Maanne Ilagan Lopez
A WORK IN PROGRESS

Oct
22

Blue and Silver November-December 2008

PCU accreditation still pending

Best before: 2005

The autonomous status of Philippine Christian University has not been renewed since the expiration of the five-year full autonomy granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) in 2005.

Dr. Greg Melchor de Lara, acting Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), said the University is still undergoing review and the administration is waiting for the result.

“We have already reapplied for it (autonomy) last year. Dr. Suarez has already applied.”

CHEd had granted the renewal of autonomy to 22 schools and universities on Nov. 2007, which did not include PCU. Assumption College, Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Manila University, Centro Escolar University, De La Salle University, Miriam College, St. Joseph College-Quezon City, Saint Louis University-Baguio City, University of St. Louis-Tugegarao City and University of Santo Tomas with a full autonomy status until 2012.

Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Baliuag University, Central Philippine University, Holy Name University, San Beda College, Siliman University, St. Paul University-Manila, St. Paul University-Dumaguete, St. Scholastica’s College, University of San Carlos, University if San Jose-Recoletos and University of St. La Salle meanwhile were granted with one year of autonomy.

CHEd autonomy grantees are exempted from issuance of Special Order for its graduates; are free from regular monitoring and evaluation by CHEd; can prescribe its own curricula; and can introduce new course programs without permission from CHEd.

Ex-VPAA recall

On Sept. 15, the Manila regional trial court (RTC) had ordered to place PCU under receivership and appointed Pacifico Aniag as receiver to report to the court as to the affairs of the University and relevant matters within 60 days from the time he takes his oath and assumes office (in Sept. 23).

“A matter of concern is the loss of autonomous status of the University,” Aniag said in the summary of his Interim Report to the court on Nov. 19. “Autonomy granted to any educational institution is the ultimate measure of academic excellence of that institution. All universities exert every effort in order to be able to attain such status. PCU-s five-year autonomy status (2001-2005) was not renewed. PCU has sent a letter of reconsideration to CHEd and is still pending up to now.”

To strengthen PCU’s reapplication for autonomous status, Aniag had hired Br. Betty Molina, former PCU VPAA, as his academic consultant.

The receiver said he had tasked Molina to assist in the renewal of the autonomous status of the University since she was the VPAA when CHEd granted PCU it autonomy from 2001-2005.

The appointment of an academic consultant did not affect the function of de Lara. “Dr. Molina’s employment ha no effect on me because I still function as the VPAA. I still oversee the academic operations: enrollment, admission, giving teaching loads to professors and teachers,” de Lara clarified.

The acting VPAA furthered that he does not question Molina’s position. “In the first place, Dr. Molina is a former VPAA of PCU. Therefore she is knowledgeable of its academic operations.”

Molina acts as the link between the office of the VPAA and the court appointed receiver. “In other words, the consultant (Molina) acts as overseer of the academic functions and processes.”

Being new to PCU, Aniag shared that he had seek the help of Molina for assistance regarding academic affairs. “Ayoko magdesisyon ng isang bagay na di ko maintindihan (I don’t want to decide on things that I don’t understand.) I have to get somebody who knows the academic measures to advise me as consultant.”

Aside from Molina, Aniag had also employed other persons to assist him in evaluating the status of the University and carry out his mandate – Isagani Arceo, in relation to the matters pertaining to finance and accounting; the law form of Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion and Lucila, for legal matters; and Pablo Perez, executive assistant.

The RTC had granted Aniag the power “to employ such person or persons such as lawyers, accountants, auditors, appraiser and staff as are necessary in performing its functions and duties as management committee,” as written in the court order.

Business as usual

Despite the changes in PCU administration after the court’s decision to put the university under receivership, de Lara clarified that the academic programs have not been affected.

“There is no change in the academic setup… Ang sinasabi ng receiver (What the receiver is saying is that) the academic programs of the University will continue,” said de Lara.

In an interview, Aniag cleared that nothing will be changed in the academic programs. “Students should not be affected with all these. You continue with all your studies and activities… Nothing will be changed.”

“Those in charge in the academic will be on status quo. Thos in charge on administration and finance, I’m still investigating.”

The acting VPAA meanwhile said that everything is taking place as planned. The administration is looking forward with the accreditation on 2009, planning for graduation and the opening of a new course – Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Travel Management.

– Maanne Lopez, Ma. Luz Ungab

Oct
22

Blue and Silver August-September 2008

A Student’s Concern

There are things beyond us, would you agree? Going beyond is risky, but sometimes you just have to have the guts to step up. It’s October, but it seems like it’s going to take a long, sleepless weeks before the semester is over. I am currently having my practicum at The Daily Tribune. I also have my thesis and other major subjects. Most of the time I feel exhausted, but since I have much to accomplish, I go beyond my limitations. I may be abusing my body, but I have to do this. I’ll just draw in all the energy after I settle my duties. Additional to my hectic schedule is the rollercoaster academic life at the Department of English and Mass Communications (DEMC). We experienced changes in professor twice which have a big impact to our studies. Not because the professors who substituted are incompetent, but because a change in professor greatly affects the education stream of the students. A change in professor means adjusting to another teaching style and standards. And it takes time. I guess the other colleges also experience problems similar to that of the DEMC. We lack professors, and the only way to be able to give the students the education which they paid for is to distribute numerous Mass Communications subjects to a very few professors. And overloading them with more than the allowed units will affect their teaching performance. We only have one full time professor and three part-timers. How can these four teach a population of students numbering to about 150, with double and single majors? A professor had load limitations and going beyond that would make them ineffective.

Yes, it’s a big sacrifice that our faculty professors are making. However the undermanned department should be addressed immediately.

Sanitation insanity

 

Our avid readers might have noticed that in the August-September 2007 issue of the Blue and Silver, the banner story is about a cockroach incident at Giddy’s Refreshment. It’s a recurring issue that is not only a problem of the canteen, but of the whole PCU. We let the students speak their minds in our student inbox, and there were those who answered that there are roaches all over PCU, not only at Giddy’s. I agree. The presence of cockroaches and other pests like rodents and flies indicate that there is a sanitation problem in the University. I can barely go to the comfort room feeling comfortable. The garbage bins are full; the flush of toilet bowls are not working; and there are footprints all over the floor. Ironically, there are several instances when I would go to the rest room ad the “cleaning time” signage, only to find out that it’s not cleansed at all afterwards. As in nothing much happened, it’s still almost as dirty as before the cleaning time. The rest room in the third floor of the Academic Building undergoes renovation. I don’t know if you noticed that before the pipes were installed in the ceiling, chunks of cement were hanging from the ceiling. Luck it didn’t fall on anyone. The Academic Building is where most of the classes of the University are located. The maintenance should double their effort in maintaining the rest rooms clean since the other is not available. Else, where will the students go to when they really need to use the toilet?

Inasmuch as it is essential the cleanliness of the food being served to the students, maintaining the cleanliness of the entire University is also necessary.

After the recurring roach incident, Dr. Imelda Belmonte, University Health and Environment Committee chairperson, discussed the case with the committee members followed by an inspection at Giddy’s main store in from of PCU-USESM. However, the committee had only inspected the storage room and not the kitchen since they don’t have an inspection permit during that time. Was the action taken by the health committee enough to determine the sanction that must be served to the store? Should the committee secure an inspection permit and conduct another inspection? Dr. Oscar Suarez, PCU President, already warned Giddy’s before. Now that it happened again, what action will be taken? The administration had again warned Giddy’s to observe cleanliness. That’s it? The roach incident happened before. Is a second warning reasonable after the incident recurred? Should we wait for a case of food poisoning before the administration gets alarmed to finally lay down the deserved sanction?

The aforesaid issues are just a portion of many matters around the University that are yet to be addressed. There are more things that should be prioritized aside from politics. We are in a university and the welfare of the students should be the foremost concern – what is best for the students and for their education and not any other political or personal issues.

Oct
22

Blue and Silver January-February 2009

Speak up

This may be my last column for the Blue and Silver, but definitely not the last time that I will speak up. This publication had taught me to voice out myself out and to “speak up for those who cannot speak and protect the rights of those who are poor helpless and needy” (Proverbs 31:9). We, student journalists, speak for the truth and for the students as the official student publication of the Philippine Christian University. Those who are saying that we are not doing our job should better think. You wouldn’t have read the previous issues up to the one you’re holding right now if we are not doing job. Only the students can say if we are worth their supposedly P75 being paid in their miscellaneous fees (reduced by P5 which goes to the University fund for office supplies, thus making it P70 or less). But as far as I know, we are doing our very best to serve the University through this publication. Our job as watchdogs is to look over the administration, to inform the public and to serve as bridge between the two – which, I believe, that the Blue and Silver is doing well enough. If there are persons who get offended, that is not our intention. Professors say that it is better to be corrected inside the classroom. The same thing applies in this University: it is better to be corrected by someone inside this vicinity than by other institutions. The duty we have as student journalists is to expose the truth and it is the responsibility of the persons in authority to act upon the matter. Now, the question is, are you doing your job? You might consider looking at yourself and your surroundings before speaking.

Academic Year 2009-2010 is fast approaching and as a senior who had spent four fruitful years of my life in PCU, I hope that the administration, the University Student Government and student organization officials will be worth their designations. Besides, you are appointed and elected to perform your duty to serve the PCU community, right? Who wants to have an official who just sits in his office and blame somebody else for his shortcomings? The person who does such thing should be removed from office. What the University needs are solutions to the problems it is facing, not another problem.

Speak up. It is everybody’s right to freedom of speech and of expression. We may not please everybody, but opinions should be respected. Still, our views matter because we are a part of this community, and therefore we should perform our roles. If you want to inquire on something; if you have noticed something wrong that should be acted upon; if you agree or disagree – SPEAK UP! If you cannot, the Blue and Silver will speak I behalf of the studentry. But this would not be possible without your cooperation. We don’t just sit down in front of our computers and type the articles; we don’t just stay late in the office for nothing; we interview persons around the University. We study at daytime, and we still have paper works to finish for the publication after class hours. What we ask of you is to allow us to do our job. We need to exhaust the different sides of the news, so allow us to get yours.

*****

Speaking of speaking up, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude. To my friends who made me laugh despite my anti-social attitude. To those whom I don’t even talk to before but then turned out to be good friends. Thanks you for the memories since our freshman year: the cheering competitions, the embarrassing moments, class productiond for TV, radio and theater, our chitchats, and many more.

I really treasure our moments of laughter, though I often seemed numb. I will miss you bax! Congratulations to us seniors! To the Samaskom pipz, truly we are “Creative by Birth, Mass Com by Choice.” Always remember that Samaskom is not about the skills alone, but also about passion and professionalism driven towards a common goal. And everything that we are doing should be centered on God Almighty. I hope you keep this formula in your hearts. That’s the key to making Samaskom the best student organization in PCU, which I believe, we have what it takes to be one.

Thank you of course to my soon Alma Mater, the Philippine Christian University, for being my second home in college. I’m proud to be a Dolphin. The character that this University instills to its students is its strength and that’s what will keep its alumni going in the tougher world outside the four walls of our Taft-based campus. To my professors in the Mass Communication Department, thank you for your perseverance, dedication and determination to provide us with quality education despite being understaffed. I know you have seen the potentials of the younger batch and I know that you can bring the best out of the like what you did to me. I was not born a communicator, but our projects and discussions challenged me and helped me develop into who I am right now. Thank you sir and ma’am, for making me love this degree program which I never though I would.

All of these would not be possible, of course, without y biological family. Thank you for the support and trust that you have given me to maximize my college life. My apology if I won’t be able to bring home the academic excellence you all expected me to have (when I was forced to study at PCU; it’s as if  I was destined to study here), although I know I could have made it. I have realized that resumés are but for impressions, what’s important is how you work in the actual. In that case, I am well trained; thanks to my second family, the Blue and Silver. From my mentors up to the new recruits, I will never forget the meetings, paper works, debates, press works, videos, staff dev and many more.

The memories I have kept in my heart cannot be counted and the friendship and the love I have for BnS will never cease. I love you guys and you know that!

For the talent, skills, guidance, wisdom, strength, understanding, and for the blessings that You are continuously giving me, thank You God for everything. I am blessed.

Oct
22

Blue and Silver June-July 2007

Anakbayan tags Tangonan civilian military agent

Admin, students oppose campus militarization

They started it and now she’s ready for it.

Prof. Emilie Tangonan, former Social Science Department head, aired her sentiment regarding the allegations of Anakbayan-NCR against her at the National Broadcasting Network (NBN) Channel 4 last summer.

Last Feb. 26, Anakbayan posted press releases along the University walls stating that Tangonan is a military agent, an anti-social and anti-worker.

“Yung paper ng Anakbayan, is the same paper na dinala ko sa media ) The paper released by the Anakbayan is the same paper that I brought to the media).”

In the meantime, an Anakbayan NCR member, who wished not to be named, deemed the presence of Col. Recardo Visaya, Civil-Military Operations Battalion commander, during the press conference of Tangonan proved that she is linked with the military.

“I just went there to air my grief. Malay ko kung sino pa ang dadalhin nila doon (I have no idea that they’ll invite other persons there).”

She added that is was her first time to meet Col. Visaya.

Moreover, Km Darriel Colis and Prof. Estrellita Bautista, former Social Science Department faculty, aired their agonies with Tangonan.

Tangonan said that the administration ordered a sudden dismissal to Bautista during the second semester.

Colis, however refused to make a statement without his lawyer’s consent.

Tangonan said that they (Colis and Bautista) also felt that they are harassed. “Ang gusto lang naming iparating na pwede ban a magbago na tayo, tama na ito (All we want is to voice out that we should change, enough already).”

Anakbayan also said in the press release last Feb. 26 that Colis has a pending libel case during the University Student Government (USG) campaign.

Prof. Perfecto Deoferio, Philosophy Department faculty, filed a libel case at Pasig Regional Trial Court last March 5, a week after the Anakbayan released the paper.

“Actually hindi ko pa alam na libel yung ifa-file ko. Paano nila (Anakbayan) nalaman na may kaso akong finile eh wala pa nga akong fina-file (Actually I didn’t know that I’ll file a libel case. How did Anakbayan know that I’ve filed a cese while I haven’t filed any)?”

Furthermore, the paper also stated that Tangonan meddled in the USG election, to the extent that she released Colis’ Good Moral Character Certificate (GMCC) that raised issues on his candidacy as USG president.

Tangonan said the case was dismissed last summer due to lack of probable cause.

Evidence and Testimonies

Last semester, Tangonan found communists; paraphernalia (books of Araling Aktibista and Rebolusyonaryong Pilipino) in a room that was supposedly used for conferences.

Tangonan acted upon reading the phrase, “Maaantig din natin ang puso ng Diyos at ang Diyos ay walang iba kung hindi ang mamamayang Pilipino.” “Di ko pwede itikom ang bibig ko sa bagay na iyon (I can’t keep silent about it).”

Anakbayan, when asked about the said paraphernalia, stated that Mao Ze Dong wrote the Araling Aktibista. “Sa bansa nila applicable iyo. Magkaiba kasi tayo ng Diyos (That’s applicable in their [Mao Ze Dong’s] country. We have a different God.”

Regarding the book of Rebolusyonaryong Pilipino, Anakbayan said he never heard of that book. “Di kami nagiiwan ng ganun (We don’t leave such paraphernalia).”

On the other hand, Anakbayan said that they are being monitored since last semester. Four Anakbayan members received a letter from Col. Visaya. “Pumunta kami, pero di kami ang hinarap, yung tatay ko (We had a meeting with them, however they talked to my father instead of me).”

A few days after the discussion with Col. Visaya, Anakbayan uttered that the military called his father again saying that they are monitoring hos actions. They knew that Anakbayan had a forum three days after the letters were given to them.

“Alam niya lahat ng galaw ko dito sa school at kanino pa ba maggagaling iyon kung ‘di dito rin sa loob (He knew all my actions inside the University and where else can that information come from aside from inside the school itself).”

Round-table

Tangonan questioned the allegations of Anakbayan and encouraged them to face her in a forum.

May basehan ba sila para tawagin akong ahente ng militar? Maglabas sila ng ebidensya, hindi lang basta allegations (Do they have basis that I am a military agent? Aakbayan should present pieces of evidence and not only allegations).”

Meanwhile Anakbayan said that the forum is a strategy of the military to let them come out. “Di namin itataya ang aming seguridad (We won’t risk our safety).”

“Hindi namin kailangan ng batayan, iiingay namin hanggang lumabas ang katotohanan (We don’t need basis. We’ll voice it out until the truth is revealed).”

Tangonan’s concerne is that “If they can do that to me while I’m in the position, what more sa iba (to others)?”

Admin’s reponse

Dr. Oscar Suarez, University president, that Tangonan’s publicity blotted the Christian Image of the University.

“Before sila pumunta dun (media), dapat pumunta muna sila sa amin (They should have approached the administration before they went to the media).”

Tangonan when asked about the President’s statement said she went to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).

Dr. Greg Melchor de Lara, acting VPAA, confirmed that Tangonan reported to his office.

De Lara conducted an informal investigation however no one testified  that the persons involved are the ones who posted the press release.

Mahirap kasi mag-insist sa isang bagay na di naman totally nakita (It’s hard to insist on something if there’s no witness).”

Although Tangonan said she knew who those (Anakbayan) people are, there was no formal complaint filed. “That (complaint) was just verbal. Until the complaint is written, that’s the time we’ll have a formal investigation.”

Meanwhile de Lara refused to comment on the publicity of Tangonan since he has not watched the news himself.

De Lara cleared that the issues faced by Tangonan is not the reason why a new Social Science Department head is appointed. “May policy ang administration na yung department head position ay rotation para sa lahat ng faculty magkaroon ng experience (The policy of the administration states that the department head position should be a rotation, so that other faculty members can experience it).”

Nagkataon lang na tapos na yung term niya as department head (It just so happened that she finished her term as department head).”

On Campus Militarization

Anakbayan said military elements were already spotted at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Far Eastern University (FEU) and Adamson University (AdU).

Meron di sa ibang campuses na hindi naka-uniform… Pwedeng estudyante na tinrain at naka-enroll (There are civilian militaries in other campuses… They can be enrolled students).” These intelligence networks are the counter organizing tactics to neutralize progressive groups.

De Lara said that there is no military deployment in the University although there are military students enrolled in the graduate school.

“In MBA, we have more than 100 junior officers if AFP who study here.”

Meanwhile, Suarez pointed out that military deployment should not be implemented on campuses. “Wala silang karapatan. Hindi nila ito kampo (They have no right. This is not their camp).”

De Lara said that PCU is a university that abides with the laws of the country. “Wala akong nakikitang dahilan kung bakit kailangan magkaroon ng (I don’t see any reason why there should be) military deployment.”

Recently, concerned student from the University showed that they oppose the implementation of the Human Security Act of 2007 (HSA) and that military deployment is not necessary at PCU.

“Wala namang communist group ditto sa PCU. Napakatahimik nga natin hindi ba? (There is no existing communist group here in PCU. So why will it be necessary fort he military to deploy here?)” said Ms Carla Joy Mercado, former Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP-PCU).

Mercado added that the military has not power to enforce laws in student communities, unless there is rebellion or conflict that the school administration cannot handle.

The USG constitution also states that any military intervention should not be allowed inside the campus.

Sinusuportahan namin yung pagkondena sa HSA kasi violation ito sa human rights (We support the condemnation of HSA because it is a violation to human rights),” said Ms Glaiza Dimapilis, acting USG president.

Dimapilis furthered that HSA could create terror, especially when there are military personnel inside the campus.

Suarez said that with the records of the military since Martial Law until now the HSA is open to abuse. “Ang HSA parang Martial Law, may karapatan ang mga militar na arestuhin ang mga estudyante (HSA is like Martial Law which gives the military the right to arrest students).”

Sana man lang huwag nilang abusuhin ang espirito ng batas at ang mga estudyante (I hope they won’t abuse the law and the students).”

The President added that he will have a dialogue with the military before they can deploy in the University.

In the meantime, Anakbayan said that the HSA campus militarization is a repressing act of the administration to stop organizations opposing the Arroyo regime. “Ito (HSA) ay hindi makatao. Gagawin lamang nitong legal ang pagyurak sa karapatang pantao (HSA is inhumane, it will only legalize human right violations).”

On Progressive Youth Groups

The President said that students have the right to join progressive youth groups. “It’s their right, hindi natin (PCU) mapipigil (we can’t stop them). The school has no authority to say no to them.”

De Lara affirmed that the University has no right to prevent the students from joining such groups. “That’s freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly.”

Nonetheless, the acting VPAA stressed that, “we warn them not to forget their studies.”

Suarez said that PCU is open for military and progressive groups’ forums. “This is an academic institution and we practice democracy.”

The President also allows progressive youth groups to conduct meetings at PCU “for as long as they don’t violate rules.”

– Maanne Lopez

Oct
22

Blue and Silver January-February 2009

Graduation Nostalgia

Miyerkules, ika-28 ng Enero 2009, pasado alas siete ng gabi… Isang araw na naman ang natapos. Palabas na sana ako ng eskuwelahan nang makita ko ang dalawa kong kaklase na nakaupo sa may puno sa Freedom Park. Sasaglit sana ako para alamin kung bakit hindi pa sila umuuwi, sa halip ay napaupo ako kasama nila. Dati-rati ay palagi silang nagmamadaling umuwi, pero noong gabing iyon ay pinili nilang tumambay muna. Sa kalahating oras na pag-usap ay nagbalik-tanaw kami sa mga bagay na hindi namin malilimutan dito sa munti nating Unibersidad.

Hindi ko malilimutan nang una ko itong masilayan noong 2005. Hindi ganun kaganda ang anyo, at hindi rin naman kapangitan, pero malayo sa pinapangarap ko. Kung ikukumpara sa UP, La Salle at Ateneo, walang panama ang Philippine Christian University.

Hindi ko malilimutan kung paano ako nagsimula bilang estudyante sa bagong kapaligiran sa unang linggo ko sa PCU – bagong mukha, bagong lugar, halos bago ang lahat sa paningin ko. Bagong salta kasi ako sa Maynila. Masuka-suka pa ako sa araw-araw na biyahe. Palayuan pa nga ng inuuwian at kung sino ang mas natrapik ang usapan sa umaga: mapa-Laguna, Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Pampanga, Marikina, Antipolo o Bulacan. At sa bawat simula ng klase ay isang malaking hamon ang paghahanap ng mga silid. Kulang-kulang kasi ang room assignments na nakalagay sa RC. Sa unang linggo ng klase ay magkakasama kaming magkaka-block sa paghahanap ng klase, gayundin sa pagkain sa canteen o sa Robinsons. Pati ibang kainan sa paligid ng PCU ay sinubukan rin naming kainan: Pepots, Tupperware, Tres Marias, Charlie Chow, McDo at Jollibee. Sa paglabas ng PCU ay nasanay na rin ang mga estudyante sa mapanghing bahagi sa may 7-Eleven at sa magulong traffic system sa Pedro Gil. Pero kung saan-saan man kami dalhin ng aming mga sikmura ay walang isang linggo na hindi namin titikman ang paboritong mango shake at spaghetti ni Pangga (Giddy’s). Bonding time na maituturing ang unang linggo dahil ang pagtuturo sa klase ay sa ikalawang linggo pa nagsisimula, marami pa kasing late enrollees. Ang kulturang PCU nga naman, kung kailan malapit na ang pasukan tsaka pa lang mag-eenroll ang mga estudyante.

Kadalasan sa canteen kami dumederetso para mag-almusal at basahin ang aming mga leksyon. Sa second floor pa kasi ang canteen noon; malamig, may TV at malapit sa PCU Arcade at Convenience Store. O kaya naman ay matatagpuan kami sa library, sa Boracay, sa blue chairs o sa façade pag break time. Sa totoo lang, unahan lang yan sa pwesto ng tambayan. Sama-samang nag-aaral para sa mga major subjects. Lalo na sa mga English subjects, strikto kasi ang mga propesor sa attendance, sa exam permit, sa lahat. Minsan nga daig pa nila ang mga totoong major subjects sa kahigpitan.

Hindi ko din malilimutan ang ating mga kapitbahay na maituturing ko sa PCU. Nariyan sila Kuya Guard na minsan ay masungit at minsan naman ay mabait. Trabaho lang at walang personalan ang ginagawa nila sa araw-araw na pagsita sa mga lumalabag sa dress code. Tsinelas, ito ang paboritong sitahin ng mga guwardiya at isa lang ang pwedeng maging exemption ng mga nais mag-tsinelas, ito ay kapag umulan. Lumulubog na kasi ang Taft sa saglit na pag-ulan. Hindi ko malilimtan kung paano ma-stranded ang mga estudyante sa tuwing nagkakaroon ng lawa sa parking lot na kamakailan ko lang nalaman na quadrangle pala ang tawag. Certified Dolphins nga tayong maituturing dahil bawat estudyante ay nakaranas nang lumusong sa baha para lang makauwi.

Pero ano ba talaga ang pinakadahilan kung bakit hindi ko malilimtan ang PCU? Kagaya din naman ako ng mga normal na estudyante na dati ay di pinapahalagahn ang bawat araw na lumilipas. Pero para sa aming mga magtatapos ng kolehiyo ay wala nang ordinaryong araw. Maaaring hinahamak tayo ng ilan sa pagtawag sa atin na iskwater, pero hindi nito sinasalamin na walang kwenta ang PCU. Faith, Character and Service ang tunay na tatak ng PCU. Hindi lang sa libro nakukuha ang mga leksyon. Masasabing may natutunan ka kung makikita ito sa iyong pamumuhay at hindi lang basta sa grades na nakukuha sa mga pagsusulit at class cards. Maliban sa mga propesor, nakakakuha tayo ng aral mula sa ating mga karanasan at sa mga taong ating nakakasalamuha.

Ngayon ay binibilang ko na lamang ang mga nalalabi kong araw sa PCU bago ako magmartsa suot ang aking toga. Hindi pa man ako umaalis ay hinahanap-hanap ko na ang mga sulok ng paaralang ito. At sa bawat araw na lumilipas ay lalong naninikip ang aking dibdib. Hindi ko malilimutan ang PCU dahil sa NCAA, sa mga laro sa Cuneta Astrodome at Araneta Coliseum. Hindi ko malilimutan ang PCU hindi lang dahil sa aking mga striktong propesor. Hindi ko malilimutan ang PCU hindi lang dahil sa mga kaibigan ko. Hindi ko malilimutan ang PCU hindi lang dahil natuto ako dito ng mga aral na hindi matatagpuan sa libro. Hindi ko malilimutan ang PCU dahil mahal ko ito at naging malaking bahagi ito ng buhay ko.

Sa tuwing naiisip ko na nalalabi na ang panahon ko sa kolehiyo ay namumugto ang aking mga mata. Maaaring masmaraming unibersidad ang higit na kilala at maganda kaysa sa ating paaralan, ngunit sa pag-apak ko sa bagong mundo ay taas-noo kong masasabi na produkto ako ng PCU. Ilan lamang ito sa mga di mabilang na alaala at mga aral na aking natutunan sa apat na taon ko sa kolehiyo – mga sandaling paulit-ulit na aking aalalahanin at babalik-balikan.

Namumugto ang aking mata habang ako ay nakadungaw sa bintana ng bus at pinagmamasdan ang PCU habang umaandar papalayo.

Oct
22

Blue and Silver December-January 2008

Chasing a Fling

Love sucks. It will either end you up with a broken heart or breaking someone’s heart. While Marian Piñera’s “A Fling to Remember” justifies that having a man/woman in life isn’t so bad. The author divulges that having an affair is the key if your want someone to spend quality time with; someone to help you rediscover life; someone who’ll be your best friend, your lover, but not a partner – a FLING – no commitments, no relationships, NO LOVE.

A fling seems ideal if you dislike a knotty relationship, but it’s almost unfeasible at present time. It’s ridiculous that Piñera managed to coin a perfect fling affair in her 10-chaptered comic novel, but reading it is nonetheless amusing. The book tells a story of an almost opposite arrogant couple, both at ease with the absence of life in their life, who finds themselves as perfect fling mates in an uncomplicated affair. Patrick just can’t fall in love…especially to someone not his type. Love just doesn’t figure in his vocabulary. Mairi can’t fall in love either because men are jerks! She simply can’t fall for him – a player, a womanizer, and worst: he’s not smart. Will their fling thing last for good? Or will their conflicting personalities finish them off to a total disaster?

A book is said to be good if it can deeply hook one’s interest that its reader simply cannot put it down. What struck me most was the way how the author wrote the story as catchy as the title given to it that had caused me to hub on it for two hours straight. This 129-page work of fiction is another PSICOM collectible which presents a gorgeous movie star (Patrick) is search for someone who can like him for himself and not for who he is; and Ms Smartass Princess (Mairi) who’s in the process of moving on from her traumatic super public breakup with her two-minute-old boyfriend. Witness how this weird woman and her public enemy number one set an eye for an eye in a never ending war of fun, excitement, lust and love.

Not intending to spoil interest, but the ending of the story is quite a cliché. The finale is a humdrum of happy ending (with a little twist); but to think the reality is that Filipinos love happily ever afters, right? What’s strange with A Fling to Remember is that it makes you genuinely happy if not in love. Love is not to be taken seriously with the work of Piñera, but love here is something that will make you happy and satisfied.

Piñera discusses ways on how to get what a couple wants with a five-rule-no-promise fling agreement. A Fling to Remember is about rediscovering life after suffering from ennui and a grave heart brake. The book presents complicated situations that fling-mates may eventually bump into when love suddenly changes everything.

Aside from enjoying the fling mania presented in the book, the author also realizes the subtle dilemmas experienced by men and women which can hurdle them in falling in love. A man happens to be a player if he hasn’t met someone whom he can love enough to be selfless. Women, on the other hand, possess a Lego-like reputation that is difficult to build but easy to destroy.

This book is not merely about the story concept, but the vicarious fling adventure one can experience while reading. A Fling to Remember might just give you perfect companion of not the right person you’re waiting for. It’s not posh and may not be alluring to bookworms, but it’s thrilling for hobbyist and hey, it only costs 85 pesos. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book.

– Maanne Lopez

Oct
22

JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP

Here are the logs that I have submitted to my instructor and the manuscripts of my published and unpublished news when I had my journalism internship at The Daily Tribune.

Log 1

The Daily Tribune

Aug 29 to Sept 13

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/journalism-internship-log-1/

A Question of Ethics

Log 2

The Daily Tribune

Sept 14 to Oct 1

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/journalism-internship-log-2-a-question-of-ethics/

Log 3

The Daily Tribune

Oct 3 to 11

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/journalism-internship-log-3/

“Without fear or favor”

Final Log

The Daily Tribune

First Semester, AY 2008-2009

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/journalism-internship-final-log-without-fear-or-favor/

Roxas urges SC to affirm tax exemption

Daily Tribune
October 4, 2008
Published

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/roxas-urges-sc-to-affirm-tax-exemption/

Brgy. Chairman shoots drunk man

Daily Tribune
October 12, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/brgy-chairman-shoots-drunk-man/

Skeleton found in DoT

Daily Tribune
October 12, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/skeleton-found-in-dot/

Teenager nabbed possessing illegal fire arm

Daily Tribune
October 1, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/teenager-nabbed-possessing-illegal-fire-arm/

Seaman falls for pickpocket gang

Daily Tribune
October 1, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/seaman-falls-for-pickpocket-gang/

Cop arrested over attempted robbery

Daily Tribune
Oct. 9, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/cop-arrested-over-attempted-robbery/

Woman drowned at Pasig River

Daily Tribune
October 8, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/woman-drowned-at-pasig-river/

No rollback on Unioil anniversary

Daily Tribune
October 5, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/no-rollback-on-unioil-anniversary/

Mock money lead boys to jail

Daily Tribune
October 5, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/mock-money-lead-boys-to-jail/

NBI arrests 2 fake car agents

Daily Tribune
October 5, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/nbi-arrests-2-fake-car-agents/

Police arrests suspect for acts of lasciviousness

Daily Tribune
October 1, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/police-arrests-suspect-for-acts-of-lasciviousness/

Beggar found dead in Sta. Cruz Manila

Daily Tribune
October 1, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/beggar-found-dead-in-sta-cruz-manila/

Police nabs chocolate robber

Daily Tribune
October 1, 2008
Unpublished

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/police-nabs-chocolate-robber/

BLUE AND SILVER OPINION

These are some of my “Paper Talk” columns published in the Blue and Silver.

Preamble

Blue and Silver February-March 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/preamble/

Passion for Education

Blue and Silver June-July 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/passion-for-education/

Think PCU

Blue and Silver November-December 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/141/

Speak up

Blue and Silver January-February 2009

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=173&message=6

A Student’s Concern

Blue and Silver August-September 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/a-student%E2%80%99s-concern/

BLUE AND SILVER NEWS

Alliance opt for P800 wage increase

Blue and Silver March 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/alliance-opt-for-p800-wage-increase/

AFP forum fails to answer HSA queries

Blue and Silver August-September 2007
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/afp-forum-fails-to-answer-hsa-queries/

PCU accreditation still pending

Blue and Silver November-December 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/pcu-accreditation-still-pending/

Anakbayan tags Tangonan civilian military agent

Blue and Silver June-July 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/anakbayan-tags-tangonan-civilian-military-agent/

Pillbox explosion injures PCU-HS students

Blue and Silver October 2006
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/pillbox-explosion-injures-pcu-hs-students/

Student file complaints against BnS issue

Blue and Silver January-February 2007
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/131/

Admin reveals PCU lib’s predicament

Blue and Silver March 2007
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/admin-reveals-pcu-lib%E2%80%99s-predicament/

Admin goes multitasking

Blue and Silver June-July 2007
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/admin-goes-multitasking/

PCU students join youth mobilization

Blue and Silver January-February 2007
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/youth-demonstrators-protest-their-right-to-education/

Suarez claims no change in diploma

Blue and Silver March 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/suarez-claims-no-change-in-the-diploma/

Social Work student ranks 8th at licensure exam

Blue and Silver June-July 2006
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/social-work-student-ranks-8th-at-licensure-exam/

UDMC intensifies disaster education campaigns

Blue and Silver January-February 2007
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/udmc-intensifies-disaster-education-campaigns/

MJCN celebrates its 100th Year

Blue and Silver March 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/mjcn-celebrates-its-100th-year/

BLUE AND SILVER ETC

This includes my works which do not belong to the news and opinion section of the Blue and Silver. These are the some of my published articles in sports, literary and features sections.

Whine Not

Blue and Silver January 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-the-rocks-january-2008/

Date for less

Blue and Silver January-February 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/date-for-less/

Chasing a Fling

Blue and Silver December-January 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/chasing-a-fling/

Graduation Nostalgia

Blue and Silver January February 2009

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/graduation-nostalgia/

Short essay on the importance of education

Blue and Silver June-July 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/123/

PCU ends up 6th in NCAA tennis

Blue and Silver January-February 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/pcu-ends-up-6th-in-ncaa-tennis/

Booters rank 6th in Ang Liga

Blue and Silver October 2006

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/130/

Athletics Dept. sponsors 1st PCU Amazing Race

Blue and Silver October-November 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/athletics-dept-sponsors-1st-pcu-amazing-race/

EDITORIAL AND OPINION WRITING CLASS

Here are some of my exercises in my Editorial and Opinion writing class. We were asked to write our opinions regarding an issue or another opinion article. Also, we were asked to write columns and editorials.

Empty cartridge

Erudition – Class Opinion Paper

March 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-writ-of-amparo-empty-cartridge/

Returning the favor
March 14, 2008
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-press-freedom-returning-the-favor/

Reinventing activism
March 14, 2008
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/reinventing-activism/

Should GMA resign? Upsides, downsides

Get Real by Solita Collas-Monsod (March 1)

March 4, 2008
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-should-gma-resign-upsides-downsides/

Letter from Jun Lozada

Human Face by Ma. Ceres P. Doyo (Feb. 28)
March 4, 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-letter-from-jun-lozada/

Whatever happened to ‘Hello, Garci’?

There’s the Rub by Conrado de Quiros (Feb. 27)
March 4, 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-whatever-happened-to-%E2%80%98hello-garci%E2%80%99/

On PDI’s Dec. 26, 2008 Editorials
January 8, 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-pdis-dec-26-2008-editorials/

On ‘Deepening Crisis’
January 8, 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-deepening-crisis/

On ‘Holy Innocents Day
January 8, 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-holy-innocents-day/

On’Death of Batman’
January 8, 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-the-death-of-batman/

On PDI’s Christmas  Editorials
January 8, 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-christmas-editorials/

On Stasis
December 4, 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/on-stasis/

POETRY

Panatang Makadayuhan
Blue and Silver March 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/panatang-makadayuhan/

School Haikus
Blue and Silver June-July 2006

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/school-haikus/

Love me Mama
Blue and Silver August-September 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/love-me-mama/

Reklamador
Blue and Silver June-July 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/reklamador/

Excited
Blue and Silver June-July 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/excited/

Michelle
Blue and Silver January-February 2007

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/michelle/

Buro
Blue and Silver August-September 2008

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/buro/

Mahal kita paalam na

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/mahal-kita-paalam-na/

Roundtrip

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/roundtrip/

Me or her

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/me-or-her/

Give me love

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/give-me-love/

Not a chance
https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/not-a-chance/

Dungaw sa nakalipas

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/dungaw-sa-nakalipas/

Back to my grave

https://maanneilaganlopez.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/back-to-my-grave/

Oct
18

The Blue and Silver, February-March 2008 (Opinion)

Paper Talk by Maanne Lopez

Preamble

The University Student Government Constitution and by-laws serve as the guiding light of officers to provide the students and the University with worthwhile activities, projects and programs and Article 7, Section 10 duly states the sense of duty to uphold USG-PCU Constitution. Throughout the academic year, has the USG fully adhered to their Constitution? I dare to say ‘not.’

The legality of the Commission on Student Election has been doubted because of the presence of Ms Glaiza Dimapilis (acting USG president) during the meeting for the body’s formation prior to her resignation on January 24. Yes, she resigned a month before the February 28 election in accordance to Article 17 Section 2, and that makes her action constitutional. But the fact that she knows that she will run for presidency then follows the question, “Was her action ethical?”

The duties and functions of Comselec are clearly enumerated in Article 15 Section 5 and Ms Mary Jo-anne Sapalasan (USG officer-in-charge during election period) was noted to have hampered the commission in their functions. The Comselec as an independent body has the right to formulate and enforce all rules and procedures relative to the conduct of election. Complaints should be properly addressed to the body since the USG Constitution authorized it to be the sole judge of all election contents, returns and electoral protests. Ms Sapalasan was also noted to have intruded with the release of Comselec’s fund, despite the commission’s request. The Comselec shall budget and spend the USG-PCU allocated funds of the Executive Committee for them (Comselec) in accordance with the election activities. With this, the USG has no authority to infringe the powers of the commission, unless it can indicate grounds committed by the body which are subjected to disciplinary actions.

The Constitution has no provision with regards to the desired number of voters that should participate in the election. The reason why a failure of election cannot be declared despite the Comselec’s record that says around 600 students casts their votes out of the Registrar’s recorded 3,493 students enrolled this semester.

Aside from providing worthwhile activities, projects and programs for the students, USG shall have a Student Congress, composed of the Execom and the College Council (Article 9 Section1). It is the function and responsibility of the Congress to be the highest policy-making body of USG. It shall convene three times per semester which the previous administration failed to fulfill, since only one Student Congress was convened for the year.

It is the Congress who shall formulate, revise and approve policies and programs of action of the USG-PCU; review the rules and regulations of the Executive Committee and College Council and give necessary action; and be the venue for discussion, deliberation and recommendation of the proper action(s) on issues the general welfare of the students. The fact that the prescribed number of Congress conventions failed to be achieved shows its inefficiency to execute its function and responsibility as the highest policy-making body of USG.

Moreover, the past administration had performed well on its principle that the University should make every effort to achieve a nationalist, scientific and mass-oriented and Christian education; and its general objective was to encourage student awareness and involvement on both national and international affairs. This was marked by the number of discussions and forums conducted regarding national issues. On the other hand it has not emphasized the general well-being and the best interest of the students as its primary concern. Dimapilis’ government focused on national interests rather than students’ interests which is the reason why majority of the university’s population do not actively participate in their activities. It isn’t bad to encourage students to get involved, but I say that there has been a conflict of interest since she is also the spokesperson of the National Union of Students of the Philippines-NCR. Her position in the university as acting USG president helped her perform her duties well as NUSP spokesperson. But her service to the students had been minimal.

The university witnessed Ms Dimapilis’ management this year, and now that she’s given another term to administer, the USG should accomplish more on the coming academic year. And for this to be achieved, the student government should first address the need of its officers to be well familiarized with the Constitution. Otherwise, how can the USG function well if the officers making up the body are not well informed of their Constitution. With this, I would like to quote Alvin Michael Pre, USG president 1999-2000: “I understand fully the things that were written in our constitution, and by doing so, we will attain easily our vision to have and develop responsible and concerned students.”

Taking breaths

The semester is about to end so give yourself a pat on the back no matter how awkward it may seem. A year of holding two positions in this publication was never easy for me. I know that next year would be a lot harder since I will be having my internship, that’s why I’m already preparing myself. Being the editor in chief and the news editor of the Blue and Silver is very challenging. I did not use the word “difficult” for it would sound problematic. Hence, it challenges me to improve more, not only me, but the whole publication as well. Bu that is never easy. I can improve for myself, but to improve the publication – the initiative should come from all the staffers. It’s a team work. The term may be so plain, but the publication is not a one-man team. My role is to set an example as I carry out my responsibilities and I hope that my colleagues would follow. More than the skill to write, one must have the determination, passion, love, patience, courage, commitment and the dedication to serve the studentry. Actually, words aren’t enough. You probably won’t understand unless you get into my shoes. As a journalist it’s very exhausting to chase sources, suffer all those sleepless nights, finish piles of paper works, beat extreme deadline pressures, defend the newspaper from those who are unsatisfied, plus the academic life of a normal student. So I know give BnS staffers a pat on our backs for a job well done and for a better tomorrow. May the source be with us!

Oct
18

Blue and Silver March 2007

Alliance opt for P800 wage increase

“It’s a DEAL.”

The Alliance of College Faculty accepted the P800 salary increase after six months of negotiation with the University Management.

The Commission of Higher Education (CHED) mandated that 70% of tuition fee increase (TFI) will go to salary increase. “Since wala tayong TFI, we have to get from other sources kagaya ng rentals (Since we don’t have TFI, we have to get from other resources like the rentals),” said Ms Eva Francisco, acting Treasury Department head.

The alliance accepted the P800 salary increase due to the rationalization of benefits. “Nagkaroon ng adjustments sa ating benefits in accordance sa kakayanan natin (We adjusted our benefits in accordance to our capabilities).”

Prof. Denia Gonzales, Personnel director, in the meantime, said that the government mandated a P600 salary increase for minimum wage earners. “Actually, P200 yung salary increase. Yung P600, order ng government (Actually, P200 is the salary increase. The P600 is an order from the government).”

The Management added the P600 mandatory wage increase in the salary of College faculties despite the fact that there are no minimum wage earners at Philippine Christian University (PCU). “Dahil mabait ang PCU, binigay na namin (P600) (We added the P600, because PCU is good).”

Give and take

Originally, the alliance demand a 10% wage increase. However, since there was no TFI, the Management has nothing to give. “Unang-una, saan mo kukuhanin yung pampataas ng sweldo kung hindi naman tayo magtataas ng tuition? (First of all where will you get the money if there will be no TFI?),” said Dr. Oscar Suarez, University President.

Gonzales shared the same sentiment with the President. “Ilang years na tayong walang TFI, pero nagbigay last year (wage increase). This time, Management ang humihingi na sana wag muna (magkaroon ng wage increase) (We didn’t have TFI for several years, but there’s a wage increase last year. This time, the Management is asking to suspend the wage increase).”

Meanwhile, Prof. Benjamin Ignacio, College Faculty Union auditor, said the alliance filed a strike last November 3, 2006 at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). “Dumating sa punto na parang wala na, kaya dinala na namin sa Labor. Nag-file ng strike kasi ayaw ibigay (wage increase) (It came to a point that we have no choice, so we brought it to DOLE. We filed a strike because they don’t want to give us a wage increase).”

Ignacio, together with Prof. Sophia Leonano, College Faculty Union president; and Prof. Noemi Sayson, College Faculty Union secretary, represented the alliance as they negotiated with the Management, which is composed of Gonzales, Francisco, and Prof. Jordan Ramos, Personnel Department coordinator-PCU-Dasmariñas.

The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), a DOLE office that reconcile employer-employee conflicts, served as the mediator between the two panels. “Tumawag ng meetings ang DOLE with both panels para mag-usap ulit (DOLE called for meetings to let both panels talk again).”

The alliance president said that their 10% salary increase demand turned down to P1000. “Ang hiningi namin ay tapatan na lang yung binigay last year na P1000 (What we’re asking is to match-up the P1000 increase that was given last year).”

However, the Management still could not afford to give a P1000 salary increase. “Ayaw pa rin nila (magbigay ng P1000). Binababaan pa rin nila kasi hindi daw kaya (The management don’t want P1000. They still pull it down because they couldn’t afford it).”

After eight hearings at DOLE, the College Faculty Union and the Management agreed with P800 increase. “Nag-meet lang kami half way dun sa demand (We meet half way of the demand),” said the Treasury Department head.

The Management implemented the P200 increase last July 1, 2006 and the P600 wage order last December 11, 2006. “Nakalagay sa Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) na all benefits should be retroactive…Basta lahat ng included sa CBA na demand effective June 2006. Pero dahil umabot sa Labor tumawad kami ng isang buwan (Based on the CBA, all benefits should be retroactive… All demands that are included in the CBA should be effective on June 2006. But because it was brought to Labor, we asked for a one month delay).”

Meanwhile, there is an on-going wage increase negotiation among the Management, the Integrated Science School (ISS) Faculty and Staff Union.

Jo Anne Canlas, Maanne Lopez

Oct
18

Blue and Silver January-February 2007

PCU students join the youth mobilization

Youth demonstrators protest their right to education

Different youth sectors mobilized a protest last January 26 to voice out their grievances against the government’s performance towards education.

Participating national youth organizations and students from different colleges and universities marched from University of Santo Tomas (UST) in España to Recto towards Mendiola were: the Kabataan Party, Anakbayan, National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), League of Filipino Students (LFS), Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP), Kabataan para sa Tunay na Kalayaan (Karatula) and the Gabriela Youth; together with students from the University of the Philippines (UP), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), UST, University of the East (UE), De La Salle University (DLSU), Far Eastern University (FEU), Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), Arellano University (AU), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA), and the Philippine Christian University (PCU).

According to Raymond Palatino, Kabataan Party national chairperson, the youth mobilization was staged to denounce the performance of the government regarding the high cost of education and the 300% tuition fee increase (TFI) in UP. “Panawagan ditto ay maging priority ng pamahalaan ang edukasyon (The call of the youth is for the government to prioritize education).”

Eleanor de Guzman, Anakbayan national chairperson, said the administration and other instigators of TFI in UP said the government lacks funds and the university needs its own source of income. She also said that the situation shows that the students will shoulder the cost of education.

“Ito ay mismong pag-amin na ang cost of education ay papasanin na ng mga estudyante, sa halip na ito ay serbisyong binibigay ng gobyerno (This is an outright disclosure that the students will now shoulder the cost of education – a service that the government should be giving).”

Aside from the 300% TFI in UP, the protest also appeals on the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) issuance of Memorandum No.14 allowing TFI among state universities and colleges (SUC’s).

The TFI would have to be approved after consultation with students, parents and other educational stakeholders however some SUC’s have not reimbursed the payments they have collected last school year despite the fact that the Congress declared CHEd MEMO 14 illegal and unconstitutional.

De Guzman furthered that even though the issue regarding CHEd MEMO 14 is not yet settled, many private schools are now facing a new round of TFI.

“Sinisimulan nang ihapag ng private schools na magkaroon ng TFI, despite the fact na hindi pa na-re-refund yung illegal TFI (CHEd CMO 14) na siningil sa mga estudyante last year (Private schools are set to propose another TFI despite the fact that they have not refunded yet the illegal TFI that they have collected from the students last academic year).”

High School students also joined the youth mobilization and protested against the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) which they were required to take last January 14.

According to Hiyas Garduce, Quirino High School junior, the government is deciding on their future careers. “Gusto nila (gobyerno) na sila na ang magpasaya sa mga career naming mga estudyante (The government wants to decide for our careers).”

“Ang pagtataguyod ng makabayan, siyentipiko at aka-masang edukasyon ay ating laban. Tayo ang mag-aangat n gating bansa (Upholding a nationalistic, scientific and mass-oriented education is our advocacy. We are the ones who will uplift our country).”

Vijae Alquisola, CEGP deputy secretary, said that they will stage more protests until the government acts on the education isues.

“Hawak ng mga kabataan and dahilan at yun ang magtutulak sa kanila hangat ginagawa ng administrasyong Arroyo at ng darating pang mga adinistrasyon ang pagtalikod sa karapatan ng mga estudyante (The youth has the reason and this will urge them as long as the Arroyo administration and the future administrations continue to neglect the rights of the students).”

Meanwhile, Catchin Bagangan, SCMP-PCU, said the youth want their education concerns to be heard.

“Ang nais ng mga kanataan ay maiparinig sa mga taong nakakasaksi ang mga issuesng edukasyon t lumkha ng dahilan o daan para mapansin ang kanilang mga concerns (The youth want to voice out the issues on education to the public, and to create a reason or a way to make others aware of their concerns).”

Although there is no TFI and campus repression in PCU, this should not stop the students from joining youth mobilizations.

“Utang natin yan (kalayaan) sa mga pagkilos na umiral noon at wag nating hintaying mawala muli yung kalayaan nay un (We owe this freedom to the mobilizations that was staged before, so we should not wait to lose that freedom again).”

Maanne Lopez, Adrian Chester Cecilio, Ma. Abigail Galino