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Stricter rules on gender-neutral pronoun use, additional constitutional amendments approved in LA session

After almost a month without sessions, the Legislative Assembly (LA) once again convened over Zoom last December 5 to approve resolutions on using gender-neutral terms in LA resolutions and making minor amendments to the University Student Government (USG) Constitution, both of which were shelved during their last session on November 6. Legislators unanimously approved a…

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‘Educate, not humiliate’: Fighting back historical distortions

History, as public memory, is integral to a society. After all, how people perceive—or even deal with—the important events and figures in the past can shape the realities of the present. But public memory is not set in stone; people can deliberately change the facts and interpretations to influence the opinions of others. Recently, a…

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Surging problems: Assessing typhoon preparations amid a pandemic

The official onset of the rainy season began last June 12, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). Since May, at least 12 recognized typhoons have already entered the country’s area of responsibility, causing varying degrees of damage.  Already beset by the COVID-19 pandemic, local government units (LGUs) are prompted by the added…

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LA restricts partisanship, approves officer resignations in emergency session

The University Student Government (USG) Legislative Assembly (LA) held an emergency session over Zoom last October 16 to make preparations ahead of the new academic year (AY). Taking almost four hours, legislators approved resolutions on improvements on the LA database and training, an institutionalized Filipino Youth Summit (FYS), and numerous officer resignations and appointments. ‘Political…

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USG, DLSU students call for University reforms amid ‘problematic culture’ of sexual harassment

“It’s kind of scary,” expresses Galilee Tan (I, AB-SOC) as she recounts stories of sexual harassment in DLSU. Empowered by the personal anecdotes that have been posted online, Tan herself shared online her experience of abuse and harassment from her former boyfriend—a De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ) alumnus and a current DLSU student. She…

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News and ‘bias’: Must journalism be neutral?

“The biased media” is such a common buzz phrase used for those critical of mainstream media’s coverage of social and political issues. Filipinos are no strangers to this as news outlets have long faced allegations of unfair reporting, especially from those in government. Former President Benigno Aquino III thought news coverage in his time was…

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Recall process debated anew, BLAZE2020 Batch VP resignation approved in online LA session

After removing it from their agenda last session, the Legislative Assembly (LA) finally resumed deliberations on the proposed recall process guidelines for University Student Government (USG) officers last Saturday, August 29. The Assembly also approved the resignation of a batch student government officer and the immediate appointment of his replacement. Recall process ‘subjective’ Following the…

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LA passes tabled resolutions, withdraws ‘untimely’, unfinished resolutions

The Legislative Assembly (LA) convened through Zoom last August 22 to discuss and approve several resolutions, including resolutions tabled in their previous session last August 7. Among the deliberations held by the Assembly were the establishment of detailed guidelines for the Arrows Express Shuttle Service, the resignation of a batch representative, and a statement on…

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The Rundown: PhilHealth suspends hospitals payments, DepEd moves class openings, Bayanihan Two, vaccine hopes

The number of COVID-19 cases nationwide continue to swell at an increasing pace, crossing the 150,000 mark this week. The Department of Health has documented 164,474 COVID-19 cases as of today, August 17. After another set of time-based recoveries were recorded yesterday, the active cases tally now stands at 49,034 and the death toll at…

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Change for the collective: Youth leaders tackle public service, progress in webinar

Both policies and principles influence the courses of action that government officials take hoping to improve the people’s quality of life. As youth leaders rise to the occasion of effecting positive change in their respective contexts, different strategies are vital to bridge their promises and ideals into materializing as effective policies and programs.  Such aspects…