It was August 8, 2012 whenthe Philippine AtmosphericGeophysical and AstronomicalServices Administration (PAG-ASA) reported an unusualweather disturbance barrelingtowards the Philippines throughthe Southern Tagalog region.
However, no one foresaw the
damage it was about to inict uponthe region in its 4-day rampage.
As early as dawn of August9, families near the seas,lakes, other water bodies andmountainous areas were already
self-evacuating in search of
higher ground as that day’s
unusual weather disturbancequickly gained momentumand developed into a stronger
than usual northern wind
convergence or Habagat.
It was early morning of August9 that the situation ballooned
into a larger scale as the Habagatnot only struck the ST region(its projected route towards its
exit, on the other side of the
country) but also hit Bulacan,Pampanga and Metro Manila enroute to its destination. MetroManila easily gave into the heavyrains and in just a few hours85% of the country’s capital wassubmerged in ood water. Mostof the country’s major highwaysbecame unusable as they wereswallowed whole by ood-water.Most classes were automaticallycancelled that day, and in lieu of an ofcial statement from theMalacañang Palace, city andmunicipal local government units
or LGUs were vested with the
power to cancel classes in theirrespective districts.
STPC aids Habagat-struck communities inSouthern Tagalog
NEIL DARWIN FELEO CABUYAO, ROBERTOSANTOS III, BIANCA CAUGMA, PAUL CHRISTIAN CARSON,ROBERT DAVE ALONZO
Meanwhile, UPLB studentsorganized relief operations tohelp their fellows especially in theLaguna area. The Serve the PeopleCorps (STPC), originally the STPBor Serve the People Brigade was
reformed from its last formation in
the wake of super typhoon Ondoyin 2009. Now in the midst of analmost another super typhoonHabagat, the STPC, composed of UPLB students, staff and facultyalike came together to gatherdonations for the Habagat victims.
What started in the 1980’s as an
organization calling for a pro-people
government and institutional
services, the Serve the People Corpsonce again brings multi-sectoralentities regardless of political colors,
beliefs and ideologies and rally for
the people’s need. Even nowadays,after almost 30 years the contexthas turned to relief operations,STPC’s trademark, the Serve thePeople ideology burns bright in itscampaign to aid the people. The relief operation has gathered
more than 500 relief gooda
bags, which include clothes, rice,canned goods, noodles and milk in adherence to current Unitednations protocol in the qualityof relief packs worldwide, anddistributed them to key oodedmunicipalities, mostly ones that theLGU’s themselves couldn’t reach.
Within August 8-16, day-in and
day-out volunteers ooded STPC’srelief centers at the Vega Centerand Christian School International’s(CSI) United Church of Christ inthe Philippines (UCCP) Among
the Palms as individual’s andvarious student organizations andmovements gave time to gather
relief goods and repack them intothe STPC’s standard relief packs.
NEIL DARWIN FELEO CABUYAO
GEs concur with K-12 program
This academic year, UPLBstudents witnessed a number of changes in the undergraduatecourses’ curricula, some of
which already took effect rst
semester, 2012-2013.CHANGES IN RGEP and NSTPCOURSES
At the beginning of second
semester of AY 2011-2012, PI
100 (Life and Works of Rizal), asubject with a junior standing asprerequisite, was renamed into PI10 making it a required GE (GeneralEducation) course under the SSP(Social Sciences and Philosophy)domain. As a GE course, it became
available to students from all year
levels. According to Prof. RolandoPanopio, Assistant to the ViceChancellor for Instruction, thischange was implemented as a“centrepiece” of GE courses, incommemoration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s150th birthday last June 2011.“Who could be more [qualiedas a] GE [oriented person]? Whocould be the icon of GE kundisi Rizal mismo, isang holisticperson,” said Panopio.Other changes with the GEcourses include ENG 1 (CollegeEnglish) and ENG 2 (CollegeWriting in English) as requiredfor all degree programs, with theformer being the prerequisite of the latter. Further, additional 6units for Philippine Studies arenow required which previouslycontained PI 10 only. Students willnow have to choose among HIST1 (Philippine History), POSC 1(Reimagining Philippine Politics),SOSC 4 (Seeing Society in the Livesof Contemporary Filipinos), NASC5 (Environmental Biology), andNASC 10 (Forests as Source of Life)
for the remaining 3 units and will
be effective for students of Batch2011 onwards. This, accordingto Panopio, is in line with oneof the main objectives of RGEPwhich is to “foster commitment tonationalism balanced by a senseof internationalism.”Panopio added that a secondwave of revision in the RGEP courseswill take place in AY 2015-2016, inaccordance with the K-12 program. This is because basic courses suchas MATH 11, MATH 14, MATH 17,STAT 1, ENG 1 and ENG 2 will nowbe taught in senior high school.As of rst semester 2012-2013,each college handled its own NSTPcourses, previously supervised bythe Ugnayan ng Pahinungod. Thisidea, according to Panopio, caters
MARK IAN BILLANTE
MARK ANGELO ORDONIO
to train the student’s expertise viaservice related to his or her eld. The College of Arts and Sciences(CAS), however, offered NSTP justthis second semester.
RESPONSE TO BIOTECHNOLOGY
In 2010, BS in AgriculturalBiotechnology (BS ABT) was
offered under College of
Agriculture. Former UP PresidentEmerlinda Roman endorsed theprogram for its advantages inthe eld of modern agricultureand environmental science.According to Panopio, formationof the said course promotesagriculture as a “program of national importance,” havingbiotechnology as an emergingand developing eld inagriculture.
Various curriculum changes implemented
This academic year, the Collegeof Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology (CEAT)introduced the BS Agricultural andBiosystems Engineering (BS ABE),replacing Bachelor of Sciencein Agricultural Engineering (BSAE) effective this academic year.Panopio said that this change wasmade to make the AE graduatesbe recognized abroad, as thePhilippines is the only country
offering the mentioned degree
program name.Panopio furthered that therevision of the BS AE curriculumand the addition of BS ABT areresponses to support the growth of biotechnology as a developing eldunder agriculture, emphasizing itsnational importance.
K-12 as unconstitutional
2nd SOYA assesses youth concerns in education
In response to PNoy Aquino’sthird State of the NationAddress (SONA), differentsectors from various provincesin Southern Tagalog includingstudent groups launched theirvery own version of SONA –the second State of the YouthAddress (SOYA).
SOYA, pioneered by KabataanParty List – Southern Tagalog
in 2011, is a system of fora in
the CALABARZON region whichprimary objective is to educate thepeople, especially the youth, of the current status of the country.
It also aims to inform the youthof their roles in several issues and
to unite them in spearheadingthe region for social reform andmovement.Laguna’s leg of the SOYAwas held last July 2012 at theDL Umali Auditorium with LosBaños Municipal Councilor JayRolusta introducing the mainspeaker, Kabataan Party List (KPL)representative Raymond Palatino.
In his keynote address, Palatino
rst gave a brief history of the KPLand its struggle to become thevoice of the youth in the Congress.It was preceded with a discussion
of various issues involving the
Filipino youth and how they cantake part to the nation’s progress.Palatino then went on criticizingthe unconstitutionality of the K-12program. According to him, K-12apparently discourages studentsto pursue education in the tertiarylevel by providing technical andvocational courses in junior andsenior high school. Moreover, he
said that it only hurries the youthinto serving foreign interests
instead of the country’s. Lastly,
Palatino delved into the issue of
state funding for education by
saying that if the administration
really wanted progress andstability for the country, PNoyshould prioritize funds foreducation above anything else.SOYA was closed by BagongAlyansang Makabayan - TimogKatagalugan Chairperson Leo“XL” Fuentes with a discussionon the two views of activism –progressive and reactionary.
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