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CSC PRO, VP candidates call for anti-red tagging

“There are many things much worse than student activism,” Mataga said.

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Public relations candidate Jeric Mataga (left) and vice presidential candidate Gerald Mathew Dela Cruz (right) during the Tagisan 2021 live streamed by Tomasian Media Circle and Talents.

After the incident during the Tagisan 2021 last April 30 where the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) ordered Central Student Council (CSC) public relations candidate Jeric Mataga to remove his self-taken protest zoom background, the candidates voiced out their grievances concerning red-tagging.

Mataga, who is also a sophomore from the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences, told TomasinoWeb that “there are many things much worse than student activism.”

“I’m literally going to talk about red-tagging here and they’re going to red-tag me because of my background,” he said. 

“The students deserve fairness and justice, not unwarranted scrutiny and red-tagging,” he added.

According to Mataga, if he wins as the public relations officer (PRO), he would address red-tagging in three ways. 

“Well for one, the constitution of the CSC and the constitution of the Philippines protect political views such as being a leftist. So politically and legally speaking, we’re protected by our policy within UST and the law,” he said.

A student code that empowers students, according to him, can guarantee their safety from red-tagging.

“By pushing for a student’s code that empowers the students thoroughly and comprehensively, we can guarantee their safety from red-tagging even better. A review of the student handbook would be quite beneficial as well,” Mataga said.

He also wanted to aid students that are charged with disciplinary actions for political views.

“For students who have received disciplinary action due to political views and/or actions, as long as they are justified and legal according to law, the UST0CSC will do everything in its power to defend them, especially during their hearings,” he said.

“No student should have their hearings without a proper defence. I’ve heard students that have been to hearings where they were either alone or only had one person on their side, and the rest of the people there were their prosecutors,” he added.

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Gerald Mathew Dela Cruz, the lone vice presidential candidate, was asked during the question-and-answer portion about his reasons for running “despite being red-tagged in the past.”

According to Dela Cruz, who is also the incumbent vice president-internal of the Artlets Student Council, red-tagging gravely affects not only the safety but also the mental capacity of the person who is experiencing it.

“Ang hamon sa ating mga tumatakbo sa Central Student Council, sa bawat Local Student Council […] at sa mismong UST administration ay maglatag at magpasa ng komprehensibong polisiya patungkol sa kaligtasan ng buong Thomasian Community hinggil sa red-tagging, pag-censor sa ating karapatan sa malayang pamamahayag, at iba pang mga importanteng isyu na dala nating mga estudyante,” he said on a statement yesterday.

Red-tagging, according to Dela Cruz, is rooted from a worsened political situation in the country.

“Ang issue ng red-tagging ay mula sa sobrang lalang political situation ng ating bansa, marami nang mga progresibong kabataan at organisasyon ang napahamak dahil sa lantarang red-tagging ng iba’t-ibang mga indibidwal at ng mismong gobyerno natin na hindi kinikilala ang malawak na implikasyon nito sa mga Pilipino,” he said. 

Mataga is pushing for the passage of a student code that will protect Thomasians’ rights as students of the University. 

He urged the Thomasian student-leaders to use their platforms to speak for the truth and to inform fellow Filipinos. 

“Tayo ay dapat magpatuloy na tumindig para sa mga kapwa natin estudyante, buong komunidad ng UST, mga kapwa natin kabataan, at para sa bayan,” he said.

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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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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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