25 May 2009

UP ALYANSA at the Magna Carta of Students technical working group meeting in Congress

UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (ALYANSA) participated in the final technical working group (TWG) meeting on the proposed Magna Carta of Students filed by Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros in the House of Repesentatives. The meeting aimed to discuss contentions on provisions of the said bill before being voted upon in the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education and, hopefully and eventually, in the House of Representatives plenary. UP ALYANSA, since its inception and in its struggle for students' rights and welfare, has been active in lobbying for the Magna Carta of Students. The formation is currently part of the Coalition for Students' Rights and Welfare (STRAW) together with the Student Council Alliance of the Philppines (SCAP), the Movement for the Advancement of Student Power (MASP), Akbayan Youth, BIGKIS UP Manila, and other student groups from various schools. 

In the TWG meeting, the formation was represented by UP ALYANSA Chairperson Viktor Fontanilla and former UP ALYANSA Vice Chairperson for Students' Rights and Welfare Jeff Crisostomo. Also present was USC Councilor Luis Geronimo, head of the newly-formed USC Committee on Policy Reforms, Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes and Rules. In the previous TWG meetings, UP ALYANSA's resource speakers were Fontanilla, Crisostomo, and former CSSP Student Council Chairperson Jamie Pring.

UP ALYANSA's campaign for the passage of this bill is in line with its Break the Code local campaign which aims to include a bill of students' rights within the proposed UP Diliman Code of Student Conduct. 

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