The publication fee of Php50 is included in the tuition accounts of students every semester intended for campus publications like the Weakly Silliamanian.
“We are concerned about the parents who work so hard to pay for their children’s school fee. Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know. But paper that is produced from trees are used to make money bills,” Merck Gartheeya, director of the OIP, said.
Gartheeya emphasized that tWS might close operations if it will not think of a strategy to maintain its operation.
With this announcement, Prance Villain, business manager of tWS, said, “Is that happening next semester? I thought it has already been implemented this semester that’s why we did not receive our budget.”
Villain said that they already saw this coming and has made plans to find a new way to maintain the circulation of tWS.
“Aside from other sources of revenue, we will sell tWS issues for Php20.00 per copy. We will also accept one-year subscriptions for only Php1,000,” Villain said.
Villain explained that the cost is expensive because the amount also covers the allowance of the tWS staff.
“The tWS staff is seriously overworked, underpaid, and underweight. So instead of giving our staff their honorarium, we will buy lots and lots of food with the money. We don’t want our staff to get stressed every week and not paid properly for it,” Villain said.
Villain added that he has volunteered to personally deliver the papers with his bike to the residences of those who will subscribe to the school paper for the whole year.
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want…But what I do have is a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career… I will look for you, I will find you, and I will deliver tWS to you,” Villain said.
By Stephanie Ria L. Colinco