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Media Ethics Forum tackles journalism integrity

UST Journalism seniors were challenged to maintain their integrity in a forum organized by the UST Journalism Society in partnership with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP)

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UST Journalism seniors were challenged to maintain their integrity in a forum organized by the UST Journalism Society in partnership with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) titled “Media Ethics Forum” held last Sept. 26 at the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) lecture hall.

FOCAP member and multimedia director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Ed Lingao, a veteran on both TV & print, narrated the hideous bribery cases in the Philippine media.

He said bribes are so subtle that one has to be extremely cautious. Gifts and privileges, especially on “special occasions,” could pass off as bribes which should be denied.

Kung ‘di ka talaga matibay, you’ll go with the flow. The biggest battles would be in newsrooms,” Lingao said. “Ethics is a judgment call, a set of very personal decisions that in the end will test your values system.”

Media laws, particularly prior restraint, state of emergency, and right to information, were tackled by Philippine Star journalist-turned-lawyer and Center for International Law Executive Director Atty. Rommel Bagares.

Regarding prior restraint, he said mere press statements from government agencies restraining the media could make them liable of violating the freedom of the press.

“If the government says ‘you’ll be sorry for this’, you can sue them on violation of a constitutional right,” Bagares explained.

He also said the right to information grants individuals access to government documents and government research data on matters of public concern, thus making the freedom of information bill unnecessary. He added that such right is essential to the exercise of the right to freedom of expression.

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Kung puro chismis lang, may development ba sa pag-iisip ng tao? Wala,” he said. “You cannot talk intelligently without the right information,” he added.

Veteran sports and business journalist Ignacio Dee, reminisced his days in AB and shared how difficult journalism as a profession is.

“This is a very unforgiving profession. Accuracy, ethical standards, research, are very, very important,” he said.

Veteran journalist and FOCAP co-founder Alice Villadolid, shared her take on bribery.

“I never accepted bribe, they don’t give me bribe because they know I will not accept it,” the retired AB professor said.

“Don’t get discouraged. If you show from the start, you will not be tempted (by bribers). Remain ethical Thomasians, graduates,” she added.

 

By James Gideon Tinsay

Photo by Lara Murallos 

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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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