Filipino Students on Strike last Year Students and teachers in the Philippines are contesting the government's reforms through strike action and have held a conference to organise resistance The government of President Aquino is pushing World Bank prescribed policies in higher education - cutting state subsidies and opening it up to privatisation - with a potentially devastating effect on the nature of education and on those who cannot afford to pay  the increased tuition fees. According to Asian Correspondent's Tonyo Cruz: 'Any budget cut at this moment and under the prevailing policies of commercialization and deregulation, are not mere cuts but steps towards the state completely abandoning its responsibility to its younger citizens.' On February 11th an education summit was held at the Philippine Normal University - the country's top producer of teachers to discuss the future of education in the Philippines.