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UPLB Perspective Volume 37 Issue 1

UPLB Perspective Volume 37 Issue 1

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The UPLB Perspective is the official student publication of the University of the Philippines Los Banos.
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volume 37
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FeBRuARY 21, 2011
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The Central Electoral Board (CEB) approved, last January 7,the proposal for the full-automation of the upcoming UniversityStudent Council-College Student Council Elections on February23 to 24.
 Students, however, lobbied that there be print out of thesummary of votes by the students as check-and-balancemechanism to establish the credibility of the program in its initialapplication in the automated elections, as also discussed in the
fourth and fth Council of Student Leaders meeting.
 
With this as agendum, the CEB convened last February 18 to
deliberate on the necessity and possibility of the plan for check-
and-balance mechanism. Logistical and nancial concerns weretaken into consideration as well.“Sa ngayon, kinakaharap ng UPLB ang kauna-unagang isang full
automated elections kaya’t umalma ang mga estudyante dahilsa kawalan ng check-and-balance o countercheck mechanism,“
said Diana Marie Mula, incumbent Vice-Chairperson and Ofcer in Charge of USC.
She furthered that even the programmers, Young Software
Engineers’Society approves of the check-and-balance
mechanism to establish the credibility of their program among
the students. She also cited the case of UP Diliman where the
program for automated elections was tested for three years
before it nally garnered the trust of the students.Agreed within the board is for the USC to create a workingbudget proposal, canvassing guidelines, and other specic details
as to how the proposal for having print out alongside automated
elections will work.The CEB, comprised of Ofce of Student Affairs (OSA) Director,Students’ Organizations Activities Division (SOAD) Head, CollegeSecretaries, College Student Councils (CSC), USC, and the UPLB
Perspective, is the body concerned with the preparation and
conduct of the USC-CSC elections.
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‘Lacks consultation’
The approval of the proposal for the elections “lacks consultation“ of the
USC with the students as discussed in the CSL meeting last Jan. 13, wherestudents reacted over the proposal to automate the USC-CSC elections.Some student councils and organizations, as well, claimed of not beingconsulted by the USC prior to the submission of the said proposal to the CEBfor approval.In the CSL meeting, former USC Chairperson Leo ‘XL’ Fuentes stressed theviolation of Article 2 of the USC constitution, stating its duty to ‘uphold and
ensure democratic participation and representations in any policy-makingbody which directly affects student rights and welfare particularly in the
university’.
“Kung may bagong pamamaraan ng pagboto, hindi naman tayo tumututol
doon. Pero, ‘yung konseho kasi ay nagbibigay premium sa democraticparticipation with regard to decision-making. Dapat ine-engage ‘yungmga mag-aaral, lalo’t malaking usapin ‘yung shift mula manual patungo saautomated elections, “Fuentes said.Ernest Francis Calayag, USC chairperson (on-leave) said, on the other hand, “Siyempre, we’ll never disregard any opinion or take on the matter.However, in the part of USC, this is a program that’s the sole purpose is toreally serve the student body (sic).”
Elections Program
In the deliberations on what program will be used for the elections, Calayag
claimed to have sent invitations in making the program to computer 
programming organizations in the Institute of ComputeScience (ICS), through which only YSES responded.According to Alexis Marion Lagante, YSES automated
elections development team project manager and
liaison ofcer, the program has security features such as security keyand authentication codes for each election ofcer logged in to thesystem. YSES was able to come up with the program AutomatedStudent Council Election System.
All computers that will be used for the elections are to be managed
by election ofcers using their accounts. However, the interfacecontaining the results will not be accessed by the election ofcer and YSES since the system is encrypted.
Dry-runs
The rst dry-run to test the program for automated elections washeld at PC laboratory 5 at ICS last January 18, 2011, from 8 am to 12noon, where 86 students participated.However, the CEB requested for a second dry-run because the rst
lacked counter measure on checking the accuracy of the programsince there were no ballots or other sources of data which can be
used to check against the results acquired by the program.The second dry-run was conducted last January 27 from 9am to5pm, participated by 189 students at the College of DevelopmentCommunication, College of Veterinary Medicine, Graduate School,College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology as minor precincts, and College of Arts and Sciences at the Physical Sciencebuilding as major precinct.
During the dry run, students were asked to log in using their 
Systemone accounts. An authentication was needed to proceedto the voting process. Pictures and names of the candidates wereashed on the screen where students can select their preferred
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CEB members Prof. Vicente Ballaran (left) and Estel Lenwij Estropia (right) cast votes after the second dry run for the 2011 automated USC-CSC elections.
 
Students lobby forcheck-and-balancemechanism
 
THE UPLB PERSPECTIVE :
VOLUME 37 : ISSUE 1 : FEBRUARY 21, 2011
“Hanggang ngayon, ramdam ko pa rinang kulata ng M-16 sa hita ko...Hanggang TaftAvenue, hinabol kami ng truncheon.”
Malinaw pa sa alaala ni Mirriam Aledia, 41,
ang sinapit niya at ng daan-daan pang mga
magsasaka sa madugong Mendiola masaker.Inilunsad noong Enero 20 sa NCAS Auditorium
ang isang porum bilang paggunita sa ika-24taon ng
 Mendiola Massacre
, sa pangungunang Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid
sa Timog Katagalugan (KASAMA-TK).“Hangga’t hindi nabubuwag ang land
monopoly at naipapamahagi nang libreang lupa sa maralita sa kanayunan, walang
signipikanteng magaganap sa bansa. At
mahirap asahan ang isang pangulo na
Haciendero na magpapatupad ng tunayna reporma sa lupa,” ani Axel Pinpin,pangkalahatang kalihim ng KASAMA-TK.
Sinundan ang porum ng kilos protesta saharap ng UP gate kung saan ipinakita angisang bahay kubong buhat ng mga nagbihismilitary na mga miyembro ng
Southern TagalogCultural Network
(STCN).
Sa loob ng kubo ay may
efgy
ni NoynoyAquino na sinasakal ang isang magsasakana sumisimbolo sa pagsusulong ng OPLANBayanihan, ang kontra-insurhensiyangprograma ng administrasyon.Hanggang ngayon, tunay na reporma salupa (TRL) pa rin ang panawagan ng uringmagsasaka sa kanilang inilunsad na Lakbayanng mga Magsasaka para sa Lupa at Hustisyanoong Oktubre ng nakaraang taon. Dito
isinagawa ang limang araw na martsa ngmga magsasaka mula Timog Katagalugan
hanggang Gitnang Luzon na siya ring lumundosa makasaysayang tulay ng Mendiola.Enero 22, 1987 nang maganap ang
Mendiola masaker kung saan marahas nadinispers ang mga magsasaka habangnagmamartsa sa tulay ng Mendiola upangipanawagan ang tunay na reporma sa lupa
sa rehimen ni Corazon Aquino.
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1987 Mendiola masaker, ginunita
TRL, panawagan pa rin ng mga magsasaka
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Dr. Ida Dalmacio, professor of Microbiologyat the Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS), wonthe Election Round of the Faculty Regent (FR)
Selection held last Nov. 16-19. She was ofcially
announced as the next faculty regent last Nov.26 in the Board of Regents (BOR) meeting at UPCebu.
Dalmacio got 764 votes out of the 1,741 voters.She was followed by Dr. Teodoro Mendoza ofthe Institute of Crop Science with 623 votes.
UPLB’s turn
A graduate of BS Agriculture, Dalmacio
started out as a research assistant before she
became professor of Microbiology. She alsoheld key positions at the College of Arts andSciences in UPLB as college secretary, deputydirector of IBS, and was a two-term director of BIOTECH. At the national and international
level, Dalmacio was also executive director of Department of Science and Technology
 –Philippine Council for Advance Scienceand Technology Research and Development(DOST-PCASTRD).The nominees were chosen from UP Los Baños
based on the selection process’ practice of
rotation among UP units. Incumbent FR JudyTaguiwalo is from UP Diliman. Her term endsDecember 2010.
Not yet ofcial
Some of the highlights of Dalmacio’s plan of
action includes “assessment and rationalization
of faculty recruitment, renewal, tenure andretention; faculty promotion and reward
system; provision of additional faculty benets
and assistance; as well as [working] closelyand [coordinating] with the staff and student
regents.”
Asked about her stand on the issue ofbudget cut, large lecture class policy and theselection of new UP president, Dalmacio wasstill hesitant to answer as she has “not [yet]
IBS prof is new FR
received any ofcial notice that [she was]elected faculty regent.”
“Untested E-voting”
According to FR Taguiwalo in her updateon the Nov. 26 BOR meeting, the currentvoter turnout is 49 percent of the total of3,582 qualied voters. This is 613 votes lower compared to the 2,354 turnout in 2008. Votes
were casted through manual and electronic
voting.As stated in the Guidelines on the ElectionRound of the 2010 Faculty Regent Selection
Process, “voters may choose to vote manually
or electronically but not both. In the event of
double votes cast by manual and electronic
ballots, the manual ballot shall prevail.”But critics are pointing out the untested
electronic voting which was supposed to
have a dry run from October 25 to 27.FR Taguiwalo added that the discussionsabout the FR procedures were not formally
approved by the university councils ofeach constituent universities before the UP
Administration declared them as nal andexecutory.
The critics are also pointing to the ban oncampaigning as another problem, and thishas been interpreted as one way of limiting
the capability of such unions as the All U.P.Workers Union and the All U.P. AcademicEmployees Union to eld a candidate and if
the candidate is elected, to engage in massactions against objectionable policies of the
outgoing U.P. Administration, which typiedthe term of the outgoing FR Taguiwalo.The whole system is run by the UP Computer Center under the direct command of theOfce of the President which rise questions
of the credibility of the faculty re gent
election results.
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STCN members in military uniform carry a nipa hut symbolizing Oplan Bayanihan, a counter-insurgency program of theAquino government, in a regional mob to condemn the seemingly unending trend of human rights violations.
Three parties are vying for posts in the
University Student Council (USC) for academicyear 2011-2012.
Movement of Students for Progressive
Leadership in UP (MOVE U.P.) is the new partygoing up against 15 year-old party-allianceSamahan ng Kabataan para sa Bayan(SAKBAYAN) and eight year-old politicalorganization Buklod UPLB this year.
‘Not an offspring’
According to MOVE U.P. President CarloCruz, they started talking about forming anew political party early last year. They onlyformalized the party in time for the elections.Re-electionists Ernest Calayag, BS IndustrialEngineering ‘06 student is the front runner andAngelique Rivera, 4th year Biology student, is
the candidate for the vice chairperson post
from MOVE U.P.Both previously ran under Buklod UPLB.However, Cruz cleared that MOVE UP is ‘notan offspring’ of Buklod UPLB. He said that it was just a coincidence that ‘people who thoughtof starting MOVE UP are all [from] Buklod.’“It’s just that ... [kung] may prinsipyo kang
pinanghahawakan, and you belong to a
group... but you get to think of something namas pasok sa puso mo, e ‘di doon ka na samas pasok sa prinsipyo mo,” he added.Cruz revealed that they look for potential
candidates who believe in the same principles
they [MOVE UP] believe in.
Asked about the preparations their 
candidates undergo Cruz said, “they
undergo trainings in issues kasi they need to
be aware... and they engage in discussionsamong ourselves (sic); the usual trainings ngany student leaders (sic).” He refused to dig
deeper in their campaign plans as they are
 just revealing them in the campaign proper.
“We will formally announce din [ang plano]
sa campaign period. Kasi medyo tinitimpla panamin ‘yung waters, ang hirap ng bagongparty,” Cruz explained.
‘Unite to ght’
SAKBAYAN gears for the coming electionswith its overall theme “Unite to Fight.”According to SAKBAYAN Chairperson Ma.Cristina Madeja, their platform revolves on
a pro-student and pro-people educationwith additional budget for education and a
democratic campus as their focus.
Madeja shared that they are currentlyworking hard to give the students the right
information they need to know.“Hindi mo lang basta ibibida na ibotonyo kami, Sakbayan kami. Ipapaliwanag
mo sa kanila [students] ang issues at kungbakit ganito ang stand ng mga estudyante,at kapag naliwanagan sila, mas magigingmadali ang kanilang pakikiisa sa pinaglalaban
ng SAKBAYAN,” Madeja answered whenasked about their campaigns.“The desire to run was our (SAKBAYAN) main
basis for choosing our candidates, which
mostly are from batch 2008,” Madeja added.
‘Service Intensied’
Buklod UPLB’s campaign theme for this year is “Service Intensied.”According to Buklod UPLB ChairpersonJannah Melody Grace Agum, since their organization won in the majority of councils
last year, they want to intensify their serviceto the students which manifests in their move
to contend for positions in the College ofAgriculture Student Council.When asked on how Buklod UPLB ndcandidates, Agum said “Lahat naman ng
parties, they scout for people who are in line
and parallel with their principles. ‘Yung iba
lumalapit sa amin pero basically, [we choose]
those who are in line with our principles.”Buklod UPLB’s trainings include learningabout the organization’s essentials, principles,
what they’re standing for, public appearance,
personality development, answering questionsand team work.
“Tapos the past council [members] na
nanalo sa Buklod, are also sharing their 
experiences and part of their [candidates]
training is making their GPOA (General Plan ofAction) at saka chinecheck namin yun.
“We also train them generally about politics
and the politics that we would want for BuklodUPLB, like effecting positive change andmaking a difference,” Agum added.
State of independence
Going against dorm fee increase is included
in the campaign of the only independent
candidate for a USC councilor post.Third year Communication Arts (ComArts)student Narciso “Tres” Panganiban III is
trudging the tedious campaign period notalone because he has his orgmates from UPKabataang Alyansa na may Dugong Taga-
Hilagang Kamarines (UP KAADHIKA) andfellow dormers in the New Dormitory, ComArts
friends, former blocmates when he was still a
BS Economics student and his parents.
“Tapos nagdadala na lang po ako ng
megaphone para ‘pag maraming crowd,
maipakilala ko yung sarili ko at sakanagpapaalam tayo sa mga lecturers parapayagan tayong makapagcampaign sa
mga large classes at ...mga small classes,”Panganiban said.He cleared that being independent is notequivalent to not having stands on issues. He
said that he is willing to support any party whom
he believes has the right stand. According to
him, he felt that the party’s slots were already
full the day that he nally decided to run.“Humihingi ako ng tulong sa lahat ng
estudyanteng kinakampanyahan ko, naikalat din nila yung balita na meron palang
independent candidate,” Panganibanadded.
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3 parties gear up for 2011 USC elections
1 candidate goes independent
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On February 13, however, the day beforethe 2011 February Fair started revisions on theOperations Agreement for February Fair 2011were nalized in a Council of Student Leaders(CSL) emergency meeting.Organizations were outraged during theCSL meeting last February 9 over the changes
made to the agreement released by the
University Student Council (USC) presented lastJanuary 14.
There was no extensive consultationregarding the changes made on the operations
agreement prior to its release said Corky HopeMaranan, President of UPLB Babaylan duringthe meeting. She emphasized the urgency ofdiscussing with organizations items especiallyon the P 5,000 ne for violations. She furthered
that the details on the violations are not
specied in the written agreement.Conversely, USC Councilor Marie AngeliqueRivera, head of February Fair Committee,said that organizations were informed of thene upon registration. She said there will bethree warnings before the USC can conductevaluation of the violations committed. Shefurthered that the USC will provide copy ofspecications of the gravity of every violation.
Maranan argued, on the other hand, that
such specications must still be incorporated
in the agreement in order not to commit
misinterpretations of any item at all.Rivera said that there was no black andwhite copy of the 2010 Operations Agreementso the USC drafted a new one.During the February 10 CSL emergency
meeting, the body enumerated certain termsin the contract that they deem necessary tobe revised especially on penalties for every
violations, despite the request of Rivera andon-leave USC Chairperson Ernest Calayag topetition regarding the matter.
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Orgs, USC amend Feb Fair contract
after a series of CSL meetings
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Busied by the UPLB community’s excitement,Freedom Park glows as the sun sets for therst night of 2011 February Fair.
 
THE UPLB PERSPECTIVE :
VOLUME 37 : ISSUE 1 : FEBRUARY 21, 2011
 
A 19-year old active member of theSouthern Tagalog Cultural Network (STCN)died after being shot twice last December23. Lester Barrientos was scheduled for aChristmas visit to his father in San Jose,Occidental Mindoro when the military
red the house he stayed in. Barrientos
is the 24th victim of extra-judicial killings(EJK) under the seven month-old term ofPresident Benigno Aquino III.OBL to OB
Two hundred and four people were left
missing (desaparecidos) and an estimateof two cases of EJK per week in eightyears were reported under Oplan BantayLaya (OBL) counter-insurgency programof former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA).Oplan Bayanihan, on the other hand,
is the new counter-insurgency program
under Aquino, which for seven monthsresulted death toll of one killing per week.Nine out of 24 victims of EJK since July lastyear are from Southern Tagalog region.“Nagpapakita ito na hindi sinsero siNoynoy Aquino sa pangako niyangpagbabago. Mas makikita ngayon ang
kawalan niya ng kaibahan sa nakara-
ang rehimen,” said Axel Pinpin, SecretaryGeneral of Katipunan ng mga Samahang
Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan
(KASAMA-TK).
Recent fatalities
Dr. Leonard Co, plant taxonomist, SofronioCortez and Julius Borromeo were killed after having been allegedly caught in a crossrebetween the Armed Forces of the Philippinesand New Peoples’ Army on Nov. 15 at Upper Mahiao, Barangay Lim-ao. However, this
claim was countered by a resolution submit-
ted by Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano after a witness and member of Tongonan FarmersAssociation, Policarpio Balute said that no
exchange of bullets was heard which may
have indicated a crossre.The family of Co is said they will seek help from the International Science Com
-munity in their search for justice of the
botanist’s death.Carlos “Caloy” Rodriguez, president of Nag
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kakaisang Lakas ng Manggagawa ng Ca
-lamba Water District was gunned down by
two unidentied suspects in a motorcycle onNov. 12. Five days earlier, Ireneo “Rene” Rod
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riguez, member of Samahan ng Magbubukidng Batangas was killed after suffering fromthree gunshots in the head and chest.
“Pure lip service ang binitawan niya
[Aquino] sa inauguration...dahil hang
-gang ngayon ay hindi naman iniimbes-
tigahan at napaparusahan si GMA...
Asahan ng mamamayan na papatindipa ang human rights violations sa mga
darating na araw,” Pinpin added.
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The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the
scal autonomy of the UPLB Perspective will be
signed only after the publication has registeredwith the Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) and thereby obtain its “juridical
personality”, the Ofce of the Chancellor (OC)
told the editorial board in a meeting datedOctober 4, 2010.Meeting
Both parties have already agreed on thecontents of the MOA. The Perspective editorialboard expected to have the MOA nally signed
in the said meeting called for by the chancellor 
said Estel Lenwij Estropia, current editor in chief(EIC).On the other hand, Atty. Damcelle Cortes,assistant and acting legal counsel to Chancellor Luis Rey Velasco, said that only if it is alreadyincorporated through a SEC registration can the
Perspective be able to sign any legally binding
agreement with UPLB.Once incorporated, the editorial board shall
act as the publication’s founding board of
directors.
Cash advance
Perspective requested cash advance for SEC registration fees and other pertinentexpenses. The request is still going through theold disbursement procedures as required by theUPLB administration.
“We’ve been through this since last semester 
but our request was not approved due to acertain COA (Commission on Audit) rule thatcash advance requests are only granted topermanent employees,” said business manager Beverly Christel Laguartilla.The request shall be granted only if a
permanent employee signs as co-maker for the
Perspective according to Chief AccountantJoan Mendoza.Atty. Cortes informed the Perspective onDec. 3 that the Ofce of the Students Affairs iswilling to instruct Nicanor Calio Jr., one of its staff,to act as co-maker for the Perspective.
5-year implementation
Meanwhile, despite previous verbal agreements
between both parties, Atty. Cortes mentionedChancellor Velasco’s contentions as regardstermination clause in the MOA stating that the
agreement shall persist until it is “terminated
upon mutual agreement of the parties”.Atty. Cortes related that Chancellor Velasco
decided to rethink the clause after reviewing
Section 21.b of the UP Charter of 2008 statingthat the status of an ofcial student publication
must be “subject to due and comprehensive
consultation with the students”.
Admin requires SEC reg before MOA signing
Perspective suffers limited funds
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Moreover, Chancellor Velasco is looking for an ofcial statement attesting that The UPLBPerspective is the ofcial student publicationof the university.
“Perspective has ever since been the duly
recognized student publication of UPLB by theUP administration and the studentry,” Estropiasaid in an interview. She added that Perspective,together with the University Student Council (USC)was ofcially mandated during the martial law bythe Council of Student Leaders which comprisedrepresentatives from student organizations,fraternities, sororities, and other formations.Furthermore, the publication is in possession of“Rules and Regulations Governing the Publicationof the UPLB Perspective” which was honored andapproved by the Board of Regents.“Hindi dahil naipasa ang bagong charter,ibig sabihin ay back to zero [na ang] kung
anuman ang naging tagumpay ng student
movement. This interpretation is retrogressive andabsurd,” USC councilor and former PerspectiveEIC Christian Ray Buendia concurs,
“Ibig sabihin ba nito lahat ng studentpublication sa UP system katulad ng [Philippine
Collegian] at Outcrop ay kailangang ma-recognize ulit?” he added.The Philippine Collegian is the ofcial studentpublication in UP Diliman while Outcrop is thecounterpart in UP Baguio.“For the sake of the students’ right to information,
we opted to skip the unnecessary table battle
and proceed to the solution. We need thestudent funds, now,” Laguartilla said.
‘For scal autonomy’
Perspective has been asserting for its scalautonomy for the last two and a half years. Thislong process caused Perspective 2009-2010 termto print only one issue. Also, it results to difcultyfor the current term in acquiring funds for the
printing of its issues that lasted for more than a
year.The panel created for the MOA, headedby Dr. Roberto Rañola, vice chancellor for 
administration, already approved Perspective’sproposed disbursement scheme after a series of
panel discussions.
The provisions of the memorandum stated thatthe administration will collect publication fee for 
Perspective. The collected fee will be transferred
to the bank account of the publication and willbe disbursed based on the approved guidelines
in disbursement scheme.
If any of the involved parties violated anyprovisions, the agreement will be subjectto termination but will not be automaticallyterminated due to the provision under mutual
commitment.
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UHO reviews dorm policies
Students decry probable dorm fee increase
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Ad Hoc Committee to Review UPLB Student DormitoryPolicies, Rules, and Regulations and Fees held a forumand formal consultation on the revised Policies, Rules, andRegulations for Student Dormitories at UPLB last January 13.
Meanwhile, dormers expressed their disappointment
with how the the ad hoc committee designed the ow of
consultation regarding changes in dorm policies during the
forum.“Hindi pinapatapos ang mga estudyante sa pagsasalita
at inaagawan pa ng microphone ang mga nagtatanong
at sumusubok sa provisions ng polisiya,” said New ForehaResidence Hall Association President and Head of theDormitories Alliance Kim Resa.
Revisions
Changes in the policies include point system, criteria
for evaluation of new freshman applicants based on the
distance of their residence from the university and STFAPincome bracket specied in Chapter IV, Section 4.2 item4.2.1.1.
(See Table 1)
Also, point system was made for the assessment ofupperclassmen applicants in the same section as the
previous, item 4.2.1.2
(See Table 2)
Furthermore, tenure of residency has already beenincluded. According to Section 4.6 of the revised provision,undergraduate students enrolled in UPLB colleges are allowed
to stay in dormitories for as long as they satisfy the criteria set
for accommodation in the residence halls. A maximum tenure
was based on the prescribed number of years per degree or 
non-degree program/course.
(See Table 3)
Section 6.1 of Chapter VI includes that “The University(UPLB) reserves the right to adjust the dormitory fee from timeto time upon consultation with the dormitory residents.”
Insufcient funds
Dr. Margaret Calderon from the UPLB Housing Ofce,appointed Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee stressedthat , Rules and Regulations Regarding Accomodation inStudent Residence Halls of 1997 states that “residence hallsare intended to be nancially self-supporting”.“Even if we get to charge P650, it wouldn’t mean that wewould be making prot. The current rate of Php 350 – Php390 per person monthly has been in effect since 1997 and isalready insufcient to run and to manage the dormitories,”she added.
 
As of press time, nal dorm fee rate for next school year isyet to be approved by the Board of Regents.
Venture back 
Chancellor Luis Rey Velasco formed the Ad HocCommittee to “review the UPLB student dormitory policies,
rules, regulations and fees, with the end view of improving
dormitory services”.The said committee was comprised of Dr. Calderon , Prof.Rowena Carndenas and Bernadette Tiburan from UHO,Dr. Zenaida Sumalde from the College of Economics andManagement, Atty. Florinida Blanca from Legal Ofce, DianeSiena from Women’s Residence Hall Association, , and ErnestFrancis Calayag from the University Student Council.Last Nov. 15, the committee spearheaded a consultationmeeting where the initial ndings that allegedly justify a
revision of the code and an increase in dorm rate were
presented.
 
One of the ad hoc committee’s rationale for the increasewas the dormitories’ nancial status for 2010. In the breakdownprepared by the Student Housing Division, the dorm acquiresa total projected income of P11,818,000 and an actual decitof P586,466.89.
[P]Table 1.
Criteria for the evaluation of new freshman applicants
Table 2.
Additional criteria for evaluation of upperclassmen applicants
Table 3.
Number of years per degree or non-degree program/course
CEB approves...(from p.01)
candidates. A summary of votes will appear for thestudent to review and cast. Copies of cast votes were
printed for the students to review their votes and signtheir ballots to ensure that the informaltion printed are
correct. Before leaving, the students were asked toanswer an evaluation form about the dry run.After the closing of the voting process, the USCtogether with Prof. Vincente Ballaran Jr.,
 
Head ofStudents’ Organizations and Activities Division (SOAD)and Estel Lenwij Estropia, incumbent UPLB PerspectiveEditor in Chief, canvassed the votes.
The dry run included evaluation forms that rendered
results of 95 percent user-friendly, interface, andelection ow. One out of 189 students said that theresults of the dry run were inaccurate, while 189
said they students would vote in the automated
elections.
 
‘Cost-cutting’
According to Calayag, the Automated Elections
was proposed to reduce costs and eliminate possible
election frauds.”Through the automated election, we are lookingforward to cutting the cost down to 1/3 (of theprevious amount) for the elections. Imbis na spendtayo ng 50, 000, 12, 000 na lang to cover for the foodand supplies needed,” Calayag said. Around P 40,000 to P 50,000 is spent for elections every year.
‘Advantage’
“Ang advantage ng automation, matipid, kasi
wala ka nang papers, ballot boxes, cartolina, etc.
[na gagamtin] tapos actual canvassing is a matter of
seconds lang,” said Ballaran.He emphasized that the automation of elections willbe using 16-digit encrypted code for security. Every
four-digit will be kept by four individuals chosen by the
CEB. These are Dr. Vivan Gonzales, director of OSA,Ballaran from SOAD, Estropia from the UPLB Perspective,and Aya Mula ifrom the USC.He furthered that it is an advantage for the candidates
because the software to be used in automatedelections includes their photos so as there will beeasier retention for the voters, no misspelled names ofvoted candidates, and void ballots unlike in manual
elections.
Meanwhile, the proposal for the check-and-balancemechanism of the automated elections is yet to
deliberated on February 21.
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