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Dagohoy: Labanan ninyo ang mga higante ng buhay

MALUGOD na tinanggap ng Rektor ng Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas (UST) na si Very Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. ang 13, 100 na bagong Tomasino matapos nilang dumaan sa Arch of the Centuries, umaga ng Agosto 5.

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MALUGOD na tinanggap ng Rektor ng Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas (UST) na si Very Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. ang 13, 100 na bagong Tomasino matapos nilang dumaan sa Arch of the Centuries, umaga ng Agosto 5.

Sa kanyang homiliya sa misa para sa mga natatanging intensyon ng mga freshmen, igniit ni Fr. Dagohoy na hindi dapat pinapairal ng mga Tomasino ang “grasshopper mentality,” o ang pagmamaliit sa sarili sa harap ng mga balakid.

“We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes and we looked the same to them,” Sabi ni Fr. Dagohoy,  “[…] Do not commence your academic life with this grasshopper mentality. To think that you need the power of a superhero is not a good antidote to this depreciating attitude.”

Muling nagbigay payo si Fr. Dagohoy kaugnay sa mga hamon na kakaharapin ng mga freshmen sa kanilang pamamalagi sa Unibersidad.
“Truly here in UST, you will have to overcome the heat of the sun, the foul air of the city, the limitation of space, adaptation because of the rain and other inconveniences. You do not need to master all these elements and become an Avatar to survive your fears and realize your aspirations in life.”

Hinamon ni Fr. Dagohoy ang mga freshmen na labanan ang mga “higante ng buhay” dahil ang UST, ayon sa kanya, ay kung saan nabubuhay ang mga kampeon ng buhay at “ang almusal ng mga kampeon ay ang mga higante.”

“Undoubtedly you will encounter ‘giants’ here in the university […] but, you do not need to be a genius to survive UST’s academic rigors. You are good because you have bested 46, 290 applicants for Academic Year 2015-2016”

Ang taunang tradisyon na tinatawag na “Thomasian Welcome Walk” ay ginagawa upang kilalanin bilang mga ganap na Tomasino ang mga papasok sa kanilang unang taon sa Unibersidad sa pamamagitan ng pagpasok sa Arch of the Centuries, and orihinal na lagusan sa lumang kampus ng UST sa Intramuros.
Pagkatapos ng parada, tumutuloy ang mga estudyante sa UST Field para sa Banal na Eukaristiya bago magdiwang ng After Party sa Plaza Mayor.
Ang Pedicab, Sandwich, Yellow Jackets, Salinggawi, at iba pa ang magtatanghal sa After Party na inorganisa ng Central Student Council.
Kuha ni Johmar Damiles

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Counter military, police propaganda-based disinformation—veteran journalist

Rappler managing editor urged aspiring journalists Friday, Oct. 23, to fight propaganda-based disinformation caused by law enforcers.

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Rappler managing editor urged aspiring journalists Friday, Oct. 23, to fight propaganda-based disinformation caused by law enforcers.

Glenda Gloria, a journalism alumna of the University, said that the military and the police do not seem to understand the role of the media as the fourth estate because of their “very utilitarian” view of information. 

“They use information as propaganda because they think it has to achieve something for the organization, whether that means further securing the country or defeating the enemies of the state,” Gloria said in a fact-checking webinar. 

According to her, the attempt of law enforcers to speed up their propaganda is due to the tremendous pressure to eliminate insurgency before President Duterte steps down in 2020. 

“The biggest factor behind the politicization of the armed forces is the commander-in-chief. Whatever the President wants will determine the political influence of the military,” she said. 

Gloria reminded aspiring journalists that no war has been won using propaganda as a primary tool and to “continue the fight against lies” that are being weaponized for the mass destruction of the country.

The webinar titled, “Propaganda, State Secrets and Other Issues in the Security Sector,” was hosted by MovePH, the civic engagement arm of Rappler. Vhey Tapia and Raheema Velasco 

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Flatten curve to revive economy, solon says

The government should remain in its goal of flattening the curve to revive the economy, a lawmaker advised Saturday, Oct. 24.

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The government should remain in its goal of flattening the curve to revive the economy, a lawmaker advised Saturday, Oct. 24.

“Klaro naman na hindi natin kailangan pumili between saving lives and livelihood. Hindi na tama na ang trade-off between the two…[b]ecause we can save both,” Marikina 2nd District Representative Stella Quimbo said. 

Quimbo, who is also an economist, stressed the importance of evidence-based policymaking and monitoring, as well as business continuity and job projection interventions. 

The solution and interventions included grants for technical assistance, subsidies for COVID-19 testing, and wage subsidies with retention clauses. 

“We can afford to rise, pero dapat balansehin so as not to fall into a debt crisis… [b]ecause as we all know napakadali po to become poor pero napakahirap mag-exit sa poverty. Importanteng importante ang datos,” Quimbo said.

Quimbo also laid out the framework for the Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus for the Economy of the Philippines (ARISE), which she is one of the principal authors. 

Under the ARISE, a comprehensive plan will be followed to address the pandemic-brought economic crisis with a proposed P1.3 trillion budget over three years.

In the bill still pending in the Senate, Quimbo specified transitional, financial, sectoral, and structural support that, according to her, were the basis of the framework for the “mini-version” of the Bayanihan 2 that is in effect until the end of this year.

‘Reform the economy’

IBON Foundation executive director Sonny Africa urged the government to “reform and shape” an economy that benefits everyone. 

According to Africa, the government’s current response is focused on a “very artificial poverty reduction” by granting cash transfers without addressing the structure that continues poverty.

“The government is very keen on infrastructure to promote economic growth, but the Philippines is so lacking in economic fundamentals as it uses infrastructure as a short-cut to growth,” he said.

Africa also criticized that while the government is focused on infrastructure development, decades of neoliberal health privatization eroded  the public health system, which worsened the mortality rate even pre-pandemic.

The webinar “EkonDisyon: Philippine Economic Recession and COVID-19” is a part of the MulaTalakayan organized by the University’s Central Student Council. 

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Tourism recovery to revamp economic sectors, officials urge

Tourism officials stressed the importance of a responsible and “new normal-ready” recovery in the tourism sector amid gradual easing of health protocols in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Tourism officials stressed the importance of a responsible and “new normal-ready” recovery in the tourism sector amid gradual easing of health protocols in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Alfonsus Tesoro called for sustainable and strategic recovery efforts to support and revamp economic sectors.

“Tuloy-tuloy dapat ang pag-conduct ng tourism site assessment and planning kasama ang iba’t-ibang stakeholders from the national government agencies, provincial government offices, and the private sector,” Tesoro said in a webinar, Thursday, Oct. 23. 

According to Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes, a survey conducted in Eastern Visayas showed that 66 percent of the respondents admitted that health risks affected their decision to travel, while 80 percent are now eager to visit tourism sites within the region only. 

“This gives us an idea of what tourism activities we should prioritize when we reopen our [tourism] sites. A large majority expect health and safety protocols in place, there should be value for money, and that fun activities will still be offered even under the ‘new normal,’” she said.

Tiopes added that despite the steady reopening of the tourism sector, health protocols would still be strictly employed to ensure safety of tourists and residents. 

The webinar titled, “Philippine Tourism Development and COVID-19 Pandemic: Recovery through Sustainable Development,” was spearheaded by the University’s College of Tourism and Hospitality Management in partnership with the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines, Inc., and co-organized by the UST Research Center for Social Sciences and Education. Paolo Alejandrino 

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