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TOMO 2 BILANG 1
A Few Minutes A Day Keeps The Grim Reaper Away
Karina Bulong

DISYEMBRE 2009

People have said their goodbyes to the pesky Katipunan roadwork. Almost everyone used to complain about the troublesome way of crossing the road and at the pace the construction crew was working. But now that the overpass is all set to take on its pedestrians, it’s as if the tables were turned. The past few months have seen the opening of the overpass for public use and the UPIS community’s enthusiasm to use the overpass, as well as the death of that enthusiasm as it was slowly replaced by a feeling of burden—going up and down the overpass has become difficult for students and teachers alike. This long and massive structure requires more than 25 steps in order for you to get to the other side of the road. This fact alone is one of the many reasons why many students and teachers would rather cross the road than use the overpass. In addition to that, vandalism has also found its way to the overpass’ walls and posts therefore making the pedestrians feel unsafe when they use it particularly when the sun has already left the horizon.
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Moreover, the guards can’t really monitor who’s complying with the rules, who’s safe and who’s not. With the height of the concrete gates and the wrong location of the guardhouse, which guard is capable of seeing what’s happening outside? All the reasons stated might make you turn your back on the option of using the overpass. For a pedestrian to get to the other side, it will approximately take 15 seconds to cross the road while a minute is spent if one chooses to use the overpass instead. See the difference? But hey, think about it. What is a minute spent for safety in comparison to the possible years of your life that might be taken away from you if ever you get hit and ran over by a speeding truck or car?

As the song goes, “Kung ayaw may dahilan, kung gusto gusto, palaging mayroong paraan.” Maybe it’s time for the UPIS community to stop making lousy excuses for not using the overpass and instead, start thinking of things they can do to make using the overpass safer and more convenient, such as pausing to rest for a while, climbing the steps as a group or having a grown-up accompany them, be it a teacher or some other harmless-looking pedestrian. The possibilities never end as long as we don’t stop thinking. We don’t need another accident involving a UPIS student to traumatize us, do we? Yes, using the overpass might be a chore for students but aren’t chores done to keep things in order?

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TOMO 2 BILANG 2

DISYEMBRE 2009

OVERPASSed
Viviene dela Cruz Ever since it has been open for public use on the 12th of August 2009, there had been a lot of complaints and comments about the overpass. For one, its steepness alone is already tiresome that people usually pause at the foot of the steps to catch their breath. Climbing approximately 30 steps, which is already difficult for many UPIS students and faculty members, is just the beginning of the “obstacle course”. Once they reach the top, they must dodge the cable wires hanging across the overpass. Whether they do exhibitions or simply duck their heads is insignificant as long as they are able to get through the wires without direct contact. The wires in the middle of the overpass have been removed after some complaints, but the other three wires strewn across the overpass still remain. The local government should collaborate with the DPWH contractors to find out who owns the wires so that they could send out notifications concerning the latter’s removal. I hope they will not wait for people to get electrocuted before they do something about it. The wires are not supposed to be there anyway. Aside from the structural flaws, what’s really startling is the fact the overpass did not even last 24 hours vandal-free after it has been open for public use. On the morning of the 13th of August, black strokes of spray paint already covMa. Rhea Andaya Editor-in-chief Samuel John Antenor Associate Editor Alyssa Manalo Managing Editor Diego Enriquez News Editor Karina Bulong Feature Editor Gabriel Manahan Sports Editor

ered its white coating. The last time I checked, there were three ads about rooms for rent posted on its concrete foundations. Do these people expect passengers to read their ads there? The overpass is not a proper place to post these ads. They should have posted on bulletin boards instead, not only because the ads will only be ignored but because they are only eyesores and distractions. Sometimes, pedestrians also have to hurdle through the vendors and their stands at the end of the overpass near the intersection of Africa St. and Katipunan Road. On afternoons, pedicab drivers usually hang around with fruit vendors in that area. They do not harm pedestrians, yes, but they should move a little farther from the sidewalk or they should not frequent the place anymore because they take up the space supposedly for pedestrians. The candy and biscuit wrappers which accumulate on the sides are also disturbing. According to Sir
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Paul Mabaquiao from the Health and PE Department and Mang Ed, a custodial worker, the overpass is already out of the school premises that is why we are not responsible for the trash that lay comfortably on the overpass. They said it is the MMDA’s responsibility to clean the place. It is not certain how often they clean it but negligence of few trash may soon lead to a heap of pollution. The overpass was built to serve pedestrians and ensure their safety when crossing the street. It is not supposed to be home to dry leaves, empty tetra packs or pests, nor should it be a hangout for pedestrians and vendors. In short, the overpass is neither a tambakan nor a tambayan. It should be kept clean and well-maintained. The least we could do as students is to be responsible with our actions and know that the overpass was built for us to pass through it, not to throw our trash in nor a place for us to doodle irrelevant things on.
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TOMO 2 BILANG 3 Is it Really Safer to Use the Overpass?
Nathalie Dagmang

DISYEMBRE 2009

The main purpose of any overpass is to make crossing the road safer and easier for pedestrians. But in our school, this is not the case. Even teachers admit that some of them do not use the overpass. They say there are teachers and UPIS staff who are unfit to use the overpass’ steep stairs because of certain health problems like asthma and rheumatism or simply because they get tired easily. However, there are also some teachers who say that this is not an issue about their age but about the faulty construction of the overpass which is inappropriate to the public. In fact, the faulty construction of the overpass just adds up to the teachers’ difficulty in using the overpass. They say that the overpass’ steps are too narrow and steep and the structure itself doesn’t have enough lighting necessary during the night,
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making it unsafe for them, or even for children to use. These problems are ignored by many because of their assumption that the overpass is already of a big help to us UPIS students. But what we do not realize is that it only makes crossing the road harder or even scarier, especially at night. How can students and teachers feel safe using the overpass if it is full of vandalisms trash and at times, street children? Because of the street children who usually “hang-out” there, students often become afraid that they might lose their beMedia Center 2 2009-2010 Editorial Staff
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longings or be harmed. There are guards who are tasked to guard the students from possible danger, but how can they possibly do this if their guardhouses, one of which is inside the school, are surrounded by high walls that block their view of those who do not use the overpass? I am not surprised why more and more UPIS students and employee choose not to use the overpass. We still do not know for sure if using the overpass is safer than crossing the road, so why should we tire ourselves by doing so?
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TOMO 2 BILANG 4

DISYEMBRE 2009
to monitor the overpass and nearby areas at all times. There should be guards, such as the Special Services Brigade (SSB) of the University to make sure students, teachers and other people use the overpass. They should also man the surrounding areas to ensure the safety of students, teachers and other personnel. Their presence will, in a way, make sure people use the overpass instead of crossing the roads, and also will help improve safety by making sure no riff-raffs will loiter in the overpass. Lastly, the poor maintenance of the overpass has been a turn-off for the users. Vandals, dust, garbage and even weird, dark splotches now spread the overpass. The overpass is public property, meaning that it is the government's job to maintain the overpass. However, the school can help by having a 'do-day', when scouts can clean it up once in a while. Most students can also help by not littering in the overpass. After all, it is mostly people from the school who use this structure. Students, teachers and all other school personnel are supposed to use the overpass for their safety. But, because of several issues and concerns, those using the overpass are now getting turned off and somewhat irritated when they use this structure. This problem should be a lesson to the school administration and the government in building other structures for the school. There should be better planning and designing so problems like these will not be encountered again.

Solving the Overpass Problem
Joshua M. Fajardo

More and more students and teachers have been avoiding using the overpass, which has been noticeably collecting dust and dirt. Various reasons, such as health problems and the faulty design, have been pointed out as to why they are not using it. Several problems have risen regarding the overpass, such as its design, lack of security guards and health concerns. Solutions should be proposed to solve this problem. However, for their safety, students and teachers from the school are strongly advised to use the footbridge. With motorists speeding along Katipunan Avenue, it is dangerous for pedestrians to cross the road. Furthermore, as “Iskolars ng Bayan,” students should serve as good examples by following rules, and one of these rules is that pedestrians should cross roads by using the overpass and pedestrian lanes. The steepness of the overpass has been a main concern for many students and teachers, making it tiring and time consuming to use. The school administration should ask, if not demand, for a better designed overpass, which can be can be more user-friendly. The overpass' current design not only causes students and teachers exhaustion, but may also cause students and teachers various injuries and other health problems, such as asthma. Another solution is for guards

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TOMO 2 BILANG 5

DISYEMBRE 2009

Bagong Bago!
April Dayne G. Garcia

UNDERPASS
Mitz Dela Rosa

Kasabay ng pagpapatayo ng C-5 Road ay ginawa na rin ang overpass sa tabi ng University of the Philippines Integrated School 7-10. Anim na buwan na rin itong nakatayo ngunit marami pa ring makukulit na pedestrian ang mas pinipiling tumawid na lamang sa mapanganib na C-5 Road kaysa gumamit ng overpass.Maraming motorista ang dumadaan sa highway na ito ngunit delikado man ay lakas loob pa ring nakikipagpatintero ang mga pedestrian sa mga ito. “Nakakapagod at saying sa oras,” ito ay ang dalawang pangunahing dahilan kung bakit
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dumadaan na lamang ang mga pedestrian sa ilalim pa mismo ng overpass. Nangunguna na sa pagtawid ang mga matatandang pedestrian na hindi kayang umakyat -baba pa ng hagdan. Mahirap na kasi para sa kanila na umakyat ng tatlumpung baitang, lumakad sa overpass, na tinatayang 25 meters ang haba, at bumaba pang muli ng tatlumpung baitang. Hassle nga naman kung tutuusin. Mahirap gamitin ang overpass dahil matarik ito at maraming minuto ang kailangang gugulin sa pag-akyat dito. Mas mabuti sanang traffic light na lang ang inilagay nang sa gayon ay di masayang ang oras at pagod sa pag-akyat ng overpass.

Bagong bakod, bagong gate, BAGONG OVERPASS! Maraming magagandang pagbabago ang nangyari sa University of the Philippines Integrated School 7 – 10. Ngunit ikinalungkot ng mga taong nasa gusali, lalo na ang mga estudyante, ang nabawas na lupa sa harapan ng paaralan dahil sumikip ang lugar para sa extra-curricular activities gaya ng intrams, fair, etc. Pero malaking pasasalamat ng mga estudyante na mas magiging ligtas tayo dahil sa mga pagbabagong ito. Bagong bakod at gate. Kung natatandaan ninyo ang dating gate at bakod ay kinakalawang na at sira-sira. Sa mata ng publiko, parang abandunadong gusali ang ating paaralan. Kung titingnan nga naman ang bagong bakod at gate, walang sinabi ang dati kahit parang rehas ang mga bagong gate at parang preso ang mga nasa loob. Bagong overpass. Nang matapos ang overpass, napansing marami ang tumatawid gamit ito. Matapos ang ilang linggo, napansin ba ninyong wala nang gaanong dumadaan dito? Kung tutuusin nga naman, mas mabilis pa ring tumawid gamit ang ilalim ng overpass. Makikipagpatintero ka nga lang sa mga kotse at kapalit naman nito ang kaligtasan mo. Bakit hindi tayo magpasalamat na pinatayuan tayo ng matibay na bakod at gate, at matatag na overpass? Dahil dito, mas ligtas ang mga taga-UPIS. Tandaan natin na ang mga ito ay ginawa para sa ating kaligtasan at kabutihan.

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TOMO 2 BILANG 6

DISYEMBRE 2009

Crossing the Right Way
Gabriel Manahan Who would have thought that the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) will have a make-over? It started with the C-5 road widening project which ate up about five meters of the school’s front area. The government provided new fences, gates, walls and two guard houses to ensure safety of the school premises. It is soon followed by the construction of the overpass which was opened for public use last August 17, 2009. The 25-meter overpass connects UPIS to the opposite side to make it easy for people to cross the road and prevent road accidents. In the beginning, students showed their appreciation to what the government has given them by using the overpass. But after some time, the temptation of crossing the road prevailed. The will of the students to cross the overpass slowly waned. They would rather cross the hazardous road than use the overpass. Most of the student population do this and only a few of them persevere enough to endure the 30 steps. “Time consuming and tiring.” These are the complaints and reasons of the “underpassers.” But these are only acceptable for the old, disabled and sick people with heart and lung problems, but not for normal young students. Fifteen seconds of crossing the road is better than a minute of crossing the overpass. But the risk of getting hit by speeding vehicles increases. Walking on a single leg is definitely harder than walking on two. I hope students and teachers know it. There has been no recorded accidents in the widened road involving UPIS students yet. Would you like to be the first? Use the overpass because it is for your sake and not the “underpass” where you have the risks to take.

Safety or Convenience?
Choice Israel A bridge near the north gate of the UPIS was built for the safety of the pedestrians crossing the newly-widened C -5. But still, pedestrians crossing under the bridge has become a normal scene—a situation also seen in most footbridges in Metro Manila. Recently, I conducted a survey among 45, randomlypicked members of the UPIS community. The question was, “Would you rather use the bridge or the cross under it?” It turned out that only 13 out of 45 respondents chose to use the bridge saying that it is safer and it serves as an exercise. The remaining 32 respondents said that they would rather cross under the bridge because it is easier and more convenient. According to them, using the bridge will only exhaust pedestrians. Prof. Lourdes Vargas of the C.A. English department stated that crossing the bridge

is an “age issue” because crossing it takes a lot of energy which young students have and some teachers and staff, however, do not. Also, Prof. Nancy T. Flor of the Practical Arts department said that the height of each step is too high and the width of each step is too narrow, making it hard for the feet to fit in each of the steps comfortably and safely. Obviously, the overpass still has a lot of flaws and is in need of improvement. It was made for safety rather than for the convenience of pedestrians. After the data gathering, more questions were generated rather than answered: Could it be that the bridge’s design, especially the stairs, is not appropriate nor efficient? The government used the money of taxpayers for this project, but still, many couldn’t use it due to its flaws. Yes, the overpass may be useful for the young ones, but a project made by the government must be beneficial to everyone.
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TOMO 2 BILANG 7

DISYEMBRE 2009

PATINTERO – With Cars
Ma. Rhea C. Andaya

Thirty steps going up, a 25 meter-walk and another thirty steps on the way down. Your everyday exercise routine? No, it’s just the overpass. University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) 710 has had a new look since the C5 Road Widening Project. The circumferential road, where a lot of vehicles travel especially on weekdays, running at 38.84 – 43.6 kph, present danger that necessitates high gates and an overpass. The gates were a good touch, students were finally proud to show off the school, and security during school events is no longer a big problem. But the overpass is a whole different story. In the first weeks, students were eager to try the footbridge and the view was great, thanks to the nearby trees, disappointing though, were the wires – totally out of place. Months passed and people have gotten over the then-new overpass and have decided to do old school – running across the streets, risking their limbs and life, in a patintero-like manner. Well, come to think of it, who would want to waste time and energy crossing the overpass when it’s easier to just cross the road? On the other
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hand, what is a few minutes’ delay and an ounce of sweat if it would mean your safety? True, there hasn’t been an accident so fatal that has caused death or traumatic injury, but must we wait for one? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), traffic accidents kill a number of young people, ages 10 – 15, far higher than HIV/AIDS. A study conducted by Safe Kids Philippines in 2007 revealed that 56% of the 3000 children they interviewed were hurt in road accidents. We wouldn’t want to be part of that figure, do we? Well, going up the overpass is a drag, it’s tiring and tedious, the very thought of ascending it makes one lazy, but it’s safer. For stu-

dents, being young and active as we are, we can just see it as a means of exercise. Besides, unlike most overpasses in the country, the school overpass is still free from beggars and vendors. As much as possible, if one is not in a hurry, use the overpass. If one really has to cross the street, at least follow safety precautions, one of them is the traditional “Tingin sa kaliwa’t kanan.” Make sure that there are no vehicles before crossing. Don’t even think of performing risky stunts for fun. It wouldn’t be fun lying crippled or even dead. Consult signages and traffic lights when crossing. Apply these even in other arterial roads. Always be careful and live a long, happy life. Cheesy, but very true.

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TOMO 2 BILANG 8

DISYEMBRE

A Tale of Two Canteens
Diego Antonio J. Enriquez Numerous complaints regarding the UPIS current canteen concessionaire, Juanchito’s Restaurant and Delicacies, have begun to surface over the past few weeks. Most of these complaints seem to be triggered by the increase in the price of the food they sell while the other complaints seem to be about different matters like, quality of the food they serve, variety in the food selections, and the serving portions. It doesn’t really take long for students to ask: Is the current canteen concessionaire, Juanchito’s Restaurant and Delicacies, doing worse or better that its predecessor, the UPIS canteen’s former concessionaire managed by Trixie Covar? Based on the food prices, the former concessionaire seems to better the current one in terms of availability and cost. Their products were generally sold at lower prices. But in defense of Juanchito’s, the canteen management noted that the increase in their food prices is due to the increase in the price of meat and vegetables in the local market. Based on the food taste and quality the two canteens seem to be on equal ground while the serving portion doesn’t seem to differ much either. But the former canteen concessionaire has the upper hand when it comes to the variety of food they sell. Some of the students even took notice of the fact that the current canteen never tires of selling fried chicken day after day. But let’s not forget how the canteen’s current concessionaire renovated the infrastructure of the canteen by putting up glass windows, a glass door, and bringing in fresh air to the place by tearing down part of the wall. Of course, Juanchito’s is our current concessionaire for a reason and they might have the upper hand when it comes to some aspects. The former canteen concessionaire had issues in hygiene and food safety and was also noted for using non -environmental-friendly materials such as Styrofoam and plastic utensils. In comparison, the current canteen concessionaire still has a clean slate when it comes to sanitation and it’s a big thumbs up to them. While we all have different opinions regarding the canteen and its service, I for one think that the current canteen concessionaire, Juanchito’s Restaurant and Delicacies, is doing better than its predecessor. The problem is that they’re not living up to some of the standards of UPIS and its students’ expectations. But of course with some changes here and there, the UPIS current canteen concessionaire could silence the complaints and do better. They could start by giving students more for their money’s worth and maybe then will they meet students’ standards.
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TOMO 2 BILANG 9

DISYEMBRE 2009

Busog Ka ba sa P55?
Xavier Eugenio A. Asuncion Ang Juanchito’s Restaurant and Delicacies ang nag-iisang canteen sa loob ng UPIS. Ibig sabihin, dito lamang magmumula ang pagkain ng mga estudyante na walang baong lunch. Bilang mga customer, magkaroon at magkakaroon ng mga puna ang mga estudyante sa kanilang serbisyo. Isa sa mga napunang problema ay ang mataas na presyo ng kanilang pagkain. Kung ikukumpara ang Lutong Bahay(LB), isang sikat na kainan sa loob ng campus, hindi hamak na mas mura at mas sulit ito kaysa sa canteen ng paaralan. Ayon sa mga taong kumakain sa LB, makakabili ka na ng pananghalian sa halagang P35 lamang, may kanin at ulam na. Samantalang sa canteen ng paaralan, kailangan mo ng P55 upang makabili ng pananghalian. Sa halagang ito, mayroon kang isang kanin at ulam, na base sa mga komentong naririnig mula sa mga estudyante ay hindi sapat sa kanila. Napipilitan tuloy ang ibang mag-aaral na bumili lang ng siomai dahil sa mura nitong presyo na P5 ang isa. Ito ay dadagdagan na lamang nila ng kanin at toyo. Ang iba naman ay nagpapadagdag ng gravy sa kanin para mapunan ang kakulangan sa lasa ng kakarampot na ulam. Alam naman ng lahat na mahirap ang buhay ngayon sapagkat nagtaasan ang presyo ng mga bilihin. Subalit hindi rin naman tama na kahit walang kakumpetisyon ang kasalukuyang concessionaire ay mananamantala na lamang sila sa pamamagitan ng pagtaas ng presyo. Ito ay naipapasa sa consumers na sa kaso ng paaralan ay mga estudyante pa na umaasa lamang sa allowance na ibinibigay ng magulang. Wala namang problema sa halaga ng pagkain kung ito ay may tamang dami ng dulot o serving na proporsyonal sa presyo. Magkaroon sana ng konsiderasyon at maintindihan ng pamunuan ng canteen ang mga daing ng mga estudyante

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TOMO 2 BILANG 10

DISYEMBRE 2009

Presyo Ibaba!
Andrea L. Abad
Ang dating P48.00 na isang serving ng putahe ng karne at kanin ay P55.00 na, ang dating P28.00 na isang serving ng gulay at kanin ay P35.00 na. Maging ang isang tasa ng kanin na dating P8.00 ay P10.00 na ngayon. Ang mga pagbabago sa presyo ng mga pagkain sa canteen ay nag-umpisa noong ika-18 ng Nobyembre 2009 at hanggang ngayon ay isyu pa rin sa mga costumer nito. Ayon sa may-ari na si Josefina T. Buenviaje at mga tagasilbi sa canteen, kaya tumaas ang presyo ng mga pagkain sa canteen ay dahil sa pagtaas ng presyo ng karne, gulay at bigas sa mga palengke at supermar -ket na pinagkukunan nila ng supply. Dagdag pa nila, magbabalik lang ang dating presyo ng mga pagkain sa canteen kapag bumaba na ang presyo sa lokal na pamilihan. Tama lamang na magtaas sila ng presyo dahil kailangan nilang makabawi upang hindi sila malugi. Sapagkat noong buwan lamang ng Nobyembre sila nagtaas ng presyo na dapat ay noong Setyembre at Oktubre pa dahil sa Bagyong Ondoy. Nagtaas kasi ng presyo ang mga bilihin sa lokal na pamilihan pagkatapos ng nasabing bagyo. Ngunit sana hindi ganoon kalaki ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin sa canteen. Siguro, mas madaling tanggapin ang P2.00P3.00 na pagtaas dahil ma-baba pa naman ito. Malaki kasi masyado ang P7.00 na pagtaas ng presyo. Karamihan sa mga estudyante sa UPIS ay sa canteen bumibili ng pagkain lalo na tuwing lunch time, kaya malaking diperensya rin ang P7.00. Ngayon, dumarami na ang mga nagbabaon na lamang ng kanilang pagkain para makatipid. Dahil karamihan sa mga estudyante ay P50.00 hanggang P100.00 ang baon sa isang araw, kung bibili sila ng pagkain sa canteen ay magkano na lamang ang matitira sa kanila, paano pa ang sa pamasahe at pambili ng gamit pangeskwelahan? Kaya sana, kahit papaano, bumaba ang presyo ng mga bilihin upang makaya ng ibang estudyante na makabili ng pagkain sa canteen.

Okay ba ang Canteen?
Michelle S. Lagare
Kamakailan lang ay nagpasurvey ang puno ng Departamento ng Sining Praktika at tagapangulo ng Canteen Committee na si Prof. Nancy Flor sa mga estudyante ng iba ’t ibang grado tungkol sa kalidad ng serbisyong ibinibigay ng canteen. Layunin ng survey na ito na maevaluate ang serbisyo ng canteen. Makabubuti na malaman natin ang mga pagkukulang ng canteen para ito ’y mabago at sa gayon ay mapabubuti ang kanilang serbisyo. Kaya sapat nga ba ang ibinibigay naserbisyo ng canteen? Isinasaalang-alang ng canteen ang tamang nutrisyon ng pagkaing kanilang ibinebenta. Dahil estudyante ang kanilang mga costumer, nagbebenta sila ng gulay at karne. Hindi rin sila nagbebenta ng mga junk foods kundi healthy drinks at biscuits na lang. Kaugnay pa nito ay ang pagiging masarap at malasa ng pagkain. Isa pa ay ang maayos na serbisyo. Mayroon silang sistema ng pagbibigay ng pagkain at pagtanggap ng bayad. Ito ay para matiyak na matutugunan ang pangangailangan ng kanilang mga costumer. Sapat naman ang ibinibigay ng canteen na serbisyo, ngunit batid din na hindi pa natin matatawag na “perfect” ito. Bagamat karamihan naman ay tinatangkilik ang kanilang serbisyo, napatunayan naman ng survey na mayroon pa rin silang pagkukulang. Dahil din sa isinagawang survey maaaring maiparating sa kanila ang mga dapat nilang baguhin o bigyang pansin.

Ma. Rhea Andaya Editor-in-chief Samuel John Antenor Associate Editor Alyssa Manalo Managing Editor

Diego Enriquez News Editor Karina Bulong Feature Editor Gabriel Manahan Sports Editor

Media Center 2 2009-2010 Editorial Staff
Mr. Michael Angelo dela Cerna Ms. Rhea Manuel Learning Coordinators

Nathalie Dagmang Jona Fernandez Layout Editors Lara Acuba April Dayne Garcia Photo Editors

Andrea Abad Viviene delaCruz Mitz delaRosa Michelle Lagare Percival Quiambao Joshua Fajardo Choice Israel Gino Asuncion Contributors

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DISYEMBRE

Carry pa ba ng Bulsa Mo?
Lara Monica C. Acuba

Maganda naman, hindi ba?
Percival Quiambao

Nagbabaon ka ba ng pagkain o bumibili sa canteen? Kasya ba ang allowance mo para sa apat na araw na pambili ng pagkain sa canteen? Sa tingin mo ba ay sulit ang ibinabayad mo para sa mga binibili mo? Marami ang nagulat nang biglang magtaas ang presyo ng mga pagkain sa can-teen ng UPIS. May mga estudyanteng mas piniling magbaon kaysa gumastos ng malaking halaga para sa isang maliit na serving ng ulam. Isipin natin kung ano ang dahilan ng biglaang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga pagkain. Batid ng marami sa atin ang nagdaang unos sa Pilipinas na bagyong Ondoy at Pepeng. Dahil sa dalawang bagyong iyon, maraming bukirin at pananim ang naapektuhan kaya bumaba ang naging supply ng pagkain. Ayon sa law of demand, kapag bumaba ang supply ay tataas ang presyo. Ito ang dahilan sa pagtaas ng presyo ng mga pagkain sa ating canteen. Pagkatapos na pagkatapos lamang ng pananalanta ng mga bagyo ay nagbalak na silang itaas ang presyo ng mga pagkaing kanilang ibebenta, ngunit naudlot ito dahil sa pagkakaroon ng price freeze
Ma. Rhea Andaya Editor-in-chief Samuel John Antenor Associate Editor Alyssa Manalo Managing Editor Diego Enriquez News Editor Karina Bulong Feature Editor Gabriel Manahan Sports Editor

na ipinatupad ng gobyerno kung saan hindi maaaring magtaas ng presyo sa mga pangunahing pangangailangan tulad ng pagkain. Sa ngayon ay tinanggal na ng gobyerno ang price freeze kaya nagtaasan na ang mga presyo sa pamilihan. Dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin sa merkado, napilitang magtaas ng presyo ng mga tinda ang canteen. Binabawi na ngayon ng ating canteen ang kanilang pagkalugi. Maaaring nabigla nga ang maraming estudyante at guro ng UPIS sa biglaang pagtaas ng presyo ng pagkain sa canteen lalo pa ’t may ilang buwan na rin nang lumipas mula ang mga nasabing bagyo. Ngunit darating din ang panahon kung saan magbabalanse ang demand sa supply ng mga pagkain.

Matapos ang tatlong taong serbisyo ng dating canteen na nagbigay sa atin ng sakit ng ulo, ay mayroon pang sumunod na kalbaryo para sa mga estudyante ng UPIS, ang Juanchito’s, ang bagong canteen concessionaire ng paaralan. Hindi lang mga hinaing ng mga estudyante tungkol sa canteen ang naririnig ngayon, kundi pati na rin ng mga guro. Maraming estudyante ang nagrereklamo sa napakamahal na pagkain na ibinebenta ng canteen, ngunit para sa akin, tama lamang ito dahil mas masarap naman ang pagkain at mas maayos ang kanilang serbisyo, kumpara sa dating canteen. Mas mabuti na ang ganito, kaysa sa dating canteen, kung saan inuulit ang natirang pagkain para sa susunod na araw, ang mga tindera ay hindi nagsusuot ng hairnet, at ang tagasilbi ay humahawak ng pera, at marami pang ibang pagkukulang. Huwag tayong puro reklamo tungkol sa presyo ng kanilang binebentang pagkain. Bakit hindi muna natin alamin kung bakit ganito kataas ang presyo ng pagkain at intindihin ang dahilan. Para sa atin din naman ang kanilang serbisyo at de kalidad na pagkain.
Nathalie Dagmang Jona Fernandez Layout Editors Lara Acuba April Dayne Garcia Photo Editors Andrea Abad Viviene delaCruz Mitz delaRosa Michelle Lagare Percival Quiambao Joshua Fajardo Choice Israel Gino Asuncion Contributors

Media Center 2 2009-2010 Editorial Staff
Mr. Michael Angelo dela Cerna Ms. Rhea Manuel Learning Coordinators

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DISYEMBRE 2009

Makatarungang Presyo, Muling Ibalik!
Alyssa Mari R. Manalo
Kabigla-bigla para sa mga estudyante at mga guro ang biglaang pagtaas ng presyo ng pagkain sa canteen simula noong Nobyembre 18,2009. Ang P48 na halaga ng pagkain ay naging P55 na. Ayon kay Bb. Reena, isa sa mga namamahala at tagasilbi ng pagkain sa canteen, ito raw ay dahil sa pagtaas ng presyo ng bilihin sa palengke dahil sa nagdaang bagyong Ondoy at Pepeng. Maaaring may mga ilang pangyayari tulad ng bagyo na naging dahilan sa pagtaas ng bilihin kung kaya’t nagmahal din ang presyo ng pagkaing kanilang ipinagbibili. Hindi pa rin makatwiran para sa karamihan ang biglaang pagtaas ng presyo ng pagkain. Masyado nang mahal ang P55 na halaga para sa kakaunting serving. Hindi sapat ang pagkaing kanilang ibinebenta para sa halagang binabayaran para dito. Maging ang mga sahog ng mga ulam ay kakarampot para makatipid at mas kumita ng malaki. Hindi ito tama at dapat nilang isipin na hindi lahat ay kayang makabili ng ganito kamahal na pagkain. Hindi masamang magtaas ng presyo kung talagang kinakailangan ngunit dapat din nilang tugunan ang mga kailangan at kapakanan ng mga bumibili lalo na’t mga estudyante ang kanilang customer. Dapat sulit ang pagkaing isinisilbi para sa ibinabayad dito. Hindi problema para sa mga estudyante at mga guro na magbayad kahit ito ay tumaas basta’t masarap at nakakabusog ang pagkaing kanilang inihahain. Mas makabubuti kung tama ang serving at hindi tinitipid ang mga bumibili. Mahalagang mabigyang pansin ang opinyon ng mga tao upang mas mapabuti ang kanilang serbisyo. Ayon kay Bb. Reena ang presyo ng pagkain ay babalik sa dati sa oras na bumaba ang presyo ng mga kinakailangan sa pagluluto gaya ng gulay, karne at iba pa. Hindi dapat na ipagwalang-bahala ang isyung ito. Hindi dahilan ang pagtaas ng presyo ng bilihin upang hindi mabigyan ng sapat at masustansyang pagkain ang mga bumibili. Dapat aksyunan na ng canteen ang problemang ito upang muling masiyahan ang mga mamimili.
Ma. Rhea Andaya Editor-in-chief Samuel John Antenor Associate Editor Alyssa Manalo Managing Editor Diego Enriquez News Editor Karina Bulong Feature Editor Gabriel Manahan Sports Editor

Media Center 2 2009-2010 Editorial Staff
Mr. Michael Angelo dela Cerna Ms. Rhea Manuel Learning Coordinators

Nathalie Dagmang Jona Fernandez Layout Editors Lara Acuba April Dayne Garcia Photo Editors

Andrea Abad Viviene delaCruz Mitz delaRosa Michelle Lagare Percival Quiambao Joshua Fajardo Choice Israel Gino Asuncion Contributors

UPIS Media Center

TOMO 2 BILANG 13

DISYEMBRE 2009

SIGAW NG TAONG BAYAN
Samuel John B. Antenor

Nitong nakaraang linggo ay nagsagawa ang Canteen Committee ng survey sa mga estudyante at mga guro ng University of the Philippines Integrated School upang makita ang kanilang masasabi sa bagong canteen ng paaralan. Marami ang nagbigay ng magandang feedback. Marami ang nagsabi na masarap ang pagkain na inihahanda at malaki ang ipinagbago ng canteen. Ngunit marami rin ang hindi kuntento sa serbisyong kanilang ibinibigay. Ilan sa mga tanong kung saan mataas ang ibinigay ng mga estudyante ay sa pakikitungo ng mga staff. Ilan naman sa mga tanong kung saan mababa ang ibinigay ay sa usapin ng presyo, kalidad ng pagkain at sistema ng serbisyo. Batay sa isinagawang survey, lumabas na may pinakamalaking bahagdan ng rating na 2 sa scale na 1-5 (5 bilang pinakamataas) ay ang usapin sa presyo. Nangangahulugan lamang na namamahalan ang mga estu- dyante sa presyo ng mga pagkain sa canteen. Nitong nakaraang Nobyembre lamang ay nagkaroon ng pagtaas sa presyo ng kanilang mga paninda. Ang dating P48.00 na kanin at ulam ay naging P55.00. Ito raw ay bunga ng pagtaas ng mga paninda sa palengke. Sa kalidad ng pagkain, 38% ang nagbigay ng 3. Samakatuwid, hindi kuntento ang mga estudyante sa lasa ng pagkain. Maraming estudyante ang naghahanap ng mas masarap na mga putahe. Sa kanilang palagay, paulit-ulit na ang inihahandang pagkain. Sa serbisyo ng mga staff ng canteen, 31% ang nagbigay ng 2. Bagamat maganda ang pakikitungo ng staff, mabagal ang paghahanda ng pagkain. Base sa naging resulta ng isinagawang survey, may mga natuwa sa bagong canteen ngunit, mas marami ang may mga puna at suhestiyon tulad ng mas maayos na sistema upang bumilis ang serbisyo. Marami pang dapat pagbutihin ang canteen sa kanilang ibinibi-gay na serbisyo at kailangang umisip sila ng mga bagong paraan upang matugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng mga estudyante.
Ma. Rhea Andaya Editor-in-chief Samuel John Antenor Associate Editor Alyssa Manalo Managing Editor Diego Enriquez News Editor Karina Bulong Feature Editor Gabriel Manahan Sports Editor

Media Center 2 2009-2010 Editorial Staff
Mr. Michael Angelo dela Cerna Ms. Rhea Manuel Learning Coordinators

Nathalie Dagmang Jona Fernandez Layout Editors Lara Acuba April Dayne Garcia Photo Editors

Andrea Abad Viviene delaCruz Mitz delaRosa Michelle Lagare Percival Quiambao Joshua Fajardo Choice Israel Gino Asuncion Contributors

UPIS Media Center

TOMO 2 BILANG 14

DISYEMBRE 2009

‘Nak ng Ondoy Naman!
Jona Mari O. Fernandez
“Magbabaon na lang kami!”— maraming estudyante ang nagpasya na magbaon na lamang bilang reaksyon sa pagtaas ng mga bilihin sa canteen. Ipinatupad ang mga bagong presyo noong Nobyembre 18 kung saan ang mga rice meals ay itinaas ng P7.00. Ang isang order ng karne at kanin na dati’y nagkakahalaga ng P48.00 ay naging P55.00 na, samantalang ang dating P28.00 na order ng gulay at kanin ay itinaas na sa presyong P35.00. Ayon kay Bb. Reena, isang service crew sa canteen, ang isinagawang pagbabago sa presyo ay bunga ng pagtaas ng halaga ng bilihin sa merkado matapos ang pananalanta ng bagyong Ondoy at Pepeng noong Setyembre at Oktubre. Natigil din ang kanilang negosyo noong mga panahong nasuspinde ang klase. Minabuti diumano ng pamunuan ng canteen na iantala ang pagtataas nila sa presyo upang hindi mabigla ang mga estudyante. Ang P7.00 na dagdag ng canteen sa presyo ay malaking bagay sa mga estudyante. Kung susumahin, mahigit P100.00 bawat buwan ang magiging dagdag gastusin ng mga mag-aaral na araw-araw kumakain sa canteen. Hindi biro ang halagang ito para sa kanila, lalo pa kung may ibang kailangang paglaanan tulad ng transportasyon at mga pangangailangan sa paaralan. Mala- king kabawasan ito sa allowance nila, samantalang hindi naman tumataas ang sahod ng kanilang mga magulang. Nakapagtataka na kung kailan nag-stabilize ang presyo ng mga bilihin sa palengke ay saka naman nagtaas ng presyo ang canteen. Agad din namang bumalik sa dating presyo ang gulay matapos ang pagtaas nito dahil sa epekto ng mga bagyo. Ang presyo ng bigas ay hindi naman gumalaw. Ang halaga ng mantika na dati’y sumasabay sa pagtaas ng presyo ng gasolina ay wala ring pagbabago. Samantala, ang pagtaas ng presyo ng karne ngayong kapaskuhan ay natural lamang at hindi rin naman kalakihan. Kung tutuusin, walang dahilan upang magtaas ang canteen ng ganito kalaking dagdag sa presyo ng bawat order ng pagkain. Hindi nararapat na bawiin sa kanilang mga costumer ang pagkaluging naranasan nila bunga ng mga nagdaang bagyo. Dapat ay tanggapin nila ang mga ganitong uri ng peligro sa pinasok nilang negosyo.
Ma. Rhea Andaya Editor-in-chief Samuel John Antenor Associate Editor Alyssa Manalo Managing Editor Diego Enriquez News Editor Karina Bulong Feature Editor Gabriel Manahan Sports Editor

Media Center 2 2009-2010 Editorial Staff
Mr. Michael Angelo dela Cerna Ms. Rhea Manuel Learning Coordinators

Nathalie Dagmang Jona Fernandez Layout Editors Lara Acuba April Dayne Garcia Photo Editors

Andrea Abad Viviene delaCruz Mitz delaRosa Michelle Lagare Percival Quiambao Joshua Fajardo Choice Israel Gino Asuncion Contributors

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