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
, 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
Sa loob ng kubo ay may
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.
1987 Mendiola masaker, ginunita
TRL, panawagan pa rin ng mga magsasaka
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 ofcially
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.
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 ofcial
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 benets
and assistance; as well as [working] closelyand [coordinating] with the staff and student
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 ofcial notice that [she was]elected faculty regent.”
According to FR Taguiwalo in her updateon the Nov. 26 BOR meeting, the currentvoter turnout is 49 percent of the total of3,582 qualied 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 typiedthe term of the outgoing FR Taguiwalo.The whole system is run by the UP Computer Center under the direct command of theOfce of the President which rise questions
of the credibility of the faculty re gent
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.
Buklod UPLB’s campaign theme for this year is “Service Intensied.”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.
3 parties gear up for 2011 USC elections
1 candidate goes independent
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
specied in the written agreement.Conversely, USC Councilor Marie AngeliqueRivera, head of February Fair Committee,said that organizations were informed of thene upon registration. She said there will bethree warnings before the USC can conductevaluation of the violations committed. Shefurthered that the USC will provide copy ofspecications of the gravity of every violation.
Maranan argued, on the other hand, that
such specications 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.
Orgs, USC amend Feb Fair contract
after a series of CSL meetings