KA, YLO Election
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For the SC elections, the lone party, BKTKY, only filled four positions. The Vice President
elect, Dira Alveza will auto-matically advance to the President position as the candidate for the presidency, Kevin Domingo, did not match the minimum vote requirement. Another election will be held next year for the position of the Vice Presi-dent and PRO. The position for the PRO is vacant because it was left undisputed.
It was a different story for the aJa!, the only party in the JA elections. aJa! won eight of the nine contested positions, paving way for their party's ambitions for their batch. President
elect Jomil Adrielle Gutierrez said that one of such ambitions aJa! has for their batch is to have a stronger bond in the batch, with more batch activities to be held during their term.
The SoA elections was the only elec-tion with two parties involved, SoWhat and PEETO. However, SoWhat got 5 positions versus PEETO's 3. Only one position
remained vacant, because the only nomi-nee, SoWhat's Red Bartolome, had less than half of the possible votes and therefore cannot be appointed. SoWhat will focus on strengthening the bond of their batch, through more batch activities to be orga-nized to promote respect and discipline among their batch mates be more imposed on their batch.
All official results were posted in the KA Bulletin Board by the SC last March 4, Thursday.
The election process this year started in mid
February when the SC announced that the candidacy process for the KA and YLO elections was now open. There were a total of 7 parties that applied for their candi-dacies: there was one each for the KA, SC, JA and FA elections, while there were two in the SoA elections.
After all the candidates have applied, the SC set a campaign period of exactly four weeks. During these four weeks, candidates were briefed by SC officers about the elec-tion process, and about the job descriptions of their positions. Also included in the cam-paign period were two Miting de Avance(s), which were attended by candidates and vot-ers alike.
In March 2, voting began during the homeroom period for the current Grade 7 to 9 students Grade 6 students voted in the fol-lowing week. In each of the 9 sections from Grades 7 to 9, there was one SC member and one volunteer to assist during the actual voting. Everyone present in the homeroom period was given one ballot, where they checked the name of the candidate of their choice or abstain.
The SC members collected all ballots and tallied the votes. The results were post-ed the following day in the KA Bulletin Board. Because Grade 6 students were still to vote the following week, only the FA elec-tion results were still pending.
One party system
This year, only one batch (Batch 2013) had two parties running for elections: SoW-hat and PEETO. According to the candidates of their grade level, this is a much better op-tion for their batch mates.
“Mas wide yung range ng pagpipilian na leader,” Aliyah Rojo, candidate for the Sophomores Association presidency said. “May other option ka. May pagpipilian ka tal-aga.”
Her opponent, Marky Castillio agreed. “Dapat iwasan yung pagboto na ang choices lang ay abstain o yung kandidato.” She said that it is better to have many choices for her fellow schoolmates for them to choose more wisely and have a more varied choice on who they want to be their leader.
Can You Feel the Heat?
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Though the El Nino phenomenon has already peaked between December and early January, we are only experiencing its effects right now. Besides the high tem-perature, there has been minimal rainfall over the past weeks. All around the coun-try, water shortages have been plaguing communities. Dam and reservoir water levels have been decreasing and could reach critical levels if the water levels con-tinue to fall until April. Besides water shortage, the country also faces power shortages as dams are not able to create as much electricity because of the de-creasing volume of water.
Being an agricultural
oriented country, our economy is also adversely affected by the El Nino as our farmers rely on rainfall and water to sustain their crops. As of February 17, the El Nino drought damage to agriculture is already at P 3.7 billion but could still go as high as P 7 billion. To cope with the drought, the government has distributed 115 units of open source pumps to farmers. Many farmers have even changed their crops from rice/palay to crops that require less water such as melons and watermelons. The growth in the agricultural sector is projected to de-cline as compared to last year because of El Nino. To quench the need for rain, the government uses cloud seeding to induce rainfall.
PAGASA’s climate models suggest that El Nino conditions will persist until June. Due to El Nino, the start of the rainy season is delayed by a month and is ex-pected to start in the middle of June as opposed to the usual start of the rainy season around May.
The lack of rainfall is a stark contrast to the national conditions just five months ago when “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” caused record flooding in Luzon. Now the El Nino is threatening to cause record drought all over the country. According to PAGASA, the extremes in the weather we have been experiencing might be because of global warming. The natural balance in cli-mate and weather is disturbed resulting in changing weather patterns and extreme weather.
Love to Lead
Inaanyayahan ng Philippine Science High-School ang University of the Philippines In-tegrated School sa isang congress na pinamagatang “LOVE TO LEAD!” naglalay-on itong magbigay ng pagkakataon sa mga estudyanteng lider upang mapalawak pa ang kakayahan bilang mga lider ng kabatan. Inaasahang lima hanggang walong estudyanteng lider ang ipapadala bawat eskwelahan sa nasabing congress.
Ang Interschool Leadership Congress ay gaganapin sa Pebrero 6, Sabado mula 7:30 ng umaga hanggang 5:30 ng hapon sa Audio
Visual Room ng Advanced Sci-ence and Technology Building (ASTB) ng Philippine Science High School Main Cam-pus sa Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City.
Ang nasabing Congress ay may registra-tion fee na P600 para sa mga estudyan-teng mula sa pribadong paaralan at P300 para sa mga estudyanteng mula sa pam-publikong paaralan. Kasama sa fee ang meals at workshop kits.