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Iskolars ng Bayan
must unite
page 3
Tilamsik ng Putik 
page 6-7
Next to triumph
page 12
January 16, 2009
While surng the net for her research in SocSci 1, Madel*, BS Mathand Science Teaching ‘08, stumbled upon a video in YouTube titled“Defend the Ofce of the Student Regent” which at rst she thoughtwas just a plain skit. Then she remembered a previous conversationwith a close friend about the Ofce of the Student Regent (OSR). Shegot curious, noticing how her dear companion seemed so affected by the issues currently affecting the OSR. So instead of leaving thewebsite for another one related to crops endemic in her hometown, hercuriosity held her back. And, as if to make her decision right, the videoslowly unfolded into something that is not so ordinary, it turned out.
“Nasaan na si Isko?” 
the lady in the video seemed looking for somebody.She sounded expectant of a response, yet nobody answered.You can see the disappointment in her face, as
is notaround. What could have happened to him? He could not bemissing. He should not be missing.
“Walang estudyante? Hindi tayo pwedeng magsimula niyan!” 
the lady shouted angrily, her facial expression no longer giving justice to her blue-tinted attire
 The next thing Madel knew, she had just seen a promotional video forthe Defend the OSR campaign. This video was presented by UP Diliman’s College of Fine Arts and is just one of the many forms of information dissemination drives initiated bythe OSR, together with the Katipunan ng mga Sangguniang Mag-aaral saUP (KASAMA sa UP) and were fully supported by nine of the UPLB studentcouncils.
Referendum under scrutiny
 The Codied Rules for Student Regent Selection (CRSRS) contains
regulations on the process of selecting the lone representative of students inthe Board of Regents, the Student Regent.As stated in Section 12, paragraph (g) of the UP Charter of 2008: “OneStudent Regent, to serve for a term of one (1) year, chosen by the students
from their ranks in accordance with the rules and qualications approved
in a referendum by the students.”
In accordance with this, the CRSRS needs to be ratied in the process
of a referendum set on Jan. 26-31. A total of 50 percent + 1 votes of thetotal population of the UP System have to be attained. Also, the votes infavor of the referendum must reach 50 percent + 1 of the voter turnout. That is assuming that the required 50 percent + 1 votes, or around 27,000votes, of the voter turnout has been achieved, majority of this must be in
favor of the referendum for it to be ratied.
“’Yung pagpasok natin sa sentenaryo ng UP, ito ‘yung taon nakailangan nating gampanan ‘yung historical role ng mga naunanglider-estudyante. Dahil sa sentenaryo natin ngayon, binabawi ang mgademokratikong karapatan na pinuhunan ng mga dating lider-estudyante,”said Mark Vincent Baracao, University Student Council (USC) councilor.
Challenge to the silent
 The referendum’s nature is certainly already familiar to UPLBstudents, for just last September, they have participated in ratifying the1984 Student Council Constitution. This became a big news since studentsbroke election records by registering a voter turnout of 70.54 percent, oneof the highest in recent history.Much like what happened in the plebiscite, the success of thereferendum would have a better chance if students take part in theirresponsibility in securing their democratic rights.
Oplan Save Isko
In UPLB, the USC and the College Student Councils (CSCs) scheduled
Estel Lenwij Estropia
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   K   A   R   L   S   U   M   I   N   I   S   T   R   A   D   O
With only a few days before the conduct of theCRSRS Referendum, stones forming the words
“DEFEND OSR!” on e Oblaon Grounds remnd
UP students of their important role in securing
suden represenaon n e Board of Regens.
Reimagining Twilight
page 8
SUCs suffer from further budget cut
UPLB Perspective
January 16, 2009
Admin offices to transfer in main lib
But UP enjoys rst increase in years
Twenty-one SUCs facea combined budget slashof P 323 million as Senateapproved the allocationof P 22.6 billion for thecountry’s 112 state collegesand universities (SUCs).
UP, the country’s premierestate university, however,gets a lion’s share with 30.09percent or P 6.8 billion of the total budget for all theSUCs. This translates to aP 362-million increase fromlast year’s budget. UP’s 2009budget allocation, which willbe divided among its sevenautonomous units, is alreadyequivalent to the combinedbudget of 47 SUCs in Luzon. The Polytechnic Universityof the Philippines, with astudent population of morethan 52,000 in six campuses,two branches and tenextension campuses, onlyreceived P 663.64 million.Derek Patrick Abando,Polytechnic University of thePhilippines Student councilor,said, “Kahit hindi naman
As part of a five-yeardevelopment plan thatstarted on October 2008,the UPLB Main Library isundergoing rehabilitationfrom damages brought about by typhoon Milenyo and isgiving way to the transfer of administration offices.
 The Ofces of the Chancellor
and all the Vice-Chancellors
 will be moved to the third oor
of the Main Library, which wasthen occupied by the Serials andArchives sections.
Effects of reconstruction
In an interview with
, ConcepcionSaul, the university librarian,said the transfer of theadministration offices isadvantageous to studentssince the administration couldeasily be aware of students’ concerns regarding their useof the library.Due to the reconstructionof the Main Library, thedesignated areas of somesections have changed. The Serials section isnow being transferred to thesecond floor where the Foodand Agriculture Organizationand World Bank Seriessections are also located. The Archives which is nowcalled the University SpecialCollection is located at theextension building adjacentthe Main Library. The ThesesCollection and ComputerServices sections were movedto the basement.“Para sa akin, magandana inaayos ang library, kayalang, medyo mahirap kasitulad ng may Eng 2, medyonanibago sa mga bagongtayo [location] ng mga librodito sa library,” said Oreliede las Alas, BS AgribusinessManagement ’08.“More books pa [sana]doon sa ibang field kasimedyo maraming sciencesdito kaysa sa literature,” sheadded.College libraries are alsobeing developed under theinitiative of their respectivecollege administrations. Booksfrom the Main Library arebeing decentralized and sentto their respective collegesaccording to subject matter.
Extended operation hours
Mary Mann Ingua, headof the Computer Servicessection, said part of thedevelopment plan is theextension of the operationhours at the ComputerServices section from 5 p.m.to 9:30 p.m to accommodatemore students.“[Nakatulong angcomputer services] dahil hindiko na kailangang lumabas [ngcampus] para mag-rent ngcomputer,” said Raejza, BACommunication Arts ’08.Saul also stressed a planfor a virtual library come2010. This enables studentsto see what references thelibrary has through accessingthe internet.
No need for library fee hike
After the implementationof the Tuition and other FeesIncrease (ToFI) in 2006, thelibrary fee was increased to P 200.Despite all the renovationsand developments of the MainLibrary, Saul clarified thatthere will be no increase inlibrary fee. The budget forthis project was taken fromthe library fees accumulatedfrom the students who wereenrolled last summer classesof 2008 and academic year2008-2009.Charisse BernadineBañez, University StudentCouncil Chairperson andmember of the Library Boardsaid the rehabilitation shouldhave been brought about evenbefore there was no ToFI.“Dahil tuluy-tuloy angpagbabawas ng budget sasektor ng edukasyon, kahit‘yung mga ganitong tipo ngpasilidad na dapat binibigyanng pamantasan at dapatbahagi ng kanyang budget aypinapasan pa ng mga Iskolarng Bayan.”
Nikko Angelo OribianaJonelle Marin
 b  i    l    l     b   o a d  
Pakinggan ang muling pagtunog.
Inihahandog ng
UPLB Community Broadcaster’s Society
Gandingan 2009
UPLB Isko’t Iska’s Broadcast Choice Awards
 January 24. Sabado. 6PM. DL Umali Hall
VERY LIMITED tickets (90php)
available at UPCBS tambayan, ground oor, DevCom Bldg or 
contact Zuyene at
Nagpapasalamat ang
Textbook Exchange and RentalCenter (TERC)
Dr. Flordeliza Lantican
ng Collegeof Economics and Management at
 Ms. RemegiaLapinid,
isang nurse sa London, para sa patuloy napagsuporta at pagbibigay ng mga aklat sa TERC.
Sudens are enjoyng e condusve ar-condoned Compuer Servces Seconn e basemen of e UPLB Man Lbrary w ongong renovaon of e area.
sila (other SUCs) ag[ship]
universities ng Pilipinas,nangangailangan din silang mas mataas na budget,iskolar ng bayan din sila atmay karapatan para sa masmataas na budget.”Rayan Brozula, secretarygeneral of the National Unionof Students of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog blamed theArroyo government’s “neo-liberal policies and programsfor education” that resultedin budget cuts and tuitionincreases.“Kulang ‘yung nominal napagtaas ng education budgetpara matugunan ‘yung mgapangangailangan ng SUC’skaya sa estudyante nila ‘yunkinukuha sa pamamagitanng mas mataas na singil samatrikula at mga dagdag nabayarin,” Brozula said.He added that the SUCs’ meager budget will preventthem from accommodatingthe increasing number of students who transfer fromprivate colleges to SUC’s. Thishas been the trend in recent years and will continue to beas the country faces economicdownturn, he said.Commission onHigher Education (CHED)Chairperson Dr. EmmanuelAngeles III sees the cut inthe budget as a disadvantagefor educational institutions.In an article titled “CHEDnot worried over budget cutsfor 21 colleges” publishedin PhilStar.net last Dec.30, Angeles said any largecut made in SUCs’ budget will yield lower quality of education.Ms. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in a message titled“Standing Firm in the Midstof Economic Challenges”delivered last September tothe members of the Houseof Representatives, said heradministration will prioritizeservices to uplift the lives of the poor this 2009.
Arroyo also said thatbudget allocation for debtservicing was reduced byaround 10.2 percent since2005, and that more resourcescan now be used for spendingon human and capitalresources.
 This year’s nationalbudget increased to P 1.4trillion from P 1.227 trillion in2008. Debt servicing obtainedalmost half of this, with 48.16percent allocation.
“Matagal akong naghintay sa Freedom Park, subalit hindi ka dumating. Hindi.”
In our 5th issue dated Dec.17, 2008, the last paragraphof Nikko Angelo Oribiana andRogene Gonzales’ article titled“Campaigns to get tougher,Calls to defend OSR intensifyas January comes” should
have reported the gure “4,000
students and 34 organizations”as the numbers reached bythe USC and CSCs’ throughroom-to-room campaigns,org discussion and dormhops, and not solely throughmanifesto signing. The features article writtenby Liberty Notarte titled“Liyab ng ‘Sandaang Sulo.Mga Danas ng Paglusong atPagsulong” has mistakenlystated Benjamin Reuel Marteas the College Secretary of the College of Economics andManagement. Dr. Marte is theCollege Secretary of College of Veterinary Medicine. To clarify arguments inour Under Scrutiny article“Ano ba talaga?” written byFaith Allyson Beunacosa, theprovision cited by Directorof Student Affairs SeverinoCuevas should have beenSection 3 of the 1984 UP Code,and not Article 2 of the RevisedUP Code of 2006.Our apologies.
UPLB Perspective
January 16, 2009
“More than ever, this isthe time that the
Iskolar ng Bayan 
must be unitedand collectively answer thecall to be vigilant and beinvolved.”
Student Regent (SR)Shahana Abdulwahidstressed this to UP students,as their participation in thereferendum for the CodifiedRules for Student RegentSelection (CRSRS) on Jan.26-31 would make or breakthe history of the Office of theStudent Regent (OSR).As stipulated in the UPCharter or R.A. 9500 signedinto law last May 2008, theCodified Rules for StudentRegent Selection (CRSRS),a decade-old documentcontaining provisions forSR selection process, mustbe ratified to provide legalmandate for the rules andqualification governing theselection of an SR.Only when thereferendum gains majorityparticipation and approvalfrom at least 52,000 UPstudents would the nextstudent representativebe chosen to the Board of Regents, the highest policymaking body of the University.
Iskolars ng Bayan
must unite
Special Meeting
Initially, the referendum was set Jan. 19-25 but was moved to Jan. 26-31 to provide time formore intensive logisticalcoordination and preparation.Prior to this decision, theOSR has convened the All UPCouncils’ Meet last Dec. 19 todiscuss the guidelines for theconduct of the referendum.Forty-five out of 51UP student councils (SC)attended the said meetingat the School of Laborand Industrial RelationsAuditorium, UP Diliman(UPD).A debate ensued duringthe All Councils’ Meet whensix UPD SCs proposed toinclude an amended versionof the CRSRS in the final wording of the referendum. The proposed amendmentsto the current CRSRSessentially aims to includeminimum academicrequirements, change thevoting scheme for choosingan SR into a per SC voteand delete the provisionof Katipunan ng mgaSangguniang Mag-aaral sa UPas secretariat to the OSR. The proposals werenoted but not deliberatedsince the Oct. 1 deadline for
Pinulong ngadministrasyon ng Collegeof Forestry and NationalResources (CFNR) ang mgaambulant vendors at mgatsuper ng pampasaherong jeep ng upper campus noongika-8 ng Disyembre upanglinawin na hanggang tatlongpampasaherong jeepneyna lamang ang maaaringpumarada sa bakantenglote sa harap ng MakilingResidence Hall (MAREHA)Dormitory.
Sinabi ni Engr. RodulfoDelgado, CFNR administration
services ofcer in charge,
na layunin lamang ngpolisiyang ito na mapanatiliang seguridad, kalinisan atkaayusan, subalit “internalarrangement” pa lamangumano ang naganap napagpapatupad.Ipinaliwanag ni Delgadona kailangang kumitang Unibersidad paramasuportahan ang iba’tibang sektor nito, at dahildito, ihinahanda ng CFNRAdministration ang uppercampus para maging kaakit-akit para sa “Eco-Tourismpumarada ay ang pagkakalatnamin, which is hindi namantotoo, totoong umiihi kami samga sulok pero wala namankasing CR sa paradahan, ‘yunnga ang nire-request namindati.”“Mahirap ang sitwasyonpara sa mga namamasada,[dito] rin kami kumukuha ngikabubuhay, kaya pumayagna lamang kami sa patakarannila (administrasyon ngCFNR)” paliwanag ni Aramil.Hinihiling lamang nilangmatuto ang mga estudyantena sumakay sa mganakapilang jeepney at hindi samga “eskirol” o mga jeepneyna umiikot lamang.Ipinaliwanag ni NicanorFlores, Dormitory Managerng MAREHA, “Nagpapaalamang drivers kung pwedemakiparada sa parking lot ngMAREHA... pero hindi namannamin maibigay sa kanila ‘yun(bakanteng lote) dahil ‘yun aypara lamang sa mga residenteat bisita ng MAREHA.”Ayon kay Pura BeatrizValle, tagapangulo ng CFNRStudent Council (SC) hindiumano demokratiko angnasabing polisiya dahil hindiProject”.“Ngayon, itong mgatsuper na ‘to, ang problemanagkakalat, ‘yung iba umiihikung saan-saan which is hindimagandang tingnan,” sabi niya.Saad din ni Delgado naipinagbabawal ang pagbebentang mga ambulant vendors ngmga pagkain upang maiwasanang mga kaso tulad umano ngfood poisoning at pagkain nglumang kakanin. Hinihikayatng administrasyon na tanging“souvenirs” tulad ng mgakeychains at handicraftslamang ang maaaring ibentasa kalsada.Ayon kay Michael Aramil,presidente ng samahan ngmga pampasaherong jeepneysa Forestry, “Payag namankami sa tatlo lang ang jeepna papayagang pumarada,ang problema lang malayo‘yung pinaparadahan naminbago pumunta doon sabakanteng lote.” Idinagdag paniya na kailangan din nilangpumarada sa lote hindi langpara sa mga estudyante kundipati na rin sa mga residenteng Forestry.“Isang dahilan daw ngpaglilimita sa maaaring
Rogene Gonzales
submission of amendmentsfrom SCs, as stated inthe current CRSRS, hasalready lapsed. The natureof the All Councils’ Meet asa “special meeting, not aregular meeting” disallowedvoting powers to consideramendments.
“Not the time to be divided”
Abdulwahid said themeeting was set purposely todiscuss and deliberate solelyon the conduct of the CRSRSReferendum.“This is not the timefor us, student leaders todivide our ranks; it is forus to unite to protect thehighest student institutionin our University which is aproduct of years of struggle,”Abdulwahid addressed theSCs in an OSR memorandumlast Dec. 30. Twenty-seven SCssubmitted comprehensivereports to the OSR, 21 of  which have specified student welfare and concerns on thehistory and role of the OSRand referendum process.USC Councilor andStudents’ Rights andWelfare Committee HeadMark Vincent Baracao saidconsultations in UPLBstressed that the CRSRSReferendum is inseparablefrom various campus issues. Inthe UPLB SCs’ comprehensivereport, the referendumcampaign is objectively basedfrom the campaigns for the1984 UPLB SC Constitutionplebiscite held last Septemberthat has attained 70.54percent student participation
and 95.5 percent afrmative
votes.As of Dec. 12, theDEFEND-OSR campaign inUPLB has been able to collect1,108 signatures from studentsin favor of the CRSRS and isexpected to increase in thefollowing weeks.Abdulwahid commendedUPLB students for showing what “true collective action isin the time when students arechallenged.”
Referendum Process
According to the guidelinesfor the conduct of thereferendum, the Director of 
Student Affairs and Ofces of 
the College Secretaries would
help ensure sufcient voting
paraphernalia to be used forthe referendum
(see side bar) 
.In the remaining weeksbefore the referendum, theOSR will conduct a series of convocation in UP campusesto inform as many studentsas possible of the need fortheir active participation. Auniversity-wide convocationin D.L. Umali Auditorium wasscheduled for UPLB last Jan.15.
Some Guidelines for the Conduct of the CRSRSReferendum:
 Jan. 26-31, 2009
8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Polling precincts located in key areas per college
Who are eligible to vote? 
All bona de graduate and undergraduate students
of UP duly enrolled and pursuing any of the academic
degree/certicate/program offered as of 2nd semester
What do you have to bring? 
 UP I.D. /Form 5 with any valid I.D.
Yves Crsan Suza
nagkaroon ng konsultasyon samga tsuper at mga estudyantebago ito ipatupad.Dagdag pa niya na mahigitdalawampung taon na rinang nakalilipas mula nggawing paradahan ng mgapampasaherong jeepney angbakanteng lote sa harapanng MAREHA Dormitory. Mgaestudyante ng CFNR dinumano ang maaapektuhandahil tatlo ang dormitoryodoon at kukulangin ang tatlong jeepney para sa mga sasakay,saad ni Valle.Magsasagawa ang CFNR-SC ng isang manifestosigning bilang tulong sa mgatsuper upang payagan angdating sistema nila ukol sapagparada sa bakanteng lote. Tatalakayin muli angnasabing isyu sa susunodna All-Students Meetingkung saan makakapanayamng CFNR-SC at iba pangmga estudyante angadministrasyon ng CFNR.Ayon kay Valle, umaasa angCFNR-SC na maisasawalangbisa ang polisiya lalo na kungito ay walang legal na papelesbilang basehan.
PUJ drivers nagpahayag ng diskuntento
Sa mga bagong polisiyang nakalinya sa “Eco-Tourism Project”
Photo Courtesy of Victor Villanueva
UPLB-USC Carperson Carsse Bernadne Bañez rases a pon of manfesaon
regarding the proposed amendments on the CRSRS in the All UP Councils’ meet heldlast Dec. 19 at UP Diliman.

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