Yes to Equality: USG, UP Babaylan hold mobilization in support of LGBTQ+
by Cristina Francia, Warren Chua and Dab Castañeda
Straight News // May 26, 2018

As the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, or Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill makes its way through Senate, the University Student Government (USG), in cooperation with Babaylan of the University of the Philippines (UP), held “Yes to Equality,” a mobilization in support of the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, last May 25 at the Cory Aquino Democratic…

DLSU, UTP sign MOA for exchange opportunities
by Danielle Aglubat and Dab Castañeda
Straight News // May 24, 2018

The Gokongwei College of Engineering (GCOE), with the support of University Chancellor Dr. Robert C. Roleda, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) regarding the establishment of providing undergraduate and graduate student exchange programs, yesterday at the Villavicencio Board Room, 15th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall. Facilitated by the faculty and…

Breaking Barriers: Women Entrepreneurs in Asia and the Pacific
by Rebekah Navarro and Aileen Bautista
News Feature // May 22, 2018

Aiming to address important issues such as the rising gender gap in economic and political settings, the Breaking Barriers session was organized with women entrepreneurs in the spotlight. Philippine Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Zenaida Maglaya, Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs President Rokia Afzal Rahman, Prelo Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fransiska…

Agricultural cooperatives seen as among key players in poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific
by Ian Benedict Mia
Straight News //

Agricultural organizations converged at the Civil Society Plasa of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) last May 4, 2018 to discuss current projects, initiatives, and developments among agricultural cooperatives and how they are strongly positioned as a catalyst and driver of poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific.   Impact of agricultural cooperatives The diverse set…

Pushing for sustainable development: Community-centered conservation as a multi-stakeholder approach
by Roselin Manawis and Ian Benedict Mia
Straight News //

Representatives from civil society organizations convened at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Civil Society Plasa during the 51st ADB Annual Meeting to talk about community-centered conservation as a multi-stakeholder approach to sustainable development. The panelists discussed a diverse set of projects and initiatives ongoing in their different organizations which include forestry and coal management, grants…

Role of private sectors and financial intermediaries in ADB’s energy sector investments
by Danielle Aglubat
News Feature //

One of the major topics the Annual Meeting aims to cover is mobilizing private sector resources in meeting Asia’s huge infrastructure needs. The civil society panel discussed several ways to improve ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department (PSOD) implementation of “safeguards compliance and commitment to informative disclosure.” The Civil Society Panel session include Asian People’s Movement…

Shrinking democratic space in Asia and the challenge of ensuring environmental and social safeguards in large-scale infrastructures
by Danielle Aglubat
News Feature //

Challenges involving the implementation of the ADB Safeguard Policy statement was one of the key points explored along with ensuring the vital role of civil society in promoting environmental and social safeguards. Present in the forum are speakers from various regions: ADB Policy Coordinator Annabel Perreras, Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center Executive Director Norly…

ADB President holds press conference
by Rebekah Navarro and Aileen Bautista
Straight News // May 21, 2018

Desiring to answer various concerns highlighted in their 2030 priorities, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao delivered a press conference last May 3 at the Briefing Theater 1 of the ADB Headquarters. Nakao addressed various concerns about the bank’s plans for the different member countries. Issues such as job continuity, investments in infrastructures, and…

Looking into the Communication Department’s equipment woes
by Eliza Santos and Aileen Bautista
News Feature //

Across numerous departments in the University, the availability of equipment needed by students for coursework has always been an issue. In an online survey conducted by The LaSallian, a student from the College of Computer Studies (CCS) said that “most of the routers and switches [used in their classes] are older models, [so] keeping up…

Ged & Bart’s customers robbed by armed men
by The LaSallian
Straight News // May 19, 2018

Last night, customers of nearby restaurant Ged & Bart’s were robbed and held at gunpoint at around 8:30 pm. A tweet by Mark*, a design student from De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB) drew attention online, including that of the College Student Government (CGG) of CSB, and the University’s University Student Government (USG). The…