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Samahang Lasalyano recaps milestones in first midyear conference

Aiming to maintain the strong inter-institutional relations of the tertiary Lasallian schools in the Philippines, student government representatives from De La Salle University (DLSU), De La Salle University-Dasmariñas (DLSU-D), De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute (DLSMHSI), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), University of St. La Salle Bacolod (USLS), De La Salle Lipa (DLSL), La Salle University Ozamiz (LSU), and De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) held Samahang Lasalyano’s first midyear conference last June 4.

Merging hierarchy

“This is just the beginning of Samahang Lasalyano.” 

DLSU USG President Giorgina Escoto opened the conference by thanking the on-site and online attendees for gracing the event and acknowledged how the member organizations “found lifelong friends” among each other through the inter-Lasallian coalition. Escoto furthered that a lot is still in store for their recently inaugurated alliance.

The conference went on to dwell on Samahang Lasalyano’s updated organizational structure, primarily focusing on the appointment and roles of the member university ambassadors and deputy ambassadors who will serve from 2021 to 2023. The new set of officers were appointed last February and were formally recognized by Samahang Lasalyano last March.

As part of the initial responsibilities of their two-year service, the ambassadors were tasked to designate three officers: Director for Communications, Director for Policy and Research, and Director for Transparency and Accountability, who will operate toward the institutional endeavors of the schools.

The alliance included these positions to the roster of existing officers in the inter-institutional chart to facilitate their collaboration with Samahang Lasalyano’s National Convener, Executive Secretary, and other appointed staff. 

A fruitful beginning

Samahang Lasalyano also looked back on their other accomplishments this 2022, especially on the improvement of their internal work dynamics. Aside from the aforementioned structural reform, their milestones also include the alignment of the Samahang Lasalyano Permanent Secretariat to the alliance’s National Assembly and the presentation of their Rules of Internal Governance. The alliance also held two National Congress sessions to continuously discuss future plans.

Complementing these internal efforts, Samahang Lasalyano also sparked external presence through the establishment of their communication channels in April and the launching of their official Facebook page in May. Further, last May 7, the group held Lasalyano Para Sa 2022: Tindig!, an initiative for voter education and empowerment featuring student leaders from Samahang Lasalyano and University Athletic Association of the Philippines schools.

Moving forward, Samahang Lasalyano vows to work on building social media presence and ensuring a smooth transition for the incumbent officers and the next set of alliance leaders.

By Jhustin Dipasupil

By Carl Joshua Mamuri

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