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New central board officers to push for students’ code, other pro-student policies

The students’ code, originally called the “Magna Carta for Students,” has been passed on from one administration to another since it was first filed in 2004 by former CSC president Xialeemar Valdeavilla.

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Student-leaders Dean Lotus Alano, Jan Therese Parcon, and Nathan Gabriel Agustin are set to lead the Central Board of Students during the next academic year. Photos grabbed from their respective Facebook pages.

 

The new officers of the University’s Central Board of Students (CB) hope to lobby for the approval of the Student’s Code and focus on student representation during their term next academic year.

CB deputy speaker Dean Lotus Alano believes that the Board should spearhead the student’s code instead of the Central Student Council (CSC).

“I believe that the approval of this should be promoted by the CB and actions like following-up with the concerned officials or offices, and having dialogue as needed be done as well,” he said in an interview with TomasinoWeb.

The CB, which is the CSC’s legislative arm, is composed of duly-elected presidents from each college, faculty, institute, and school in the University.

Nathan  Agustin, CB speaker and president of the Civil Law Student Council, said that having uniformed guidelines like the student’s code could allow for more pro-student policies.

They are made to face conditions that they never desired to experience in the first place – and if they experience setbacks due to these conditions (disconnections in important activities, failure to attend the required amount of classes, etc.), it affects their status as a student —their grades, standing, and even admission,” he told TomasinoWeb.

The students’ code, originally called the “Magna Carta for Students,” has been passed on from one administration to another since it was first filed in 2004 by former CSC president Xialeemar Valdeavilla.

Alano and Agustin is also joined by College of Rehabilitation Sciences president Jan Therese Parcon, who will work as the CB’s secretary-general.

Freedom of expression

Agustin hopes to address the struggles faced by students when it comes to freedom of expression, citing “tedious bureaucratic processes” that hinder students from speaking up.

“This becomes dangerous when it silences the student body. This becomes abhorrent when it invalidates even legitimate calls for justice and welfare,” he said.

“Therefore, as student leaders in our own councils and the Central Board, we have to continue lobbying for our freedoms – we cannot let the chilling effect extinguish our voices,” he added. (RELATED: Persecution, not activism, besets student leaders)

In August 2020,  the Office for Student Affairs (OSA) required all student organizations to submit “permission to post” forms before posting any form of content on their social media accounts.

Several students and progressive groups have blasted OSA’s measure, emphasizing its threat to the students’ freedom of speech.

“We express concern and alarm at this new guideline–concern because this might be used to curtail our freedom of expression and speech, and alarm because this is not the first time that the UST admin introduced such repressive policies. We caution the University to veer away from such policies that will only add burden to students,” League of Filipino Students-UST spokesperson Trisha Ifurung said.

Resumption of face-to-face classes for health-allied courses

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Alano and Agustin also push for the CB’s involvement in a smooth and safe transition to face-to-face classes, especially for programs that require more practical skills.

We’ve seen how the students are eager to return, however, this should be done in a manner that would prioritize the safety of all stakeholders,” Alano said.

Agustin urged the University to administer a vaccination program to make sure that the student’s transition to face-to-face classes is “well-guarded.”

“[S]tudents deserve the quality of education we applied for – and I hope that UST will also keep this in mind in deciding for the next step in the transition,” he said.

Clinical clerks from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery started their limited face-to-face classes on June 9 after these were suspended in March due to the spike in COVID-19 cases. They were required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus.

Other health-allied programs such as medical technology, nursing, and physical therapy are also expected to hold limited face-to-face classes next school year.

The Commission on Higher Education said in May that they are hoping to include college students and personnel in the government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which started in March.

In a survey conducted by Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP) and Students’ Rights and Welfare Philippines last year, over 1,748 people said they had difficulty understanding lessons from online classes while 1,567 struggled with online classes due to loss of internet or stable connection.  —with reports from Patricia Kahanap

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UST perfects August 2021 architecture boards

The University produced eight new Thomasian architects amid the cancellation of testing in Metro Manila due to the Delta variant surge.

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UST Beato Angelico Building (Marc Valmoria/TomasinoWeb)

Eight Thomasians qualified in the August 2021 architecture licensure examinations (ALE), registering a 100 percent passing rate, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Previously, in the January 2020 ALE, the University was hailed as the top-performing school after it posted a passing rate of 85.18 percent, with 92 out of 108 takers passing the exam.

The national passing rate for this year was at 65.96 percent or 560 passers out of 849. This is an improvement from the previous year’s rate of 55.72 percent with 1,242 making the cut out of 2,229 takers.

The PRC did not declare any top-performing schools for this year’s architecture boards cycle, as no universities qualified with 20 or more takers.

The low turnout of examinees was due to the implementation of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila due to the surge of the contagious Delta variant.

The examination was held last August 27 and 29 at testing centers in Baguio, Cebu, Koronadal, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, Pampanga, Tacloban, and Zamboanga.

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UST, pumangalawa sa mechanical engineering boards ngayong taon

Nakapagtala ang Unibersidad ng 83.33 porsiyentong passing rate kung saan lima sa anim na Tomasinong kumuha ng pagsusulit ang nakapasa.

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Litrato ni Christel Maliksi/TomasinoWeb

Pumangalawa ang Unibersidad sa mechanical engineering board exams ngayong Agosto matapos itong makapagtala ng 83.33 porsyentong passing rate.

Ito ay mas mataas kumpara resulta ng nakaraang taon na 12.50 porsyento o dalawa sa 14 na Tomasinong kumuha ng pagsusulit ang pumasa.

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Inanunsyo ng Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) noong Martes, ika-24 ng Agosto, ang mga pumasa sa pagsusulit kung saan lima sa anim na Tomasinong kumuha ng pagsusulit ang nakapasa. 

Nakakita rin ngayong taon ng 39.77 porsyentong passing rate kung saan 247 sa 621 indibidwal na kumuha ng pagsusulit ang nakapasa. Mas mataas ito kumpara sa nakaraang taon na may ​​38.45 porsyentong passing rate o 1,334 sa 3,469 na kumuha ng pagsusulit.

Ang mababang turn-out ng mga kumuha ng pagsusulit ay dulot ng pagkansela ng PRC sa pagsasagawa ng pagsusulit sa Metro Manila, Cebu, at Cagayan de Oro dala ng banta ng Delta variant. Sa halip, ito ay isinagawa lamang sa Baguio, Davao, Lucena, Rosales, Tacloban, at Zamboanga.

Ipinroklama rin ng PRC ang tanging mga institusyong nakakuha ng mas mataas sa 80 porsyento at may higit sa limang kalahok sa pagsusulit. 

Pitong bagong rehistradong mechanical engineer naman mula sa Saint Louis University sa Baguio City ang nanguna sa pagsusulit. 

Ang Unibersidad ay pumapangalawa sa Ateneo de Davao University at University of Mindanao – Davao City na parehong nakakuha ng 100 porsyentong passing rate.

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UST mamamahagi ng 1,000 libreng pocket Wi-Fi para sa online class

Ang “Connectivity Assistance Program” ay naglalayong tulungan ang mga mag-aaral ng pamantasan na makalahok sa kanilang online classes.

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LIBRENG WI-FI. Ipagpapatuloy ng Unibersidad ang kanilang Connectivity Assistance Program na sinimulan noong nakaraang taon sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng karagdagang pocket Wi-Fi sa mga Tomasino. Larawan mula sa UST Facebook page.

Isang libong pocket Wi-Fi ang balak ipamahagi ng Unibersidad para sa mga Tomasinong mag-aaral na wala nakararanas ng mabagal na koneksyon sa internet para sa online classes.

Inilabas ng UST Central Student Council (CSC) noong Martes, ika-10 ng Agosto, ang survey para sa mga nais kumuha ng pocket wifi. Ang “Connectivity Assistance Program” ay naglalayong tulungan ang mga mag-aaral ng pamantasan na makalahok sa kanilang online classes.

Ang mga nais maging benepisyaryo ng programa ay kailangan lamang magbayad ng P300 bilang “reconnection fee.” Libre ang magiging buwanang subscription na may kasama ng 8GB na data na maaaring magamit sa loob ng lima hanggang pitong buwan o isang semestre.

Matatandaan noong simula ng lockdown at ng ikalawang semestre ng pagsasakatuparan ng “Enhanced Virtual Mode” (EVM) sa Unibersidad, unang inilunsad ng UST ang programa sa tulong ng mga telecommunications company na PLDT at Smart Communications. 

Higit 5,000 pocket Wi-Fi device ang ipinamahagi ng programa noon para sa mga estudyante at guro.

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Sa pagpapatuloy ng panuruang taon 2021-2022 at patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19, napagpasyahan ng UST na ipagpaliban muna ang mga “face-to-face” na klase at sa halip ay ipagpatuloy ang EVM

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