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FULL TEXT: Sona 2016

State of the Nation Address of
Rodrigo Roa Duterte
President of the Philippines
To the Congress of the Philippines
Session Hall of the House of Representatives

[Delivered at the Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City on July 25, 2016]

 

Kindly sit down. Thank you.

Allow me a little bit of informality at the outset. You would realize that the three guys in the elevated portion of Congress are from Mindanao. So, wala talaga kaming masabi. [applause] read more »

Duterte wants stronger ROTC to instill ‘love of country, good citizenship’

July 26, 2016, 3:01 p.m.PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte called for a stronger Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), indicating his support to growing moves to make the military training program mandatory in colleges and universities. read more »

UST to offer 27 undergrad programs to freshmen in 2017

July 21, 2016, 10:16p.m. - THE UNIVERSITY will offer 27 undergraduate programs and three senior high school track programs for Academic Year 2017-2018, a list from the Office for Admissions showed.

The Faculty of Arts and Letters heads the list of colleges with the most number of program offerings: communication arts, journalism, political science, legal management, asian studies, philosophy and literature.  read more »

Cut probation period for profs to one year, universities urged

July 21, 2016, 1:58p.m. - LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III is in favor of a proposal to cut the probation period needed for faculty members to get tenure to just one year instead of three, to reduce job losses during the K to 12 transition.

In a meeting with members of the Council of Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (Cotescup), Bello called the probation period “an insensible requirement,” adding that several months should be enough preparation.

Rene Luis Tadle, UST professor and Cotescup lead convener, called for a law lowering the three-year requirement for tenure to a year or even less. read more »

UST Senior High close to hitting 5,000 enrollment target for Grade 11

WITH JUST a few days left before its official opening on July 26, the UST Senior High School (SHS) is only less than a hundred students short of reaching its target of 5,000 students, data from the Office of the Registrar showed.

As of July 4, 4,910 Grade 11 students have already enrolled. However, enrollment will still be open even after the academic year starts to accommodate international students who have yet to obtain their report cards.  read more »

Lapuz defends 'appointment' to Ched

FORMER UST Faculty of Arts and Letters professor Jose David Lapuz has defended himself against brickbats from ex-students and criticisms of his qualifications, and maintained that he was fit to become the next chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) under the new government of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a phone interview with the Varsitarian, Lapuz claimed Duterte, his former student at the Lyceum of the Philippines, offered him the post last June 8 during a meeting at the “Malacañang of the South” in Panacan, Davao City.

“Nagpapasalamat ako [that] Duterte has given me the chance [to lead Ched]. I feel blessed, humble and proud,” Lapuz said. read more »

Ched heeds high court, orders teaching of Filipino in college

July 20, 2016, 11:29p.m. - FILIPINO will still be included in the curricula of all higher education institutions (HEIs), based on a memo by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) in compliance with a Supreme Court order.

Ched ordered all public and private HEIs last June 18 to continue the implementation of Ched Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 04 series of 1997, which requires students majoring in fields other than the Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication to take six units of Filipino. read more »

UST temporarily halts freshman admission to 38 programs due to K to 12

July 20, 2016, 5:53p.m. - WITH the lack of enrollees as a result of the K to 12 transition, UST has temporarily stopped freshman admission to a total of 38 undergraduate programs.

The Varsitarian reported the temporary halt in freshman admissions as early as last year.

A recent check with University offices and the different faculties and colleges found that 38 programs, including Education, Physical Therapy, Advertising Arts, Chemistry and Engineering will not admit freshman students for Academic Year (AY) 2016-2017.

But the programs were not cancelled as there are still students in the second-, third- and fourth-year levels.  read more »

Installation rites for reelected Father Rector set

July 19, 2016, 6:09p.m. - VERY REV. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. will be installed as UST rector for a second term on Tuesday, July 26, at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church.

The solemn rites will be held after the Mass of the Holy Spirit for the opening of Academic Year 2016-2017, and will be followed by a reception at the Dr. Robert C. Sy Grand Ballroom of the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building.

He will serve another four-year term from 2016 to 2020. read more »

Create an “explosion of mercy,” Tagle urges Christians

July 19, 2016, 6:08p.m. - CHRISTIANS should work for an “explosion of mercy” and become instruments of the new evangelization, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said in the 3rd Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held in UST last week.

Tagle, who opened the three-day event last July 15, called on participants to become aware of the spread of violence in society, and should use the PCNE to create an “explosion of mercy.”

“Not the explosion that will harm, not the explosion that will disregard human lives and dignity but an explosion of redeeming love, mercy, compassion,” Tagle said following the terror attack in Nice, France that killed 84 people. read more »

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