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Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran

Established 2000
Category Leadership and Service Formation
Chairperson Chase Suguitan
Faculty Adviser Prof. Jely Galang
Location Flag of the Philippines.pngQuezon City, Philippines
Slogan Kasama ka. (10th anniversary slogan), Sulong UP: Tuloy Tayo sa Pagbabago! (2015 USC campaign)
Colors Sky Blue and Yellow
Facebook UP ALYANSA Facebook page
Twitter UP ALYANSA Twitter account
Instagram UP ALYANSA Instagram account

UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (Alliance of Students for Social Justice and Social Progress), or UP ALYANSA, is a dynamic leadership and service formation in the University of the Philippines - Diliman. UP ALYANSA traces its roots from the numerous efforts of its member organizations in pushing for concrete, innovative, and realistic activities, campaigns, and services for progressive change that are representative of the rights and welfare of UP students in particular and the Filipino people in general.


  • Progressive Multi-Perspective Activism

We make it a point to be open to all ideas for progressive change, be those views contrary to ours. PROGRESSIVE, we aim to be the locus of insight, foresight and relevance as we follow a contextual and progressive “political lane” in our advocacy for the rights and welfare of the marginalized, oppressed and powerless. MULTI-PERSPECTIVE, we recognize and respect different progressive perspectives or points of views through which social issues can be understood. ACTIVISM, we offer a different form of activism – one that is reflective of the diversity of the university and society; one that is responsive to our interests and needs; one that is concrete, innovative and realistic. We call for change and move to action, but we do not promise; we encourage student participation but we do not oblige; we offer principles, but we do not impose prehistoric dogmas and ideologies.

  • Academic Excellence

We believe that academic excellence should be reflective of our leadership and service orientation and social commitment and responsibility. UP ALYANSA believes that academic excellence is only attainable through accessible, quality and relevant education and the intellectual competence of the students. Moreover, academic excellence should be reflective of the leadership and service orientation and social commitment and responsibility of the university to the nation.

  • Student Empowerment

We regard the primacy of democratic consultation and popular participation. UP ALYANSA advocates for genuine student participation and representation as the basic foundation in addressing student rights and welfare. Thus, institutions that seek to promote the rights and welfare of the students must regard the primacy of democratic consultation and popular participation.

  • Social Justice and Social Progress

We affirm UP’s role to carry on our people’s struggle against injustices as a prerequisite for social progress. UP ALYANSA views social justice as a paramount consideration and a prerequisite for social progress. Geographic, cultural, economic, political and social development can only be achieved through the promotion and the protection of democratic rights and welfare. As Iskolars ng Bayan or scholars by virtue of our nation’s sweat and blood, we are duty-bound to continue our university’s legacy as the advocate of the rights and welfare of the marginalized, oppressed and powerless. We are tasked to be Iskolars para sa Bayan. We believe that it is the quest of each and every UP student to learn for and from the people; and struggle for and with the people for social justice and social progress.

National and Local Campaigns

Since 2000, to further the cause of progressive change in the University of the Philippines and Philippine society, UP ALYANSA joins numerous student alliances, councils, and organizations in various campaigns and movements such as the:

  • Anti-Corruption and Anti-Trapo movement
  • Reproductive Health (RH) Law campaign
  • Sin Tax Reform Law campaign
  • Freedom of Information Bill (People's FOI) campaign
  • Electoral Reform and Voters’ Education / 'First Time Voters' campaign
  • Solidarity for Peace movement
  • Anti-contractualization of labor and Security of Tenure Bill campaign
  • Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform and Empowerment campaign
  • Students’ Rights and Welfare (STRAW) Bill campaign
  • Progressive UP Charter campaign
  • Relevant General Education Program (RGEP) campaign
  • Relevant National Service Training Program (RNSTP) campaign
  • Volunteerism in UP / Re-establish the UP Office for Pahinungod campaign
  • Democratize the Student Regent Selection Process (Check the OSR!) campaign
  • Socialized Tuition (Reform the STFAP) campaign
  • Progressive UP Student Code (Break the Code!) campaign
  • Increase the UP Budget, Invest in Education campaign
  • BIGKIS GE para sa Pagpapayaman ng Wika at Kultura

Consistent with UP ALYANSA’s campaign against campus and fraternity-related violence, the formation co-organized with the UP Law Student Government (LSG) and other student formations the Student-Led Anti-Hazing WAtch (SAWA) Alliance. The formation is also part of the Pahinungod para sa Sumilao in 2007, a university-wide campaign in solidarity with the march of the Sumilao farmers of Bukidnon; the Laban para sa Casiguran campaign in 2012, in support of the farmers, fisherfolks and indigenous peoples from Casiguran, Aurora who oppose the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (APECO); and the Kilus Magniniyog march in 2014, calling for the utilization of the P71-billion coconut levy fund.

UP ALYANSA also spearheads numerous projects and programs that are geared toward academic excellence, leadership and service orientation, and social commitment and responsibility such as the formation’s comprehensive and sustainable Leadership and Service Training Program (LSTP) and Volunteer Service Program (VSP).

Campaign for the University Student Council

Recognizing the continuing relevance of the University Student Council (USC) and College Student Councils (CSC) as venues for progressive change, UP ALYANSA participates in the annual USC and CSC elections. UP ALYANSA has produced:

  • Five USC Chairpersons
    • Kris Ablan (2004)
    • Third Bagro (2008)
    • Heart Diño (2012)
    • Arjay Mercado (2014)
    • JP delas Nieves (2015)
  • Five USC Vice Chairpersons
    • Psyche Fontanilla, as SAMASA's candidate in the Alternatibong Koalisyon ng mga Mag-aaral (AKMa) - ALYANSA-SAMASA Coalition (2002)
    • Tina Langit (2004)
    • Viktor Fontanilla (2007)
    • JP delas Nieves (2014)
    • AJ Montesa (2015)
  • 66 USC Councilors (from 2000-2015)

The formation has also produced numerous USC College Representatives and College Student Council Officers.

Member Organizations

Local Networks

Political Party Allies in the UP System

National Networks

Contact Us

  • E-mail address: alyansa2013@gmail.com

External Links