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Rational, process behind mandatory drug testing for ID 115, 116 explained
by Johanna Ellice Tantoco and Josemaria Rustia
Straight News // April 26, 2017

Last March, the DLSU Health Services Office (HSO) released a Help Desk Announcement stating the implementation of mandatory drug testing for all ID 115 and 116 undergraduate students. The testing was conducted on all ID 115 students this year in the Shalom Center from March 27 to 31. Currently, the testing is set to be…


Upholding women’s rights on National Women’s Month
by Jill Chua and Dab Castañeda
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In worldwide observance of International Women’s Day held annually on March 8, the National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) was commemorated throughout the month of March in the Philippines. The theme for this year, “WE Make Change Work For Women,” marks the first celebration under the current administration, which aims to highlight “partnership for change and…


17 years of debates on the Anti-Discrimination Bill
by Vivean Pallera
Straight News // April 4, 2017

For 17 years, House Bill 267 or the “Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB) on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” has been repeatedly refiled in previous Congresses. The most recent efforts to reinitiate debates on the bill came from Representative Geraldine Roman of the First District of Bataan, who delivered a privilege speech urging members…


DLSU College of Law: Challenges and goals
by Josemaria Rustia and Alex Kaluag
Straight News //

Established in 2009, the DLSU College of Law (COL) stands relatively young compared to other prominent law schools in the Philippines. Nonetheless, the college has made significant gains in the past eight years, and is continuing to grow as it takes in more aspiring lawyers into its fold. Thus far, three batches from DLSU COL have…


DLSU-PUSO holds first meeting on Happy Thursday Regulatory Board
by Ian Benedict Mia
Straight News // March 29, 2017

Last March 28, 2017, the De La Salle University – Parents of University Students Organization (DLSU-PUSO) held the first meeting of the Happy Thursday Regulatory Board, which aims to solve incidents of alleged selling of intoxicating drinks by establishments within the area, fights, rumbles, drugs, and prostitution, among others. In a letter of invitation to…


Admin, USG respond to student body complaints regarding CHED moratorium
by Wilhelm Tan and Yasmin Cariño
Straight News // March 17, 2017

After the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) imposed a moratorium on all field trips and educational tours in response to a bus accident in Tanay, Rizal last February 21, DLSU temporarily suspended all off-campus activities. By February 23, the University released a statement from Vice Chancellor for Academics Robert Roleda through the Help Desk Announcement….


Duterte and the radical shift to federalism
by Jill Chua and Johanna Ellice Tantoco
Straight News // March 14, 2017

Seven months into his term, President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to instigate his plans for implementing federalism in the country, a proposed government shift from the current unitary system. Federalism is characterized as a system where power is shared or divided between a central government and provincial governments or states. Being a staunch advocate for…


Commentary: Bullying is not OK
by Althea Gonzales
Straight News // March 11, 2017

Disciplinary cases can be exhausting. They can last for months on end and filing one does not actually guarantee justice will be served nor does it ensure that the aggrieved will receive resolution. The process is quite a long one, and one that requires the complaining party to go through a series of steps of…


Tax reform in the Philippines: A look at fuel tax and its alternatives
by Rebekah Navarro and Josemaria Rustia
National Situationer Straight News //

In a nationwide initiative to generate revenues, the Philippine government recently proposed a P6 per liter increase in diesel, gasoline, and cooking oil. The tax reform proposal is intended to help fund the administration’s infrastructure program, as well as to keep the president’s promise to reform the fuel tax system, which is widely considered outdated…


OPRES survey shows students gradually regaining trust in USG
by Mikhaela Felix and Johanna Ellice Tantoco
Straight News // March 8, 2017

From November 28 to December 11 last year, the Monitoring Council of the University Student Government (USG) Office of the President (OPRES) conducted an online evaluation survey in order for students to assess the performance of the different USG units. Among those assessed include the Executive Board (EB), college governments, and batch governments. With a…