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Makisaya, Makilaro, MAKIBATA! : A Christmas Donation Drive For the Children of Our Partner Communities

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It is the mission-vision of our university that moves the students to pour their hearts out in sharing their utmost compassion in helping other communities. It is in every student organization’s advocacy to lend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate, in whichever way possible. Whether it is on a financial, emotional, spiritual or mental aspect, the students through their various organizations, give out their best efforts to be of help.

It is in adherence to this passion that the Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC) continuously conducts the project MAKIBATA. It is a yearly donation drive which campaigns to provide educational assistance by giving away school supplies that will help the student beneficiaries in their quest for knowledge. MAKIBATA 2009 benefits  kids ages 5-9 years old from the different partner communities of the University. With the theme “Pluma”,the event recognizes the significance of education for the growth of the nation’s next hope, the youth.


MAKIBATA 2009 is spearheaded by Margaret Uy, SOCC Asst. Secretary and Luis Assistio III, SOCC PRO, in partnership with the university-wide organization Alpha-Phi Omega (APO), the Office for Community Development (OCD), and the Office for Student Affairs (OSA).


What is MAKIBATA?


“MAKIBATA started way back in 1985 as a community service project which first took place in Tinio Ortiz Elementary School,” recalls Asst. Prof. Marielyn C. Quintana, Assistant Director of the OCD, as she gives some of the project’s insights and rich historical background. MAKIBATA was originally a one-day program consisting of the gift-giving and feeding sessions to children of differernt chosen communities. However, its aim to give further assistance broadens its scope. It eventually evolved to foster children through a two-day adoption process wherein some Thomasian volunteers accommodate the assigned children in their respective homes for an overnight stay. Furthermore, MAKIBATA participants also experience a fair conducted by the SOCC with inflatables, magic shows and fun activities to bolster the event.

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” The project’s goal to share the importance of education for a better appreciation of  the Filipino culture does not only benefit the recipients but also the interrelated organizations in their shared advocacy. The participation of the different organizations invokes familial understanding, and it is where the true core of learning comes from, “ concluded Asst. Prof. Anita P. Garcia (SOCC adviser) in her inspirational message given during the MAKIBATA opening exhibit held at the Tan Yan Kee Student Center lobby.


Let’s help spread the Thomasian charity!


For those who want to give donations, the school kits must contain the following (for uniformity purposes):


1 red plastic envelope with handle
2 spring notebooks
Red, blue and black ballpens (1 of each color)
Crayons (pack of 16s)
1 set of assorted art paper
Scisssors
1 Intermediate pad
Eraser
2 pcs. no.2 pencils
Other school supplies of your own choice


You can also donate your old/new toys at the office but toys promoting violence are prohibited (e.g., guns, swords).


There will be boxes provided at the SOCC office Rm. 205, Tan Yan Kee Student Center and at the different colleges. TOMWEB!, in cooperation with SOCC will also be accommodating donations for the project. For inquiries please contact Mr. Luis Assistio III (SOCC PRO) at 09176113841 or Marie Ronica Francia Peregrino (TOMWEB!) at 09273378975. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 14, 2009.


MAKIBATA schedule:


Date: December 15, 2009

Time: 7:00 am-7:00 pm

Venue: Quadricentennial Square and TanYan Kee Student Center


Date: December 16, 2009

Time: 7:00 am-12:00 nn

Venue: Tan Yan Kee Student Center



Written By: Shiena Angela Aquino

Photographed By: Ma. Elizabeth Afan


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‘Democratic spaces shrink amid COVID-19 pandemic’—PhilRights exec

Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) executive director expressed concern over reduction of civic and democratic spaces in the country as an effect of the “worsening spate” of extra-judicial killings amid COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) executive director expressed concern over reduction of civic and democratic spaces in the country as an effect of the “worsening spate” of extra-judicial killings amid COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Transparency and accountability are not government priorities. A culture of impunity continues to be perpetuated by the government,” PhilRights Executive Director Nymia Pimentel-Simbulan said. 

Simbulan, who is also the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UP Manila, emphasized that passing the Anti-Terror Law of 2020 and lowering the age of criminal liability are “anti-people policies” propagated by the government’s legal apparatus. 

“Part of the efforts of the government to discourage protest actions, political actions intended to call the attention of the government to policies and programs that are anti-people is the framing of civic participation as a destabilizing force,” she said.

Duterte’s core principle of governance

Simbulan condemned the blatant red-tagging of democrative defenders and government critics that recently claimed the lives of Randall Echanis and Zara Alvarez, further highlighting the 2019 Global Peace Index which placed the Philippines as the second least peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific. 

She noted that the government playbook normalizes violence as there are efforts being undertaken by the administration to “make people accept violence” as part of their daily lives.

“President Duterte’s core principle of governance is violence, and even the international community has not failed to recognize this,” Simbulan said. 

However, Simbulan said that there are “glimmers of hope” in different forms of resistance such as continued mobilizations, documentations, and lobbying of petitions in Congress and Supreme Court. 

The webinar titled, “Francisco de Vitoria Linggo ng Karapatang Pantao” was spearheaded by the UST – Simbahayan Community Development Program as a part of the annual human rights activities series every September.

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CSC welcomes interim officers

The University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council (UST-CSC) announced on Sunday, Sept. 13, the new set of interim officers in Central Board for the academic year (AY) 2020-2021.

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The University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council (UST-CSC) announced on Sunday, Sept. 13, the new set of interim officers in the Central Board for the academic year (AY) 2020-2021.

CSC acknowledged three new faces in provisionally handling the position of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, and Secretary-General.

On May 21, The University’s Commision on Elections postponed both local and central student council elections for the AY 2020-2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their resolution declared all non-graduating incumbent officers as interim officers until elections are rescheduled. 

Hector Armando Sarion from the College of Education Student Council was elected as the Interim Speaker, Carl Christian Lumberio from the College of Commerce and Business Administration Student Council as the Interim Deputy Speaker, and Montgomery Alexander Tan from the Accountancy Student Council as the Secretary-General.

In an interview with TomasinoWeb, Sarion said that one of the challenges he expects during his term as the Interim Speaker is the gap that online classes create for the Thomasian students.

“[I]t’s not just a matter of internet connectivity, but also the inclusivity and accommodation of the diverse learners in our university. It’s the main call that we leave no student left behind,” Sarion said.

Sarion also said that the new CSC will continue the projects concerning the University’s Student Code.

“[W]e would always do our very best on having updates from the officials and progress back from the past academic year wherein we had meetings concerning the students’ code,” Sarion stated.

In addressing the challenges of online classes, Lumberio said that the approach must be “get and about,” in which the officials would engage with the student body and take the time to assess issues and problems.

“The key lies in making a more conscious effort to be present, that there is someone who will be pertinacious in standing firm in upholding and protecting the rights and welfare of the whole Thomasian Community,” Lumberio told TomasinoWeb.

For Tan, prompt assistance to every student is one of his leadership agendas.

“One of my plans for our term is the ‘Students’ Help Desk.’ Based on my observation, a lot of students are having a hard time reaching the different UST offices for their urgent concerns,” Tan said.

According to Tan, he wants the students to feel his leadership despite the pandemic.

“It has always been my motto that ‘actions speak louder than words.’ I will not promise empty words but rather bring about results that will eventually benefit the whole community,” Tan said. “Therefore, I want the studentry to feel my leadership through my actions and results.”

Sarion, Lomberio, and Tan succeeded Lady Freyja Gascon, Lorenzo Gabriel Banayo, and Sean Matthew Sison respectively.

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Student organizations slam Pemberton pardon

Three University student organizations expressed their dissent over President Duterte’s Sept. 7 decision granting U.S Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton absolute pardon. 

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Three University student organizations expressed their dissent over President Duterte’s Sept. 7 decision granting U.S Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton absolute pardon. 

“We strongly condemn the absolute pardon granted by the president as it is a clear depiction of the selective justice in the Philippines, which has little to no regard for human rights,” UST Hiraya’s Sept. 9 statement read. 

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On Oct. 11, 2014 Jennifer Laude was found dead naked on the floor of a comfort room in Celzone Lodge. Her autopsy report indicated that she died due to “asphyxia by drowning.” 

Pemberton served less than six years in prison after being convicted of homicide in December 2015. He was originally sentenced to six to 12 years in prison which was reduced to 10 years in 2016. 

“Pemberton must be jailed in New Bilibid Prison to serve his rightful sentence,” League of Filipino Students (LFS) – UST said on Twitter.

Pemberton’s release was ordered by Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde. She ruled that the American serviceman has served his maximum jail term with good conduct and time allowance credits. 

“No amount of good conduct will be enough to redeem Pemberton’s gruesome murder of Laude six years ago, and this act of cowardice by the administration screams injustice not only to the Laude family, but also to the LGBTQ+ community,” TomasinoWeb’s statement read. 

Both LFS – UST and TomasinoWeb echoed that Pemberton’s release is a “disregard towards basic human rights.”

A call for safe spaces

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According to Hiraya, Pemberton’s absolute pardon is a “repulsive manifestation” of the country’s disregard for human human and transgender rights. 

“[S]etting a murderer free would only reinforce the systemic discrimination and violence pervasive in our country,” Hiraya said. 

Hiraya highlighted the need for a strengthened law that will protect Filipinos from crimes and violence based on gender convictions. 

They also stressed that this is the “high time to champion” safe spaces for all through legislative and judiciary measures.

The government confirmed yesterday, Sept.11, that Pemberton was already undergoing the process of deportation to the United States. Jose Ama Rosario 

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