About Us

In every beginning lies an opportunity for change…this has been the guiding light of more than a hundred student council leaders from major universities and colleges nationwide when they convened to forge greater solidarity and unity in 1996.

The unity produced the ground for an alternative venue where student councils and leaders shared commitment to reinvent the student movement out of its continuous decline.

It is in this context that a new alliance of student councils was born to become an instrument for change not only within the political lanscape of higher educational institutions, but also in the vast arena of sectoral and national concerns and contemporary issues besetting our interest and welfare.

The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines [SCAP] explores the vastness of leadership and service potential of students to harness and develop them for optimum empowerment.

SCAP is actively involved in local, sectoral and national campaigns, with a focused leadership capable of responding to new challenges and opportunities. It is also working for progressive reforms in the educational system through executive and legislative advocacy by forging dynamic partnership with various organizations and institutions that advances the advocacy for an accessible, relevant and quality education.

Now, truly making change where it matters most, the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines reaffirms its aspiration to serve as a forum for substantive excahnge of ideas, perspective and concepts on key reform areas in the education sector.

As a crucial stakeholder, SCAP asserts its role in detremining the direction of our educational system as well as redefining policy struture of the the sector.

PRINCIPLES

SCAP recognizes the importance of free discussion and the interplay of different ideas in the pursuit of its aims. It recognizes and upholds the freedom of its members to adhere and promote various ideas, beliefs, and ideologies such as freedom on the principle of mutual respect.

SCAP firmly adheres to the principle of democratic participation and consultation in all activities and endaevors. It commits itself to uphold the right of each member be consulted and be heard on any matter that is of concern of the alliance.

SCAP actively commits itself to actively strive for progressive and positive change within the society that exists.

SCAP calls for unity, solidarity and true comradeship not just among its member student councils, but among student councils in the Philippines. In doing so, however, it recognizes that solidarity must allow for differences , and that the right of the minority must always be respected.

SCAP devotes itself to creating venues and providing opportunities for the promotion of student empowerment and for the development of stduent leadership. It recognizes the right of a student body to self-governance and self-determination; the rigth of students to access adequate means for free speech and expression.

SCAP recognize the relevance and urgency of the issue on the environment and commits itslef to the promotion of care and respect for natural environment through various methods such as consciousness raising and education, education and mass action.

SCAP commits itself to strive for the attainment of a true equality of status and opportunities among the various genders, such equality being based onm mutual consideration and respect, as well as recognition of each individual’s uniqueness and humanity

SCAP upholds the principles of natioanalism, national pride and national identity while recognizing to likewise develop a global outlook and an international perspective, particularly with regard to the various issues confronting both Philippine society and the world.

Programs

I. Youth Active Participation, Policy Engagement and Lobbying for Reforms [Youth APPEAL for Reforms]

This is our means to intervene in the political process, from executive and legislative branches of the government to amuch wider arena of engagement, to push for progressive reforms in the education sector. This strategy involves direct organizational intervention, personal influence, research oriented engagement, and lastly pressure politics and network formation.

II. Active Citizenship Program

Active Citizenship Program is an issue advocacy campaign covering a unified stance on national and sectoral issues liek eductaion and popular empowerment. It was coined to unify and consolidate members and non-members towards advancing common advocacy. Likewise, it was named to encapsulte teh fact that social and eduction reforms can only be achieved through active citizenship.

III. Student Organizing and Networking

Constituency building is the main objective of this program. On this area, SCAP aims to create a substantial impact on a national scale while maintaining its influence in the community. Laying down the foundation for addressing concerns effectively and responding to issue efficiently, SCAP organize its members within territorial and geographical lines as well as according to its nature. This is done to support the effort of member councils to confront community and territorial issues while addressing problems unique to the nature of thier schools.

IV. Capability Building and Organizational Development

This program aims to futher teh capability of the student councils and leaders to develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes towards effective student governance and empowerment. Within this program, SCAP aims to increase the awareness of he youth on sectoral and social concerns.

Skills development to supplement the leadership and enhance the service potentials of student leaders as well as institute values formation with focus on inter-sectoral solidarity and respect for cultural diversity are main elements of this program.


Organizational Structure

The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines is composed of the three main organizational structures the National Congress, Regional Assemblies and the Chapter.

The National Congress

The National Congress is composed of all members of the Alliance. It is the highest policy-making body of the Alliance. It shall convene every two year on the date set in the previous congress.

It is the sole body of Alliance to determine policy and approve the General Program of Action for the entire alliance as well as elect the members of the National Executive Board. The National Congress is also the sole body of the Alliance that can adopt and amend the constitution of the Alliance. It also act as appelate body for decisions rendered by the Regional Assemblies.

The Regional Assembly

The Regional Assembly is the highest policy making body for each repective region. It shall be convened at least once a month on the days set in the previous assembly.

It serves to function and have several powers namely to deternime policy and approve the GPOA for thier respective regions; to adopt the regional by Laws; adopt resolutions and determine regional positions on specific issues; accept for membership and approve the same and ensure that the chapters based in its region are kept abreast of alliance policies positions and programs.

The Chapters

The Chapters shall be the basic units of the alliance. They shall be composed of either council or individual members. The shall be convened regularly at such dates, as thier internal rules shall provide.

The chapters serve to function and have several powers namely to adopt and amend their own by-laws or own internal rules consistent with the constitution of the alliance; adopt resolutions and detemine position on specific issues consistent with the general policies set by the National Congress.

It also has the power to accept applications for memberhsip and approve the same subject tot he review by the National Congress. It also ensures that the members are kept abreast of alliance policies, positions and programs.

The National Excutive Board

The National Executive Board is responsible for the implementation of policies and programs of the alliance set by the National Congress. It meets in regularly at least quarterly on the date set in the by-laws of the alliance.

In between sessions of the National Congress, the NEB shall have the policy-making powers, the exercise of which is to review by the National Congress in its regular session, or, upon petition of any Regional Assembly, during the special session of the National Congress.

All officers of the NEB are to be elected at large during the regular annual session of the National Congress, execpt the four [4] Vice-Chairpersons who will be lected only by the members based in the corresponding region. The officers shall serve two [2] year term, or until their successors have been elected.

The National Executive Board is composed of the following officers such as the National Chairperson, National Vice-Chairperson for Luzon,National Vice-Chairperson for NCR, National Vice-Chairperson for Visayas, National Vice-Chairperson for Mindanao, National Secretary General, National Treasurer and National Auditor.


Please click here for a copy of scap’s brochure and here for a copy of scap’s membership form.




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