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Central Comelec to push special elections for 4 vacant CSC posts

The Central Commission on Elections will hold a special election on Nov. 20 to fill the four vacant posts in the Central Student Council.



The UST Central Commission on Elections (Central Comelec) will conduct a special election on Nov. 20 to fill the four vacant positions in the Central Student Council (CSC).

In a memorandum released on Tuesday, the Central Comelec announced that a special polls will be held for the positions of president, vice president, treasurer, and auditor.

The said posts were declared vacant after proclaimed winners Steven Grecia (president), Gabriela Sepulchre (vice president), Daveson Nieto (treasurer), and Richard Javier (auditor) decided to resign last Sept. 14.

“The rules that shall be followed in the special elections, which will fill in the vacancy in the CSC Executive Board, shall be governed by the provisions in the CSC Constitution and a resolution that shall be released by the CSC,” the memorandum stated.

The Section 4 of the UST CSC Constitution of 2007 states that in case of a vacancy in both the presidency and vice presidency, the secretary shall act as the president and the Central Comelec shall call for a special election.

Moreover, the Section 5 of the constitution also states that in case of vacancy in any other position in the Executive Board, each member of the CSC shall nominate any local council executive board officer.

The CSC shall choose three from the nominees through secret ballots to become candidates. The winner shall become the officer and shall deemed resigned from the local council executive board officer.



UST improves in March 2018 MedTech boards

The University registered an 82.61-percent passing rate this year, an improvement from February last year’s 79.49 percent.



The University of Santo Tomas posted a higher passing rate in the March 2018 licensure examination for medical technologists.

The University registered an 82.61-percent passing rate this year, with 19 out of 23 Thomasians making the cut. This was an improvement from February last year’s 79.49-percent or 31 out of 39 Thomasians passing the exam.

Moreover, no Thomasians made it in the top ten.

Alvin Aurelia Bahin of Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation led this year’s set of passers with a score of 90.50 percent.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) named the Adventist University of the Philippines as the top-performing school after garnering a perfect passing rate, wherein all of its 81 examinees passed the exam.

According to the PRC, 3,644 students took the examination but only 2,648 passed. Last year, 3,216 took the exam, with 2,378 making the cut.



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Engage in political discourse, youth lawmaker tells Thomasians

“Layon namin na gamitin ninyo ang diskurso sa loob at labas ng paaralan para kalayaan at kapayapaan,” Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago said.



Photo by Cielo Erikah Mae Cinco/TomasinoWeb.

Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago urged Thomasians to utilize political discourse inside and outside the classroom in order to combat the government’s attacks on democracy and human rights.

“Layon namin na gamitin ninyo ang diskurso sa loob at labas ng paaralan para kalayaan at kapayapaan,” Elago urged in the forum titled “Politikan: Diskurso sa Politika ng Henerasyong Milenyal” at the CME Auditorium last March 7.

Using knowledge from discourse, the Kabataan Partylist representative called on the youth to realize their capacity and influence on social issues, especially with the rise of social media.

“May kakayahan at kapasyahan ang kabataan na yanigin ang estado at iyon ang gusto natin ipakita,” she said.

Elago continued further: “Kahit saan, may kabataan. Nagsasalita tayo para sa kanila. Tayo mismo ang makakaimpluwensya sa loob at labas ng Kongreso.”


Use film for advocacy, director says

Film is also a powerful medium for discourse and advocacy, said director and screenwriter Baby Nabrida.

“[F]ilm happens to be a very powerful medium because film moves people to change, it can create a great impact for moral, social, and film is a very potent medium, and I strongly believe that film also is a medium of transformation,” Nabrida told Thomasians.

She also urged students that “[w]e need to educate our audience and not just entertain. We need support from government, especially [from the] Department of Education and from universities and schools to be effective as film advocates.”

“Film springs on change; artistic activism can empower not just cinema, but also other art forms,” Nabrida continued.


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Silence is political

Meanwhile, spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo called on students to write poetry “coming from the truth” to make their work effective platforms for discourse.

“Napakaepektibo [ng spoken word poetry] dahil ang tula ay nanggaling sa katotohanan. When you’re writing your spoken word poem, make sure you’re coming from the truth. Ito man ay malikhaing pag-iisip, hindi ibig sabihin na hindi ito nanggaling sa katotohanan. At napakadaling makita kung sino yung nagkukunwari lang,” Severo said.

He also narrated how he faced backlash for his poems that criticize the government. However, Severo believed that, as an artist, he has the responsibility not just to entertain but to speak up on pressing issues.

“Ang pagpili natin na manahimik ay pulitikal. Kaya nating manahimik, kaya nating mamiling manahimik dahil we are privileged, maatim natin na manahimik dahil hindi naman tayo masyadong apektado,” he urged.

“Politikan: Diskurso sa Politika ng Henerasyong Milenyal” was organized by the Political Science Forum.—C.E.M.C.


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Songco is new Alumni Association president; Tenedero takes chairman post

The UST Alumni Association, Inc. elected its resigned president Henry Tenedero as chairman while former student affairs director Evelyn Songco was elected president, taking over Tenedero’s post.



Photo grabbed from the UST Alumni Association, Inc.'s Facebook page.

(UPDATED March 19, 10:15 a.m.) The UST Alumni Association, Inc. (AAI) elected former student affairs director Evelyn Songco as its new president while resigned president Henry Tenedero took over the chairmanship of the association.

Tenedero stepped down from his post last Jan. 23 after the UST AAI drew flak for conferring Medical Technology alumna and Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux “Mocha” Uson an award on government service (READ: Alumni Association prex resigns, Uson’s award not revoked).

“As the president of the association, I’m taking full responsibility for whatever this has created. Well, of course, we have committees assigned for this, it is incumbent of me to accept responsibility,” Tenedero told TomasinoWeb in a phone call following his resignation.

Songco served as the director of the Office for Student Affairs from 1990 to 2006 and 2010 to 2016. She was also the director of the Office of Alumni Relations from 2007 to 2010.

Jerenato Alfante, Maria Elena Manansala, Teresita Meer, Nelson Tan Afuan, and Maureen Pickering were also elected as vice president, secretary, treasurer, auditor, and public relations officer of the UST AAI executive board, respectively.

The UST AAI is the mother organization of the University’s duly recognized alumni associations; however, it is a corporation separate from UST and operates independent of the University.—M.G.P


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