THE HEAD of the UST Samahan ng Manggagawa (UST-SM) won a new five-year term in union elections last September 7.

Restituto Llamas, an employee at the accounting division, filed his certificate of candidacy 15 minutes before the deadline, as no one wanted his post.

“In all honesty, I was giving away the presidency. I want others to experience all the hardships I have experienced for the past five years,” said Llamas.

Llamas said the union would draft a new collective bargaining agreement for all employees in support services when the new officers are sworn in. The oath-taking will be on October 7.

“What I will do is I assign some of my members to go to different universities to study their CBAs so we can help formulate our own,” Llamas said.

Llamas got 306 votes out of 412 ballots while fellow re-electionists Nilo Tampos and Camilo Estoy got 305 and 320 votes for executive vice-president and vice-president for administration, respectively.

Neophyte Simonette Balajadia won as vice president for labor, education and research with 213 votes, while Dan Paul Patricio won as vice president for grievance and complaints with 318 votes.

Former board member Michael Dalimot got 327 votes for the post of secretary, while Marilou Maristela was reelected treasurer with 313 votes.

Renato Manansala and Monico Aristophel Ocampo will split the public relations officer position for two years and six months each after getting 157 votes each, a tie. A coin toss determined that Manansala will serve the first half of the term. Newcomer Buenaventura Cave will serve as sergeant at arms after getting 171 votes.

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The board of directors is composed of Delma Arintok, Susie Sarmiento, Delfin Tampos and Melchor Briones.

A total of 52 union members abstained from voting. Darenn G. Rodriguez

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