BREAKING: UPLB Chancellor faces criminal raps

WORDS | CZARINA JOY B. AREVALO

[UPDATED as of 25 February 2017, 4:05 PM]

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. posted bail at the Los Baños Municipal Trial Court last February 20, Monday, for a defamation case lodged against him by fellow University officials. Additionally, an administrative complaint lodged against him is under review for an alleged violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

Based from official documents obtained by the UPLB Perspective, complainant Dr. Ruben Tanqueco, Physical Plant Maintenance and Service Office (PPMSO) director, claimed that the alleged defamatory statement happened on December 8, 2015, during a meeting with UPLB officials at the Office of the Chancellor. On the other hand, the University’s Human Resources Development Office (HRDO) Chief Officer Armando Palanca filed the administrative complaint.

Chief Officer Palanca was in the December 8 meeting. Palanca served as witness for the criminal case against Sanchez. The criminal case against Chancellor Sanchez for “Grave Oral Defamation” is set to be arraigned on March 8 by the Laguna Provincial Prosecutor.

For the administrative case against Sanchez, it has been stated that, “Palanca specifically alleged that Chancellor Sanchez (i) relieved him from his position as Chief Administrative Officer of HRDO on April 29, 2016; and (ii) appointed Nelson Jose Vincent B. Querijero, Associate Professor 7 as HRDO Chief on April 21, 2016, both of which were during the time when the election ban on appointment is effective.”

As of press time, Chancellor Sanchez has yet to comment on the matter. The UPLB Perspective will bring you more information as this story develops. [P]

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#JunkSAIS: Student gets blocked by @UPLBofficial for calling them out

Photo by : Ed Jamito

It was destined to fail.

The Student Academic Information System (SAIS) implementation in the current UPLB’s registration system led to students going to the campus by 10 PM this July 30 with hopes to access the site as some students attest that it can be opened faster using the UPLB wifi.

It was later confirmed by the University Student Council through the SAIS team that access is better using UPLB’s internet connection. The post has then received violent reactions from students.

 

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Amidst safety concerns within the campus due to the recent rape incident, curfew was lifted in front the Physical Sciences building in order for students to access the SAIS site.

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As of 12:31 AM, July 31, around 200 students were gathered in the Physical Sciences Building trying to enlist their subjects using the UPLB wifi.physci.PNG

There were also some students assembled beside and along the College of Economics and Management and School of Environment Science and Management at 12:49 AM.

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“The USC is trying its best to help out the students. We have been coordinating with the OUR and the SAIS team. We have been monitoring the SAIS group round the clock
Right now, some USC members are stationed at physci to monitor and check on the students there as well. We are trying our very best to address all the concerns of the students. Nahihirapan din naman kami kasi medyo hindi buo or malinaw yung information na binibigay nila at times when we have queries sa OUR or sa SAIS team.
Nakapag labas na ang USC together with other college student Councils ng statement regarding SAIS. Sana mapansin na ng admin at marealize nila ano na ang nagyayari. Napansin na tayo ng ibang tao at media, sila wala pa ring ginawa,” USC Councilor Sairah Mae Saipudin said in an interview.

Student gets blocked by UPLB Twitter Account

A student was blocked by the University of the Philippines Twitter account (@UPLBOfficial) for calling them out on the social networking site for reposting Instagram posts instead of helping students amidst the registration debacle.

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The UPLB Twitter account managed by the Office of Public Relations (OPR) has since been asked to comment about the issue. The publication hasn’t received any reply yet as of 12:59 AM, July 31. [P]

 

 

 

#SR2016 DIGEST | END OF TERM REPORT

“What use is being an Iskolar ng Bayan if we do not persevere to serve the people,” Student Regent Mico Pangalangan says during his End of Term Report.

According to SR Pangalangan, “the board is anti-student…unless they are aware that there is protest. But the thing is, it gives us enough weight. We also realize that the OSR and councils, and pubs, are the hardest of the student movement.”

SR Pangalangan raised four GPOA in his report:

  1. Youths participation in the national arena
  2. Heightened student representation and protecting student welfare
  3. Multi-sectoral collaboration
  4. On-line and onground communication

GENUINE STUDENT REPRESENTATION

The P2.2 Billion Budget Cut

SR Pangalangan discussed the 2.2 billion budget cut that faced UP, alongside with the increase of tuition fees by CHED. Student councils join protest, systemwide walkout, wherein 3500 students walked out.

#UPFight Against Fees, Cuts, and Commercialization — a campaign demanding our state to provide its people our right to education, an assertion to stop the profiteering from our education. “Education is a right, not a commodity, and most definitely, is not a privilege,” SR added.

With Rise for Education (R4E) and CMC, Undercut against the Budget Cut, students try to be creative in the student statements. The 2.2 B is a phantom budget cut. Pangalangan highlighted the filing of amendments to HB 6132. Support has been received from the students, together with Kabataan Partylist Representative Sarah Elago.

Senate budget deliberations transpired. Support has been given by senators, by the congress.

Rise for Education Alliance (R4E Alliance)

This intensified many campaigns including the unified call to junk the socialized tuition system, and demand free education. The OSFs serve as profiteering mechanisms a scheme to liberate the state from providing sufficient funds for the MOOES. These are exorbitant, dubious fees.

SR tells story of cases in UP Cebu Admin and UPLB CDC laboratory fees. These cases have been income generating. With regards to the fees, it is unknown where they go, but they [the administration] gain money from it. He also reiterated the stories of protest in Mendiola on OSF, and death of our fellow iskolar ng bayan Kristel Tejada. “Education is something that should empower us. However, our right, has become a commodity only availed by the privileged.”

“The budget is really increasing, what we [students] are calling for is not just a higher budget for education, but to end this. We cannot socialize education, it is a right,” SR pointed out.

Dorm Crisis

This has been a result of the commercialized and semi-privated dormitories. This is because of K-12. With the implementation of K-12 under Aquino administration increased the freshman admission because there will be no freshman for years. This is not just a problem of the K-12 but by privatization and commercialization.

Money is extorted from students twice over. First is through STS. Second is through exorbitant and dubious rate of a dorm slot. This rate includes 3000 per person, food, water, and electricity bill not included.

The College of Law Dean said that there is a need to have income from the dorms, so that income will sustain the trust fund of the faculty of the College of Law.

UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga asserted for the construction of a dormitory within campus. To add, the UP Visayas Tacloban administration cancelled the plans to construct a dormitory. They constructed nipa huts instead.

Org Registration in UP Los Banos and the 2014 Code of Student Conduct

The administration threatens students with the repressive Code of Student Conduct. UPLB students registered their own organizations, not under the Org Recognition. Office of Student Affairs disregarded the students.

SR Pangalangan also stressed the importance of protest. “One thing we have to remember is the term breach of peace. If you are using your right of expression in a protest, and other people don’t agree with you, they will file a breach of peace. We must not be daunted and we must not apologize when we must stand up and speak against this repression. As long as we remain as a collective, broadening and uniting our ranks, the fascist administration and their repressive policies can and will be junked,” he said.

The 1st University Committee for Student Affairs (UCSA) and Resolutions:

UCSA has the capacity to publish resolutions. Four out of the eight submitted resolutions which have been passed include the following:

  1. Heightened student representation: student representative in the selection process of the Dean, Chancellor, and Director OSA.
  2. Proposal for student insurance from UP Visayas and entire UP System. However, the demand has been rejected due to the absence of source of funds.
  3. Refinement of the SET.
  4. Increasing the benefits of student athletes at the system level.

Four other submitted points for deliberations which have been rejected include the issues on Dormitories, Org Recognition, Campus Militarization, and Democratic Rights.

Enrolment/Registration Problem

In UP Diliman, it was reported that the College of Architecture, College of Arts and Letters, and the Asian Institute of Tourism administration advised students with less than 6 units pre-enlisted to take a leave of absence. In UPLB, 5000 students were unregistered as of 28 January 2016.

These are cases which show how the registration problems affect students, not just because of the insufficient budget for personnel services, limited items to hire more professors and staff, but because of the prioritization of the administration on profit-generating projects.

K-12 induced influx of freshmen increased the demand for subjects. After the immediate effect of the influx, the succeeding semesters will have fewer professors teaching because the administration has advised them to go on study leave, focus on research and publish instead. This is an entire attack, not just by UP but by the entire country, the global economy.

Militarization in UP

This militarization is not just to UP but by UP itself.

On the 31st of March 2016, the Board confirmed the memorandum of agreement between the Philippine Army through the 11th Regional Community Defense Group and UP. The MoA activates the ROTC in UP Mindanao.

In UP Mindanao, there are 100 PNP inside interrogating students on their organization, and course. In UP Tacloban, there are military before Yolanda. “It is scrutiny. We should not see it as an opportunity to be influenced by the military, but the students to the military. The cadets are not military, they are students,” Pangalangan said.

It shows the violation of the DND Accord 1989 by then UP President Abueva and then Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos. This gives the university a reason to say no to the entering of police and military.

In UPD, the police caught five individuals who later identified themselves as members of the PNP. Chancellor Tan released an open letter to the PNP due to the violation of the DND accord.

SR Pangalangan talks about how the admin did not take any course of action in the defense of the students. He calls for uniting as a student sector to enlighten and mobilize other student sectors. The 41st GASC passed resolutions calling to junk the STS and OSFs, uphold democratic rights of students, demanding the Aquino regime to all free political prisoners including Maricon Montajes.

SR cited the case of The Taysan Three which the motion for bail has been approved. They were falsely accused because of red tagging.

The Commercialization of Education

The legacy systems across the system were developed at virtually no expense, incurring only salaries for the programmers who maintain them.

750 million is the budget for eUP, which is a pet project of PAEP. Its vision is “one UP” which aims for “operational excellence”.

22 million is the budget for the Student Academic Information System (SAIS) over the UPD CRS (14M), UPM CRS (15M), UPMIN CRS (3.3 M), and UPLB SystemOne (480 K).

“eUP is a failed attempt to prove that we need to privatize our operations to compete with international universities. Privatizing our operations will do us more harm,” Pangalangan said.

The commercialization of UP is evident with the UP BGC, UP Clark Green City, UP Cavite Technopark, among others. For the case of the Henry Sy Sr. Hall and such cases, the SR reiterated that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with donating money to the university. However, renaming a building and an entire course to a Marcos crony such as Virata is historical revisionism.

UP Cavite Technopark

Five hectares of land within the University Town of Vista City is to be given to UP. Also, infrastructure development worth of P100 million will also be donated by Vista Land. With this, tuition fee will be high to cover the expenses for the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses.

University Town of Vista City

These campuses are not being created to provide accessible and quality education to the masses in different regions, not to democratize UP, but to serve as a factory producing an immediate labor force to be exploited by companies controlled by the few and elite.

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“Academic freedom, liberal education, and our democratic rights are lost in commercialized education.” CPHSC initiative forced the administration to review the RSA framework. The RSA which intends to address the brain drain has transformed into an income generating mechanism.

The K-12 Program and the General Education Reforms

The university welcomed students to the second semester with a massive neoliberal attack, reforming 2012 hybrid general education program which embodies the liberal education identified with UP. The UPD USC created a GE taskforce to critique and to review the 2012 GE program as a prerequisite to any reform.

The general education reform is an initiative to streamline the education and narrow the specialization to meet the needs of international market and foreign interests instead of providing holistic, nationalist, scientific, mass oriented education grounded on the concrete conditions of the Philippines.

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THE OSR AS ONE WITH THE UP COMMUNITY

The Shopping Center

There has been a 400% increase in the rental rate for the concessionaires in the shopping center. “Why are we increasing? They want to use these assets for income generating initiatives.”

Commercialization would mean increase in the fees of basic student services. The administration disregards additional financial burden since UP is earning from it.

UP Tacloban Santa Elena Transfer

When Yolanda destroyed part of UP Tacloban campus, the land for commercial use is bigger than the land allocated for UP use, thus PAEP changed land legend from ‘commercial use’ to ‘future use’.

Academic purposes of UP will be set in the middle of nowhere. The administration has many plans, not for the interest of the students.

SR also highlighted the fire which took place in the faculty center. He pointed out that the faculty should be given amount equal to their actual loss.

 

THE OSR AS ONE WITH THE NATION

Manilakbayan

Why are the paramilitary entering the lumad lands?

Neoliberal policies exist protecting transnational miners. When the lumad want justice for the leaders killed, administration turns a blind eye; it is upon us to oppose these policies.

SR Pangalangan highlights that with unified action, the unified march; it shows the need to find an initiative to expose. A dialogue with UPD Chancellor Tan, then pushes to allow the Manilakbayan in the university.

APEC

An anti-APEC forum has been held. He pointed out as to why is there a movement against APEC. SR Pangalangan said that through APEC, it maintains ascendency of power over us, Philippines. It opens our economy to be dominated by transnational companies.

Tulong Kabataan

This is a system initiative for post calamity response which serves as a venue for student councils in extending relief and support to other regions.

Task Force FREEDOM

This has been a campaign spearheaded by CMCSC advocating the advancement of human rights and the release of all political prisoners which includes Maricon Montajes. The petition for bail has been approved to P2.1 million. The system joins effort for the release of the freedom.

Kidapawan Massacre

SR highlighted the Kidapawan massacre. It shows, in a national scale, that general agrarian reform is absent. The legislators are land lords, President Aquino for example. Students from Mindanao went to Kidapawan to find out what was happening to know the truth about the farmers; SR Pangalangan commended the students who are willing to do such action.

The Continuing State Neglect of the Students and the Masses

SR Pangalangan reported the approved tuition hike by CHED on the 400+ private higher education institutions in 2015 and 300+ in 2016. Cases of Kristel Tejada, Rosana San Fuego, and Jesseven Lagatic have been cited which are victims of commercialized education.

Kabataan Tayo ang Pag-asa

The iskolar ng bayan unite in campaign demanding free education for all, with simultaneous nationwide campaign. The Office was the main convener of the Kabataan Tayo ang Pag-Asa which initiated mechanisms to encouraged the youth to participate in the national elections to elect leaders who forward the people’s interest.

May 1 – Labor Day

Labor Day is uniting with the working class, joining multiple sectors demanding to end contractualization. There is a mechanism exploiting the working class, depriving them of the right to union, no job security and tenure even after years, if not decades of service. The call to end contractualization has been raised.

SR Pangalangan also pointed out that K-12, along with TESDA, will divert millions of Filipinos to the technical and vocational job opportunities which are contractual.

THE CHALLENGES WE MUST FACE

The search for the next UP President

SR Pangalangan highlighted that with this search, it is a high tide tor the students to assert their principles. Students must have a clear voice and assert the demands of students. The UP president should stand by the interests of the students.

Support for People’s Agenda for President Duterte

There is a need to support Duterte’s agenda by scrutinizing his leadership and unite to support the peace talks. SR said to let the youth unite in support of the peace talks between the National Democratic Front and the Philippine government.

“What use is your perfect attendance if you are absent in times of action? Why raise your hand for recitation if you do not raise a clenched fist in times of protest? What use is the iskolar ng bayan if we do not persevere to serve the people?” SR Pangalanan says as he ended his term report.

#SR2016 | Point of Manifestations and Messages from Student Councils

UP Mindanao’s manifested that the resistance by the OSR is always powerful and they commend OSR for being pro student for being open and not being silent whenever there are anti-student policies.

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UP Manila Public Health also manifested by thanking the SR for responding to the students’ protest and served not only the students but also the people.

UP Visayas’ manifested by recognizing the OSR for being pro people and pro student in time of need and for continuous support. They pointed out that education is becoming a privilege already when in fact education is a key to development. “Every child is dreaming of having the iconic student number although being an Iskolar ng Bayan is not only fighting inside the university, we are in UP because we recognize the rotten system and we need to fight it.”

SR then called on UPD CMC for their manifestation, wherein they thanked the OSR for passing the petition for bail that was granted recently for Maricon Montajes. There were times that hope is lost because of this system. “May mga oras sa kampanya na nawawalan ng pag-asa dahil sa kabulukan ng sistema, yung napakarami pang isko na kinulong dahil sila ay lumalaban, maraming salamat sa OSR dahil sa wakas ay napakalapit na nating makasama dito sa labas. Kaming mga lagad ng media ay nagpupugay sa lahat ng suporta ng OSR.”

“Sana po ay suportahan natin nang lubusan ang people’s agenda ng ating pangulong Duterte, kung tutuparin niya ang kanyang pangako na palayain ang mga political prisoner hindi na natin kailangan pang mamalimos upang palayain ang mga political prisoners.”

UPD CAL SC said that there are a lot of problems that UP students are facing. The OSR was always there to respond to these problems– dorm crisis, budget cut, lumad killings, multi-sectoral alliance of UPD, and STS.

“This is a product of collective action of students who are tired of the rotten system.”

SHS Koronadal was the next to manifest and thanked the OSR because of responding to their problems in Koronadal.

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The UPM MSC also manifested that health is inaccessible at the moment – lack of doctors, nurses etc. The budget for health care is not enough. “During the RSA workshop, 1 vote of students vs 7 votes admin, but we are the larger population in UP. We must continue our rights for education and health.”

UP Visayas pointed out that the campaign must not end. During 2011, there was an Anakbayan chair threatened to kill a co-student. “Right after the martial law, bills are passed to avoid this yet there are still some who enter our university and some are arrested. Our service is to fight oppression.”

UPLB thanked the OSR for its accomplishment especially during the registration. They are saddened that the UP code of students is being limited. They want other SCs to step out of their comfort zones.

UPM also thanked SR Pangalangan. They recognized that the OSR is not perfect, and these criticisms should be used to make the office stronger. “To dismiss the victories that we had, is to dismiss the mobilization of the people. We should always look forward in strengthening the students.”

The UPD EPP SC manifested in behalf of their student council and thanked the OSR. Their campus is inside the military base and when SR came it was slowly changed and it strengthened their argument. They also shared a message of a political prisoner from Pampanga and pointed out the role of the Philippine youth as catalysts of change; and also the youth’s ability to mobilize and serve the people.

UPLB CASSC pointed out the freshman ban recruitment in organizations. They thanked the OSR who lead the dialogue in org registration as well as the org tambayan phase out. According to them these issues can be resolved if students work together.

UPV SOTECH said that they had a dean selection, but one did not recognize the student movement. The one who was pro-student did not win because of bureaucracy.

UPV CFOS thanked the SR and pointed out that they are victims of lab fees, they are not sure how to solve it. But the OSR supported them.

UPD CSWDSC said that in UPD there is a rent increase of the shopping centers and it wasn’t changed during Mico’s term. They said that every member of the UP community must fight against it.

The session has been suspended at 7:21 p.m. Discussion of the UP Situation followed as the session resumes.

 

 

#UPLBSablay2016: Full Transcript of Christian Jirard Custodio’s Valedictory Speech

“Sorting-out Our Differences”

Gathered today are honorable guests, members of the Board of Regents, UP President and guest speaker Alfredo E. Pascual, University of the Philippines Los Baños Officials led by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., the respective Deans of the colleges, faculty and staff, parents, relatives, friends, and fellow graduating students. It is my pleasure to greet you a good morning.

This particular morning is noteworthy; it is different. Instead of our usual mornings, maybe waking up early to prepare for work or class, we are here to celebrate where they have all paid off. Another, instead of performing the UPLB 44th Commencement Exercises in the evening, we are having them now. So indeed this day is special and deserves your attention.

It is not only this morning that is different. The graduating students in this field hail from different colleges, studied under a specific degree program, and have different views about the world and aspirations in their lives. Class of 2016, we cannot deny this diversity, for this is what has determined the choices we have made; whichever GE course or elective to take up in our plan of study; which groupmates to pick and trust for our projects; whether we would stay up all night to finish a requirement or sleep for the night and obtain the energy we need to finish it in the morning.

Moreover, this diversity has suggested the paths that we will be taking from now on. Whatever vocation we pursue, we would also have to consider that our following actions will also be affected by things that will also become different around us. This year we will be having a new president – a novel administration that is distinguishable from the previous one. This will bring about different rules of order, causing new minds to be opened while others to be closed. Our environment is rapidly changing as well to the point that I would have to deliver this speech as quick as possible to avoid overheating or rain.

Who knows what else may come in the near future – new technology, a revolution in mainstream music and media, newly discovered diseases and techniques for counter measures. One day we might even find ourselves surprised by the news that a new inhabitable planet is available for residency. Just recently I woke up finding out that Earth has two moons now. These are overwhelming ideas, but we can never tell exactly what lies ahead.

What we have to contemplate on is if we are ready for this change. Has the University of the Philippines equipped us with what we need so that we could survive the reality outside that is constantly becoming something that has not been expected? Did all the exams that we take, the reaction papers we’ve submitted, the reports we prepared, the homework we successfully passed just a minute before midnight, develop the connections in our brain to make us the critical thinkers our society needs to assess and address problems? Are all our walking marathons for saving up change, the PE classes we’ve both endured and enjoyed, and clashes against strong winds and rain alternating with skin-roasting heat, enough to establish a body ready to fight for what we stand for? Have all our frustrations from being bereaved of slots from online registration, heartbreaks from rejected research proposals, and the bonds that we have shared with our orgmates and other friends, transformed our hearts into the core that could take on our forthcoming failures? Have we imbued Honor and Excellence as we are expected? If perhaps the answer is no, I still firmly believe that UPLB has prepared us so that we can learn to.

My fellow graduating students, we are all made unique, and we are graduating from this university so that there exists a capable character that would address individual challenges in this world, for these problems are vast and as diverse as we are.

Let there be you who will advocate conservation of natural resources, and you who will advocate for economic and social growth. Let there be you who will stand up for women’s rights, and you who will stand up for equality of all genders. Let there be someone who will find justice to the massacre at Orlando, Florida, and you who will find peace for those groups that will be overemphasized as their perpetrators. Let someone lead the battle against drugs and corruption, and let someone lead the arms that promote observance of human rights for all human beings. Take note however, these differences are not designed so that there will be conflict. Please do not dare to say that one of these is not worth fighting for, and if you might see that there is always one of two sides pitted against each other, you are wrong. All of these are tiny lights; each one that is lit contributes to a brighter light at the end of a dark tunnel.

After learning about all our differences, may we also see the links between us that create a singular chain. We could have had this life-changing experience in any other renowned universities in the country, but we are assembled in one, UPLB. We could be solving all the problems in all the nations out there, but we are given one, the Philippines. We could thank everyone that we have encountered in our lives, but we are surrounded by those noteworthy ones right now; our friends, our families, our teachers. Despite all the differences that we know exist, we are always given that reason to unite. In summary, this diversity and this unity becomes our identity.

Padayon UPLB! Congratulations Class of 2016! To God be the Glory!

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Presidential hopeful Miriam Santiago graces UPLB, receives warm welcome from students

by CAREN JOY MALALUAN and VON CONSIGNA

Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor-Santiago received a warm welcome from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) students, faculties, and supporters in the recently concluded BUKLOD-UPLB’s event entitled ‘The Forum’ on Wednesday, April 27.

With an estimated over 2000 audience, the Baker Hall roared as the crowd led by the Youth for Miriam together with the students chanted ‘Si Miriam ang sagot!’ while waiting for the arrival of Senator Defensor-Santiago.

The senator started her speech with her trademark pick-up lines. ‘Sana letter T or V na lang ako, para lagi akong right next to U,’ the senator charmed, sending the audience in laughter.

Santiago however set aside the cheesy lines and took a serious road by making cryptic jabs against her political rivals. The senator said lines like ‘Wala pa silang nagawa!’ and ‘Meron na iba na baril agad ang inaasahan.’ in reference to other presidential aspirants.

On the other hand, she also revealed that someone tried to bribe her through her husband with P300 million in exchange for the withdrawal of her presidential candidacy. On the said bribery, the famous senator told the crowd ‘E, taga-UP ata ako!’ while emphasizing that she cannot easily be lured by the huge amount of money.

Referring to her low position in the national surveys, Santiago strongly criticized the survey results and said that it was paid for while at the same time argued that she is always ranked as number one on surveys made by various universities and colleges.

Every time mag survey sila dahil bayaran ‘tong mga ‘to lagi akong nasa ilalim. Di bale dahil late ako nag kampanya o dahil may sakit ako. Pero bakit sa lahat ng pamantasan sa ating bansa, saan man mapunta lalo na sa UP campuses bakit palagi akong number one?” Santiago firmly stated.

The senator proved she cannot be brought down by detractors, even surveys that present numbers.

Pinapababa nila ang rank ko sa surveys para mawalan ng gana ang contributors. Pag walang contributors, walang funding,” she said.

Plans for the Agriculture Sector

The experienced lawmaker also said that she would give priority to the agricultural sector. On how she would fix problems in the agricultural sector, she said that she would factor in all things, like water and irrigation, labor, and research.

We will prevent the privatization and commercialization of irrigation. My government will also finance the programs of use of new variety of seed and technologies,” Santiago said about her plans for agriculture.

The senator also called for clean, honest, and fair elections. Wrapping her speech up, she asked for the students’ help by saying ‘Ladies and gentlemen of UPLB, help me in this march for truth.’

The Forum

The event was attended by mostly students and several supporters of Santiago. When asked about what’s her general assessment of the forum, Kathleen Manalo, a batch 2011 student, said “’The Forum’ pero parang hindi naman po forum. ’Di naman rinig, tapos wala pang Q&A. Sayang kasi may maganda siyang nasabi about agriculture. Kaso ayun nga,technical difficulties.”

For Steph, a member of the Youth for Miriam, the forum was overwhelming. She also said that the support shown from the crowd inside the Baker Hall clearly debunks the results of the national surveys for presidency.

Of course, sa assessment, the Youth for Miriam is very much happy sa overwhelming na pag-welcome kay MDS dito sa forum. Kitang-kita naman natin na hindi totoo yung 3% na survey nationwide. Kitang-kita naman natin na dumadagundong ang Baker’s [sic] Hall sa forum na ‘to,” Steph stated.

Youth for Miriam member Steph was also asked which part of Miriam’s speech was most striking for her. She said, “Sa main point, yung mga pambabatikos sa kanya na hindi naman totoo, yung black propaganda na pinipilit nilang mawala sa survey si MDS.Siguro, humility aside, they are threatened with the force that is “Miriam Magic” that is happening today.”

Meanwhile, BUKLOD-UPLB member Ian Lucas on his favorite part of Miriam’s speech stated, “Gusto ko yung sinabi niya. Kasi nag-invest siya ngayon sa sector of agriculture. Ano ba yung dapat gawin, how to uplift yung mga kapwa nating farmers. Kasi diba, UPLB started out sa agriculture and forestry. Kaya para sakin, relevant na sinabi niya yun, given na dun tayo nagsimula; this is UPLB, center of excellence in agriculture.”

UPLB Perspective also asked BUKLOD-UPLB Chairperson Krissah Taganas on why the event was cut short and the request of the audience for an open forum was not allowed. Taganas revealed that the senator’s staff only told them that there is still an appointment scheduled for the senator by 6pm, but did not disclose where.

After the forum, the senator and her staff left while the UPLB Chorale Ensemble led the students in the singing of UP Naming Mahal. Some students followed Miriam and her staff and got the chance to take selfies and briefly meet the presidential aspirant face-to-face. [P]

Protesta kontra sa komersalisasyon ng edukasyon, isinagawa kasabay ng pag-alala sa ikatlong anibersaryo ng kamatayan ni Kristel Tejada

ni JEY FILAN REYES

Isang protesta kontra sa komersalisasyon ng edukasyon ang isinagawa noong Marso 11, 2016 sa Carabao Park sa pangunguna ng Rise For Education – UPLB. Kasabay din nito ang pag-alala sa ikatlong anibersaryo ng kamatayan ni Kristel Tejada na isa sa mga naging biktima nitong komersalisasyon ng edukasyon.

Si Kristel Tejada, 16, ay isang dating mag-aaral ng BA Behavioral Sciences sa UP Manila na nagpakamatay matapos mapilitang maghain ng leave of absence bunga ng pagtanggi sa kanyang promisory note para sa tuition loan or installment payment.

Mula sa College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) building ay nagmartsa ang mga konseho ng mga mag-aaral at iba’t ibang grupo at organisasyon sa pamantasan, bitbit ang mga karatulang humihiling ng hustisya para kay Kristel Tejada at tumututol sa represyon ng mga estudyante. Bukod dito ay buhat din nila ang isang simbolikong kabaong na ang nakasulat ay “Free & Accessible Education” na nagrerepresenta sa pagkamatay ng edukasyon.

“Nakakalungkot din na matapos ng pagkamatay ni Kristel Tejada ay apat pang mga iskolar ng bayan ang namatay, pinatay ng sistema ng edukasyong mayroon tayo ngayon.” pahayag ni Charissa Caneso, Tagapangulo ng League of Filipino Students (LFS) – UPLB.

Bukod kay Kristel Tejada ay mayroong ding iba pang mga estudyante tulad nina Rosanna Sanfuego, Jhoemary Azaula, Nilna Habibun, at Jessiven Lagatic na nagpakamatay bunga ng kawalan ng kakayahang ipagpatuloy ang kanilang pag-aaral.

Kaysa maibigay ang libre at de-kalidad na edukasyon ay lalo pang tumataas ang tuition at iba pang mga bayarin, at bukod ditto ay may mga represibong polisiya na nagkakait sa mga estudyante ng kanilang mga batayang karapatan tulad na lang ng karapatang mag-organisa, dagdag ni Caneso.

Nagtapos ang protesta sa pagtitirik ng mga kandila sa palibot ng simbolikong kabaong na sinundan ng pag-awit ng UP Naming Mahal. [P]

#OblationRun2015: Fraternity members call for the youth’s involvement in 2016 elections

The Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Theta Chapter of UPLB held its annual Oblation Run today, December 1, with its theme “Boto Mo, May Pagbabago.”

Bannering their calls for the youth’s involvement in the forthcoming 2016 national elections, fraternity members held a symbolic run along the Oblation Park. Higher state subsidy and demands for social services, passage of Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill were also among the issues highlighted in the event. Symbolizing “a selfless offering of one’s self to country,” the Oblation Run or the Ritual Dance of the Brave is annual event held as a protest action against social issues.

Meanwhile, the UPLB Perspective received reports that the University Police Force barred the vehicle boarding the fraternity members from entering the campus. Allegedly, the activity did not have a permit. In an interview with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs (OVCCA), the publication has found out that the University Student Council (USC) failed to submit a letter of permission for the said event.

Nevertheless, the traditional ritual pushed through despite the absence of permit to conduct activity after verbal agreements were made between the USC and the OVCCA. [P]