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UST vendors, napilitang magsara matapos ang clearing operations

Tuluyan nang tumigil ang operasyon ng mga food stall sa bangketa ng Asturias Street, Dapitan simula ngayong araw, ika-17 ng Agosto, matapos mapilitang magsara ang mga sidewalk vendors kasunod ng clearing operations kahapon.

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Tuluyan nang tumigil ang operasyon ng mga food stall sa bangketa ng Asturias Street, Dapitan simula ngayong araw, ika-17 ng Agosto, matapos mapilitang magsara ang mga sidewalk vendors kasunod ng clearing operations kahapon.

Kahapon ay isinagawa ang “Operation Zero Obstruction” ng Barangay 471 ng Zone 46, Sampaloc, Manila alinsunod sa direktiba ng lokal na Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) ng lungsod ng Maynila.

Ayon sa notice ng DEPW na ipinamigay ng lokal na barangay sa clearing operations kahapon, “illegal construction/encroachment on the street or sidewalk” at “illegal construction of stalls on the sidewalks” ang batayan ng pagpapaalis.

Ayon naman kay Brgy. Kagawad Evelyn Rodriguez sa isang ekslusibong panayam kasama ang TomasinoWeb, pinaalis din daw ang mga manininda para bigyang-daan ang flag ceremony na gaganapin sa Lunes, ika-19 ng Agosto.

“Ngayon, wala na [sila], especially on Monday […] 7:30 [ng umaga] darating ang Station 4,” aniya.

 

‘Dapat pagbigyan din kami’

Humiling si Boy Daos, 61 taong gulang at humigit-kumulang 30 taon nang sidewalk vendor sa Asturias Street, Dapitan, na pagbigyan naman daw sana sila ng lokal na pamahalaan ng lungsod ng Maynila.

Aniya, “Dapat pagbigyan din kami eh, dahil d’yan namin kinukuha lahat ng pangangailangan namin sa ikinabubuhay namin d’yan namin kinukuha, kasi wala naman kaming [ibang] hanapbuhay kundi ‘yan lang eh.”

Dagdag pa niya, “kung bibigyan pa kami ng pagkakataon na magtinda ulit ni [Mayor] Isko [Moreno], pwede. Pero ‘pag totally na zero [obstruction], wala na kaming magagawa.”

Karamihan sa mga tinda nila ay mga tusok-tusok at iba pang street food na kinalakhan na ng mga Tomasino.

Kasalukuyang nakikipag-ugnayan ang mga manininda sa lokal na barangay.

 

Bantang suspensyon vs pabayang LCEs

Kamakailan lang ay ipinatupad ng Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG) ang nationwide road clearing operations alinsunod sa utos ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa kanyang ika-apat na SONA.

Ayon sa Memorandum Circular 2019-121 na ibinaba ng DILG noong ika-29 ng July ngayong taon, ang direktiba ay “[to] reclaim public roads which are being used for private ends” na nagbabawal sa mga pago-okupa ng mga sidewalk vendor ng mga bangketa upang magtinda.

Ipinagbabawal din ang pagpaparada ng mga pribadong sasakyan sa mga pampublikong kalsada.

Nakasaad rin dito na sa loob ng 60 na araw o dalawang buwan ay kailangang may makamit na resulta, kung hindi ay masususpende ang mga pabayang local chief executives (LCE) ng mga local government unit sa buong bansa.

“As DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said, this should be a nationwide undertaking,” ani DILG Undersecretary at Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya sa isang report na inilathala ng Philippine Information Agency.

“So, yung instruction to DILG to recommend the suspension of negligent mayors also applies to those in the provinces,” dagdag pa niya.

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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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Expect a more critical, careful Salinggawi with ‘OneFORESTpaña,’ coach tells

Mark Chaiwalla, the head coach and an alumnus of Salinggawi, assured the Thomasian community that the troupe is now more careful and critical, especially being half a point shy from being a podium finisher last year. 

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In this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition, the University’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe is set to enchant with their nature and magical theme, Salinggawi coach said. 

Mark Chaiwalla, the head coach and an alumnus of Salinggawi, assured the Thomasian community that the troupe is now more careful and critical, especially being half a point shy from being a podium finisher last year. 

“How they took it last year parang they are more careful and they are more critical with what they are doing this year,” Chaiwalla expressed in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb

He added: “Whether we land on the podium or not they are always […] motivated naman. They do not lose the motivation depending on where they would land on from the previous year.”

Mark Chaiwalla, UST Salinggawi head coach | Larizza Lucas/TomasinoWeb

In dealing with pressure and expectations, however, Chaiwalla said that those “[are] always there, what we do is just to remind ourselves to always do our best.”

He also clarified that it’s not the pressure and expectations that would push them to do the yearly competition, but the primary goal is “to always serve the Thomasian community.”

As for the theme for this year’s competition, Chaiwalla admitted that initially, the theme was supposed to focus on the teaser that Salinggawi released on Twitter; hinting that it would be a Lady Gaga theme, continuing the Beyonce stunt last competition.  

However, they decided to pick another theme wherein they could use the fortes of the coaches, specifically the dance coach. 

“We chose a theme kung saan mailalabas talaga nung dance coach yung strength niya. Yung theme kasi mas maapektuhan niya ‘yung sayaw rather than the cheer element, so we chose a theme wherein our dance coach would really use his strength that’s why we chose this theme,” Chaiwalla added. 

The idea for this year’s Cheerdance Competition would be enchanted. “There’s a touch of magical feeling and it’s very related to nature,” he said. with reports from Sam Magbuhat.

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UST remains sixth top school in November 2019 civil eng’g boards

The University remained as the sixth top-performing school for the second straight year in the November 2019 civil engineering licensure examinations. 

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The University remained as the sixth top-performing school for the second straight year in the November 2019 civil engineering licensure examinations. 

The University posted 81.86 percent passing rate or 176 out of 215 examinees passing the exams. 

This was a bit higher from last year’s score of 81.04 percent or 171 out of 221 examinees.

No Thomasians entered the topnotchers in this year’s exams.

Lou Mervin Tristan Mahilum of the University of San Carlos took the top spot with a rating of 93.25 percent.

Carlosa A. Hilado Memorial State College-Talisay was hailed as this year’s top-performing school after scoring 98 percent or 48 out of 50 examinees.

Meanwhile, the national passing rate declined to 43.18 percent or 6,510 out of 15,075 exam takers from 45.09 percent, or 6,262 out of 13,887 examinees in the last year’s exams.  

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