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Filipino grammar important for aspiring journalists—professor

According to Ampil, strategic grammar counters the prevalent problem of Filipino readership in the country.

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Sanggunian ng Filipino President Prof. Roberto Ampil stressed the importance of Filipino language in media practice during Pluma at Papel: Pagpapayaman ng Kamalayan ng mga Susunod na Journo ng Bayan last May 17.

Members of the press must learn proper grammar in the Filipino language in order to produce creative and effective articles, a Filipino professor said last May 17 during a webinar on the usage of Filipino language. 

Prof. Roberto Ampil, who is also the incumbent president of Sanggunian ng Filipino, emphasized the significance of Filipino subjects in honing the country’s future journalists amid the developing media practice.

“Sa pamamagitan ng mga kasanayang ito ay epektibong naipahahatid ang mga mensahe dahil sa kabatiran sa kahulugan at pagkakaayos ng mga salita sa isang pahayag at higit sa lahat ay malayang dumadaloy sa ating pagsasalita ang mga kataga at pangungusap at maliwanag na nauunawaan ng mga tagapakinig/mambabasa,” he explained.

According to Ampil, strategic grammar counters the prevalent problem of Filipino readership in the country.

“[A]lam naman natin na ang readership ng mga Pilipino, may ilan na tinatamad nang magbasa,” he said.

“[I]yon ang dapat maunawaan at ipatintindi sa mga estudyante. Kapag ganito yung ginawa mo, ‘pag nilipat mo, ito yung mangyayari,” he added, referring to the Filipino grammar structure in active and passive voices.

With the evolving Filipino language, Ampil stated that the Filipinos’ use of language in society would be ever-changing.

“Sa hinaharap, mababago ang mga tuntunin. [A]ng pangit at mali ngayon, maaaring maging masining at tama bukas,” he said.

Ampil also urged the education sector to improve their system and to further prepare students for college, especially aspiring journalism majors.

“[Kapag] ganito yung lalim ng kasanayan na itinuturo, dadalhin ng [bata] ang [mga] kasanayang ito pagtungtong niya ng kolehiyo at magagamit niya ito kapag nandun na siya mismo sa kanyang trabaho, lalo na kung ang kurso mo ay journalism,” he said.

On October 9, 2018, the Supreme Court (SC) en banc validated the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 20, series of 2013, which excluded the mandatory  integration of Filipino, Panitikan, and the Philippine Constitution as core subjects in college.

Although many groups were against their ruling, the SC pushed through with its decision,  claiming that the petitioners failed to present  “any substantial argument” about the case. 

This move from the SC allowed CHED to implement their order, which is still in effect as of writing.

“Pluma at Papel: Pagpapayaman ng Kamalayan ng mga Susunod na Journo ng Bayan” is a webinar organized by the UST Journalism Society in partnership with TomasinoWeb. The event advocated for the use of Filipino language in journalism.

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Parents’ perception, needs and practices affect children’s reading development—English profs

 “It is a challenge among low-income families to increase literacy rate because of the fact that they cannot prioritize buying books and other instructional materials to teach their children reading and other school-related tasks,” the researchers wrote.

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A study by Assoc. Prof. Rosalyn Mirasol and Asst. Prof. Katrina Ninfa Topacio showed that a child's reading development is affected by the priority of each family, income, access to reading materials at home, and the influence of the environment.

Children’s reading development is affected by the priority of each family, income, access to reading materials at home, and the influence of the environment, a study said.

In their research titled “Reading perceptions, needs, and practices among parents of an urban poor community in the Philippines,” Assoc. Prof. Rosalyn Mirasol and Asst. Prof. Katrina Ninfa Topacio from the Department of English found that one’s home environment influences children’s reading development, as they find schooling easier and meaningful when exposed to reading activities at home.

“Literacy-rich environment have become motivated readers posit a challenge not only the educative sector of the community but more importantly, the parents who should respond to the natural law by providing adequate support especially on education and the upbringing to their children,” the researchers wrote.

According to the study, literacy contributes to the social and economic development of a country as the success of the industries relies on education. However, most families have limited resources and budget for reading materials, making it at the bottom of their priorities despite their positive views on the importance of education and reading.

 “It is a challenge among low-income families to increase literacy rate because of the fact that they cannot prioritize buying books and other instructional materials to teach their children reading and other school-related tasks,” Mirasol and Topacio wrote.

94 of every 100 Filipinos 5 years old and over are basic literate while about 91.6 percent Filipinos 10 to 64 years old are functional literate, according to the results of the 2019 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS).

274 parents of K-1 pupils from an urban poor community in Manila, Philippines were surveyed to determine their reading perceptions, needs, and practices.

The study was published at Taylor & Francis Online on June 21, 2021.

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Science dean on 2021 Outstanding Young Scientist award: ‘Dreams do come true’

“I hope that more young Filipinos would consider a career in science. We need a critical mass of scientists to cover many uncharted disciplines or sub-disciplines in the sciences,” Science dean Rey Donne Papa said.

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Science dean Rey Donne Papa is one of the recipients of the prestigious 2021 Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS). Photo grabbed from the UST Biology Society.

For UST College of Science dean Rey Donne Papa, the conferment of the prestigious 2021 Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) award is both a dream and a challenge to conduct quality research in the field of biology.

“It is also a proof that dreams do come true,” Papa said in a statement. 

“This award is a validation that the scientific community in the Philippines sees the value of the researches I had been able to conduct since I started my career,” he added. 

The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) announced on June 3 the full list of Filipino scientists who bagged the award, which is given among those who have “made significant contributions to science and technology.”

But for Papa, it wasn’t just merely a dream come true— it was also a noble yet difficult challenge.

“This award also serves as a challenge for me to be able to continue to do good quality researches in the field of freshwater biology,” he said.

Specializing in limnology or the study of inland freshwaters, Papa led the Zooplankton Ecology, Systematics and Limnology research group of the university and has been studying different freshwater ecosystems in the country.

The need for more young scientists

Highlighting the need for future Filipino scientists, Papa continued: “[A]nd in the process mentor more students in order to further build up the number of freshwater scientists in the country,”

“I hope that more young Filipinos would consider a career in science. We need a critical mass of scientists to cover many uncharted disciplines or sub-disciplines in the sciences,” he said in an interview with Pinoy Scientists.

Having collaborated with local and international scientists, Papa believed that all sciences are important and that it is essential to nation-building. 

“As science and national development go together, a scientifically literate society would also be a sure indicator of future economic prosperity for our country,” he said.

Papa, who is the first Filipino representative to the International Society of Limnology, also stressed the importance of academic publishing, and at the same time encouraged science undergraduates to “aim for quality research outputs.” 

He is set to officially join the list of Thomasian scientists — which includes, Alicia Aguinaldo, Christina Binag, Allan Patrick Macabeo, Bernard John Tongol, Mario Tan, John Donnie Ramos, Grecebio Jonathan Alejandro, and Thomas Edison Dela Cruz — awarded with OYS on July 15.

 

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UST master’s programs among Eduniversal 2021 Best Masters Rankings

The ranking of the universities are based on the following criteria: reputation of the program, salary of the first employment, and students’ satisfaction.

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Four of the UST Graduate School’s master’s programs earned recognition from the Eduniversal’s list of “Best Master and MBA programs in 2021.” 

Among the Eduniversal-acknowledged programs of the University are MS Human Resource Management, MA Communication, MA Economics, and MA Public Administration.

UST’s MS Human Resource Management program ranked 20th in Far East Asia, joined by the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman’s Master of Industrial Relations and De La Salle University’s MS Industrial Relations Management and Diploma in Industrial Relations, ranking 14th and 9th respectively.

Meanwhile, the MA Communication program of the University grabbed the 30th spot 

in Far East Asia along with La Salle’s Master of Marketing Communications, which ranked 18th, and UP Diliman’s MA Communication program, which ranked 14th. 

The University’s MA Economics program secured the 30th spot in Far East Asia while having UP Diliman’s Master in Development Economics program in the 25th place and La Salle’s Master in Applied Economics in the 22nd place.

UST’s MA Public Administration program also took the 40th place while UP Diliman’s Master in Public Administration placed 28th.

The ranking of the universities are based on the following criteria: reputation of the program, salary of the first employment, and students’ satisfaction.

Eduniversal is a global ranking and evaluation agency headquartered in Paris that focuses on appraising academic institutions and programs in France since 1994 and overseas since 2007. 

It lined UST among the top 1000 universities globally that cater to business-related degrees and courses.

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