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Students denounce P50-M SEA Games cauldron

Progressive students from the University joined the Nationwide Protest to denounce current state policies and programs particularly the funds allotted for the SEA Games Thursday, Nov. 21.

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Progressive students from the University joined the Nationwide Protest to denounce current state policies and programs particularly the funds allotted for the SEA Games Thursday, Nov. 21.

In an ambush interview with TomasinoWeb, Michael Jusayan of League of Filipino Students-UST expressed his anger and dismay over the 50-million SEA Games’ cauldron.

“Ang dami-daming puwedeng paglagyan o paglagakan nung 50-million na ‘yun ‘di ba. Maliban pa dun sa sobra-sobra ‘yung 50-million para doon lamang sa iisang kalderong ginto na ‘yon,” said Jusayan.

He asserted that if the government can allot millions of fund such events, then it should also be able to respond to the basic needs of the Filipinos.

“Kung kayang maglagak ng 50-milyong piso ng gobyerno para sa SEA Games, yung mamamayang Pilipino araw-araw silang nagugutom, araw-araw walang laman ‘yung kaldero nila,” he said.

“‘Yung mga magsasaka nanghihingi ng subsidiya sa gobyerno pero ano ‘yung binibigay? Wala! ‘Yung mga manggagawa nanghihingi ng tulong para itaas man lamang ‘yung kanilang sahod, wakasan ‘yung kontraktwalisasyon, pero ano ‘yung ginagawa ng gobyerno natin. Wala!,” Jusayan said.

Jusayan also remarked that the government should also be able to allot the same amount of funds for the basic services and the rights of the people like health and education. 

“Kayang-kaya maglagak ng gobyerno natin 50-milyong piso para sa kaldero na ‘yon pero ‘yung hinanaing ng mga mamamayang Pilipino, ‘yung puwedeng ilagak para [sa edukasyon, sa pangkalusugan]. Bakit hindi niya kayang maglabas ng ganoong kalaking halaga para sa welfare ng mga mamamayan natin?” Jusayan added.

Meanwhile, Naomi Alariao of Anakbayan-UST also shared the same sentiments with the 50-million cauldron, noting that the kaldero of the Filipino people is still unfilled.

“‘Yung kaldero ng sambayanang ginugutom ay walang laman. Alamin natin, tandaan natin na ang kalderong walang laman ang pinaka-makingay kapag iyan ang kinalampang,” said Alariao.

Senate Committee Report No. 10

Alariao also expressed her disappointment over the government’s failure to respond to the current “crisis” besetting the country.

“Nakikita naman natin na mas umiigting yung krisis sa ating lipunan, sa lupa, sa tubig, sa transportasyon, sa agrikultura, pati yung laban nung mga manggagawa sa sahod ay mayroon pa rin ngayong kontraktwalisasyon. Sobra na, sukdulan na ang pinaggagagawa ng gobyernong ito,” said Alariao.

Jusayan shared the same sentiment, noting the crisis faced by farmers as well as students: “Nandyan yung Rice Liberalization Law tsaka yung patuloy na pangangamkam ng lupa. Sa hanay nating mga kabataan ‘di ba, nananatiling pribilehiyo yung edukasyon imbis na karapatan.”

He also expressed his concern over Senate Committee Report No. 10 which aims to respond to the alleged recruitment of leftist groups in schools and universities.

“Sa kasalukuyan, may Senate committee report na sinusubukang i-apruba nila [Senator] Bato Dela Rosa na kung saan gusto nilang papasukin yung mga militar at kapulisan sa mga pamantasan, tiktikan yung ating mga guro. Isa itong paglabag dun sa akademikong karapatan natin dito sa loob ng pamantasan,” he asserted.

“Nanganganib yung mga guro natin at nanganganib mismo tayong mga kabataang estudyante na ang pagtingin ng estado sa mga kritikong katulad natin, yung mga nagcr-criticize sa [kanila] ay mga NPA, terorista,” he said.

For Jusayan, the government responds to the crisis and problems plaguing the country through police and military resistance and intimidation.

“‘Yung konsepto yata ng kapayapaan ni Pangulong Duterte ay pagtahimik, pagpapatahimik dun sa mga mamamayan, pagtetengang-kawali, yung pagsasawalang-bahala dun sa mga tunay na hinanaing ng mga mamamayan. […] Panunupil, pang-iintimidate ng kapulisan, ng militar,” Jusayan expressed.

Alariao aired the same sentiments, “Sa lahat ng lumalaban, pati pa yung mga aktibista, dinadakip yung lahat ng mga progresibo, patuloy yung pag-aatake sa kanila. So pilit nilang pinapatahimik dahil mas lalong nag-iingay ang sambayanan.”

Alariao and Jusayan also urged students to show their disapproval of the said policies.

“Sa ngayon, kailangan nating magkaisa bilang isang sektor at tutulan yung mga ganoong maniobra na tatapak doon sa akademikong kalayaan natin at doon sa mga karapatan natin bilang mga mamamayang Pilipino,” said Jusayan.

“Sa kasaysayan naman natin naputanayan na natin na ang kabataan na palaging nangunguna sa tarangkahan kasama ang mga masang api. […] At ito rin ang panawagan natin sa lahat ng mga estudyante na ipatuloy ang pag-iingay,” Alariao expressed.

The Nationwide Protest was held at UST Gate 2, FEU-Morayta, and then in Mendiola in Manila, and in other parts of the country as well.

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UST aces November 2019 nursing boards

The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

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The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

Jarvin Vincent Lumauig led the new batch of 338 Thomasian nurses after placing third in the topnotchers with 88.40-percent score.

Jana Aryn Apolinar and Phil Justine Soriano took the fourth spot with 88.20 percent score, followed by Bennette Salazar and Sheline Tumaliuan at placing fifth with 88 percent

John Reynel Tamayo placed sixth with 87.80 percent, and Maria-Jayne Lerma, Yannah Mae Loyola, and Jireh Li Piñol at ninth with 87.20 percent score.

John Howell Diric, Aaron Kyle Enriquez, Nicson Madulid, Patricia Dianne Melo, Clarice Gabrielle Sanchez, Arabelle Mae Tiu, and Marie Abigail Turingan all placed in the tenth spot with 87-percent rate.

Shaina Kei Watanabe of Davao Doctors College, Inc. topped the exams with a rating of 89.60 percent.

The University took the top spot along with Saint Louis University with all 191 examinees passing, and the De La Salle Medicine and Health Sciences Institute with all 67 examinees passing.

The national passing rate improved to 55.20 percent or 7,627 out of 13,816 examinees making it to the cut from last year’s 39.98 percent or 4,811 out of 12,033 passing.

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Paskuhan opening pushes through despite ‘Tisoy’

The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

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The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

According to UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Jesus Miranda, O.P., the Paskuhan opening would have been moved to Dec. 10 if weather becomes unpredictable.

“It can be moved on December 10 sana. Pero again it was not moved,” the secretary-general told TomasinoWeb.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso led the opening of the Harry Potter-themed Christmas décor around the campus and expressed his gratitude to the University in achieving a ‘vibrant Manila’ again.

“Thank you, UST. And hopefully we can continue to work together, the government, the institutions, [private coroporations], at tao. Sana talaga magtuloy-tuloy talaga ang Manila to be vibrant again,” Domagoso said in his video in Manila Public Information Office.

Vice-Mayor Honey Lacuña also attended the opening ceremonies.

Aside from the free food and fireworks, a drone light show was also held at the open field, a new addition in this year’s Paskuhan opening.

According to the Central Student Council (CSC), this year’s Paskuhan theme is “Unto us a Child is born” from Harry Potter and winter wonderland.

They urged the Thomasian community to support the upcoming Paskuhan activities.

The UST Christmas concert will be on Dec. 5 and 6 while the Paskuhan concert will be on Dec. 20, 2019. R. Velasco

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UST slips in September 2019 teachers boards

The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

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The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

In the elementary level, UST dropped to fifth spot from being a top-performing school for five consecutive years despite having a higher passing rate from 86.78 percent last year to 88.60 percent this year or 101 out of 114 examinees passing the exams. 

From fourth last year, the University landed sixth in the secondary level top-performing schools after posting a rating of 88.57 percent or 155 out of 175 exam takers from last year’s 91.94 percent.

Alexa Maria Andrea Manlutac shared the tenth place of the elementary level topnotchers with 11 others with a rating of 89.80 percent. 

Kezia Ambag of Philippine Normal University-Mindanao, Joshua Canseco of Mindanao State University-General Santos, and Anjo Literatus of Saint Mary’s College-Tagum led the new batch of elementary teachers after garnering a rate of 92.60 percent.

Marlou Camano of University of Mindanao-Kidapawan took the top spot in the secondary level LET after scoring 93.40 percent.

University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum was named this year’s top-performing school for the elementary level with 96.07-percent passing rate, while the University of the Philippines-Los Baños topped in the secondary level with 98 percent passing rate.

The national passing rate for elementary teachers increased to 31.34 percent or 28,973 out of  92,440 examinees passing the exams from last year’s 20.29 percent or 18,409 out of 90,750 examinees.

In the secondary level, the national passing rate dropped to 39.68 percent, or 54,179 out of 136,523 examinees from last year’s 48.03 percent, or 60,803 out of 126,582 exam takers. A. Basa

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