The University Student Government (USG) held a town hall meeting earlier today at the Central Plaza to announce proposed revisions on the USG constitution.
The town hall meeting was organized by the USG as a means to relay information to the student body concerning the upcoming plebiscite.
The plebiscite is the forthcoming event wherein students shall vote whether or not to approve the revised USG constitution. The votes will be either a yes or no, so there will be no option to abstain. Voting periods will be from November 3-7 at the DLSU Manila campus, and November 10-14 at the DLSU Science and Technology Complex. It will run from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm from Monday to Thursday, and 9:00 amto 7:00 pm on Friday. Each college will have its own voting venues.
The event proper started with each Executive Board (EB) unit officer giving updates on the various programs that their offices have implemented, as well as future projects and updates from meetings with various sectors in the University.
EXCEL 2015 Legislative Assembly Representative and Students Rights and Welfare Chairperson Micah Fernando provided a presentation on why the USG constitution is being revised.
Fernando started off by narrating the role of the USG in the University. “The USG’s job is to bridge the students to the Administration and other sectors of the University” he said.
After presenting an overview of the 2009 USG Constitution and explaining what it lacks, Fernando then showed the proposed 2014 USG Constitution and elaborated on what changes it has undergone.
The changes include a new structure for all three branches, added accountability to appointed officers, fewer elected officers, and a rule stating that the USG constitution cannot have any changes for the next five years.
“The question right now for any student voting in the plebiscite is: Do I push for the changes or do I look for alternative solutions?” Fernando concludes.