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UST profs, staff lauded in 17th Dangal ng UST Awards

Thomasian professors and staff were awarded for their exemplary service to the University Tuesday, at the Medicine Auditorium.

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Thomasian professors and staff were awarded for their exemplary service to the University Tuesday, at the Medicine Auditorium.

Professor Jove Jim Aguas of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and Prof. Alicia Aguinaldo of the College of Science were this year’s Hall of Fame awardees. Both received several recognitions in the Dangal ng UST Awards in the previous years.

The Metrobank’s Outstanding Teacher award was bestowed upon Assoc. Prof. Thomas Edison dela Cruz of the College of Science, making him the fifth Thomasian to receive the said award.

College of Education’s Assoc. Prof. Joel Adamos and Asst. Prof. Erlyn Geronimo, Junior High School’s Vincent Caparas, College of Science’s Prof. Christina Binag, and College of Nursing’s Genecar Pe Benito received the Gawad Santo Tomas for their exemplary performance in teaching.

Former Graduate School Dean Lilian Sison received the Gawad Benavides award for her 45 years of service in the University.

Other professors from the different colleges and faculties who served the University for 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years also accepted the Gawad Benavides.

Assoc. Prof. Allan Patrick Macabeo of the College of Science and Prof. Joyce Arriola of the Faculty of Arts and Letters were given the Gawad San Alberto Magno for their notable researches.

The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery’s Department of Pediatrics received the Gawad Santo Domingo for their outstanding community service program.

Different professors from Science, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy, Medicine, College of Commerce and Business Administration, and Faculty of Pharmacy were the recipients of the Gawad San Lorenzo Ruiz for national and international recognitions.

The UST Educational Technology Center’s Innovative Learning and Technology Unit is also a Gawad San Lorenzo Ruiz awardee for the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Staff Development.

The San Raymundo Peñafort Most Outstanding Librarian and the San Martin de Porres Most Outstanding Guidance Counselor awards were bestowed upon Ms. Michelle San Gabriel and Ms. Nerizza Valdellon-Cristobal, respectively.

Acting Rector Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P, told the professors and staff present to strive more for exemplary performance inside and out of the campus for the incoming terms.

“Higit na matututo ang mga estudyante kung nakasalalay ang ating relasyon batay sa pantay na paggalang at hindi sa respeto batay sa kapangyarihan o awtoridad,” he said.

Ang added that effective teachers are responsive and relevant, saying “Ang epektibong guro ay marunong din magbiro at nai-aangkop niya ang leksyon sa mga araw-araw na kaganapan.”

“Siya (teacher) ang tumatayong pangalawang magulang ng mga estudyante, may tunay na malasakit at pag-aaruga. Siya ay isang magandang larawan ng pag-asa, hindi paasa, ayon sa mga bata,” he added.

The Dangal ng UST Awards is an annual ceremony organized by the Administration and UST Faculty Union to honor Thomasian members of the academe who excel in the fields of teaching, research, and community service. -C.C.M.

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“Kantahan sa Lansangan”: Thomasians organize benefit street gig for farmers

Progressive Thomasian students held a street performance event in commemoration of Peasant’s Month echoing the demand for better policies and the call to end the killing of farmers, Thursday, Oct. 17.

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Progressive Thomasian students held a street performance event in commemoration of Peasant’s Month echoing the demand for better policies and the call to end the killing of farmers, Thursday, Oct. 17.

The event “Kantahan sa Lansangan” was spearheaded by Anakbayan-UST to gather funds to aid farmers and be able to register the call by featuring spoken open mic performances and busking. 

Angelo del Rosario of Anakbayan-UST highlighted the benefit gig’s role in joining the plight of farmers in registering and asserting their rights. 

“Yung street gig na ito ay in support sa mga peasants natin. Gusto rin natin na makiisa sa laban ng mga magsasaka para sa mga iba’t-ibang karapatan nila […] at makakamtan natin sa pamamagitan ng tunay na reporma sa lupa,” del Rosario said. 

Peasant workers were also set to talk in the event to share their experiences which, however, did not push through due to heightened police presence in the area, citing safety and security concerns in line with the alleged spur of targeted killings of farmers.

Del Rosario also expressed his frustration in the surveillance of the local police in the area for the event: “Sobrang nakakafrustrate siya, kasi karapatan naman na mag-perform hindi lamang ipanawagan yung mga legitimate na calls ng mga magsasaka, [pati na] yung mga calls ng mga estudyante.”

He added: “Itong tinitiktikan tayo parang kumbaga ikino-consider tayong threat of security sa public. Well in fact, gusto kong sabihin na sila pa nga ang mas karapat-dapat bansagan bilang threat of security.”

Farmers burdened by rice tariffication law, militarization

Moreover, peasants’ rights group spokesperson lambasted the government’s policy of Rice Tariffication Law, saying that farmers’ rights, as the producers of the country, must be addressed by the government. 

Eddie Billolas, spokesperson of Katipunan ng Samahan ng Magsasaka – Timog Katagalugan, in an exclusive with TomasinoWeb, said: “Ang magsasaka ay tagapaglikha ng pagkain ‘yan. [Na] pakainin ang sambayanang Pilipino na walang bahid ng paglabag sa karapatan at dapat nga tugunan ang kanyang pangangailangan.” 

Billolas added that even though the law has already passed, farmers have no control on what they sell. He also implicated that the price of palay has deflated for as low as P9, making the local farmers suffer more in this current bill. 

A farmer from Mindoro, who had an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb, stated that there is an ongoing militarization which targets the farmers and also the indigenous people specifically the Mangyan tribe. He decided to disclose his personal information for  safety reasons.

“Sa kasalukuyan ay marami ang militar sa amin at ang mga katutubo ay dinadaya at sinasaktan. Pumili rin [sila] ng mga lugar na malapit sa tinitirhan ng mga katutubo at binabantayan sila,” he said. 

Pertaining to the Rice Tariffication Law, he stated that he wishes the government would hear their plights and make an action towards the dreadful situation of the local farmers. “Ang panawagan namin ay sana itaas manlang ang produksyon namin hinggil sa aming pinagkakakitaan tulad na lamang ng niyog, saging at kung ano pa,” he added. 

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Pagtuturo ng agham sa Filipino, isinulong

‪Isinulong ng ilang dalubhasa ang kasanayan sa wikang Filipino sa agham at pananaliksik sa idinaos na 2019 Pambansang Kumperensiyang Pang-agham: Masulong na Agham sa Wikang Filipino, Miyerkules, ika-17 ng Oktubre. ‬

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Isinulong ng ilang dalubhasa ang kasanayan sa wikang Filipino sa agham at pananaliksik sa idinaos na 2019 Pambansang Kumperensiyang Pang-agham: Masulong na Agham sa Wikang Filipino, Miyerkules, ika-17 ng Oktubre. 

“Ang pinakapangunahing layunin ng ating batas—ng ating konstitusyon—para sa wikang Pambansa ay gamitin ito bilang wika ng akademya—bilang wika ng pagtuturo—hindi lamang sa batayang edukasyon [kung hindi pati] sa lahat at buong sistema ng edukasyon sa Pilipinas,” wika ni Virgilio Almario sa kanyang talumpati sa bulwagan ng Thomas Research Aquinas Complex.

Ayon kay Almario, Pambansang Alagad ng Sining sa Panitikan at tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), layunin natin ngayon na gamitin ang wikang Pambansa sa mga usaping teknikal at maglikom ng mga salita mula sa Tagalog at iba’t ibang wikang katutubo ng Pilipinas upang ipantumbas sa mga teknikal na salitang Ingles.

“Hangga’t maaari ay magsimula na tayo talaga na gumamit ng Filipino [sa larangan ng agham] dahil puwede namang gamitin. Nakikita natin [ngayon na] kahit yung napakahirap na topics ay puwedeng gamitin ang Filipino…Mas maiintindihan yung ating pinaguusapan kung nasa Filipino, kaysa nag-iInglesan tayo [ngunit] hindi naman tayo nagkakaintindihan,” aniya sa isang panayam sa TomasinoWeb.

Hinimok din ni Almario ang lahat na maging mahilig sa wika at sa paggamit ng diksiyonaryo upang mapaunlad ang kaalaman sa agham at wikang Pambansa.

 Wikang Filipino bilang wika ng agham

“Naniniwala ako [na] higit tayong makukumbinsi na [ang] wikang Filipino ay wika rin ng agham,” ani Engr. Albert G. Mariño, deputy director ng Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute.

Ayon kay Mariño, maliit lamang na hakbang ang paggamit ng sariling wika ngunit malaki ang epekto nito sa pagsusulong ng kaalamang agham at teknolohiya.

“Masasabi kong higit na epektibo ang paggamit ng wikang Filipino… Sa aming karanasan, mas matututo at aktibo ang mga mag-aaral dahil higit nilang naipapahayag ang kanilang mga ideya at karunungan,” wika niya.

Nabangggit naman sa malayang talakayan ni Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero, Outstanding Young Scientist 2013 mula sa Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila, na hindi madali ang pagsasalin sa Filipino ng karamihan sa mga terminolohiyang ginagamit sa agham.

“Talagang ‘pag tinatalakay ko ang [agham], Ingles ang ginagamit ko. Ngunit ngayon parang masaya siya [kapag Filipino]. Kaya siguro sa pagtuturo ko ulit, paminsan-minsan susubukan kong ibigay yung lecture gamit ang [Filipino],” aniya.

Pinuna naman ng dalubgurong si Fortunato B. Sevilla III ang masyadong pagiging kritikal sa pagsasalin sa Filipino ng mga wikang ginagamit sa agham.

“Yung ‘alon,’ gagamitin sa ‘wave.’ Sakto naman ‘yon. So puwede nating sabihin [na ang lightwave ay] ‘alon ng ilaw,’” wika niya. “Kunwari [yung] ‘wavelength,’ literal nating gawing Filipino…‘haba ng alon.’”

Dagdag pa ni Sevilla, “Ang problema [ay] hindi lang tayo sanay [kasi] hindi natin ginagamit. Pero kung gagamitin lagi, matatanggap natin. Kung umpisahan natin ngayon at gamitin lagi, madaling tanggapin.”

Kasama sa mga nag-ambag ng panayam ay sina Dr. Rhodora V. Azanza, pangulo ng National Academy of Science and Technology at Dr. James Anthony C. Bautista at Dr. Marilyn A. Rimando ng UST Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences (RCNAS).

Ang 2019 Pambansang Kumperensiyang Pang-agham ay inorganisa ng RCNAS, Kolehiyo ng Agham, at Departamento ng Filipino ng UST, sa pakikipagtulungan ng KWF.

Ang Sentro ng Salin, sa pamamahala ng Departamento ng Filipino, ay una ring itinayo sa UST at kaisa-isa pa lamang sa buong Pilipinas.

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Thomasians rank in chemist, chemical technician boards

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The University garnered a 98.63 percent passing rate in the October 2019 chemical technician licensure exam, and 83.87 percent mark in the chemist licensure examinations.

Maria Patricia Diño was the lone Thomasian making it to the topnotchers taking the eight spot with a mark of 89.50 percent in the chemical technician licensure examinations. Milton Dela Rosa Jr. of Adamson University was named this year’s topnotcher with 93.50 percent mark. 

The Visayas State University-Baybay was the lone top performing school in the chemical technician licensure exams having a perfect passing rate. 

Only schools with perfect passing rate having 50 examinees passing are included in the top performing schools in the chemical technician licensure examinations. There are 73 Thomasian examinees with 72 passing the exam.

Meanwhile, Justin Allen Lim was also the lone Thomasian in the Chemist licensure examinations placing sixth with 88.60 mark. Andrew Exequiel Tabilog of the University of the Philippines – Los Baños claimed the top spot with 92.25 percent rate.

The University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman was named one of the only two top performing school in the chemist licensure exams claiming the top spot with a 93.44 percent passing rate, followed by UP Los Baños with 88.52 percent rate. 

Only schools with 50 examinees passing with at least 80 percent passing rate are included in the top performing schools in the chemist licensure examinations, and there are only 31 Thomasians who took the exams with 26 making it to the cut.

The national passing rate for chemical technician licensure exams declined to 81.09 percent or 2,298 out of 2,834 passing from last year’s 87.32 percent or 1,673 out of 1,916 takers passing the exam.

The national passing rate for the chemist licensure exams also waned to 42.12 percent or 457 out of 1,085 making it to the cut from last year’s 45.05% or 496 out of 1,101 making it to the cut.

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