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Thomasians express dismay over LRT2 service disruption

Thomasian commuters lamented the additional struggle in their daily commute brought about by the disruption of Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 operation.

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Thomasian commuters lamented the additional struggle in their daily commute brought about by the disruption of Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 operation.

In a number of interviews with TomasinoWeb, students of the University expressed their dismay in the said incident and hope for the immediate resumption of  normal LRT-2 service.

[S]ana matupad talaga yang six to nine months na sinasabi niyo kasi umaasa lahat ng tao dyan,” Arabelle Bayron, a student from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, said regarding the time frame allotted for the LRT-2 to fully operate again.

“[3:15 a.m.] ako gumising para iwasan yung traffic tapos mga 5 a.m. ang traffic na sa Cubao. [Madami] na [ang] students [na] nag-aabang,” she added.

Allaine Chua, also a student from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, also shared the same sentiments, “Ang laking problem [na] na-idulot nitong unforeseen event. Pero dapat kahit unforeseen siya, dapat may solution agad ang government.”

Despite not riding the LRT-2 frequently, Karlo Bernabe of AMV-College of Accountancy also expressed the struggle brought by the disruption of LRT-2 service to other commuters. 

“Yung mga nagl-LRT na tiga-Pasig, nasakay na ng mga bus, UV at jeepneys. Ramdam ko na mas nahirapan ako makasakay ng UV pauwi at nadagdagan ang aking travel ng halos isang oras,” said Bernabe.

In an interview with TomasinoWeb, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said that LRTA already had a contingency plan which is spare parts stocking. But despite having spare parts, they are not enough.

“Not only the commuters are affected by this transportation crisis. Even the stalls outside Santolan station are hugely affected since there are no more passengers going in and out of the station. They closed their stalls completely,” Chua added.

“[They] will have to bear their own respective losses. It is a risk they took. It is part of business risk,” Cabrera said when asked about the business stalls.

Despite the exasperation of the commuters, some also praised the free rides provided by the LRTA and other transportation companies.

“Kudos to the LRTA for giving free rides sa mga pasahero habang di pa nag-ooperate yung tatlong stations. […] Sana after magawa ma-maintain na nang maayos lahat to avoid problems kagaya nito and sana makagawa na talaga ng improvements sa transportation system natin,” said Kylie Vergara, a student also from the Faculty of Arts and Letters.

LRT-2 starts partial operation from Cubao to Recto

Partial operation of LRT-2 from Cubao to Recto and vice versa already resumed early today, October 8.

“We have resumed partial operations [from] Cubao to Recto by managing train speed and distribution in the line,” Cabrera said.

This is following the suspension of the LRT-2 operation last Thursday when two rectifiers in Katipunan and Anonas stations caught fire. LRTA said that the incident is “still under investigation.”

Continuous train travel and operation simulations were conducted from Saturday to Monday, according to Cabrera, in order to ensure safe and convenient rides for the LRT-2 passengers.

“Our primary focus and consideration is safety,” he added.

To ease the strain of daily commuters, LRTA provided free rides and asked Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to give special permits to 40 units of modernized public utility vehicles (PUVs), around 89 buses, and to deploy point-to-point (P2P) buses: Masinag to Legarda, Emerald to Legarda, Santolan to Legarda, and Anonas to Legarda.

Motorcycle ride-hailing company Angkas also provided free rides from Santolan to Recto and vice versa, from Tuesday to Thursday, at 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Victory Liner bus company also announced yesterday that their buses are available from Santolan to Cubao and vice versa, at 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m, with the same LRT-2 fare rate.

Repairs to take 9 months

Cabrera said nine months is a ballpark estimate, “not set in stone,” necessary to replace and restore the full operational conditions of the damaged rectifiers.

“We are looking into other angles [on] how to shorten the time frame, like the possibility of the [needed equipment’s availability] in nearby countries like Singapore, Hongkong, or Thailand, where they operate train system similar to LRT-2,” he said.

He explained that the shipment of the needed parts and components coming from the United Kingdom, France, and Japan will take time and that the equipment is not “plug and play.”

“They have to [be] manufactured [and] customized for the requirements of LRT-2. They are not readily available in the market. They need to be tested and commissioned after installation. They require fine tuning in order [to] function according to the performance level required,” he said. Coleen Ruth Abiog

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Casanova ng Kolehiyo ng Edukasyon, itinalagang bagong KWF komisyoner

Si Assoc. Prof. Arthur Casanova ang papalit sa nakaraang komisyoner na Pambansang Alagad ng Sining na si Virgilio Almario.

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Si KWF Komisyoner Arthur Casanova sa isang seminar sa UST noong Agosto 2018 | Kuha ni Alexa Taay/TomasinoWeb

Itinalaga ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte si Assoc. Prof. Arthur Casanova bilang bagong kinatawan ng wikang Tagalog at komisyoner ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF).

Siya ang papalit sa nakaraang komisyoner na Pambansang Alagad ng Sining na si Virgilio Almario.

Ang pagkakatalaga sa premyadong manunulat, lingguwista, at edukador ay may bisa na pitong taon o hanggang Enero taong 2027.

Nagtapos si Casanova sa Mindanao State University sa kursong Batsilyer ng Edukasyong Pangsekundarya medyor sa Filipino noong 1982, masterado sa Edukasyon na may espesyalisasyon sa Filipino Linguistics, at doktorado sa Literatura at Lingguwistika sa Philippine Normal University noong 1992 at 1999.

Nakapaglathala na siya ng mga teksbuk para sa mga high school at kolehiyo, gayundin ng mahigit 40 akda na karamihan ay tungkol sa mga dula partikular sa pananaliksik at produksyon ng mga dulang pang-Mindanao.

Siya rin ay isang aktibong miyembro ng mga samahan. Ilan na rito ay ang Aliw Awards Foundation (2013-2017), International Theatre Institute kung saan siya ay naging miyembro ng 17 na taon (2000-2017), at bilang pangulo ng Metrobank Foundation Network of Outstanding Teachers sa loob ng isang taon (2011-2012).

Nag-uwi rin siya ng ilang karangalan tulad ng Metrobank Foundation Outstanding teacher noong 1999, at SARIMANOK Award Outstanding Alumnus in the Field of Literature and the Arts  mula sa Mindanao State University noong 2011.

Nakatanggap din siya ng parangal mula sa National Book Awards noong 1986 at 1987, at Aliw Awards for Best Musical Play Director.

Ang Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino ay isang ahensya na tumututok sa mga wika sa bansa kontra sa mga banta ng paglaho nito.

Ang kanyang pagtuturo sa UST

Maraming taon ang iginugol ni Casanova sa pagtuturo at pagbabahagi ng kanyang kaalaman sa mga mag-aaral ng Unibersidad.

Sa eklusibong panayam ng TomasinoWeb, bagamat nagulat sa pagkakatalaga ni Casanova bilang bagong komisyoner ng KWF, ipinahayag ni Asst. Prof. Alvin R. Reyes ang kanilang galak at mga inaasahan sa kanyang pagkakatalaga sa naturang puwesto.

Sa panig ng UST, siyempre mas inaasahan natin yung matibay na ugnayan sa KWF higit kailanman para isulong yung mga proyekto nating pang-Unibersidad patungo sa range o lawak na pambansa this time,” ani Reyes, ang tagapangulo ng Departamento ng Filipino ng UST.

Ayon pa kay Reyes, kahit noong siya ay guro pa lamang sa Unibersidad, siya ay maraming nang plano para sa mga wikang nanganganib mamatay.

“Nung siya ay pangkaraniwang guro pa lamang dito sa UST, mga naririnig ko sa kanya na mga bagay na dapat gawin kaugnay ng wika ay yung pananaliksik pa o research tungkol sa mga nanganganib na wika sa Pilipinas,” dagdag pa niya.

Hindi rin maitatanggi ni Reyes ang mga implikasyon ng kanyang pag-alis sa trabaho.

“Kung dati, madali lang niya maibabahagi ang kanyang expertise kasi kasama namin siya, ngayon ay medyo mahirap na. Kailangan na naming dumaan sa proseso ng pag-iimbita kasi hahanap lang kami ng libreng niyang oras,“ aniya.

Nagkaroon din ng mga bakanteng klase dahil sa kanyang pag-alis kung kaya hahanapan pa ito ng mga gurong magtuturo, o magkakaroon ng overload sa mga teaching loads ng mga propesor. Alexa Basa

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Thomasians demand for passage of students’ code in First Day Fight

The protest condemned the “yearly” tuition increase and demanded for the passage of the long-delayed students’ code of rights of the University.

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Progressive students from the University held their “First Day Fight” protest to kick-off the first day of classes for the second semester at UST Gate 2 Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

The protest condemned the “yearly” tuition increase and demanded for the passage of the long-delayed students’ code of rights of the University.

In an interview with TomasinoWeb, Karch Rafael of Kabataan Partylist-UST expressed his concern over the passage of the students’ code which might start again from the very beginning after the change in the University’s rector.

“Ngayon ang [gusto nating tutukan] ay tuition increase nanaman tsaka ‘yung democratic rights na patuloy na inaapakan, na sinusupil ng estado natin tsaka ng administrasyon ng UST.

“Gusto nating mabuo ‘yung students’ demand at maipasa na ‘yung students’ code [ngayong] taon na mahigit 16 to 17 years na siyang nakabinbin. Napalitan nanaman ang rector, ibig sabihin nito mataas ‘yung posibilidad na bumalik siya from square one,” Rafael said.

“Dahil sino ba dapat ‘yung primaryang nakikinabang sa kung anong ibinibigay ng isang paaralan. Siyempre ang estudyante, estudyanteng parte ng kabataan at magiging pag-asa ng bagong henerasyon,” Rafael added.

Students also criticized the budget cuts on the country’s calamity fund and government’s response on the Taal Eruption.

“Tinututulan natin yun [budger cut]. Nung nakipag-usap naman ako [na] nabiktima din nung kalamidad ay malaki yung inaasahan nila na tulong mula sa gobyerno natin sapagkat alam nila na yung gobyerno dapat natin ‘yung primaryang tumutulong sa mga mamamayan sa panahon ng pangangailangan,” he said.

Rafael also expressed his anger towards Duterte administraton and its policies, “Habang tumatagal si Duterte sa bulok niyang palasyo, lalong tumitindi yung pag-atake sa mga mamamayan”, he added.

Trisha Ifurung of League of Filipino Students-UST also said that the protest also aims to look back on what has been done from the previous semester and continuing to fight for the students’ and the people’s rights that are being neglected by the administration.

“Panibagong taon nanaman pero yung mga problema na nararanasan ng mga mamamayan ay patuloy pa din,” she said.

The students also called for the junking of the mandatory ROTC for senior high school students and the K-12 program which is about to undergo a public review by the House of Representatives. R. Velasco with reports from J. A. Pangilinan

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Dagohoy concludes University rectorship

“It is an honor to serve Asia’s oldest university, and to meet wonderful people like you. Love UST,” the former rector said on Jan. 15, as posted in the UST’s official social media pages.

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Rev. Fr. Richard Ang and Rev. Fr.Herminio Dagohoy, UST's 96th rector, during the Paskuhan mass in December 2019 | Deojon Elarco/TomasinoWeb

University of Santo Tomas (UST) Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., the 96th Rector Magnificus of the University, has already concluded his eight-year term in the University.

“It is an honor to serve Asia’s oldest university, and to meet wonderful people like you. Love UST,” the former rector said on Jan. 15, as posted in the UST’s official social media pages.

Dagohoy, 55, was the 9th Rector of the UST Angelicum College and former finance director of UST Hospital before he assumed his rectorship in the University.

He was born in Hagonoy, Bulacan, and he graduated accountancy at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines before joining the Order of Preachers.

He also finished other degrees: AB Philosophy, Sacred Theology, Master of Arts in Philippine Studies, Licentiate in Philosophy, and Doctorate in Philosophy.

Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., UST Vice-Rector for seven years, is now the acting rector.

He was the former dean of the then Faculty of Philosophy and former chairman of Manpower, Scholarship, and Retirement Board Committee of the University.

Ang, during his academic years, has published several scholarly articles about philosophy such as “The Confucian Li,” “On Conceiving Ren towards Birthing Ru Jia,” and “The Concept of Ren.”

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