Youth Speak: Four Points on Students’ Stake in the BNPP Revival Issue

20 03 2009

Released on March 12, 2009

STAND-UP CS asserts that the youth and students, especially the Iskolar ng Bayan, are major stakeholders in the issue of the BNPP Revival, and that the problems we face in education are inextricably linked to the aforementioned issue under the following points:

·         The youth stand to be the most at risk from the health, economic, and environmental consequences of an unsafe BNPP operation. The youth compose the majority of the Philippine population, pegged at more than 40% of the total population in 2005.

 

 

·         The probabilities of corruption and an imposed nuclear tax will only serve to further divert government subsidy that should have instead been spent on basic social services such as our education. During the Marcos regime, around $2.3 Billion (or about P112.7 billion today) was estimated to have been wasted in corruption. At present, a projected $1 Billion cost needed to revive BNPP operations will again be open to corruption.

 

 

 

·         The resultant high energy costs should the BNPP operate under private, foreign ownership, will further burden the expenses of colleges and universities, especially students. Under the LTHEDP, the government’s burden of subsidizing university expenditures will be shifted to the students. An example would be the P300-Million maintenance and other operating expenditures (MOOE) budget cut in UP this 2009 alongside the proposed 100 new laboratory fees throughout the UP system.

 

 

·         The collective action of the youth and students remains an essential tool for genuine social change. Students have historically been at the forefront of the struggles of the Filipino people, and the BNPP issue is no exception.

 

Education & Research Committee AY 2008-2009

Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP

(STAND-UP) College of Science Chapter

 

 

 

 

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