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EDCA forum enlightens Thomasians on possible environmental, political blunders

POSSIBLE environmental mishaps and political loopholes of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) were discussed on “EDCA Forum: On Political and Environmental Perspectives” at the Beato Angelico AVR on October 1.

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POSSIBLE environmental mishaps and political loopholes of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) were discussed on “EDCA Forum: On Political and Environmental Perspectives” at the Beato Angelico AVR on October 1.

The participants were informed of the foresighted social, political, and environmental impacts of the agreement of the United States and the Philippines.

UP Professor of Development Studies and Public Management Rolando Simbulan showed all the negative impacts of the previous treaties of the Philippine government with the United States Military.

“The United States will always be restrained in helping our country because of its own dilemma, which is Budgetary Constraints that their government can’t even explain to the American people why they spend so much maintaining their military installations overseas and are still unproductive,” Prof. Simbulan exemplified.

Simbulan also talked about the historical backgrounds of the presence of the US Military, highlighting their former bases in Subic, Zambales and in Clark, Pampanga.

He explained that after the Americans vacated the premises during the Cory administration, they also left toxic waste materials that killed an undisclosed number of people in small communities due to asbestosis and other lung and skin ailments.

Moreover, co-presiding speaker Dakila Yee, an instructor at the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College centered his speech on technical terms that makes our government’s position on the downside of the agreement.

He said many of the provisions of EDCA were vague and undefined properly that an ordinary citizen might misunderstand.

He gave the provision on American Military Personnel that cannot be trialed in any courts in the country if they violate Philippine laws as an example.

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This provision gives them diplomatic immunity in criminal cases such as rape, murder, environmental destruction and etc.

“Can you imagine? Kahit senador ka pa o local authority ka, wala ka [ng laban],” Yee added.

Vencer Crisostomo, a student leader from the University of the Philippines and co-founder of MAY PAG-ASA talked about how to contextualize the EDCA matter correctly.

“You ought to be inspired by the youth-led first Quarter Storm and EDSA People Power that brought down [dictatorship] and that you can do more,” Crisostomo challenged the Thomasians.

He stressed that the youth having a sense of nationalism and love of country should be the very foundations to conquer hindrances to our country’s national development and interests.

Magmahal ng wagas… sa bayan at mamamayan,” Crisostomo said.

The forum was spearheaded by EARTH-UST, in cooperation with MAY PAG-ASA, a non-government youth organization advocating youth nationalism and patriotism.

 

Photo by Carmelo Culvera

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UST caps performance in Oct 2016 chemist licensure exams

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) improved its standing in the October 2016 chemist licensure examinations with two Thomasians making it in top ten highest scorers, Professional Regulation Commission results showed.

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The University of Santo Tomas (UST) improved its standing in the October 2016 chemist licensure examinations with two Thomasians making it in top ten highest scorers, Professional Regulation Commission results showed.

 

Kent Gervacio shared the sixth spot with Lizette Mella of University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) with a score of 88.25 percent and Jinniel Cruz of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

 

Robert Yee, who scored 87.75 percent,  shared the eighth place with Jerwin Taping of University of the Philippines-Manila.

 

UST garnered a 73.17 percent passing rate wherein 30 out of 41 Thomasians made the cut. This is higher than last year’s 66.67 percent  wherein only 16 passed the examination out of 48 examinees.

 

UPD was hailed as the top performing school with a passing rate of 95 percent while Mikel Allas of De La Salle University topped the board examinations with a score of 93.50 percent.

 

According to PRC, 559 passed the board examination out of 1,019 examinees nationwide.- VA Ferreras

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UST ranks 3rd in Sept 2016 mech eng’g boards

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) was ranked as the third best performing school in the September 2016 mechanical engineering licensure examinations, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) results showed.

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The University of Santo Tomas (UST) was ranked as the third best performing school in the September 2016 mechanical engineering licensure examinations, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) results showed.

 

UST garnered a 92 percent passing rate wherein 115 out 125 Thomasians passed the examination. This is higher than last year’s 63.21 percent, wherein only 67 out of 106 made the cut. No Thomasian made it in the top ten highest scorers.

 

University of the Philippines-Diliman topped the exam with a perfect passing rate. Meanwhile, Elso Elumbaring Jr. of Notre Dame University led the new batch of mechanical engineers with a score of 90.15 percent.

 

According to PRC, 3,110 passed the licensure examination out of 4,470 examinees nationwide.

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UST nursing program gains Pacucoa Level IV accreditation

The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (Pacucoa) granted the highest accreditation status to the nursing program of the University of Santo Tomas.

The accreditation is effective until June 2020 and gives the University full autonomy in offering new graduate programs, open learning education programs and extension classes without the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) approval.

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In reference to the Harry Potter series, College of Nursing freshmen enter through a “wall” made of cloth during the Freshmen Welcome Walk last August 2015.

The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (Pacucoa) granted the highest accreditation status to the nursing program of the University of Santo Tomas.

The accreditation is effective until June 2020 and gives the University full autonomy in offering new graduate programs, open learning education programs and extension classes without the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) approval.

Aside from Pacucoa Level IV status, the program is also a CHED Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

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