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No Vice Presidential Candidate for 2019 UST-CSC Elections

Aspiring UST Central Student Council (CSC) for this year’s university-wide elections candidates filed their certificates of candidacy today, March 27, 2019 at the UST -Tan Yan Kee Student Center, where no vice presidential candidate filed for candidacy.

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Aspiring UST Central Student Council (CSC) for this year’s university-wide elections candidates filed their certificates of candidacy today, March 27, 2019 at the UST -Tan Yan Kee Student Center, where no vice presidential candidate filed for candidacy.

Among the aspiring candidates is the incumbent CSC secretary Robert Dominic Gonzales from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery running independently for president.

In an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb, Gonzales said that he is running again for CSC or him to continue what they have already started in their service in CSC.

“Kaya ako tumatakbo ulit bilang parte ng Central Student Council kasi, for me, gusto kong ituloy kung ano man yung mga nasimulan naming noong naglilingkod kami sa CSC. Actually with or without position kaya mong maglingkod eh. Pero yung alam mong nakikita mong nakaupo ka dun, first-hand, kung paano gumalaw, pa’no mag-representa ng mga estudyante, I think yun ang isa sa mga pinaka-noble acts being of service, without asking for anything in return. Kaya ako tumatakbo dito ngayon kasi dala-dala ko rin yung mga adbokasiya ko noon, noong tumakbo ako, at para rin maging boses ng mga Tomasino,” said Gonzales.

When asked about the the main problems and issues he will be addressing, he said that he will focus on giving more representation on the student body.

“Siguro for me kasi, ang nakikita kong problema ngayon nagkakaroon tayo ng siguro, kakulangan sa representasyon, sa pagiging boses sa social issues, sa mga pressing issues na kinakaharap ng mga estudyante natin. So isa yun sa mga pangunahing trabaho na gagawin natin,” he added.

“I am encouraging the student body to be very critical of the people who they will be voting for, not just in the student council elections but also in our national elections kasi nakasalalay sa kamay natin yung magiging kinabukasan, magiging future ng school ng bansa, ng bawat sarili natin,” said Gonzales.

Another independent candidate is Legal Management freshman Krizia Bricio running for the position of secretary.

In an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb, Bricio said that she has been working for the team secretary for two years already and she is “already equipped with enough knowledge and skills to serve” as this years CSC secretary.

“Bibigyang-pansin ko po ‘pag ako’y nahalal na Secretary ng konseho ay ang mga study areas inside UST po and then strengthening the campaigns and advocacies inside the University para mas mapamulat natin ang mga Tomasino,” she added.

When asked about her plans on the passage of the long-delayed Students’ Code, “Sa ngayon po sa Students’ Code ipagpapatuloy po natin ito na ilatag sa ating central board and then sa mga offices para this year hopefully ay maipatupad na, maipasa na ang students’ code,” said Bricio.

Incomplete slate for the only two Political Parties

Meanwhile, Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (LAKASDIWA) and Lakas Tomasino Coalition (LTC), the only two accredited political parties for this academic year, both have incomplete set of candidates for this year’s elections, with the former having only a a lone candidate for secretary.

LAKASDIWA’s only candidate for secretary is Chemistry freshman Karch Andrei Rafael from the College of Science.

“Being a first year student in the University, I’ve seen many spaces and areas that we can improve. And I know that I, together with the Thomasian community, we could work it out,” said Rafael in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb.

He also added that he wants to promote inclusivity and transparency of the council to all students.

When asked about the passage of the Students’ Code, he said that it must start from the “very bottom,” or from the local student councils.

“We could ask them to inform the students or orient the students about the student code about their rights and everything and it will go up until the University itself, until the whole University knows what are their rights,” he added.

On the other hand, LTC’s aspiring president Worship Acosta from the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics said that he believes that what Thomasians needs is someone who can give them service 24/7.

Furthermore, Acosta also said that he will give more focus on the opportunities that the students should get.

“Bibigyan po natin ng halaga ang mga dapat nakukuha ng students,” he added.

“Ipaglalaban po natin ang students’ rights. As a team we are here to really make the people have a choice, a chance to make a change in the University,” he added.

Meanwhile, LTC’s secretary candidate Nicholas Sia from College of Fine Arts and Design said that after working for CSC for the longest time, it is time for him to run for the CSC secretary.

When asked about his platforms, he said that he will not only focus on the welfare of the students but of other creations as well.

“In line with my advocacies towards life, tututukan natin not only welfare of the students but also the welfare of the other creations as well like the environment and the animals as well,” said Sia.

On the passage of the Students’ Code, Sia said that the executive board should prioritize it since it is really needed by the students.

“Kailangan na rin siyang tutukan kasi sa panahon na ang daming nagiging issue so we really have to like have a backup sa’ting mga students,” said Sia.

Moreover, Sia added: “Through that, I think, I believe na magagawa ko yung pagtulong din, yung mga platforms ko through community development especially through collaborative effort kasi naniniwala ako na CSC is not a one-man team.”

Meanwhile, LTC’s Auditor candidate Patricia Cruz said that after her three years of stay in the University since senior high school, she observed a lot of flaws and lacks in the Thomasians.

“I really want na yung pagiging leader ko, gusto kong ma-extend siya, maibahagi ko siya sa Thomasian community in a way na I can affect their lives for their betterment,” she added.

“Gusto ko talaga bigyang-pansin yung sa transparency. Gusto kong idisclose sa buong Thomasian community kung saan napupunta yung pera nila, na hindi siya biglang nawawala and gusto kong maipakita sa kanila na yung fund natin nagagamit siya ng tama,” said Cruz.

Moreover, LTC’s aspiring Treasurer Rafael Lipat said that what made him run is his will to serve the student body after being part of CSC for the past years.

“I want to step up my game again since I’ve been part of CSC for the past years. And I really want to go back to my roots na I want to serve the student body,” said Lipat.

In addition, he said that he will focus on the tuition fee increase being proposed by the admin every year.

“We will have a lobbying feature this year, hopefully sa CSC, na malo-lobby natin yung concerns natin when it comes to tuition fee increase; and I really want the next academic year to be a really transparent and financially able here for the CSC and the local student councils” he added.

Moreover, LTC’s PRO candidate Jeric Sun said that he decided to run for public relations officer since his capabilities and potentials should not stop in a local student council.  

“As an outgoing executive board member of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences under the position of Chief-of-Staff, I believe that my people skills, if you may, is more than adequate,” said Sun.

In addition, Sun said that his biggest concern is oppression people face through harassment.

He added, “When people say, empowerment, it doesn’t stop at females, it doesn’t stop at the LGBTQ, it’s all of us, it’s each individual; and the true meaning of empowerment is not when you support one group, it’s when you support every individual going through something.”

Consequently, UST Central COMELEC is expected to release the official list of candidates on Friday, March 27, 2019 as stated in its Memorandum No. 4, Series of 2018-2019.

Furthermore, Tagisan 2019 or the Miting de Avance is scheduled on April 13, election period on April 23-27, and the proclamation of new set of CSC officers on April 27, 2019.

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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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