VOLUME 35 |
January 29, 2009
Yves Chrisan Suiza
As issues involving studentwelfare remain unsolved,Dr. Vivian Gonzales fromthe College of Public Affairs
assumed the post of Ofcer-in-charge of the Ofce of
the Student Affairs (OSA),replacing Prof. SeverinoCuevas, last January 16.
Chancellor Luis Rey Velascohas the prerogative to recommendto the Board of Regents the nextOSA Director, whose appointmentshall be approved by the BOR,after one month.As Cuevas vacated his post,he passed on student issues toGonzales for appropriate action. These include recognition of religious orgs and the phaseoutof BioSci tambayan. Janett Dolor, StudentOrganizations and ActivitiesDivision head, said Gonzalesalready recognized thereligious organizations that were not recognized duringCuevas’ term. Before the endof his term, Cuevas citedprovisions of the UP Code toprove the “discriminatory”nature of organizations.Also, the OSA is supposedto coordinate with the UniversityStudent Council (USC) inthe current Student RegentReferendum, as well as theincoming University and CollegeStudent Council elections. Jerald Mojica, President of Philobioscentia, said the essenceof being an OSA Director shouldbe consultative with the studentsand organizations.Meanwhile, Cuevas saidhe will continue to performcivil service work in Isabelaand Batangas throughagricultural extension.Cuevas is a faculty memberin the College of Agriculture.Zosimo Dimaculangan,
Administrative Ofcer IV of OSA,
said Cuevas has implementedpolicies that are acceptable tostudents, including a fraternitypeace agreement that Cuevasclaimed has resulted in zerofraternity war.A fratman, who refused to
be identied, said fraternity-
related violence in theuniversity still exists inspite of the presence of anInter-Fraternity Council (IFC)and the existence of a peaceagreement. The IFC providesvenue where fraternity-relatedissues are solved with the OSAas the intermediary.Gonzales said she will coordinate with theorganizations and USC to comeup with solutions for these issues.Mark Vincent Baracao,USC Councilor, argued thattambayan phaseout, non-recognition of organizationsand Tuition and other FeesIncrease (ToFI) were attacks tostudents’ rights, all of which were issues that happenedunder Cuevas’ term.“In Cuevas’ term, studentsalso proved that their unitycan never be defeated by thestrongest force of repressionand commercialization of education,” Baracao added.Gonzales, an honorary
Seguridad sa dorms tinasa
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from Rogene Gonzales
Gonzales to assume OSA post
Mag-iisang taon na angnakalilipas magmula nangmagkabit ng security cameras sakampus kasabay ang pagbabawasng mga security guards, naumani na ng iba’t bang reaksyonmula sa mga opisyal at residenteng mga dormitoryo.
Noong Pebrero 2008,binawasan ang bilang ng securityguards sa lahat ng mga universitydormitories at iniiksian ang orasng duty ng mga ito mula sa dating6 p.m. hangang 6 a.m. tungong 9p.m. hanggang 5 a.m. Kasabay dinnito ang paglalagay ng mga securitycameras at ang pagtatalaga ngmga Community Support Brigade(CSB) program na tumutulong sapagpapatupad sa mga polisiya sacampus at ang pag-roronda sa ilangbahagi ng unibersidad.
UPF: CSB, MALAKING TULONG SASEGURIDAD
Ayon kay University PoliceForce (UPF) Chief Norlio Aquino,nakatulong ang CSB sa pananatiling seguridad at hindi sila angproblema sa mga dormitory dahilang mga estudyante rin mismo angmay problema.Ipinaliwanag ni Aquino na angpagbabawas ng mga security guardssa mga dormitoryo ay binungang kakulangan ng kakayahan ngunibersidad na sumuporta ng mgapermanentang manggagawa.Nakatulong naman umanoang mga CSB sa pangangalaga ngseguridad sa loob ng unibersidaddahil 24 oras silang nakatalaga atnakapagsisilbi kapalit puwesto ngmga security guards.Sinubukan ng
humingi sa UPF ng mga tala ng mganakalipas na kaso ng krimen sa mgadormitoryo ngunit administrasyonlamang umano ang maaaringmaglabas nito. At dahil sa kawalanng panahong tumugon sa panayamay hindi na nakuhanan ng panigsi Vice Chancellor for CommunityAffairs Elpidio Agbisit.
KARAGDAGANG SECURITY GUARDS
Batid ni Liwayway Dumagco,Dormitory Manager ng Men’sResidence Hall, na hindi kayangtumbasan ng mga Student Assistantang serbisyo ng mga security guards.Nagpadala umano si Dumagco ngrequest sa administrasyon parasa karagdagang security guardsngunit wala pa ring tugon angadministrasyon.Noong nakaraang ika-10 ngEnero, dalawang residente ng NewDormitory ang naging biktima ngnakawan. Isa rito si Lyon Alec Fiesta,isang BS EE ’06 student na nakawanng cellphone at laptop. Nagsagawaang UPF ng isang imbestigasyonngunit wala pa rin itong umanongresulta.Hiling nina Dumagco at Fiestana madagdagan ang security guardssa unibersidad dahil na rin umanosa pangangailangan na matiyak angseguridad ng mga estudyante.
PANGANGALAGA NG SEGURIDAD SACAMPUS
Ipinahayag naman ni VeterinaryMedicine Residence Hall ManagerFlorentino Pasco na nabawasanang kaso ng krimen sa kanilangdormitoryo mula noong nagkaroon ngmga rumorondang CSB.Samantala, ayon kay MarianDinglasan, BS Econ ’06 at presidente
Feb fair to relive legacy of student movement
Along with UPLB’s Centennialfestivities, the annually heldFebruary Fair (Febfair) will revolvearound the theme “RaGeneration:
Reliving and Reafrming the Legacy
of the UPLB Student Movement.” The University Student Council(USC) has started preparation forthis year’s Febfair which will start onFeb. 10 to 14 with an initial budgetof P400,000.Originally organized as a protestfair, the Febfair serves as a venuefor students to commemorate thedark years of Martial law, back whenUPLB students mobilized againstinjustices committed by the MarcosRegime.With different themes every
day, the ve-day event will tackle the
history of student movement and thepresent campus and national issues.Ira Olivia Garcia, USC Councilorand FebFair Ad Hoc CommitteeHead said this year’s Febfair willpromote student awareness onissues like tambayan phaseout, non-recognition of student organizations, Tuition and other Fees Increase,OSR referendum, mass chargingof ST activists and administration’spush for Charter Change.She added that students should
relive and reafrm the fruits of
previous student movements anduse these to evaluate whether theirresolutions to the current issues areenough or should be improved.Michael John Acosta, Presidentof UP Society of AgriculturalEngineering Students (UP SAGES)said, “Wala naman naging problema[sa preparations], na-relay ng maaga[ng USC] at maayos ‘yung mga
specications para sa fair.”
Meanwhile, UP Animal ScienceSociety (UPASS) President KristineLopez said the theme for this year’s
Febfair is t to bring awareness to the
students.“Inaasahan ko na magiginggrandest Febfair ‘yung ngayon sincekasabay nito ang pag-celebrate ngUPLB centennial,” Charlie Tañala, BSAgricultural Engineering ’06, said.One hundred sixty booths willbe put up on Freedom Park which will be occupied by different studentorganizations and concessionairesduring the entire Febfair.Various mainstream andlocal bands such as Ephrot Act,Brownman Revival and Itchywormshave been invited to the said event.Other activities include an Oblationrun, cultural presentations, torchlighting, WAR show and otheractivities organized by differentorganizations.
Dahil sa mga insidente ng nakawan
Ilang kaso na rin ng nakawan ang naitala sa New Dormitory, at ang inuturo ng mga
resdene na dalan no ay ang kawalan ng secury guards uwng umaga. Madlmdn ang daraanan paakya sa dormoryo
ng Women’s Residence Hall, walapa umanong kaso ng nakawan sakanilang dormitoryo. Ipinaliwanagniya na mahigpit magbantay angsecurity guard ng dormitoryo atmaayos na naipapatupad angpagkakaroon ng curfew.
CSB HINDI EPEKTIBO SA UPPER CAMPUS
Ayon sa mga opisyal ng NewForestry Residence Hall (NewFOREHA), Forestry Residence Hall(FOREHA) at Makiling ResidenceHall (MAREHA), ang maayos naseguridad sa upper campus ay hindidahil sa CSB at security camerasdahil wala rin naman umanongnakatalaga rito.Samantala, inilahad ni VirginiaAlinsod, Dormitory Manager ngNew Forestry Residence Hall, namayroon lamang iilang kaso ngnakawan ngunit pinaghihinalaangestudyante at residente lang rinnaman ang kumukuha.Dahil sa pagiging kampanteng mga residente na walangmanghihimasok sa dormitoryo ayiisa lamang ang security guard saFOREHA at MAREHA.
colonel of the Armed Forcesof the Philippines, was OSADirector from 1995 to 1998.She proposed the Student Transformation and Enrichmentfor Truth – Values Integrationand Promotion (STET – VIP)program in 1997, which wasadapted by the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS). She wasinvolved in suspending fraternitymembers involved in rumblesin 1997. During the secondsemester of AY 2004–2005, 350CWTS 2 students complainedagainst her after she failed themdue to alleged unsatisfactorygroup reports.
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