Sa huling SONA ni Pangulong Duterte, kaliwa’t kanang problema ang kanyang pamana.

Ngayong araw na ito, tinutukan na ng buong bansa ang huling SONA ni Pangulong Duterte. Ngayong papalapit na tayo sa dulo ng kanyang madugong rehimen, balikan natin ang mga pangakong hindi niya tinupad at ang mga pangarap ng masang Pilipino na kanyang niyurak. Alalahanin natin ang nakaraan, para hindi na natin bitbitin ang mga katiwalian at ang mga abuso ng nakaraang limang taon papunta sa bagong kinabukasang ating papandayin. Habang pinagninilayan natin ang nakalipas na limang taon, tandaan natin na lahat ng diktador ay bumabagsak, at lahat ng pasistang rehimen ay may katapusan.

Bagama’t nagtiwala ang mga Pilipino sa mga…

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of National Campus Press Freedom Day since its declaration on August 28, 2019. It aimed to promote, protect, and safeguard the constitutionally-granted right to freedom of expression, speech, and of the press in all educational institutions. It also ordered educational institutions to provide full support and assistance to the campus press’s annual programs and activities.

Contrary to its main goal of assuring the safety of student-journalists, cases of violating and threatening their rights is evident & continuously rises. Apart from increasing attacks on mainstream and alternative media, campus publications have also become more imperiled since…

By Mai Allauigan, Alexandra Kate Ramirez, Elaine Diaz

Photo from the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP)

Amidst the Campus Press Freedom Day celebration, student publications continue to bear the brunt of state-sponsored attacks, with the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) recording almost 1,000 violations since 2010. Along with the remote learning set-up and the passage of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL), repression and threats continue with their various forms such as harassment, censorship, withholding of funds, administrative intervention, suspension of student editors and writers, red-tagging, and illegal arrests.

In the recent world press freedom index report, the Philippines ranked 138th among 180 countries for having a bad environment for journalism. …

By Angela Vanessa Manuel

The Commission of Appointments (CA) hosted the first session of the final deliberations for the 42nd University of the Philippines Manila University Student Council (UPM USC) featuring Sulong — UPM’s councilor nominees Carl Angelique Adducul and Beatriz Erica Frondoso last July 17. The nominees first presented their proposed plan of actions for the following academic year and were then interpellated by the members of the CA.

As the official appointing body of the 42nd USC, the CA is headed by the University Electoral Board (UEB), alongside the incumbent 41st USC members, and representatives of the different College Student Councils (CSCs).

By Angela Vanessa Manuel & Sean Gere Pascual

With the goal of battling vaccine fear with increased awareness and inspired action, “Vacc Ka Takot?,” a two-day vaccine masterclass hosted by AIESEC University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) and Little Hands: Isko with United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), successfully culminated last July 12. In the two-part event, the youth were equipped with science-backed and factual knowledge in order to increase their health literacy, dismiss their fears and misconceptions of the COVID-19 vaccines, and encourage them to be part of the solution to the pandemic.

The integral role of vaccines

The first day of the masterclass contained two sessions…

By Rowz Fajardo

The Philippines once again landed on the top ten list of worst countries for workers in the world by an international union federation. In the annual report released by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), abuses by government and companies against workers’ rights, such as the right to strike, organize a union and free speech, were found to be at an all-time high since ITUC started keeping track of the abuses eight years ago.

According to ITUC, among 149 nations, the top ten worst countries for workers in 2021 were Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Honduras, Myanmar, Philippines, Turkey, and…

By Mira Anacio

Photo from CNN Philippines

The topic of Philippine vaccination rollout issues, once again, resurfaced as videos of failed vaccinations went viral on social media — from lack of vaccine supply, Filipino vaccine hesitancy, to the processes of vaccine administration, which could hinder achieving herd immunity by year-end. The failed vaccination administration was then blamed on human error caused by health workers being overworked. This further implies the current plight of the health workers, the frontliners in the fight against COVID-19, who continue to demand from the Department of Health (DOH) their unreleased benefits from Bayanihan 2.

COVID- 19 vaccination status

The Philippine government said…

By Lanz Ethan L. Galvan

Photo from the Philippine News Agency

Clamping down on erroneous learning materials procured and distributed by the Department of Education (DepEd) for the distance learning set-up during the pandemic, a house panel is now seeking to set up a body that would be tasked with ensuring their accuracy, quality, and effectiveness.

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, chaired by Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo, approved on June 16, the formation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) responsible for drafting a substitute measure that would create a third-party external auditor in charge of reviewing DepEd’s learning materials and modules to address the growing concern for…

By Rochel M. Floron IV

In a joint initiative, AIESEC in University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) and Little Hands: Isko with United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), a university-based organization that aims to uphold every child’s rights, will launch an online vaccine masterclass titled “Vacc Ka Takot?” to inoculate people with confidence in COVID-19 vaccines this July 10 and 11 at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

While vaccination plays an important role in securing peoples’ safety against the lethal virus, Filipinos are still hesitant to be inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines which is now being dealt with by different initiatives from various local government…

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