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Malacañang rejects bid to revoke scholarship of student activists

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Youth rallyists during the anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25, 2016 | PVI/Kenneth Valladolid

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Malacañang does not support the National Youth Commission’s bid to revoke the scholarship of students who join the anti-government rallies unless there is concrete evidence to prove their involvement in schemes to topple the current administration.

At a press briefing, held in Malacañang on Wednesday morning, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Sec. Salvador Panelo asserted that being a member of a leftist group or participating in anti-government protest is not sufficient reason to withdraw the scholarship of students granted by the state.

A mere suspicion should not be a ground to revoke their scholarship.

“We are government of laws, not of speculations. Kung sinususpetsahan lang natin, di naman puwede yun. kailangang mayroon tayong ebidensya na mga parte nga sila ng mga grupong laban sa gobyerno” Panelo said.

Panelo stressed that if they’re just joining protest rallies, it’s their right.

“Kung sila’y sumasama lang sa mga rally, that’s their right, that’s freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly”, the Press Secretary said.

However, it would be a different story if they are rallying to commit violence, or to incite sedition.

The youth leftist group has initially denounced the NYC chair’s proposal saying it contradicts the freedom of expression.

They also argued that the money spent for the “iskolar ng bayan’s” scholarship did not actually come from President Duterte’s pocket but from the taxes paid by citizens in the country. — Freema Salonga

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PNP: Faculty members linked to NPA recruitment in schools will face charges

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Young rallyists during the anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25, 2016 | PVI/Kenneth Valladolid

MANILA, Philippines — Following reports that 18 schools in Metro Manila are being infiltrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the PNP warned of filing charges against faculty members who will be caught conniving with the communist rebels by feeding students anti-government propaganda and allowing them to be recruited by the New People’s Army (NPA).

“Inciting to sedition at inciting to rebellion ang possible [charges] kung merong ebidensya na makukuha. Pero ang lahat ng ito ay kung may paglabag sa batas, “ said NCRPO Director PDir. Guillermo Eleazar. “Ang ating kapulisan ay andiyan para mag-imbestiga kung meron man silang ginagawang ganun.”

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde expressed readiness to speak with the officials of the institutions, whose students are allegedly being tapped by the CPP-NPA.

Albayalde said there is a need to correct the views of students against the government possibly instilled in them by communist rebels.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) earlier said that rebels are using some schools to indoctrinate students into joining their organization through the screening of films that show the ‘dark years’ of martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos and projecting President Rodrigo Duterte as the new emerging dictator.

The AFP said these films are designed to incite resentment against the government and urge them to join protest rallies.

“Pag meron silang mga doubt especially so yung mga students, pag meron silang kailangang matutunan, meron silang mga question at doubt sa pag-iisip, puwede natin silang mabigyan ng liwanag kung ano talaga ang dapat matutunan ng isang estudyante para ma-develop na rin ang sense of nationalism at love of country,” said the PNP chief.

Albayalde also expressed a sense of loss over the actions of some youth leaders who choose to join left-leaning groups to criticize the government that funded their schooling.

“They’re supposed to be the cream of the crop, the hope of the land and yet ‘di ka pa graduate, you are already going against the same government that gives you free education. So ‘yun lang ang tanong natin: why? ” said Albayalde.

Police said schools are the second home of the youth and molding them into better individuals is among the important roles of teachers who are considered as their second parents. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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GSIS opens scholarship opportunities to members’ kin

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018


The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has announced the opening of scholarship applications for  children and relatives of its members who wish to enter college.

The agency will grant education opportunities to 400 would-be college students who will receive P40,000 worth of tuition and miscellaneous fees. Each scholar will also receive P3,000 monthly stipend.

“Ang pagpili ay pababaan ng sweldo. Iyong mga miyembro natin na pinakamababa ang sweldo iyon ang malaking tsansa na makapasok,” said GSIS Head for Corporate Social Advocacies Department Ryan Palad.

(Selection is based on the lowest salary. Members who have lower salaries have higher chances of approval.)

Interested applicants should have at least three years experience as a government employee, with a salary grade of 24 or below, and was able to pay monthly premium contribution for the past six months.

Application form, list of requirements and list of accredited schools are made available on the agency’s official website. —  Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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20 Filipino gov’t officials to study in Japan under a scholarship grant

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, July 10th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) recognizes the role that the human capital plays in accomplishing government projects.

That’s why the agency believes that overseas learning opportunities for Filipinos, especially in technologically advanced countries like Japan, are a big help.

“We hope that through the signing of the grant agreement for the JDS project, we will be able to further strengthen our institutions by producing highly skilled graduates capable of making immediate positive impact in their respective agencies,” NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia said.

This morning, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a 264-million yen (approximately 117million pesos) Japan Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Project with NEDA.

The grant aims to help build the capacity and skills of young Filipino leaders and let them share what they have learned for the country’s development.

This year, 20 government officials will have the opportunity to take post-graduate courses in some of Japan’s top universities including International University of Japan, Kobe University, Meiji University at Nagoya University, among others.

Meanwhile, JICA boasts of its Filipino scholars who now hold key positions in the government and already made contributions in their agencies.

JICA also hopes to mutually benefit from the Philippines by learning also from the country’s universities.

JICA Philippines chief representative, Susumo Ito said, “We really hope that the JDS scholars will learn not only the area studies but also Japan’s economic development experiences.”

“Japan also hopes to learn from the Philippines’ development experiences through this exchange of knowledge,” said Ito.

To date, 259 Filipinos have benefitted from the JDS Project. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue


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