Chancellor Sanchez takes oath, urges ‘unity in diversity’

By GUIEN GARMA

“As your new Chancellor, I want to bring out the best in all of us.”

Thus said Dr. Fernando Sanchez, Jr., the newly-installed ninth Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Los Baños in the turnover and oath-taking ceremony held on October 29 at the Makiling Botanic Gardens Pavilion.

“All of our objectives to make UPLB a globally competitive research University is not just … my vision or mission, but also yours,” Sanchez reminded the UPLB constituents.

He emphasized in his acceptance speech his platform of “unity in diversity,” adding that UPLB constituents should encourage each other, help one another, and uphold the principles of an ideal civil servant.

Incoming Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, Jr. delivers his acceptance speech during the turnover ceremony on October 29 at the Makiling Botanic Gardens Pavilion.

Incoming Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, Jr. delivers his acceptance speech during the turnover ceremony on October 29 at the Makiling Botanic Gardens Pavilion. Photo | Anca Paje

Sanchez also thanked his fomer colleagues at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development and its allied agencies; the Crop Science Cluster of the College of Agriculture; Upsilon Sigma Phi, his fraternity; and his family.

While thanking his family, the voice of the newly-installed Chancellor trembled. He then said, “Ang hirap pala nito!”

In a separate interview with [P] after the ceremony, Chancellor Sanchez said that he is happy and at the same time nervous about his new position in the University.

He also emphasized the importance of communicating and coordinating with the University constituents. “If there is a problem, let us talk about it. We shall arrive at an agreement, not a compromise,” he said in Filipino.

The turn-over ceremony was attended by Los Baños Mayor Ceasar Perez, former UP President Emil Q. Javier, and several National Scientists. Student Regent Neill John Macuha, Staff Regent Anna Razel Ramirez, and former Faculty Regent Nelia Gonzales also attended the said ceremony.

Support from President Pascual, former Chancellor Cruz

In his opening remarks, UP President Alfredo Pascual urged the UPLB community to work with Chancellor Sanchez towards making UP a world-class research university.

“We wish to assure all of UPLB’s constituents that the UP System and its officials will continue to support UPLB’s plans and initiatives towards [being] a globally competitive University,” he said.

For his part, outgoing Chancellor Rex Victor Cruz, who refused to call his remarks a farewell message, has assured Chancellor Sanchez and his team that he and his colleagues will be willing to help them.

He also thanked his Vice-Chancellors, college deans, and the faculty and staff, as he says “a lot of accomplishments are to their credit.”

“Seeing that we are able to exceed our own expectations, I believe we have laid the ground for empowering UPLB to take off and truly become a globally competitive national university,” he said.

In a separate interview with [P] after the ceremony, President Pascual agreed that UPLB’s starting ground to become a globally competitive University will be an advantage for Chancellor Sanchez.

Former Chancellor Cruz, meanwhile, told [P] after the ceremony that he will return to research and teaching. “I love interacting with students,” he said.

New Vice Chancellors

On the same ceremony, Chancellor Sanchez also announced his incoming vice-chancellors:

• Administration: Dr. Crisanto Dorado
• Academic Affairs: Dr. Portia Lapitan
• Community Affairs: Dr. Serlie Jamias
• Research and Extension: Prof. Rex Demafelis
• Planning and Development: Dr. Marish Madlangbayan

Only Dr. Dorado was retained from the former pool of vice-chancellors under former Chancellor Cruz.

In his speech, Sanchez reminded his Vice Chancellors to “do what is right and not abuse the authority given to us.” [P]

[CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Faculty Regent Lourdes Abadingo was present during the ceremony. Student Regent Neill Macuha has told [P] that only he and Staff Regent Anna Razel Ramirez attended the ceremony; it was former faculty regent Nelia Gonzales attended the ceremony.]

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#NeverAgain | Students commemorate ML with lights, call to end impunity

By GUIEN GARMA

[FIRST UPDATE: 10:26pm, Sept. 22] The UPLB community, through UPLB Perspective, the official student publication, and various campus organizations, commemorated the 42nd anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law through a Blackout Protest tonight, September 22, at the Carabao Park.

John Paul Omac, associated editor of [P], said in a remark that 40 years have passed, but several elements of Martial Law are still in effect. This, despite the restoration of democracy in 1986, toppling the Marcos dictatorship.

In another remark, Anakbayan-Southern Tagalog’s Diego Torres reminded people about Marcos’ military and its several parallels today.

The student council of the College of Human Ecology, and university organizations such as UPLB Development Communicators’ Society, Sigma Alpha Nu, UPLB Writers’ Club, Umalohokan, Inc., Gabriela Youth-UPLB, League of Filipino Students-UPLB National Union of Students of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog also joined the commemoration. [P]

An ongoing timeline exhibit about Martial Law is installed at the Carabao Park. Everybody is free to visit and install art and literary works in the exhibit. For participation in the exhibit, visit UPLB Perspective at Rm. 11, Student Union Building; send us an email at uplbperspective1415@gmail.com; or send us a message on Facebook and Twitter.

CDC-SC Vice-Chair Samonte takes leave; Councilor Batbaatar to temporarily take over

By GUIEN GARMA

The College of Development Communication Student Council (CDC-SC) has officially confirmed that its Vice-Chairperson, Paoloregel Samonte, will be taking a leave of absence this first semester.

Samonte is currently at the National University of Singapore for an exchange program.

However, in an open letter posted online on Sunday, August 18, Samonte clarified that he is still a bona fide student of the University.

“Going on an exchange program for a semester does not entail withholding the position entrusted to me by the college. Technically, I am still a bona fide student of the university in an exchange program with NUS, and therefore still have the right to keep my position as the CDC Vice Chairperson,” he said.

He added: “My physical absence does not have to interfere in the performance of my duties in the office. There are numerous ways in which I can still contribute to the goals of the student council, even if I am away. Rest assured that I would be working with the rest of the council members’ day in and day out in the fulfilment of our mandate.”

CDC-SC has also announced that Mushi Batbaatar, the number one councilor in the 2014 college elections, will serve as the officer-in-charge for the vice-chairman position. Samonte said in his letter that he will be back in office next semester.

Article VII, Section 7 (e) of the 1984 Constitution of the University of the Philippines Los Baños Student Council states that whenever there is a temporary vacancy, “the Student Council may choose replacement that shall discharge the duties of the member until he returns.” [P]

Botohan sa ICS, panandaliang natigil

mula sa mga pag-uulat nina PRINCES BULACLAC AT GUIEN GARMA

Pansamantalang naantala ang halalan sa C-122 polling precinct sa Institute of Computer Science matapos nagkaroon ng problema sa koneksyon sa Internet.

Unang nakatanggap ang [P] ng ulat ukol sa naturang pagkaka-antala bago mag-alas dos ng hapon. Matapos nito, muling nakatanggap ng ulat ang pahayagan na nagsasabing bumalik na sa normal ang situwasyon matapos ang dalawa hanggang tatlong minuto lamang na pagkaka-antala.

Ngunit bandang 2:19 ng hapon, muling nakanggap ang [P] ng ulat na nagka-aberya muli sa C-122.

Ayon sa isang poll watcher na naka-usap ng [P], bandang alas-dos ng hapon nang magsimulang natigil ang halalan dahil sa problema sa Internet. Matapos ang halos 30 minuto, nagbalik na sa normal ang situwasyon sa polling precinct.

Habang sinusulat ang balitang ito, muli nang nakakaboto ang mga estudyante sa C-122. [P]

Para sa iba pang mga updates ukol sa halalan, kabilang na ang quick count ng bilang ng mga nakaboto na, manatiling nakatutok sa UPLB Perspective sa Facebook at Twitter.