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Thomasians join protest to demand for better, affordable public transportation

Thomasians joined students from other universities in the Black Friday Protest held at Morayta to voice out their dissatisfactions on the present condition of public transportation system, Friday, October 12.

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Thomasians joined students from other universities in the Black Friday Protest held at Morayta to voice out their dissatisfactions on the present condition of public transportation system, Friday, October 11.

Students from different organizations like Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students (LFS), Kabataan partylist and National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) called out the current administration’s solutions on the transportation crisis being experienced today. 

Majority of the protesters are commuters hailing from different cities in Metro Manila and experience the burden of public transport first hand. 

“Dapat hindi pagtuunan [ang] pagpa-privatize ng mga serbisyo, dahil doon sa madaling salita ginagawa nilang negosyo ang dapat na maging serbisyo. Pagtuunan nila ng pansin kung ano ang tunay na problema,” Karch Rafael from Kabataan Partylist UST said in an interview with TomasinoWeb.

They also showed their disappointment and condemned presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s prior statement, “If you want to arrive early in your destination, then you go there earlier.”

According to Angelo Rosario, spokesperson of Anakbayan UST, for more than five years he’s been commuting from Cavite to Manila, waking up 2 hours early, he would still be late in class. He said that this only shows how lame and far from reality Panelo’s solutions are. 

The students are not only suffering physically from the hassle of commuting but their academic standing as well, according to a student from Anakbayan. He added that waking up at an earlier time does not alleviate the problem but only adds insult to injury.

When questioned whether transportation crisis exists or not, Lloyd Manangon of NUSP answered, “Meron, makikita natin siya sa kahit anong street dito sa Metro Manila.” He added that Panelo’s attempt to commute for a day is not an answer to the problem and is just a mere publicity stunt.

“Panelo doing the challenge to commute for a day is just futile. The challenge is supposed to make him experience first hand the hassle of daily commuting, however, it just turned out to be a plublicity stunt.  He was just making fun of the daily inconvenience the commuters are experiencing,” Josh Marcus Romasanta from Anakbayan FEU said in an interview with TomasinoWeb.

Three days prior to the said protest, Panelo denied that there is a mass transport crisis and insisted that all is well. However, students present in the rally disputed his statement and believed that the crisis is existing. They claimed that the solution of Panelo to “go earlier” and the “jeepney phase out” are detached from reality and will not solve the problem.

“The problem is the system itself, the government should focus on funding the social services that are for the public rather than focusing on funding the police and military. The youth are not against modernization of transportation, they are against  [in]genuine reform, Francis Raveles,” head of research committee of LFS said. Hazel Camba and Jose Ama Rosario

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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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