HIS VICTORY has been described as a miracle. With just over a thousand votes against the next leading candidate, Fr. Eddie Panlilio became the first priest to be elected as governor of Pampanga. Locals hailed the victory as the fulfillment of the Kapampangan adage, Ing pari yang hari—“The priest is king.”
But is it right for clerics to run for political office?
No, said Fr. Jose Ma. Tinoko, O.P., a leading Canon Law expert.
THREE non-academic personnel were named Most Outstanding Employees for 2006.
Priscilla Mercado of the Budget Office, Emilio Silva, Jr. of the Santo Tomas E-Services Providers, and Imelda San Agustin of the UST Publishing House were named over other candidates nominated by the various departments.
The winners were judged based on work performance (40 per cent), peer evaluation (10 per cent), punctuality (8 per cent), work attendance (7 per cent), years of service (5 per cent), attendance in seminars, retreats, and symposia (5 per cent), and committee evaluation (5 per cent).
The criteria were set by the Committee on Selection headed by Monalisa Perez, former assistant director of the Human Resource Department (HRD), which is also the one who evaluates the candidates.
The winners received a plaque of recognition, cash, and a wristwatch from the University.
IN UST, there’s money from junk.
With a University-wide garage sale last May 29 raising a hefty P200, 000, UST’s property custodians are planning a second auction, with money possibly going to the University’s various offices.
Newly-appointed property custodian Monalisa Perez said that money raised from the first University auction at the Engineering complex will be added to the general fund of the University.
“We were able to raise a considerable amount of money that would help us cover the cost of office operations and projects,” Perez told the Varsitarian.
“Small-time” dealers joined the auction for old and dysfunctional chairs and tables, as well as scrap metal and wood.
THE PHILETS Foundation of former students of the defunct Faculty of Philosophy and Letters awarded seven of its alumni with Golden Owl medals for outstanding achievement during its annual reunion last June 22 at the Quezon City Sports Club.
The Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, which was established in 1896, is now the Faculty of Arts and Letters.
EFFECTIVE this school year, the Faculty of Arts and Letters will be housing the Asian Studies, Legal Management and Behavioral Science programs into two different departments—Humanities and Social Sciences, as Dean Armando De Jesus initiates this year’s major change in the Faculty.
Asian Studies will now join Philosophy and Literature in the Department of Humanities; while Legal Management and Behavioral Science will be placed together with Poliatical Science, Sociology, AB-BSE, and Economics in the Department of Social Sciences.
THE MOTHER of an Accountancy freshman lost her necklace to snatchers last June 13 in what security authorities said was part of the spate of petty crimes usually attending the back-to-school rush in the University Belt.
The UST Security Safety and Services identified the victim as Lolita Yang. UST guards caught suspect Roberto Balaguer, 28, of 340 Sandiko St., Tondo.
The deputy secretary general of the Bhutan National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) visited the University last June 15.
Jamyang Choeden arrived at the Arch of the Centuries and was welcomed by Unesco Club-UST president Yjez Batulan together with the club’s officers. Choeden stayed in the country for a week and UST was part of her itinerary.
“We are in the process of starting Unesco clubs in Bhutan and the Ministry of Education sent me to see the activities carried out by the clubs here,”
THE GRADUATES have spoken: UST is getting better.
It may have landed on the 500th spot in the Times Higher Educational Supplement-Quacquarelli Symonds survey of the world’s best universities, but UST is still No. 1 in the hearts of Thomasians graduates.
With 4 as the highest score, the University garnered an over-all rating of 3.15, better than last year’s 3.13, based from the results of the Academic Year 2006-2007 Graduating Students Exit Survey, conducted by the Office of Planning and Development.
THE UNIVERSITY posted a higher passing rate in the May board exams for certified public accountants, again exceeding the poor national passing rate with 70 per cent or 59 out of 84 UST examinees making the cut.
UST ranked first among schools with 51-99 examinees and improved on last year’s 48 per cent passing mark, in which 41 out of 86 examinees passed the board exam.
Nationwide, 1,406 out of 4,654 examinees or 30.21 per cent passed, better than last year’s passing rate of 23.56 per cent (1,253 out of 5,318).
A EUROPEAN agency is ready to finance the construction of the UST General Santos satellite campus once it receives a master plan from the University, UST Rector Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P. has bared.
Arceo did not disclose the name of the funding institution, but said an alumnus, Architect George Ramos, made the recommendation. Ramos found the plans for the General Santos campus “impressive,” the Rector said.
“Ramos was encouraged to recommend UST to the agency when he saw the construction of UST in Sta. Rosa, Laguna taking place,” Arceo told the Varsitarian.
Arceo said that the University must first submit a long-term master plan for the General Santos campus before the agency releases funds.
“As of now, UST Gen-San is at the planning stage. We have to inform the agency about our specific plans for the next 10 to 15 years before it can provide the necessary funding,” he said.