VOLUME 35 |
ISSUE 1 |
August 1, 2008
USC, orgs decry campus repression
ampus repression may not be apleasant greeting, but the StudentRegent (SR) has to deal with it.
During her first consultation with UPLB students, SR ShahanaAbdulwahid was greeted with campusrepression issues which include thedelayed University Student Council(USC)-College Student Council (CSC)elections, late appointment of the
Editor in Chief (EIC), newmode of payment in some universitydormitories, alleged policy disallowingstudents from using universityfacilities beyond 7 p.m., and tambayanphaseout. The SR consultation was part of the Council of Student Leaders meetingheld on July 1 at the Makiling BallroomHall, Student Union Building.
NO ELECTIONS STILL
Regarding the delayed USC-CSCelections, Abdulwahid commented thatthe USC-CSC elections “should be doneas soon as possible.” The UPLB administration, throughthe Office of Student Affairs (OSA), hasalready decided that the 1978 versionmust be upheld despite contentionsfrom the USC, CSCs, and a numberof student organizations
(See related article on page 12)
.USC Chairperson Leo ‘XL’ Fuentessaid student representation suffers withthe delay of the USC-CSC elections. Headded that Cuevas has already giventhe incumbent USC and CSCs until theend of July to stay in office. Cuevas,however, denied giving any ultimatum.
EIC Christian RayBuendia received his appointment fromthe Office of the Chancellor only last July 2, instead of last summer. Hisappointment was delayed due to hislate response to Chancellor Luis ReyVelasco’s inquiry if the
hasbeen publishing financial statements of the USC.Buendia claimed, however, that thePerspective Charter does not state thatthe publication of the USC financialstatement has any bearing on theappointment of the EIC.He said that the USC’s financialstatement “must not be used as aleverage” to delay his appointment.During the consultation, Buendiasought the support of studentorganizations in defending their right toinformation.Abdulwahid, meanwhile, expressedalarm on this issue. “Sa palagay ko,isa talaga siyang (late appointment)malaking uri ng represyon sa studentmovement dito sa UPLB,” saidAbdulwahid.
NOT LATER THAN 7 P.M.
Another issue raised was thepolicy allegedly disallowing studentorganizations to use facilities foractivities beyond 7 p.m.
(see related article on page 4).
Abdulwahid stressed that aconsultation with students must beheld first before imposing such a policy.“Dapat kasi may properconsultation. Hindi pwedeng magbabaang admin ng mga ganitong directivesnang hindi napapakinggan ‘yungconcerns ng mga students,” she said.She also stated that imposing sucha policy deprives organizations of avenue to develop since their chancesof conducting more activities will belimited.
PAY (IN FULL) AS YOU ENTER
Residents of Makiling ResidenceHall (MAREHA) and Forestry ResidenceHall (FOREHA) face a new mode of payment by paying fees per semesterinstead of paying on a monthly basissince the semester started.MAREHA and FOREHA dormershave until the end of July to settletheir fees for the whole semester;otherwise, the dorm management willask them to leave their respectivedormitories, Fuentes related. MAREHAdormers will have to pay Php 1,406 while FOREHA dormers will payPhp 1,408.40 to be safe from being“displaced,” according to NikkoMacalintal, a MAREHA dormer.Abdulwahid said the UPLBadministration has the power todecide on the changes on the mode of payment. If additional fees are to becollected, the approval of the BOR mustbe secured.Fuentes, meanwhile, said theimposition of the new system of payment “might be a problem for somedormers since not all are capable of paying the fees in full.”
NO SPACE FOR ORgS
After student organizations basedin the Institute of Biological Sciencesexperienced relocation of tambayan lastsemester, other student organizationshave also registered complaints on theadministration’s rule regarding theirtambayan.
(See related article on page 3)
.Abdulwahid said the tambayanphaseout is not an isolated case as italso happens in other UP units. “Maymga natatanggap din tayong reportsfrom other UP units na pinapatanggalang mga tambayan ng mga orgs fromtheir designated places dahil eye soredaw sila,” she said.She related that the UPadministration has a proposal requiringstudent organizations to raise fundsif they want to acquire their owntambayan.
Abdulwahid said she is saddenedthat UPLB students are faced withthese issues despite the university’scelebration of its centenary. Shestood firm, however, in claiming thatthe OSR will continue to support thestudents and will tap the Katipunanng mga Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UPor KASAMA sa UP, the sole alliance of student councils in the UP system, tolaunch intensified campaign againstcampus repression in UPLB.
SR vows systemwide support
This marker replaces the tambayan of the Beta Kappa Fraternity and Beta Kappa Sigma Sorority, whichpreviously was the benefactor of the shade given by the tree referred to by the inscripon.
MARK VINCENT BARACAO
Various student issues welcome Student RegentShahana Abdulwahid in her rst consultaonwith students of UPLB last July 1 at the MakilingBallroom Hall.
Harriet Melanie A. Zabala
UPLB welcomes centennial freshies
PLB greeted the UP Centennial batch of New Freshmen (NF) last June18 with a string of activities thatshowcased the university’s homegrowntalents, introduced the administrative
ofcials and student leaders, andshowed the freshmen the benets and
duties of being an Iskolar ng Bayan.
To start the day with a healthybreakfast, student organizations,fraternities, and sororities prepared mealsintended for NF during the “AlmOSAlan”organized by the Students Organizationand Activities Division (SOAD).An Opening Convocation was then heldat the Baker Hall where the NF were oriented with the things they have to know in theuniversity. Chancellor Luis Rey Velasco andUP system Vice President Amelia Guevarragave their messages to the NF.At 4 p.m., an intracampus paradeUP being the leading university in thecountry and the university’s nationalisticorientation.Before the end of the parade,University Student Council (USC)Vice Chairperson Charisse BernadineBañez also gave a message in behalf of Student Regent Shahana Abdulwahid.She encouraged the NF to be faithful tothe Filipino people to whom they “oughtto serve”.“Mataas na ang presyo ng bigas, langisat iba pang mga bilihin, [kaya] bilang mgabagong Iskolar ng Bayan, kilalanin natinkung sino talaga ang nagpapaaral sa atin,”she said.
FROM THE PARTICIPANTS
The NF expressed their gratitude to thepeople behind this activity.Meryl Regine Algodon, BS AppliedPhysics ’08, said, “Nakakaoverwhelmkasi noong una, kinakabahan pa akopero okay naman pala, masaya, [and I’m]proud to be here.”Another freshman, Aga VincentDominador, BS DevelopmentCommunication, said the event made himfeel what college life actually is.On the other hand, the upperclassmenalso expressed positive commentsregarding the event.Fara Faye Regis, a member of theVeterinary Students Achievers Society said“I’m quite surprised with what happenedbecause unang beses lang ‘yung parade.If I would be one of the freshmen, I’ll beoverwhelmed.”“Very successful kasi maramingnagparticipate lalo na doon sa parade,” Jaet Dolor, SOAD Head, added.SOAD organized the said event, incooperation with SOAD volunteers, GABAYvolunteers, the USC, College Studentcouncils and student organizations.
[P]After the tambayan of studentorganizations based in the Instituteof Biological Sciences (IBS) were‘evicted’ last February, another case of tambayan removal welcomed a studentorganization with the opening of thesemester this academic year.
REPLACED BY A HERITAgE TREE
The tambayan of the Beta KappaFraternity and Beta Kappa Sigma Sororityin front of CAS Annex 1 building (formerlyNew CAS building) was removed last Juneto give way to the “12 UPLB Heritage Trees,” one of UPLB administration’s UPCentennial activity. Today, a marker withan inscription stating ‘bonsai-like beauty’ is seen in place of the tambayan. The UPLB Heritage Tree Committee of the UPLB administration spearheaded thesaid project. The Beta Kappa Fraternity and BetaKappa Sigma Sorority, however, protestson the administration’s action.“Hindi na kinonsult ang mgaestudyante. ‘Yung mga ginagawa nilang(administrasyon) represyon sa estudyanteay ‘di tama,” said Mic Ivan Sumilang, aBeta Kappa fraternity member.Sumilang said they were not warned thattheir tambayan will be removed. As of presstime, the fraternity is using the CAS Annex Ibuilding steps as their temporary tambayan.“Karapatan naman namin talagasa pagkakatanggal noon (tambayan) namalaman before, magkaroon man langsana kami ng notice,” Sumilang added.On the other hand, Dr. ArleneSaniano, building administrator of CAS Annex I building, claimed that theuniversity administration, not the CASadministration, was responsible for theremoval of the tambayan. Though thefraternity was not considered a CAS-basedorganization, its members were still given acopy of the rules regarding tambayan.Dr. Saniano said, however, that thefraternity and sorority failed to attend themeeting called by the CAS administrationregarding a “tambayan contract” last semester.
Even before the relocation of thetambayan in the IBS, the tambayan of theUP Human Ecology Student Society (UPHESS) in front of the College of HumanEcology (CHE) building was alreadyremoved last September 2007.“Nagpaalam kami sa dean (Dr. SueLiza Saguiguit) namin kung pwede kamingmagtayo ng tambayan doon. Ang nagingusapan, sige magtayo kayo ng tambayandoon as long as it is removable,” MitzBernardo, BS Nutrition’04 and member of UP HESS, said.Bernardo stressed that the CHEadministration will only allow tambayan tobe set up in front of the CHE building aslong as it can be removed after 5 p.m. daily.On the other hand, Dr. BenjaminBartolome, CHE professor anduniversity landscaping committee head,said, “bawal talaga dito sa CHE angtambayan. Kaya sila nandito [ay] paramag-aral at hindi para tumambay atmagkwentuhan maghapon.”According to Dr. Saguiguit, theorganization from CHE can only set uptambayan if their organization can raisefunds for constructing a gazebo thatamounts to Php 80,000.“Ipasa daw sa org namin angpagpapatayo ng ganitong facility for thecollege. Ayos lang sana kung limang libo‘yun,” Bernardo added.Subsequent to the series of dialogues with the IBS administration, the tambayanof student organizations based in the IBSbuilding were relocated to the StudentUnion (SU) building last February 25. The administration said the positionof the
, which blocks thepassageways of the IBS building, is inviolation of Section 9 of the Fire Code of thePhilippines, which states that “exit ways [of buildings] should be free from obstruction.”
Arbeen Acuña, University StudentCouncil (USC) Councilor, said the removalof the tambayan is a direct attack to thestudents’ right to organize.“Mahigpit pa rin naming kinokundenaang kawalan ng democratic consultation samga na-aalis na tambayan,” Acuña added. The USC is campaigning for therestoration of the evicted tambayan as
part of their “continuing ght against
Tambayan ‘eviction’ threatens orgs anew
Nikko Angelo Oribiana
took place, participated in by recognizedstudent organizations, fraternities andsororities, to serve as their courtesy callto the NF. The participants assembled atthe College of Arts and Sciences Buildingand marched to Baker Hall where theCentennial Welcome Concert Party washeld at 7 p.m.
CHALLENgE TO NEW ISkO’T ISkA
Some key persons in UPLB gavemessages to serve as challenge to the NF.During the AlmOSAlan, UniversityStudent Council (USC) Chairperson LeoXL Fuentes said, “lalo na ngayon nahindi lang freshies, hindi lang ang atingunibersidad, kundi ang buong bansa angnasasadlak sa isang krisis pampulitika,dapat silang (NF) mamulat at makibaka.Sa tatlong salita dapat silang mag-aral,maglingkod at makibaka.”In the Welcome Convocation, Velascosaid that being among the brighteststudents, the NF have abig responsibility to thecountry because part of their tuition is subsidizedby the government.“You (the NF) shouldnot forget that you areIskolar ng Bayan tobecome Iskolar para saBayan,” Velasco added.Also, Guevarra,in behalf of PresidentEmerlinda Roman,
specied Roman’s four
reasons why UP isregarded as a nationaluniversity, namely,geographic importancebecause UP campusesare almost all over thePhilippines, depth and worth of UP education,
UPLB ginunita ang pagkawalanina Karen at She
Rogene Gonzalesulat mula kina Liberty Notarte atNikko Angelo Oribiana
akalipas ang dalawang taongpaghahanap sa dalawang
,tuloy pa rin ang laban ni Linda Cadapanpara sa pagpapalitaw ng kanyang anakna si Sherlyn at kasama nitong siKaren Empeño.
ay mga taongsapilitang dinukot, kalimitan dahil sa mgapulitikal na motibo, na hindi pa inililitaw.Isang gabi ng mga pangkulturangpagtatanghal na ginanap sa HumanitiesSteps ang inialay ng mga estudyante ngUPLB sa dalawang mag-aaral na ito ng UPupang gunitain ang kainlang pagkawala.Humigit-kumulang 80 estudyante angdumalo rito noong ika-25 ng Hunyo.Pinaghihinalaang dinukot ng mgamiyembro ng militar sina Karen at Sherlynhabang nagsasagawa ng communityimmersion sa mga magsasaka ngBarangay San Miguel, Hagonoy, Bulacannoong ika-25 ng Hunyo 2006.“Bawat segundo, hinihintay ko angpagbalik ni Sherlyn, mayakap muli,mahagkan man lang ‘yung aking anak,”ani Gng. Capadan na nagtapos ng kursongBS Biology dito sa UPLB.Idinetalye ni Gng. Cadapan basesa testimonya ni Raymond Manalo,ang testigong nakatakas sa kampong militar makalipas ang 18 buwanng pagkakakulong, ang pagtotorturekay Sherlyn.Dagdag pa ni Gng. Cadapan, “Maypanahong hindi lang ako lumuluha dahilnasasabik kay Sherlyn ngunit para [rin]sa bayan na makamit ‘yung hustisya atmapatigil ang karahasan na ginagawa ngestado.”Nagtapos si Sherlyn ng hayskul saMakiling School, Incorporated at kumuhang BS Human Kinetics sa UP Diliman.Naging miyembro siya ng konseho ngCollege of Human Kinetics, at ayon kayGng. Cadapan, tatlong kurso na lamangang kakailanganin ni Sherlyn upangmakapagtapos. Samantala, si KarenEmpeño ay estudyante ng BA Sociology atmiyembro ng League of Filipino Students(LFS) sa UP Diliman.Noong ika-29 ng Mayo 2007,napagdesisyunan ng Korte Suprema nabigyan ng karagdagang imbestigasyondahil sa kakulangan ng ebidensiya angkaso nila Karen at Sherlyn. Ang writof habeas corpus na isinampa ni Gng.Cadapan ay pinayagan ng korte noongika-24 ng Oktubre 2007. Subalit bagoipinataw ang desisyon, pansamantanginilitaw si Sherlyn noong ika-11 ngAbril 2007.“Dinala po [si Sherlyn] sa bahay ngkanyang boyfriend sa Bulacan, dahil dawpo may dala-dala siyang sulat [na] naisibigay,” kwento niya.Subalit, ‘sing bilis ng sindi ngsigarilyo’, hindi na naiabot ni Sherlynang sulat dahil napansin ito ng tatlongkababaihang nagbabantay sa kanya.Maging ang writ of amparo na hinilingni Gng. Cadapan noong ika-24 ng Oktubre2007 ay wala pa ring desisyon sa ngayon.Ang writ of habeas corpus ay utosgaling sa korte para sa isang indibidwal oopisyal ng gobyerno na ilabas ang taongnakakulong upang mapagdesisyonanng korte ang kaso. Ang writ of amparonaman ay pagbibigay tulong sa mgabiktima ng extrajudicial killings sapamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng malayangpag-iimbestiga sa militar.Ayon kay Mark Velasco, tagapagsalita
Buendia retainsEIC post
ast year’s Editor in Chief (EIC) retains his post in the UPLBPerspective, leading the publication asUP celebrates its centenary.
Christian Ray Buendia, a fourth yearcivil engineering student, said he is set
to make UPLB Perspective reafrm its
existence in the university by upholdingthe publication’s pro-student and pro-people tradition.Buendia added that amid thefestivities UP launches on its centenary,there are critical student’s issues to bedealt with.“We see that this is not just anordinary year for the publication. It isimportant that we give our publisherssomething different,” he said.Buendia intends to make relevantarticles regarding the approval of thenew UP Charter and its implications,such as further increases in tuition andother fees, the ecotourism project andother commercialization and privatizationschemes for education.He sees his second term as anopportunity to disprove allegations likepublishing “biases” by remaining loyalto the paper’s advocacy of advancingstudents’ rights and welfare andby sticking to what he says are the journalist’s weapons: truth and aptanalysis. Buendia aims that Perspectivethis year will not only be a source of
information but also a reection of “what
UP should be to its students and whatstudents should be to UP.”With an accumulated score of 93.36percent in the EIC selection exam,Buendia bested four other EIC hopefuls:Mark Vincent Baracao (BA Sociology‘06) with 89.39 percent, Arbeen Acuña(BA Communication Arts ‘04) with86.27 percent, Rogene Gonzales (BSDevelopment Communication ‘05) with85.48 percent and Carlo Angelo Cruz (BSDevelopment Communication ‘06) with76.12 percent.By topping this year’s exam,Buendia joins the ranks of Bayan MunaRepresentative Teddy Casiño and LourieVictor, who were all able to hold twoconsecutive terms as EIC. Moreover,Buendia is the only student to top theEIC exam for three consecutive years,