Video of parents’ ‘walk out’ at HAU meeting goes viral-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
ANGELES CITY -- A video of an alleged "walk out" of parents posted on the Facebook page "We Support Hauteu", a page supportive of the Holy Angel University Teachers and Employees Union (Hauteu), has gone viral after parents allegedly walked out of a meeting inside Holy Angel University on Monday.
It was not yet clear what caused the alleged walk out, but the Facebook page claimed the incident was due to "certain reasons.
The meeting was held to discuss issues about the almost month-long strike of the Hauteu with the HAU administration and the Parents Teachers Association.
"Nag-walk out ang mga magulang na dumalo sa PTA meeting na ginanap kagabi, September 9. Marami sa mga magulang ang nagpakita ng pag-aalala sa kanilang mga anak, pagkadismaya, at pagkagalit sa kawalang aksiyon ng pangulo ng PTA," We Support Hauteu said in another post.
The said video has 445 shares and 876 likes on the main page of the Facebook site as of Tuesday. It shows people exiting HAU, some shouting "walk out," some with raised fists, in an apparent support to the protesters who cheered the people walking out of the university.
It was not clear if all the people leaving the university are in fact parents of students.
The ongoing labor strike is still far from over as the administration has yet to bend to the demands of the protesters for increases in their salaries and benefits from HAU's tuition increases in the last three years.
The issue started last year when Hauteu members asked HAU for a re-computation of the incremental proceeds of 70 percent of the tuition increase the university collected. The negotiations have reached a deadlock after HAU management refused to account for and disclose the amount of money it has collected from tuition increases, a large chunk of which is due to workers, according to Hauteu president Edmond Maniago.
HAU's chair of the management panel, Edna Marriza Santos, was earlier quoted by the national press that management cannot accept the proposal "for the end-of-year re-computation of figures with regard to the amount of incremental proceeds from tuition increase and the distribution of the 70 percent of proceeds to our employees’ salaries and benefits."
Maniago said the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) has mandated that 70 percent of tuition increase "shall be used for the payment of increase in salaries, wages, allowances and other benefits of teaching, nonteaching and other staff."
HAU raised tuition for school years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, Ched documents showed. It also filed certificates complying with the 70-20-10 percent proceeds, according to reports.
As the strike drags on Holy Angel University and its perimeter has become a virtual battle ground for propaganda of both parties. The general student population, however, has called for the resolution of the issue so that classes and the situation inside the university would return to normal.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 12, 2013.