ANTIPOLO City, June 17, 2010— While President-elect Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III is contemplating about his future Cabinet members, the League of Filipino Students (LFS) had given him a 4-Point Criteria in order to make him think faster.
In a statement, LFS national chairperson Terry Ridon said that P-Noy (a contraction of President Noynoy) must not do another “Gloria Arroyo” in appointing officials in the National Youth Commission, the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education, and other agencies concerning the youth.
Ridon said that the new appointees on those agencies must posses the following qualifications:
1. With clear pro-student and pro-youth positions such as tuition moratorium and regulation, greater state subsidy to education in all levels (i.e. education spending at around six percent of GDP), employment, among others;
2. Must have clear pro-people positions such as genuine agrarian reform, increase of wages, salaries and benefits for working people;
3. With an unflinching resolve to hold accountable Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her cohorts for corruption, human rights violations, sell-out of national sovereignty and other anti-people policies; and
4. Has a proven track record of leadership of the youth and students, and unity with the people’s struggles.
The law student from the University of the Philippines-Diliman explained that the youth, during the nine-year reign of the Arroyo administration, now holding the post of the second district representative of the province of Pampanga in the Lower House, had remained marginalized, not only in terms of representation in government, but also due to neglect of many of their issues.
“Mrs. Arroyo, during her term, had failed to address the inaccessibility of college education the youth due to non-regulation of matriculation and other fees. During her nine-year reign, the amount of tuition being paid in colleges and universities, had almost doubled by around 94-percent based on the new study by the National Union of Students of the Philippines, using the 2001-2009 data from the CHED itself,” Ridon said.
Ridon and his colleagues in the LFS believe that P-Noy could never go wrong if he will follow the aforementioned guidelines being presented to him by the students and the youths themselves. (CBCPNews.com)