In the News: Mob vs CHED over budget cuts, Six will Fix! Challenge to Congress

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8 students shave heads to protest low education budget

By Karen Boncocan
Posted date: September 27, 2010

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MANILA, Philippines—Eight students, including a young woman, on Monday shaved their heads outside Congress gates to express their opposition to the cuts to the budget of state universities and colleges (SUCs).
The protesting students from the Youth Against Debt of the Freedom from Debt Coalition also gave the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) a “fail” grade for not working on a higher budget for education.

September 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm 1 comment

Straight ahead!

courtesy of Titus Tan, Chairperson of UP Kaisa

July 24, 2010 at 4:17 am Leave a comment

FDC includes Six will Fix! call in its 12-point Fiscal Agenda, Presidentiables respond favorably

The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), a coalition of people’s organizations, non-government organizations, and social movements campaigning on the issue of debt and power and water privatization, published a 12-point Fiscal Agenda that outlines its policy proposals for the next administration of Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and the 15th Congress (House of Representatives and Senate).

It included as one of the proposals our call for the Six will Fix! campaign.

It specifically includes item:

10. Pass a law Automatically Appropriating Funds to Education pegged at 6% of the GNP as prescribed for developing countries by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The proposal was embodied in House Bill 5423 filed in the 14th Congress.


June 3, 2010 at 12:59 am Leave a comment

Breaking News: Rep. Padilla files Six will Fix! Bill

 Introduced by Honorable Carlos M. PadillaIntroduced by Honorable Carlos M. Padilla

Last October 14, 2008, known education champion Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Carlos Padilla filed House Bill 5423, which effectively legislates an automatic appropriations for education pegged at 6% of the GNP. Committee on Public Information Chair Rep. Bienvenido Abante, who happens to be the father of National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner Princess Abante, and Committee on Food Security Chair Rep. Leonila Chavez, are co-authors of the bill.

The bill is now in the hands of the Committee on Appropriations, headed by Committee Chair Rep. Junie Cua and Vice Chair Rep. Edcel Lagman – the HoR’s primary debt champion.


February 11, 2009 at 4:01 am Leave a comment

Sk8 to Educate!: A Skating Competition and Rock-Rap Concert against Debt

A Project of Youth Against Debt's (YAD) Six fill Fix! campaign

Sk8 to Educate!: A Project of Youth Against Debt and United Antipolo


November 13, 2008 at 7:21 am 2 comments

Congress told: Give more to Education in 2009 Budget

Youth group demands additional P 536. 72 million to schools recognized as centers of excellence, non-payment of illegitimate loans and an end of automatic debt payments. 

Youth Against Debt, Front-page in Malaya

Youth Against Debt, Front-page in Malaya

Students from various state colleges and universities led by the Youth Against Debt (YAD) staged a noise barrage in front of the House of Representatives (HoR) today to demand higher state subsidy to public tertiary education in the proposed P 1.45 trillion 2009 National Government Budget. The said activity coincided with Congress’ deliberation of the respective budgets of state colleges and universities (SUCs) based in the National Capital Region.

Complete with whistles and noise gadgets, the student protestors from the University of the Philippines (UP), Philippine Normal University (PNU) and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) demanded from Congress an additional budget for higher education amounting to P 536.72 million covering P 47.82 million in additional budget for capital outlay and P 488.89 million worth of tuition subsidy to students belonging to 31 SUCs recognized as centers of excellence and development. (more…)

September 24, 2008 at 6:48 am 1 comment

Skaters: 2009 Budget Violated Int’l Standard on Education Spending

Youth skaters storm Congress, demand 6% of GNP to Education, Repeal of Automatic Debt Servicing Provision 

Congress had a taste of the “latest” protest action from the youth—skateboarding.

YAD Skaters Storm Congress

YAD Skaters Storm Congress

So it seems when about 50 members of the Youth Against Debt (YAD) staged a “creative action” in front of the main gate of the House of Representatives (HoR) coinciding with Congress’ budget deliberation of the 2009 education budget. The youth group protested the blatant violation of a widely accepted international benchmark on education spending in the proposed 1.415 trillion 2009 National Government.

Complete with ramps and rails, YAD activists sent their message across by performing skate tricks and inspired maneuvers to awed bystanders. Stephanie Tan, YAD Spokesperson said this specific form of action is a vindication that more and more youths of different predilections are accepting as fact that education in the Philippines is not that rosy. (more…)

September 12, 2008 at 4:34 am 2 comments

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What is the Six will Fix! campaign?


The Six will Fix! campaign is a campaign spearheaded by the Youth Against Debt (YAD) calling for an automatic appropriation law for education pegged at 6% of the GNP as prescribed by the Delors Commission of the UNESCO.

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