355991/student-group-lists-rights-violations
MANILA, Philippines — Student leaders are calling on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to monitor schools that may be violating students’ rights after a Catholic school in Cebu City barred four high school students from attending their graduation rites for allegedly posting “indecent” photos in Facebook.

The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP), the biggest nationwide alliance of student councils and student political parties, said the CHR—the agency tasked by the Office of the President towards human rights protection and promotion—is in the “best position to police academic institutions” that violate the rights of their students.

“We urge CHR to review the student handbooks of these schools and see to it that school rules and regulations do not violate the rights of students and are in accordance with the law,” SCAP National Spokesperson JC Tejano said.

Tejano said the incident in St. Theresa’s College (STC) in Cebu City where the high school department did not allow its students to attend the graduation exercises last Friday prompted the group to call the CHR’s attention. “Although the court ordered that the said students be made to attend their graduation rights, the school administration refused to honor the issued order,” he said.

The school said the students violated provisions in the STC student handbook including a rule against “posing and uploading pictures on the Internet that entail ample body exposure.”

The students supposedly posted their photos wearing bikinis while holding a cigarette and liquor bottle in Facebook which allegedly violated STC’s rules on immorality, exposure online and smoking and drinking.

STC clarified the students will still be able to graduate since they were “academically qualified.”

SCAP National Secretary General Gibby Torres added that in another incident involving another Catholic school, six boys at the Infant Jesus Academy in Marikina City were not allowed to join the graduation rites because of “kissing” photos on the same social networking site.

“Both incidents can be tagged as an impingement on the personal and private affairs of the students,” said Torres. He added that the incidents are but two of the many instances wherein schools violate students’ rights.

“Our group regularly receives reports from students of various schools presenting similar dilemmas,” he said.

Earlier, SCAP had condemned the move of the schools involved, particularly of STC, saying that it “violated the students’ rights to freedom of expression and speech and several provisions in the Magna Carta for Women by causing psychological and emotional trauma.”

The group also maintained that Catholic academic institutions sanction their students unfairly under the guise of academic freedom. Tejano said that while schools may practice academic freedom, “it should not be used as an excuse to control students in this manner.”

“Academic freedom has limits,” Tejano said. “The students’ personal space, which includes social networking sites such as Facebook, should not be governed by any school policy.”

Tejano added that while it is the responsibility of the schools to instill in their students core values “this role does not give them a license to punish students for what is in the realm of parental guidance.”

He reiterated that the constitutional rights of the students should prevail over student handbooks. “Students’ rights are human rights and human rights are inviolable,” Tejano said. “Not a single student handbook across the country has the power over the rights bestowed on any individual guaranteed by the Constitution.”

SCAP urged legislators to pass a national legislation to protect students’ rights. “A bill protecting students is long overdue. We need to make sure that this generation is afforded with an environment for learning by securing their rights, within or without the campus,” Torres said.

Several versions of students’ rights bills are pending in Congress.#